ERSTE BANK OPEN 2013
Tsonga Joins Haas, Rosol, Haase In Vienna Semis
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced to the semi-finals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Friday with his defeat of Germany's Daniel Brands 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
The Frenchman, who won the Open 13 in Marseille this year, is still in contention for a berth in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Tsonga gains a net 45 points in the Emirates ATP Race To London by reaching the Vienna semi-finals. Should he win the title this week, he will overtake both Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, vaulting to seventh place in the Race.
Second seed Tommy Haas reached his seventh ATP World Tour semi-final of the season as he defeated fifth seed Radek Stepanek 7-6(10), 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes.
"The tie-break was crucial to try and get that under the belt," said Haas. "Luckily I was able to win the first set. I had a bit of luck here and there. I played some really good tennis when it counted and was maybe a little bit more aggressive in the end."
The 35-year-old Haas is looking to make up ground in the Emirates ATP Race To London this week by winning his 15th ATP World Tour title in Vienna, where he was victorious in 2001 (d. Canas). The German is currently in 12th position as he looks to snatch one of the remaining four spots in the season finale.
Haas is looking to win his second title of the season, following victory on home soil at the BMW Open in Munich in April (d. Kohlschreiber). For a place in the Vienna final he will face Lukas Rosol for the first time.
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Eighth seed Rosol closed on his second ATP World Tour final as he defeated qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. The Czech hit 10 aces and broke serve twice to claim his 22nd win of the season. Rosol is attempting to win his second ATP World Tour title after his maiden victory at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest in April (d. Garcia-Lopez).
Robin Haase reached his fourth semi-final of the season as he upset third-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1 in 85 minutes. The Dutchman lost only six points on serve after the first set and converted five of his 10 break points to improve to a 2-0 lead in the pair’s FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
"I was happy with my game today," said Haase. "I think it was an incredible first set. I just kept going, trying to stay in the set. But once he started to make mistakes I took advantage. I played a good level throughout the whole match."
The 26-year-old Haase is chasing his first hard court title after two victories on clay at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel in 2011 and 2012. He will face Tsonga in the semi-finals.
Top Seeds Upset
Top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares were upset in the quarter-finals, falling to Florin Mergea and Lukas Rosol 7-5, 3-6, 10-8 in 90 minutes. Peya and Soares are one of three times to have qualified for the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and were looking to win their fifth title of the season in Vienna.
The wild card team of Maximilian Neuchrist and Dominic Thiem upset the fourth seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-3, 6-4. Neuchrist and Thiem, both Austrian, will face Mergea and Rosol in the semi-finals.