Haas defeats Isner, faces Raonic in San Jose final

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The SAP Open 2013 final in San Jose will feature defending champ Milos Raonic and Tommy Haas. They eliminated Americans Isner and Querrey, respectively.

Fourth-seeded German veteran Haas is still a man to beat in San Jose as he threw out home crowd favorite John Isner in the semifinal clash. He opened the game excellently by converting his first break ball opportunity and went 3-0 up in the first set. The players held their serves easily after that and World No. 22 Haas ended the opener on a high note by serving it out with a love hold.

The athletes defended one break ball each by 4-4 in the following set before the German stole his second-seeded opponent’s serve for a 5-4 advantage. He was now serving for the final ticket and produced a couple of match balls straight away. The second one did the trick for Haas who won with a 6-3, 6-4 final score after exactly one hour spent on the Center court. He hit 8 aces (Isner 9) and won 87% of first serve points, 17 percent more than Isner. Haas can now set his sights on his fourteenth career title in the Sunday’s final.

However, he will have a difficult time achieving it with a two-time SAP Open champion standing on the other side of the net. Top seed Canadian Raonic has not lost a match in San Jose for more than two years now and claimed both 2011 and 2012 titles. In the today’s semifinal he got the better of third seed American Sam Querrey. Raonic broke Querrey in the opening game, generated five more break balls, wasted three set balls, but served the opener out elegantly with a game to love.

There was no light at the end of the tunnel for the US player as he suffered two losses of serve by 4-1 in the set number two and could not produce anything that would upset the top seed. The last game of the encounter consisted of Raonic scoring a couple of service winners and blasting two aces past his opponent. It was all over in a bit more than an hour with the Canadian moving into the final with a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Apart from smashing 12 aces, Raonic won 88% of first as well as second serve points.

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