Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Player Profile) failed to enter his second Erste Bank Open 2013 final – he conquered the Vienna tournament in 2011 – as he was shocked by World no. 62 Robin Haase (Player Profile) who triumphed in straight sets. The opener could have gone either way as top seed Tsonga bounced back after the seventh-game break before squandering four set points at 5-4. The unseeded Dutch player finally managed to hold and punished his opponent by grabbing a break in the follow-up game. 26-year-old Haase kept his nerves and took the first set next. It was going from bad to worse for Tsonga who found himself on the verge of defeat when Haase served for the final ticket at 5-4, yet the favorite pegged back to force a tie-break. He went 3-1 ahead in the thirteenth game, but the unseeded player confirmed his good form this week by wrapping up the match to win 7-5, 7-6 (4). The Dutchman will try to obtain his third ATP title tomorrow after lifting two consecutive Kitzbuhel trophies in 2011 and 2012.
His final opponent is going to be Tommy Haas (Player Profile) who was crowned the Vienna king back in 2001. The second-seeded German veteran needed to dig deep in the semi-final against Lukas Rosol (Player Profile) as the eighth seed Czech took advantage of the single break point opportunity in the opener to acquire a one set advantage. The second set was tight as well with Haas stepping up in the tenth game to level the terms. The decider progressed on serve all the way until the tie-break where the German outclassed his rival to complete a comeback with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (0) triumph. Haas, who won the BMW Open in Munich earlier this year, has not played a competitive match against Haase yet.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling,” said Haas. “A long time ago I was watching this tournament on TV. I played here for the first time back in 1997, played the final here for the first time in 2000 and won it in 2001. Being back in the final in 2013 is obviously a great feeling.”
“It’s going to be our first official meeting,” Haase commented on the upcoming final. “It’s going to be an interesting match. I have to play my best game to beat him. He’s a tough guy to play and he’s a great competitor.”