"That doesn"t happen to me very often in my game, because sometimes I have to play very aggressively," said the native of hamburg after his final appearance. Haas needed 93 minutes to defeat u.S."S mardy fish 6-3, 7-5. The amazing thing: the oldie managed 21 winning strokes with only seven unforced errors – not a single mistake was made by the tennis pro in the 33-minute first set. "To beat people like mardy fish, you have to play at a high level," haas said.
His opponent paid him respect. "He has certainly returned to his old class," fish said. "There is no shame in losing to someone like him. But of course I"m not satisfied with the result," said the world number 15.
Haas had to fight with the US-boy especially in the second round in scorching heat. "Mardy is a tough player who is playing his best tennis. He was unbelievable this week," haas said.
For haas, an american by choice, even reaching the final in washington was something special. He had never been beyond the preliminary round here before. But after a concentrated tournament performance, haas has now reached the final for the third time in his past five events.
Against ukrainian alexander dolgopolov, who eliminated local hero sam querrey 6:4, 6:4, the 34-year-old had his sights set on his second tournament win of the year late sunday evening. "He"s always been a dangerous player," haas said of the 23-year-old. "With him you never know what to expect, sometimes some wacky and very dangerous strokes."
Haas" triumph also added fuel to the olympics debate. Despite excellent form he did not receive a nomination for the games in london. Philipp petzschner from bayreuth missed the olympic round of 16, philipp kohlschreiber from augsburg cancelled his participation due to injury.