Djokovic ousts Haas for a Toronto SF place, plays Tipsarevic next

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Top seed Novak Djokovic was able to reach the semifinal of the Rogers Cup after he defeated German veteran Tommy Haas in three sets 6-3 3-6 6-3. The Serbian player broke early in the first set as he took Haas’ serve in the fourth game to get an early lead. Despite Djokovic having a first serve percentage of 39 and facing 5 break points, he was able to hold serve in throughout the rest of the set and take it 6-3. Haas wasn’t very impressive in this set, hitting 8 winners and 17 unforced errors, while Djokovic hit 9 winners and 10 unforced erros.

The 34-year old German raised his game in the second set and was able to break Djokovic’s serve in the fourth game to take the lead. After managing to avert 4 break points throughout the rest of the set, Haas was then able to close it out 6-3 and level the score. Haas had 10 winners and 16 unforced errors and won 4/5 net points on his way to win the set in 53 minutes.

The final set saw one break of serve as well, and just as in the previous two sets, it came in the fourth game, but this time for Djokovic. He never let go of his lead and sailed to a 6-3 set and match vicotory. Haas had a break point in the last game, but failed to convert it. The German, who played six sets in two matches yesterday, hit 24 winners and 43 unforced errors to Djokovic’s 20 winners and 24 unforced errors respectively.

In the semifinal, the world no. 2 will play with fellow countryman Janko Tipsarevic, who defeated Spaniard Marcel Granollers  in straight sets 6-4 6-4. The Serbian needed just one break in every set to win the match in 97 minutes. He didn’t give any chances to his opponent, winning 77% of service points and 40% of return points to set the semifinal clash with Djokovic.

Djokovic, who has a winning record of 4-2 against Tipsarevic, talked about playing against his friend saying, “It’s never easy, but we are professionals. We try to win the match whoever is across the net. We met first time probably 12, 15 years ago back in Serbia, and he was the best junior in the world and one of the players I was looking up to. I’m very glad that he managed to come to Top 10.  He’s playing probably the best tennis of his life in the last 15 months.”

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