Haas Bounces Defending Champ at ATP Houston Claycourts


Posted on April 9, 2009

Former No. 2 Tommy Haas, who needed a wildcard to get into the main draw at the US Men's Clay Court Championships, on Thursday bounced defending champion Marcel Granollers of Spain 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to move into the quarterfinals.

"It's not easy playing here, to be honest," Haas told the media. "The balls are hard and the clay is slippery. If you don't hit the ball clean, it flies away."

Also moving into the quarters were unseeded Argentine Guillermo Canas, who eased past wildcard American Taylor Dent 6-2, 6-2; unseeded Russian Evgeny Korolev who bounced Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3, 7-6(4); and unseeded German Bjorn Phau who shuttled out American qualifier Scoville Jenkins 6-4, 7-6(2).

Friday quarterfinal match-ups are American wildcard John Isner vs. Wayne Odesnik in an all-American meeting, (WC) Haas vs. Phau in an all-German, Canas vs. Korolev, and Spaniard Guillermo "G-Lo" Garcia-Lopez vs. Lleyton Hewitt.


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