Vienna, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Tommy Haas will play Robin Haase in the
final of the Erste Bank Open after both won semifinal matches Saturday.
The second-seeded Haas rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) victory over Lukas
Rosol in the first semifinal and the unseeded Haase pulled off a stunner with
a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) upset of top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Haas will try for his second title in Vienna, previously winning the crown
back in 2001. He also reached the final in 2000 and still has an outside
chance to reach the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.
The 35-year-old German is 14-12 lifetime in title matches, including 1-1 this
year. He won in Munich back in April after losing in the San Jose final in
Haas' match on Saturday ended when Rosol was given a point penalty for
smashing his racket after being previously warned by the referee.
Tsonga is also in contention for one of the last four remaining berths in the
season-ending tournament, but his hopes took a slight hit Saturday. It was the
Frenchman's second straight semifinal loss after a setback to Novak Djokovic
last Saturday in Shanghai.
Haase, meanwhile, will play in his fourth career final and second this year.
He lost to Mikhail Youzhny three months ago in Gstaad. His other two finals
were also contested in Austria, as he won his first two titles at the
Kitzbuhel event in both 2011 and 2012.
The Dutchman has knocked off three seeded players this week, toppling No. 7
Vasek Pospisil in the second round and No. 3 Fabio Fognini in the
quarterfinals before Saturday's shocker.
Sunday's meeting will be the first between Haas and Haase. The winner will
claim a first prize of $122,000.
The Sports Network