By Nick Georgandis
Like a fine vintage, Germany's Tommy Haas just keeps getting better with age.
By winning the title at Munich on Sunday, Haas became the first man of at least 35 years of age to win an ATP tournament since 2008, and also took another step up in the rankings to No. 13 in the world, passing Milos Raonic, who Haas is 13 years older than.
With 2,375 points, Haas is within 625 points of the Top 10. He was last ranked as high as 13th on December 31, 2007.
Oeiras winner Stanislas Wawrinka also moved up a spot to No. 15, surpassing Kei Nishikori. He thumped David Ferrer in the final, negative Ferrer's chances of putting more distance between himself and No. 5 Rafael Nadal as the French Open looms.
Wawrinka won for the first time since 2011. Three of his four career titles have come on clay. Wawrinka improved to 20-8 on the year.
Another German moving up the charts this week was 25-year-old Daniel Brands, who jumped 11 spots to No. 58 after reaching the Munich semifinals last week to improve to 12-9 on the year. Included in that stretch was a three-set upset of No. 10 Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinals.
There were no changes in the WTA Top 10, but just outside of it Maria Kirilenko and Roberta Vinci swapped places, with the Russian moving up to No. 12. Russian currently have four players ranked in the Top 20 - No. 2 Maria Sharapova, No. 11 Nadia Petrova, Kirilenko and No. 19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - easily the most of any country.
Posted: 5/6/2013 10:23:21 AM