Haas joins Haase, Rosol in Vienna semis
VIENNA (AP) - Tommy Haas reached his seventh semifinal of the season by defeating fifth-seeded Radek Stepanek 7-6 (10), 6-3 at the Erste Bank Open on Friday.
The victory kept the 12th-ranked German in the running to qualify for next month's ATP World Tour Finals in London.
''I live from match to match,'' said Haas, who has never before played in the season-ending event.
Haas will face another Czech, eighth-seeded Lukas Rosol, for a place in Sunday's final. Robin Haase will take on either top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Dominic Thiem in the other semifinal.
Haas failed to serve out the opening set at 6-5 but won the tiebreaker after saving four set points for Stepanek. He converted his only break point in the second set.
''It was mentally and physically tough,'' the second-seeded Haas said. ''The tiebreaker was really great from both of us. I felt it was important to win it. If I'd lost it, I would have been very frustrated.''
Haase, who won both his career titles in Austria, rallied to defeat third-seeded Fabio Fognini 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 to advance to his fourth semifinal of the season.
Haase didn't face a break point in the entire match. Fognini had 32 baseline errors and ended the match with his second double-fault.
''I had my chances in the first set as well but lost it as he played an incredible passing shot,'' Haase said. ''When I was 3-1 up in the decider and won five straight points from 40-0 down, I knew I wasn't going to lose this match.''
Earlier, Rosol beat Ruben Bemelmans 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Rosol broke the 176th-ranked qualifier once each in the first and final sets to reach his second career semifinal, and first since winning his maiden title in Bucharest in April.
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