KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Tommy Haas hinted at cutting short his farewell season and retiring immediately after losing to fellow German player Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the opening round of the Generali Open on Tuesday.
”It’s a terrible feeling. It could well be that this was my last match,” said the 39-year-old Haas, who was once ranked No. 2. ”I am not playing anymore what I am capable of. And that is disappointing. It’s my job to go out there and win matches.”
Ranked 248th, Haas entered the final clay-court event of the year on a wild card. He is 6-14 this year, having lost all six matches since upsetting Roger Federer in Stuttgart in June.
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Struff joined fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round. The 2015 champion beat Facundo Bagnis of Argentina 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, three days after pulling out of his semifinal in Hamburg with a thigh injury.
Kohlschreiber next plays seventh-seeded Jiri Vesely, who defeated Yannick Hanfmann of Germany 6-4, 6-4.
Also, Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo upset two-time former champion Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-4; and Horacio Zeballos of Argentina saved four match points in the second set before beating Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil 2-6, 7-6 (11), 7-6 (4).
Gerald Melzer of Austria, a semifinalist last year, and Renzo Olivo of Argentina also advanced to the second round.