Tennis

Haas tops Isner to reach SAP final

Share This Story

   
 

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)

German veteran Tommy Haas reached his first final in six months by beating John Isner 6-3, 6-4 in the SAP Open on Saturday, setting up a decider against top seed and defending champion Milos Raonic.

The 34-year-old qualified for his 25th career final and will be looking for his 14th career title. He will face Raonic, who breezed past Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2.

''Numbers and rankings don't mean as much to me as reaching the final of a tournament,'' Haas said. ''At my age, you're always looking for another title. Hopefully I can play well again tomorrow.''

The 22nd-ranked Haas made his debut in San Jose in 1998 and reached this final for the first time.

''It's a tough sport, it's a grind,'' Haas said. ''Moments like this, when you're on such a high winning these matches, make you appreciate all the hard work you put in. You never know. It can be easy to just say, `Oh, maybe next week.' Mentally I thought I can still achieve something and that has kept me going.''

''You might start thinking that all these younger guys have passed you by, but you can help your all-around game. That's what you have to keep thinking.''

Isner, who missed the Australian Open because of a bruised right knee, was successful on just 58 percent of his first serves.

''Normally I can serve better than how I did,'' Isner said. ''That's what decided the match. He played a lot better than I did. He didn't miss too many serves. He was very good.''

Raonic, undefeated in San Jose, is attempting to become the first player in the Open era began in 1968 to win here three consecutive years, and the first overall since Tony Trabert did it between 1953-55.

Raonic and Haas will be meeting for the first time.

The 13th-ranked Raonic recorded 12 aces in his match against Querrey and won 88 percent of his second serve points.

''I've been going up and down in regards to my return,'' Raonic said. ''I started aggressively and carried that through the match. I'm returning well, moving well and serving well, the whole thing. Everything is on the right track and that gives you confidence that all the work is paying off.''

The Canadian leads the tournament in service games won (31 of 31), first serve points (90 percent) and has 39 aces.

Querrey said the inability to handle Raonic's serve made all the difference.

''He's the only guy in the field who has been over 140 (mph) on his serve consistently all week,'' Querrey said. ''Even if you can get your racket on it, you might not get it clean. You try to get the ball in play and go from there. I wasn't even close to getting to it.''

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Tennis Videos

Djokovic tops Federer in five-set Wimbledon final Posted: Jul 06, 2014
Novak Djokovic captures his second Wimbledon title while denying Roger Federer a...

Dramatic Moments of the Week: 6/2-6/8 Posted: Jun 09, 2014
We count down the most dramatic moments from the week in sports, including the K...

Williams sisters bounced at Roland Garros Posted: May 28, 2014
Andy Roddick on Venus and Serena losing on the same day at the French Open.

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store