World No. 12 Tommy Haas (Player Bio) looks to continue his bid for a spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Final will a victory in the Erste Bank Open tomorrow afternoon in Vienna. The German will meet Robin Haase (Player Bio) for the first time on the professional tour and the stakes are high for both men.
Dutch player Robin Haase picked up one of the biggest wins of his career in the semi-finals today as he upset World No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach his second final of the season. World No. 63 has also rallied to defeat third-seeded Fabio Fognini 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 in the quarter-finals, making it two big consecutive wins heading into the final. The Dutchman has won both of his career titles in Austria, will be looking for his first title of the season when he meets the German No. 1 in the finals tomorrow afternoon. Haase has compiled a 29-23 overall record this season, including a 12-11 record on hard courts. His win over Tsonga was his first win over a top 10 player this season.
World No. 12 Tommy Haas reached his seventh semi-final of the season when he defeated Radek Stepanek yet had to rally through unexpected competition in his match today to advance to the final. Lukas Rosol won the opening set 6-3, yet was unable to maintain his lead as Haas would successfully rebound and secure the second set and force a deciding tiebreak in the third. He would go on to win the tiebreak 7-0 to advance to his third final of the season. The German will be looking for his 15th overall career title.
This is the first ever encounter between Robin Haase and Tommy Haas. If we were to simply judge them on their current career trajectories, then one would consider Haas the more successful player. While this is may be the case, Haase is currently riding an impressive streak in Vienna and seems to perform at his best in Austria. His win over Tsonga in the semi-final shows that he is capable of overcoming elite competition and he will aim to prove that it was not a fluke win by defeating Haas for his first title of the season.