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Haas Opens Title Defence; Fognini Beats Brown

Munich, Germany

Seppi© AFP/Getty ImagesAndreas Seppi will face Tommy Haas in the quarter-finals.

World No. 16 Tommy Haas opened his title defence at the BMW Open by FWU AG on Thursday in Munich with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alejandro Falla, denying the Colombian his 100th tour-level win. 

The second-seeded Haas improved to a 5-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead over Falla as he converted five of his seven break points, claiming victory in 74 minutes. The 36-year-old Haas was playing his first match since a fourth-round defeat to Roger Federer in Indian Wells, having been sidelined by a right shoulder injury in recent weeks.

"I'm pretty happy with the win, obviously having been laid off for a couple of weeks and not knowing how the injury would be," said Haas. "I'm really happy with the way I played. It's always great to play in front of a full crowd at home in Germany. He's already won two matches here. He's very solid, moves well. He's the kind of player you have to play great tennis against to beat him otherwise you beat yourself. It's really going to be up to me."

Home favourite Haas won this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament for the first time last year (d. Kohlschreiber), having finished runner-up in 2000 (l. to Squillari). 

In the quarter-finals, Haas will face seventh seed Andreas Seppi after the Italian defeated Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4 in 87 minutes. It is just the second time this season that Seppi has recorded back-to-back main draw wins. He is looking to reach his first semi-final since October 2013, when he reached the final four in Moscow (l. to Kukushkin).

Top seed Fabio Fognini beat German wild card Dustin Brown 7-6(4), 6-2 in 65 minutes to reach the quarter-finals. On his Munich debut, the Italian won 70 per cent of his service points and broke Brown four times to claim his 24th win of the season.

“Playing against Dustin is difficult,” said Fognini. “Sometimes he plays unbelievable, sometimes he gives you points for free. Winning is always good, especially when the match is like this. It was my first match, a lot of pressure, but I'm happy.”

The 26-year-old Fognini, champion on clay in Vina del Mar earlier in the year, is chasing his fourth ATP World Tour title this week. He goes on to face Thomaz Bellucci after the Brazilian qualifier edged Federico Delbonis 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Lucky loser Ricardas Berankis, who took the place of fourth seed Gael Monfils in the draw, made the most of his opportunity as he saved two match points to defeat Jurgen Melzer 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(6) in two hours and 25 minutes. Melzer led 6-4 in the final set tie-break, but could not convert either of his match points, double faulting on the first one.

Butorac/Klaasen To Face Murray/Peers
Top seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen will face third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers in the Munich semi-finals. Butorac and Klaasen, the Australian Open finalists who are chasing their second ATP World Tour title of the season, defeated Rameez Junaid and Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4. Murray and Peers are through to their third semi-final in a row after edging Lukas Dlouhy and Mate Pavic 4-6, 7-6(1), 10-6 in one hour and 32 minutes.

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