Crowd favourite Tommy Haas has battled his way into the quarterfinals of the 2013 POWER HORSE CUP in Düsseldorf’s Rochusclub. Playing in his opening match at the Rolander Weg venue, the number two seeded German, who had a first round bye, dug deep to overcome the Croatian Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. "Dodig is an awkward customer, a fighter and every match is tight. I’m obviously happy to have won today,” said Haas.
Awaiting Haas in the quarterfinals is the Finn Jarkko Nieminen, who downed Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. Haas will have a tough job on his hands: “I’ve got some unfinished business with Jarkko as I lost to him at the Australian Open. He’s a good and experienced player. I hope it’ll be warmer tomorrow.”
There was not much between Haas and Dodig in the opening exchanges but then Dodig secured the first break in the fifth game and then another in the seventh. Even though he lost his own serve in the ninth game he rebroke Haas to wrap up the set 6-3.
The world No. 14 had a chance to break the Croatian in the very first game of the second set. He however relinquished the opportunity with an extremely fair gesture when he overruled the umpire’s decision on a Dodig first serve. Haas broke his opponent’s next serve and dominated the next few games before being pegged back at 4-4. Another break and a hold of serve eventually clinched him the second set 6-4.
The third and decisive passage turned into a battle of nerves whereby Haas was often under more pressure than his rival. In the exciting final stages luck was more on the side of the German who also produced the better shots. An ace on the final point secured the win against his “favourite opponent” whom he has now beaten three times this year.