Top seed Tommy Haas and Alejandro Falla will meet for the first time in almost three years when they cross paths in the second round of the BMW Open on Wednesday afternoon. Haas leads the head-to-head series 4-1, with four consecutive hard court wins dating back to 2007.
Defending champion Tommy Haas will begin his campaign to retain his Munich title tomorrow afternoon when he faces Alejandro Falla in the second round of the BMW Open. As the top seed at the event, Haas received a first round bye and will be now taking part in his first clay court tournament of the season, after being forced on the sidelines for a significant portion of the season. The world No. 16 is competing for the first time since a fourth-round exit to 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
“It’s always a pleasure being here,” added Haas. “I lived here a couple of years when I was younger and having the family here, with the support of fans and friends, is always special. Especially coming here as the defending champion – it doesn’t happen too often – means it is always a pleasure. I will try and do everything to be fit and ready to play here.”
Colombia’s Alejandro Falla upset Finish No. 1 Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round in Munich to set up the second round match-up against Haas.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and the first time since 2011, when Haas earned the victory at the US Open. All their previous match-ups took place on hard court, which will make for an interesting change tomorrow afternoon when they meet on clay for the first time. This could be a possible upset looming on the horizon here, as Haas has not been an active competitor on the tour for most of 2014, while Falla has already prepared himself for the clay court portion of the season. It will all depend on how healthy Haas is for this contest; assuming he is 100 percent, he should earn the victory in three sets.
Prediction: Tommy Haas in Three Sets