In the rain-delayed QFs at Kitzhbuhel, 3rd seed Robin Haase won both of his matches (he played a total of 5 sets on Thursday). First, he had a R2 win over Philipp Oswald, 6-4 3-6 6-2. He then went on to a QF win over American Wayne Odesnik, 6-2 6-4. Haase, who defends his 2011 Kitzbuhel title, will play Martin Klizan in the SF.
In the Haase-Odesnik QF, Odesnik started off strongly while Haase seemed to be somewhat sluggish from his match earlier in the day. Haase relied on his strong serves to keep him level with Odesnik. For the first set alone, Haase won 92% of the points behind his first serve, and 50% of the points behind his 2nd serve. In the first set, Odesnik did not have any BP chances on the Haase serve. The first set was closely contested, but Haase took his first BP when Odesnik double-faulted, to go up a break 3*-2. Haase would break again on Odesnik’s next service game and he closed out the first set, 6-2.
In the 2nd set, Haase immediately had 3BPs on Odesnik’s serve. With a forehand miss from Odesnik, Haase went up an early break. Odesnik worked his way to deuce on Haase’s next serve, and when Haase’s BHDTL sailed long, he earned a BP. The American missed his first chance to break with an errant forehand, but he made good on his second BP chance to put the second set back on serve. However, Odesnik’s serve began to falter and Haase took advantage of a few weak second serves to eventually earn the break and win the match, 6-4 in the second set.
In the second QF of the bottom half of the draw, Martin Klizan defeated Simone Bolelli, 1-6 7-5 6-1. The topsy-turvy scoreline reveals the changing dynamics between the two opponents during the course of the match. Bolelli started the match playing offensively, capitalizing on the good form that had taken him to the QF (with victories over Horacio Zeballos and Florian Mayer). Bolelli was up 4-2 in the second set (after initially trailing 0-2), before Klizan found his game and started to take control of the rallies. After winning the 2nd set 7-5, Klizan found even more confidence with his game while Bolelli’s unforced error count spelled the end of his run at Kitzbuhel.
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