Both have a good chance of winning the big one on the bavarian sand this weekend: not only a prize of 72,000 euros awaits the winner of the tournament, but also a racy sports car. Even a german final is possible now.
In his quarterfinal match, 34-year-old haas in particular shone once again on the munich center court. The 6:1, 7:6 (7:3) over the cypriot marcos baghdatis he played out almost as superior as his success against the french world class man jo-wilfried tsonga on wednesday. Kohlschreiber hardly had any trouble at all in his 6:0, 7:6 (7:5) win over australian marinko matosevic. "I hope for the dream of the final," the augsburg native confessed.
Haas, an american by choice, has reached the final round of a tournament on the profit tour for the first time in almost three years – the last time he did so was in los angeles in august 2009. "It’s been a long time since I’ve had a success like this. I never knew if something like this would happen again," said haas. "But with the victories comes confidence now, too."
Now the strong croat marin cilic will stand in his way in the semifinals of the 450,000 euro BMW open on saturday. Kohlschreiber will face spanish player feliciano lopez, who beat australian youngster bernard tomic in two sets on friday, in the round of the last four.
Haas preserved his magnificent condition from the gala against tsonga. He took the first service game from baghdatis, the world number 39, right away. Down to zero. Haas rarely allowed himself to be weak in his own service. After just six minutes and a score of 3:0, the first set was de facto decided. In the end he won the match with a perfect longline ball, which was applauded by the 4000 spectators in good summer weather. Baghdatis held up a little better in the second set, which haas won again: the german had the better end for himself in the tiebreak.
Against marin cilic he was not allowed to have it so easy. The rough croatian eliminated the russian mikhail yuzhni, the winner from two years ago. At 6:3, 6:7 (6:8), 6:3, the former top-10 player had only intermittent problems. Lopez beat tomic 6:4, 6:2.
Kohlschreiber, tournament winner in 2007, won set one against qualifier matosevic in a fast break and set two in a tiebreak. "More than in set one is not possible," he said. Last year, two germans had already reached the semifinals in munich – but then florian mayer and philipp petzschner met directly in the preliminary round.