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Tipsarevic, Haas Win Munich Openers

Munich, Germany

Haas© AFP/Getty ImagesTommy Haas is looking for his first title in Munich.

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic will play Daniel Brands for the first time after both advanced to the BMW Open quarter-finals in Munich on Thursday. 

Tipsarevic eased past Grega Zemlja 6-4, 6-2  to open his campaign. The 10th-ranked Tipsarevic won 82 per cent of his second serve return points to post his first win at the tournament.

“I felt good. I was very cautious because I lost my last match to Grega,” Tipsarevic told ATPWorldTour.com. “I was really pumped, because I knew he is a great returner and can turn the match around if you are not serving well. But on the other hand, I was good at using my chances today and this is why I have a comfortable win under my belt.”

The Serbian is aiming to win his second title of the year, having begun the season by lifting the trophy at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Bautista-Agut). Tipsarevic won his first clay-court crown last year at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart (d. Monaco).

Brands topped wild card Gael Monfils 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 to beat the Frenchman for the third time in 2013. Brands capitalised on all three of his break points in the third set to seal the win in 69 minutes. 

World No. 14 Tommy Haas overcame Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1. The 35 year old converted four of his eight break point chances to advance past the Latvian in two hours and 20 minutes. 

“It's never easy to play in a little bit of rain with the balls getting heavy. But they were the same conditions for my opponent,” said Haas. “Gulbis is a tough player. He's got the better of me the last couple times in big matches, so I'm happy to have pulled this out in front of a home crowd.”

Watch Haas In Highlights (German)

Haas is bidding to win the title at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court event for the first time on his 10th appearance. He reached the final in 2000 (l. to Squillari). In the quarter-finals, Haas will square off against sixth-seeded compatriot Florian Mayer

“It's good for the tournament,” Haas believes. “You know there will be one German in the semis. We haven't played for a while. I'm looking forward to another good, tough match.”

Mayer rallied past Marinko Matosevic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in 90 minutes. Coming off a semi-final showing in Bucharest (l. to Garcia-Lopez), the 2011 runner-up did not lose serve in the final two sets to claim victory in 90 minutes. Mayer improved to 1-1 versus Matosevic.

Top Seeds Fall 
Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov knocked out top-seeded Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-4, 6-1 in the doubles quarter-finals. Peya and Soares entered the tournament on the back of triumphing in Barcelona. Nieminen and Tursunov will play third seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek for a place in the final. 

The Austrian/Slovak duo overcame Germans Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich 5-7, 6-4, 10-6. Marcos Baghdatis and Eric Butorac were also victorious in quarter-final action, as they edged Lukas Dlouhy and Viktor Troicki 4-6, 6-3, 12-10.

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