BMW OPEN BY FWU AG
Haas Battles Into Munich Semis; Fognini Dismisses Bellucci
by ATP Staff|
Second seed Tommy Haas is two wins away from reclaiming his Munich crown after battling past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Friday at the BMW Open by FWU AG. The German won just two points more than Seppi, converting three of his seven break points to prevail in just under two hours.
The 36-year-old Haas, one of a record 36 players aged 30 and over in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings this week, is bidding to win his 16th ATP World Tour title. The right-hander captured the Munich title for the first time last year, winning an all-German final against Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Haas is making his comeback from a right shoulder injury, which kept him sidelined since losing to Roger Federer in the fourth round in Indian Wells. In February he was runner-up in Zagreb (l. to Cilic).
"[I didn't know] what to expect coming in here. Obviously, it’s a great feeling to get back-to-back matches in the belt," he said. "Tough match today. It was very close, so happy to have pulled it out."
In the semi-finals Haas will face Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan, who finished strongly to defeat Denis Istomin 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-1 in one hour and 49 minutes. The No. 111-ranked Klizan is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final since April 2013 in Casablanca (l. to Anderson).
"Very tricky player," said Haas, looking ahead to the semi-finals. "When he’s on and he’s feeling well, he’s very dangerous, especially on clay. He was one of the best juniors many years ago. He must be feeling good, so I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty tight match."
Top seed Fabio Fognini cruised into the final four, dismissing Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 6-2, 6-2 in 69 minutes. The Italian, who is making his debut at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, converted seven of his nine break points to claim his 25th win of the season.
"I’m feeling the ball really good every game," he said. "I’m happy about my performance, for sure."
The 26-year-old Fognini is looking to win his second ATP World Tour title of the season following victory at Vina del Mar (d. Mayer) in February; he was also runner-up in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer).
Fognini goes on to face Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff, who fought from a set down to beat Lithuanian lucky loser Ricardas Berankis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The No. 96-ranked Struff is through to his second semi-final of the season, having reached the final four in Marseille (l. to Tsonga), and is looking to reach his first ATP World Tour final.
Murray/Peers Into Final
Third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers reached their first final of the season as they defeated top seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 7-6(3), 6-2 in 71 minutes. Murray and Peers narrowly missed out on qualification for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals last year after winning three ATP World Tour titles. The in-form British/Australian duo are coming off back-to-back semi-final showings in Casablanca and Bucharest.