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Haas Chasing Fourth Title At Home, Faces Kohlschreiber In All-German Final

Munich, Germany

Haas© AFP/Getty ImagesTommy Haas is chasing his fourth ATP World Tour title on home soil.

German No. 1 Tommy Haas will bid to win his fourth ATP World Tour title on home soil after beating Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday in the semi-finals of the BMW Open in Munich. 

The 35-year-old Haas has amassed 13 ATP World Tour titles, with two of those victories coming in Halle and one in Stuttgart. He will play the final in Munich again 13 years after he finished runner-up at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament (l. to Squillari).

“It's quite crazy (being back in the final); I don't think it's really hit me yet,” said Haas. “Thirteen years is a long time and it's pretty impressive, I think, to achieve something like that. I'd like to go one step further and win the title here once, that's my main goal right now.”

In an all-German final, Haas will play defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, who battled from a break down in the final set to edge Daniel Brands 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(5) in two hours and 14 minutes.

“It's great for German tennis,” said Haas. “We played really well last year in all the German events and now again we're going to have an all-German final, which I think is great for the fans.”

In beating Dodig for the second time this year, Haas hit six aces and broke serve three times from 10 opportunities, claiming victory in 90 minutes. The German had also beaten Dodig in three sets in the Delray Beach quarter-finals in February.

“It came down to a few big points here and there,” said Haas. “I'm glad to have battled it out. He had a really good week, beat some very good players. It was nice today to play in front of a home Munich crowd, pretty packed stadium, and come off as the winner."

Haas will contest his second ATP World Tour final of the season, having finished runner-up to Milos Raonic at the SAP Open in San Jose. The right-hander has a 17-7 match record in 2013, including knocking Novak Djokovic out en route to the Sony Open Tennis semi-finals in Miami (l. to Ferrer).

World No. 21 Kohlschreiber rallied from 2-4 down with Brands serving at 40/0 in the final set to reach his ninth ATP World Tour final. The 29 year old is attempting to win the Munich title for the third time, following victories in 2007 (d. Youzhny) and 2012 (d. Cilic). He has a 2-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Haas, beating his countryman in their most recent meeting in five sets at Wimbledon last year.

Baghdatis/Butorac Reach Doubles Final
First-time pairing Marcos Baghdatis and Eric Butorac are through to the BMW Open final in Munich after edging Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6(3), 1-6, 10-7 in 82 minutes on Saturday.

The 27-year-old Baghdatis is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour doubles title, while Butorac, 31, has a 13-7 finals record. They will face Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov in Sunday’s final.

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