A highly expected quarter-final match-up is scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon between defending champion Tommy Haas and Italian No. 2 Andreas Seppi. This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Haas leading the head-to-head series 2-1. Their meeting in the BMW Open tomorrow will be their second clay court encounter, after Haas prevailed last year in Madrid.
World No. 16 Tommy Haas began his campaign to defend his BMW Open title with a straight sets victory over Alejandro Falla. It was an impressive display from the German, who won 6-2, 6-4 to deny the Colombian his 100th tour-level win. This marked Haas’ first win since a fourth-round exit to 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Haas won the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament for the first time last year, when he defeated fellow countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final. He will be looking to defend his crown and secure his first title of the season. If Hass is to get past his tough Italian opposition, he will the overwhelming favourite to win the title.
World No. 33 Andreas Seppi defeated Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-4 in 87 minutes. Ramos was coming off a big win over Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, but was unable to carry forth the momentum. It is just the second time this season that Seppi has recorded back-to-back main draw wins, and will now be looking to reach his first semi-final since October 2013, when he reached the final four in Moscow.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, with Haas leading the head-to-head series 2-1. This is also the second time they meet on the red dirt, after Haas defeated Seppi 6-1, 6-2 last year in Madrid. While Haas is yet to regain his form from last season, he should hold an advantage tomorrow afternoon when he faces the Italian.
Prediction: Tommy Haas in Three Sets