Former World no. 2 Tommy Haas (Player Bio) confirmed his good performances in Vienna this week by prevailing over Robin Haase (Player Bio) in the Erste Bank Open 2013 final. The top seed German got his hands on the second trophy of the year after winning the Munich tournament in May and remained in the contest for the London finals by gaining 250 ATP Rankings points.
The unseeded Dutch athlete, who eliminated David Fognini and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to the final, was a worthy opponent this afternoon – he broke first in the opening set, but was helpless to stop the higher-ranked rival going on a four straight games run. Haas consolidated the second break to move 5-2 ahead and served out the set with a minimum of fuss a few minutes later. He opened the set number two with another break, yet this time it was Haase who found an immediate response and prevented the German to get the match out of sight. Each player then fended off three break points by 5-4 for the Dutchman who took Haas by surprise in the tenth game to force a decider.
Serving was stable in the beginning of the final set which eventually turned into a nail-biting drama as 62nd-ranked Haase captured a break to go 4-2 up, but threw it all away by dropping two consecutive serves and letting his experienced adversary cross the finish line first. The 12th-ranked German thus won their first professional encounter 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and returned to the Vienna throne after twelve years by obtaining the second trophy in three final appearances in Austrian capital.