The German players are giving the audience of the BMW Open great value for their ticket money as four home players advanced into the final eight when the quarter-final begins on Friday.
Tommy Haas had a tough task in his opener as he faced Ernst Gulbis whom showed strong form lately. He was of to a good start however, as he won the first set 6-3 in front of a very angry opponent throwing rackets all over the court.
The second set was tight and came down to a tiebreak. A tiebreak who the Latvian in the end rightfully won and forced a third set. The third set though, was a one way traffic affaire as Tommy Haas once again gained control early with some extraordinary shot making leaping into a 4-1 advantage. Again, Ernst lost his temper and from that point Haas easily brought it home 6-4 6-7 6-1 in front of a enthusiastic home crowd.
Haas told reporters: “It's never easy to play in a little bit of rain with the balls getting heavy. But they were the same conditions for my opponent.
“Gulbis is a tough player. He's got the better of me the last couple times in big matches, so I'm happy to have pulled this out in front of a home crowd.”
Haas will now face countryman Florian Mayer in the quarterfinal. Florian who earlier the same day came back from a set down to beat Marinko Matosevic 2-6 6-4 6-2.
Daniel brands pulled of an upset as he got the better of frenchman and former top-10 ranked Gael Monfils in three sets. They shared the games equally during the first two sets, 6-3 3-6, before Brands pulled the big trigger and cruised into the quarterfinals by winning the deciding set 6-0.
Brands will now face the first seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic who performed very well facing Grega Zemlja in the third match of the day. The 10th ranked Tipsarevic is looking for his second title of 2013, after winning ATP chennai earlier this year.
“I felt good. I was very cautious because I lost my last match to Grega,” Tipsarevic told reporters.“I was really pumped, because I knew he is a great returner and can turn the match around if you are not serving well. But on the other hand, I was good at using my chances today and this is why I have a comfortable win under my belt.”
The first man to reach the semis early this morning is Ivan Dodig from Croatia, who pulled of yet another upset sending Alexander Dolgopolov home in straight sets 6-4 6-4. This is the first time of 2013 that Dodig has made it into the semifinals and he will face a German up next. If it is Mayer or Haas he will face, we will know later today.
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