Tipsarevic through to Munich QFs, Haas beats Gulbis

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Janko Tipsarevic cruised into BMW Open 2013 QFs, Tommy Haas and Florian Mayer also advanced in Munich.

Top seed Tipsarevic had little problems taking out unseeded Slovenian Grega Zemlja in the second round of the Munich ATP World Tour 250 tournament. While 53rd-ranked Zemlja prevented his rival confirming the first break in the opener, he suffered another loss of serve at 3-3 and Tipsarevic served out the first set a few games later. He started the second one with a four straight games run, putting the outcome of the match beyond any doubt. In the end he progressed into the quarter-finals with a confident 6-4, 6-2 triumph.

In-form German veteran Haas was stretched to three sets by unseeded Ernerst Gulbis of Latvia, but he advanced after a dominant display in the decider. The opening set went with serve until 4-4 when third seed Haas clinched a crucial break and confirmed it to move one nil ahead. In the second set the players dropped one set each before playing a tie-break roulette after which the Latvian leveled the terms. The final set was soon over as a contest with the domestic player acquiring a double break cushion and serving out the match after two hours and thirteen minutes of tennis. End score: 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-1.

In the quarter-finals Haas will meet his fifth-seeded countryman Mayer who eliminated Australian Marinko Matosevic in three sets as well. The unseeded player seized the opening set in which Mayer was broken three times in a row. The German improved on his serving performance later in the match and held all of his service games to turn it around and claim a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Daniel Brands became the fourth German player in the Munich QFs after delivering his French opponent Gael Monfils a bagel in the crucial third set. Brands thus won with 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 and will square off against Tipsarevic next.

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