(May 3, 2013) -- It was a great day for German tennis at the BMW Open on Friday, as a trio of Germans pushed through to the semifinal round.
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3rd-seeded Tommy Haas won his fifth straight decision over his compatriot Florian Mayer with a 6-4, 6-1 victory. Haas, 35 and the oldest player in the ATP top 50 is bidding to win his fourth title on German soil this weekend. The World No. 14 has won Halle twice and Stuttgart once, but Haas lost in his only final at Munich to Franco Squillari of Italy in 2000.
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“He came out strong, went up an early break and played some good tennis,” Haas said of his opponent. “Luckily for me, I came back and played a really good game to even it at 3-all. At the end of the first set, he gave me a few opportunities to close it out and I took advantage of that. I had the momentum in the second set as well.”
Three Germans have reached the semifinals of an ATP event for the first time since 1999, as Daniel Brands and Philipp Kohlschreiber also advanced.
Kohlschreiber, the defending Munich champion, defeated Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 7-6(3), to keep alive his bid for a third trophy at the BMW Open.
Brands notched his third career top ten scalp with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 upset win over Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic. Branks clocked nine aces on the day, and will bid for his first career ATP final when he meets Kohlschreiber in tomorrow's semifinal round.
Ivan Dodig booked his place alongside Haas in the other semi with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov. Dodig ended a string of nine consecutive losses against top 20 competition with his win over Marin Cilic in the round of 16, and he also took out two-time champion Nikolay Davydenko in the first round before today's triumph over the World No. 23.
It was the Croat's second win of the season against Dolgopolov.
Haas defeated Dodig in their only previous career meeting this winter in Delray Beach.
Kohlschreiber defeated Brands in Munich in the pair's only career meeting in 2010.