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Haas Claims Vienna Title, Stays In London Hunt

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Vienna© AFP/Getty ImagesTommy Haas won his second title at the Erste Bank Open, defeating Robin Haase in three sets.

Tommy Haas kept his distant hopes alive in the Emirates ATP Race to London, edging Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a tight affair in the Erste Bank Open final, on Sunday. 

A champion at the BMW Open, in Munich, in early May, Haas becomes the 13th player to win multiple titles on the ATP World Tour in 2013. Twelve years removed from his maiden Vienna crown, it is the German’s 15th overall in his career. He also becomes the 15th champion over 30 years of age on the ATP World Tour this year.

"I'm very happy. Obviously it's a great feeling to win a title," said Haas. "It doesn't come around very often. To do it here after (also winning) in 2001, it's special."

Haase broke for an early lead in the first set, but relinquished the advantage as Haas would reel off six of the next seven games to capture the set and immediately break to open the second. The Dutchman would survive the German onslaught, however, and secure a late break in the second set on a lob winner. 

They would remain on serve in the third set until 3-2, when Haase converted on his third break point. The rollercoaster final would continue with Haas immediately breaking back in the next game, on Haase’s fifth double fault of the match. The World No. 12 would secure another break for 5-4 and close out the match when a Haase forehand sailed long.

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Haas takes home €90,500 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points with the victory, while Haase claims €47,670 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points in his second runner-up finish of the year (l. to Youzhny in Gstaad). The World No. 63 was competing in his fourth final on the ATP World Tour and first on hard courts, having won in consecutive years on the clay of Kitzbuhel in 2011 and 2012.

"Right now I’m pretty disappointed," said Haase. "When I played a final earlier this year in Gstaad I didn’t have any chances. Today I did have my chances. But Tommy hit a few great returns when he broke back in the third.

"I’m already very motivated for next year too, hoping that in the long-term I can reach the Top 30."

The Former World No. 2 pulled to within 700 points of Richard Gasquet for the coveted eighth and final ticket to London and will look to strong showings in Valencia and Paris to further strengthen his claim. A combined 1500 points are in play for the winners in the final two weeks of the season.

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