Dodig upsets Dolgopolov to set up Munich semis against Haas

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Tommy Haas and Ivan Dodig achieved straight sets victories and will square off against each other in the Munich 2013 ATP tournament semis.

After seeing off his countryman Cilic in the second round, 56th-ranked Dodig overcame another seeded player at BMW Open in Munich. Fifth seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov annulled his third-game loss of serve by 3-3, yet he got broken again at 4-4, allowing the Croat to seal the set with a hold to love. The beginning of the second set resembled the previous one as unseeded Dodig stole the Ukrainian’s serve in the third game and consolidated the break after fending off three re-break points. No more break ball chances were generated later in the set which meant the one-time ATP winner Croat could serve out the match and book his semifinal ticket with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph after one hour and eighteen minutes of play. He thus extended his head-to-head lead against Dolgopolov to 2-0 and will challenge domestic player Haas in the semis.

Haas maintained his fine form to confirm his spotless head-to-head record against his fifth –seeded compatriot Florian Mayer whom he defeated for the fifth time in career. The third seed veteran, a Munich runner-up back in 2000, gave away a serve first, but clawed right back to make it 3-3. He completed his comeback by breaking Mayer again when the latter was serving to keep the set alive. The following set was all about the 35-year-old athlete who kept helpless Mayer at bay by building a 5-1 double break lead and capped off his impressive quarterfinal Munich performance with a follow-up hold to love – it was all over after merely one hour of tennis. End score: 6-4, 6-1.

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