Resurgent Haas ousts Simon in Hamburg

3:13 PM, Jul 18, 2012   |    comments
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Hamburg, Germany (Sports Network) - Long-time German crowd favorite Tommy Haas upset second-seeded and defending champion Gilles Simon in Wednesday's second-round action at the $1.1 million German Tennis Championships.

The wild card former world No. 2 Haas fought back to bounce the French Simon in 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 fashion on the red clay at Rothenbaum Tennis Arena. The oft- injured Haas is into the quarterfinals here for the first time in 13 years.

Simon beat Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, this week's top seed, in last year's Hamburg finale.

The 34-year-old Haas stunned the tennis world by beating Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in a title match in Halle here in Germany last month. The sweet- swinging German has won eight of his last 10 matches on tour.

Fourth-seeded Marin Cilic stayed red-hot with a 6-3, 6-2 pasting of Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis. Cilic is fresh off his clay-court title in Umag in his native Croatia last week.

Also on Wednesday, seventh-seeded German Florian Mayer whipped Dutchman Robin Haase 6-2, 6-1 and Spaniard Albert Ramos snuck past Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-3. The big-serving Rosol shocked the great Rafael Nadal in a second-round match on Centre Court at Wimbledon last month.

Ramos will face Cilic in Friday's quarterfinals, while Mayer will meet Haas in an all-German affair.

In some second-round action on Thursday, Almagro will battle former top-five star and 2009 Hamburg titlist Nikolay Davydenko of Russia and third-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco will tangle with Spaniard Daniel Munoz-De La Nava. Almagro was last week's runner-up in Bastad., while Monaco was a runner-up in Stuttgart last week.

The 2012 Hamburg champion will collect $265,000.

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