Haas Wins 500th, Joins Del Potro in Vienna QFs; Tsonga, Berdych Advance In Stockholm; Venus Alive In Luxembourg
by Staff | October 19th, 2012, 1:38 am

ATP veteran Tommy Haas collected his 500th career match win on Thursday after the oft-injured German cruised past American Jesse Levine 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals in Vienna.

The 34-year-old Haas in enjoying one of his better season following years of battling ailments. Haas joins Roger Federer (871), Rafael Nadal (583) and Lleyton Hewitt (566) as the only active players to reach 500, and for the achievement Tommy was given a Fiat 500 by the tournament director.

“I knew for a few days that I would reach the milestone if I won this match. This was a big goal of mine,” said Haas. “In April, I was at around 472 wins and I knew it wouldn’t be easy to win another 27 or 28 matches. It makes me really proud and for sure this is one of my biggest achievements after everything that happened. The fact that it happened here in Vienna makes it very special. Getting such a gift on top of it makes it an amazing day for me.”

Haas will play qualifier Grega Zemlja on Friday.

Also, making his fall debut Juan Martin Del Potro is into the quarterfinals tomorrow where he’ll meet Australian Marinko Matosevic. The Argentine needed three tiebreaks to win his second rounder over Daniel Brands, in a Wednesday match that featured both players hitting 30 aces, a record for a 3-set affair.

“If I knew this was going to happen before, I would have stayed at home for sure,” Del Potro said. “But I played a nice match for my first round after a month without competition. He served really well every moment of the match. I served really well too.”

In Stockholm, top seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych continued their push toward the year-end London finals. Both reached the quarterfinals Thursday behind straight set wins. Tomorrow, Tsonga takes on Stakhosky while Berdych battles Youzhny.

Moscow has a combined event with the women’s field as the anchor. Sam Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and Maria Kirilenko remain alive for the title. Stosur just won her 400th career match.

And playing her first event since the US Open, Venus Williams knocked out Mona Barthel 7-6, 6-4 in the second round of Luxembourg. The former No. 1 will face top seed Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals Friday. Andrea Petkovic and Daniela Hantuchova also remain in the event.

This is the last week of the WTA’s regular season.

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10 Comments for Haas Wins 500th, Joins Del Potro in Vienna QFs; Tsonga, Berdych Advance In Stockholm; Venus Alive In Luxembourg

alison Says:

Congrats to Tommy Haas on his 500th career win,also great to have Delpo playing again,who i have to say is now turning into one of my new favorites,hope he can take the title.

RZ Says:

Great achievement for Haas! So glad he’s been playing well this year after all of his injuries and surgeries, especially because he’s easy on the eyes. :-)

RZ Says:

Berdych is almost a lock to make the WTF at this point, but if he fumbles and the other contenders (Tsonga, Delpo, Tipsy, and Almagro) have strong finishes, he could be sitting out. How funny would it be if Berdych didn’t make it because Almagro did? LOL. Don’t see that happening, though.

trufan Says:

Fed, almost certainly, will hit 900 wins in the early part of next year. He COULD hit 1000 in 2014, latest 2015 – hopefully he sticks around to play till then. I hope he does.

1000 match wins in this era would be another amazing achievement – considering Sampras stopped at 762, Agassi, despite playing till 35, was at 870 or something. Mcenroe was similar. Even Vilas was at 923 (Fed should be able to beat that next year) – and Vilas used to play clay tournaments like Nadal plays – every single one of them. He even had 130 wins in one season!

Lendl’s 1071 wins is a tough ask though. Even if Fed wins 60+ matches each year, it could be late 2015, or even 2016 when he gets there. If he plays till the Rio Olympics, he will most probably get there. Hard to tell if he will.

But 1000 should do it. Djoke, Nadal, Murray – none of them is getting to 1000 wins, that’s for sure.

rogerafa Says:

Rafa does not play every single clay tournament. He only plays five. Vilas used to play many more clay tournaments. There is just no comparison when it comes to the number of clay tournaments played every year.

MMT Says:

I have to say, I love watching Tommy Haas play, and wish he would continue for a long time. He’s old school, but he’s got a beautiful game to watch, and while he’s certainly past his best, could pose a threat at a big tournament or two if he could put it together for a stretch. Fair enough, he’s never really done that, but he’s fun to watch nonetheless.

alison Says:

RZ easy on the eyes,yes hes most deffinetly that lol.

RZ Says:

Alison, that’s maybe the main reasons he’s always been one of my favorites to watch. :-)

alison Says:

Congrats to Delpo on reacing the final at the vienna open,and also to his fellow finalist Zemliya on his 1st ATP final,i wouldnt know the guy if i fell over him in the street,but it must have been some performance,going by the scoreline he took Tipsaravic apart in that 3rd set 6 2,still hope Delpo can go and get the title.

alison Says:

^should be reaching not reacing duh^.

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