An all-German first round contest takes place tomorrow afternoon at the ATP Valencia Open 2013 as the country’s top two star battle for a spot in the second round. Tommy Haas (Player Profile) and Philipp Kohlschreiber (Player Profile) will meet for the sixth time in their professional careers with Haas holding the slight edge in the (Player Profile)head-to-head series with 3-2.
World No. 12 Tommy Haas picked up his his 15th career title and second this season, when he defeated Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open (Vienna) on Sunday. The win gives him a slim chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals if he is successful in the next couple of weeks. Prior to his superb week in Vienna, Haas had lost to Lleyton Hewitt in the opening round in Beijing, followed up with a third round exit in Shanghai.
German No. 2 Philipp Kohlschreiber has had a relatively successful year on tour. He failed to win a title this year after reaching the final in Stuttgart and fell in the opening round at Wimbledon. He also lost in the finals in Munich to fellow German Tommy Haas. He since rebounded with a strong showing at the US Open, where he got to the final 16 before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. While he did lose the match, he is one of the few players to take a set off the World No. 1 this year. He has compiled a 29-23 overall record this season.
The 35-year-old Haas most recently defeated Kohlschreiber in 83 minutes for his 14th ATP Tour title and his fourth on home soil. It was the first all-German final in Munich in 48 years. All four of their prior encounters took place on grass courts, where they are tied at 2-2. This marks the first time they will meet on hard courts and it should be interesting to see who has the advantage. Considering their performances on this particular surface, Kohlschreiber is 13-12 on hard courts while Haas is is 28-11 on that surface, giving him a significant advantage in on-court time and wins.
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