Defending champion and top seed Tommy Haas is through to the second semi-final of the season, where he will face Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan for the second time on the professional tour. Haas won their only other encounter two years ago in Hamburg and will be looking to maintain that winning streak on Saturday afternoon. Check out the Haas vs Klizan Head to Head matches.
World No. 16 Tommy Haas began his campaign to defend his BMW Open title with a straight sets victory over Alejandro Falla and followed up with a slightly more difficult match-up against Italian No. 2 Andreas Seppi. Haas toppled the Italian 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to prevail in slightly less than two hours. This marked Haas’ second win since a fourth-round exit to 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
“[I didn’t know] what to expect coming in here. Obviously, it’s a great feeling to get back-to-back matches in the belt,” he said. “Tough match today. It was very close, so happy to have pulled it out.”
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. His next opponent is qualifier Martin Klizan, who reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final since 2013 when he defeated Denis Istomin 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-1 in one hour and 49 minutes. The No. 111 will be looking to try and pick up his second upset of the week to reach the final.
“Very tricky player,” said Haas, looking ahead to the semi-finals. “When he’s on and he’s feeling well, he’s very dangerous, especially on clay. He was one of the best juniors many years ago. He must be feeling good, so I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty tight match.”
This marks the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Haas leading the series 1-0. Haas dominated their only other encounter, which also took place on clay, and will be looking to for another strong victory to set his second final of the season. Considering he is far from top form due to his shoulder injury, it is very possible that Klizan, who has been playing some fantastic tennis this week, could steal the win.
Prediction: Martin Klizan in Three Sets