Inspiring Tommy Haas stormed past Youznhy at French Open 2013 to set up a quarterfinal clash against Novak Djokovic who was stretched to fours sets.
Twelfth-seeded veteran Haas put in a stunning display and demolished Mikhail Youzhny of Russia to reach his first Roland Garros quarter-finals. The seed twenty-nine Russian opened the match by breaking his opponent, yet he let the former World number two German go on an astonishing ten straight games run – recent Munich champion Haas then added his sixth break of the match to move two sets ahead. Youzhny responded by clinching another first game break in the set number three, but the in-form German was back in the driver’s seat quickly enough as he obtained a 5-2 advantage. He then prepared a triple match and sealed the fourth round 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 triumph with the second one. It was all over in less than one hour and half of play at Court Suzanne Lenglen.
World no. 1 Djokovic faced another German Philipp Kohlschreiber who proved to be a tough nut to crack for last year’s finalist. Nole failed to stamp his authority on the proceedings in the opening set where Kohlschreiber converted his first break ball and rescued a couple of them in the tenth game to serve out the set. The top seed regrouped during the break and came out stronger into the following set in which he broke the German in the fourth game and fended off six re-break balls before making it one set between them. The script of the third set was someone identical with Djokovic breaking the deadlock early on and protecting the lead successfully with last month’s Munich finalist Kohlschreiber being wasteful with re-break opportunities again. The German’s hopes of getting back into the match were waning as the title contender moved 5-2 ahead and ultimately finished off the opponent with the third match ball. He booked the quarterfinal spot with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win, playing for two and three-quarter hours. Kohlscreiber broke serve only two times from thirteen opportunities.
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