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Tommy Haas of Germany will meet Dutchman Robin Haase in the final of the Austrian Open on Sunday. - EPA/ Sebastian Pucher
VIENNA (AFP): Robin Haase upset top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) to earn a Sunday final at the Austrian Open against German veteran Tommy Haas.
Haas reached his third Vienna final as furious opponent Lukas Rosol cracked a racquet in half when facing six match points, drawing a point penalty which handed his German opponent a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) win.
Tsonga, competing in a fourth event in the last five weeks, was playing with a heavy strapping on the left knee which kept him out of tennis for nearly three months over the summer.
"Haase is a good player who gave me trouble on clay in Madrid," said Frenchman Tsonga, who is trying to claim one of the four remaining places at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London.
"I'm not in the best of shape and it showed out there. But I have to keep playing if I want to make London. I had my chances but he was too good. I just have to keep fighting and trying to win matches."
Haase, the world number 63, owns two trophies at the famed Austrian alpine resort of Kitzbuhel but both were on clay.
Haas is the second seed and was champion at the Stadthalle 12 years ago and losing finalist in 2000 to Tim Henman.
"I first played here in 1997, so to be back in the final in 2013 is great, it's very special," said Haas. "I feel good about it, I'm very happy.
"Overall I knew it would be a tough match, he's the kind of opponent who once he gets some confidence can be very tough. That's how it was.
"The tiebreak in the third set was key. I played it well and he gave me some unforced errors which helped. It came down to a few points."
The 35-year-old German also remains in the chase for the eight-man season wrap-up starting in little more than a fortnight in London.
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