Haase Upsets Zverev In Paris Second Round
Dutchman enjoying fine finish to 2017
Robin Haase has made a flying start to the Rolex Paris Masters. After dismissing Steve Johnson for the loss of just three games in the first round in the French capital, the Dutchman ousted fourth seed Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the third round.
The 30-year-old Haase, who reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final in the summer in Montreal (l. to Federer), overcame the 20-year-old Zverev in one hour and 33 minutes. The right-hander won 77 per cent of his service points and broke Zverev four times as he set up a clash with either Joao Sousa or Nitto ATP Finals contender Juan Martin del Potro.
Zverev will look to cap his standout season in style when he makes his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals in London, beginning 12 November. The German has won two Masters 1000 crowns this season, in Rome and Montreal, and also lifted trophies in Montpellier, Munich and Washington.
Ninth-seeded American John Isner battled hard to keep alive his slim chances of qualifying for next month’s season finale by hitting 29 aces in beating Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 7-6(2), 6-7(11), 6-3 over two hours and 35 minutes. Isner could not convert match point opportunities on his serve at 6/5, 8/7 and 10/9 in the second set tie-break. Schwartzman ends the best season of his career with a 39-28 match record. Isner will now face sixth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, a first-time Nitto ATP Finals qualifier this year, or Richard Gasquet of France.
Lucas Pouille continued his late push to qualify for London as he defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in 58 minutes. The Frenchman is coming off the biggest title of his career in Vienna, where he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final, and must reach the final in Paris if he is to have a chance of clinching one of the last two spots in London.
In action later on, Rafael Nadal will clinch the year-end No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings with victory over Hyeon Chung, while London contenders Tsonga, Goffin, Anderson and del Potro are all in the hunt for crucial points.