Vienna, Austria (4E Sports) – Tommy Haas boosted his chances of making it to the ATP World Tour Finals after clinching a spot in the title match at the Erste Bank Open via a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(0) victory over Lukas Rosol.
Haas has an outside chance of earning one of the four remaining spots at the ATP World Tour Finals, looking to close the gap on the 11th-placed Milos Raonic, who lost in the If Stockholm Open quarterfinals.
“There’s still a chance, but obviously I will have to play extremely well next week and also in Paris, maybe even win Paris,” said Haas. “I’ll give it my best try. Nothing’s impossible. I’d just like to play some good tennis for the remainder of the season.”
Haas will contest his 27th ATP World Tour final against Robin Haase, who topped top seed and 2011 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-5, 7-6(4) in 93 minutes.
With the loss, Tsonga’s hopes of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals took a serious blow.
Currently sitting in the eighth and final spot in the event, Tsonga would have leapt past Swiss contenders Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka with a run to the Vienna title.
In Stockholm, top seed David Ferrer advanced to the final of the If Stockholm Open with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Ernests Gulbis.
Ferrer stormed back after dropping the first set to Gulbis, breaking for an early 4-1 lead in the second set and eventually reeling off a stretch of seven consecutive games before closing it out.
In the final, the 31-year-old Ferrer will face Grigor Dimitrov, who defeated Benoit Paire, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal pairing.
Meanwhile, Richard Gasquet continued his push to the ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Ivo Karlovic in the semifinal of the Kremlin Cup.
Gasquet pulled to within a mere 35 points from Tsonga for the eighth and final position in the Race to London.
The world No. 10 will face qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin in Sunday’s Moscow final, with a win vaulting him past Tsonga and putting him close on the heels of Swiss contenders Federer and Wawrinka.
Kukushkin ousted second seed and defending Moscow champion Andreas Seppi, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the other semifinal match.
On the women’s side, seventh seed Samantha Stosur defeated eighth-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-4, to punch a ticket to the final.
Fifth seed Simona Halep followed Stosur into the final with a 62 61 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
At the Luxemborg Open, top seed Caroline Wozniacki and Annika Beck beat separate semifinal rivals to seal their title clash.
Wozniacki defeated third seed Sabine Lisicki, 6-4, 6-4, while Beck advanced after Stefanie Voegele retired with an apparent injury while trailing, 7-5, 1-0.