By Chris Oddo/ Sunday, October 20, 2013
Tommy Haas is still alive in the hunt for London after taking out Robin Haase in three sets in the Vienna final.
Photo Source: AFP/Alexander Klein
Tommy Haas defeated Robin Haase, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the Erste Bank Open final to keep alive dim hopes of qualifying for next month’s ATP World Tour finals on Sunday. The 35-year-old became the 13th player to win multiple ATP titles in 2013 by winning his first career battle with Haase.
Haas, who was the Vienna champion 12 years ago as well, fell behind a break in the final set but immediately broke back when Haase double-faulted in the next game.
The world No. 12 broke again for 5-4 and closed out the match in the next game.
Haas moves within 695 points of Richard Gasquet’s final London spot, but the German would also have to pass Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to book a London bid. It’s a long shot at best, but Haas should take pleasure in the fact that he is in the running at the conclusion of what has been a remarkably resurgent year.
Haas’ 15th ATP title also comes with the satisfaction of knowing that he is the oldest of the 14 30-plus-aged players to have won ATP titles this year.
Haas fell behind Haase early, but reeled off six of seven games to take the first set and find himself up a break in the second.
But Haase, who had upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Saturday’s semifinals in Vienna, broke twice on five opportunities in the middle stanza to force a decider.
Haase was attempting to win his 30th tour-level match for a first time on Sunday, but ultimately it was Haas notching his 47th win of the season against 19 losses.
Haas will head to Valencia next week to continue the quest for London.