Haas beats defending champion Simon in Hamburg, Cilic also through

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German wild card holder Tommy Haas came back from a set down against the defending champion Gilles Simon at the bet-at-home Open – German Tennis Championships in Hamburg, winning 4-6  6-3  6-4.

Haas improved his head to head record against the Frenchman to 3-1 and was extremely satisfied with his performance today.

“I don’t take anything for granted. I’m really a happy guy. I’m happy to have the chance to be playing at this level after a tough injury again,” said the German after the match.

One of the key stats of the encounter was the conversion of the break point opportunities – Haas managed to capitalise on five out of seven break points and will have the chance to equal his best performance here in Hamburg from 1997, when he reached the semis.

Next up for Haas will be his countryman Florian Mayer, who eliminated Dutch Robin Haase 6-2  6-1 in just 56 minutes.

Mayer seems to be on top form, having had a great run at this year’s Wimbledon, only losing to the Serb Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Also through to the last 8 is last week’s Croatia Open winner Marin Cilic after dismissing Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis in straight sets 6-3  6-2. Cilic has got and impressive record of winning two out of the last three tournaments he has played.

The Croat will play Spaniard Albert Ramos next, who overcame Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6 (8)  4-6  6-3.

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