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Haas To Face Dodig In Semis; Three Germans In SFs

Munich, Germany

Dodig© AFP/Getty ImagesIvan Dodig is bidding to reach his third ATP World Tour final.

German No. 1 Tommy Haas will take on Ivan Dodig in the semi-finals of the BMW Open after dismissing Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-1 in an all-German contest on Friday in Munich. Haas will hope to avoid becoming the latest victim in Dodig’s giant-killing run at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament. He beat the Croat two months ago in three sets in Delray Beach.

“He's played some really good tennis here, beating three good opponents who have had success here in the past,” Haas told ATPWorldTour.com. “He looks very sharp and strong. We had a tough match in Delray Beach and I expect that again. I'll have to play some really good tennis to win.”

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World No. 56 Ivan Dodig will bid to reach his third ATP World Tour final after defeating fifth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-4. The 28-year-old Dodig opened his campaign this week by beating two-time champion Nikolay Davydenko before dismissing two-time runner-up and second seed Marin Cilic in the second round.

World No. 14 Haas is bidding to win his fourth ATP World Tour title on home soil this week, having twice triumphed in Halle and lifting the trophy in Stuttgart. The 35-year-old Hamburg native has a 16-7 record in 2013, highlighted by finishing runner-up in San Jose and knocking out Novak Djokovic en route to the Miami semi-finals.

“I'm very pleased overall with how today's match went,” said Haas. “He came out strong, went up an early break and played some good tennis. Luckily for me, I came back and played a really good game to even it at 3-all. At the end of the first set, he gave me a few opportunities to close it out and I took advantage of that. I had the momentum in the second set as well.”

Three Germans will feature in the semi-finals of an ATP World Tour tournament for the first time since Hong Kong in 1999 after Philipp Kohlschreiber and Daniel Brands joined Haas in the final four. 

Kohlschreiber defeated Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-6(3) in one hour and 31 minutes. The 29-year-old Kohlschreiber is looking to win the Munich title for the third time this week, having also succeeded in 2007 (d. Youzhny).

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The No. 69-ranked Brands recorded the third Top 10 win of his career as he upset top seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. The 25 year old hit nine aces and broke serve twice to claim victory in one hour and 37 minutes. Brands will attempt to reach his first ATP World Tour final when he faces Kohlschreiber, whom he lost to three years ago in Munich.

Nieminen/Tursunov Reach Doubles Final
Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov reached the doubles final as they upset third seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek 6-1, 6-4 in 61 minutes. Both players are through to their first ATP World Tour doubles final of 2013.

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