Veterans Tommy Haas and David Ferrer will be the favorites Sunday in ATP title matches. The 35-year-old Haas continues one of his best seasons reaching the Munich final where tomorrow he’ll take on countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Haas beat Ivan Dodig in his semifinal 6-4, 6-3 to return to the Munich final for the first time since 2000!
“It’s quite crazy,” Haas said of being back in the Munich final. “I don’t think it’s really hit me yet. Thirteen years is a long time and it’s pretty impressive, I think, to achieve something like that. I’d like to go one step further and win the title here once, that’s my main goal right now.”
Three of Haas’s 13 career titles have come in Germany.
In this all-German final, Haas and Kolschreiber, a third set breaker winner over another German Daniel Brands, have split their four meetings.
“It’s great for German tennis,” said Haas. “We played really well last year in all the German events and now again we’re going to have an all-German final, which I think is great for the fans.”
Spaniard David Ferrer seeks his third title of the year against Stanislas Wawrinka in the Oeiras final (formerly Estoril). Ferrer showed his top seeded form crushing Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-4 while Wawrinka needed three to oust rising star Pablo Carreno-Busta.
Ferrer has won seven of 10 meetings with the Swiss including the Buenos Aires final earlier this year.
Playing in his first ATP semifinal, the 21-year-old Carreno-Busta certainly made a name for himself this week qualifying then beating Julien Benneteau and Fabio Fognini.
“It was a great week,” said Carreno-Busta. “The match was tough. I played well, I fought all the points and I couldn’t come back in the match. I take positive things from this week. I rest for one week and the next tournament I’ll play qualifying is an ATP Challenger Tour event.”
The Spaniard began the year ranked No. 717 but will move up from a current mark of 228 to into the Top 175.
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