Vienna, Austria (4E Sports) – Tommy Haas edged Robin Haase, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, in the final of the Erste Bank Open to win his second title of the year and keep his flickering hopes of advancing to the ATP Race to London alive.
Haas, the 13th player to win multiple titles on the ATP World Tour in 2013, also won his 15th career crown. He also became the 15th champion over 30 years of age on the ATP World Tour this year.
“I’m very happy. Obviously it’s a great feeling to win a title,” said Haas. “It doesn’t come around very often. To do it here after (also winning) in 2001, it’s special.”
With the victory, Haas earned 250 ATP Ranking points, pulling within 700 points of Richard Gasquet for the coveted eighth and final ticket to London.
Haas still a chance to overtake Gasquet with strong showings in Valencia and Paris. A combined 1500 points are in play for the winners in the final two weeks of the season.
Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov stunned David Ferrer, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, to capture his first ATP World Tour title at the If Stockholm Open.
The 22-year-old Dimitrov finished the match in two hours and 14 minutes to become the eighth first time champion in 2013 and the first Bulgarian to win on the ATP World Tour in the Open Era.
“To beat a top guy in a final, it’s a great feeling and it’s good for your mental state. You know you can hang with these guys and the next time you play against them, especially in the Grand Slams, you will be better prepared,” Dimitrov said.
In Moscow, Gasquet moved to No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Race To London after winning the Kremlin Cup title with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin.
After gaining 160 points from his third title this season, Gasquet leapfrogged countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for eighth place.
Following Andy Murray’s withdrawal, the player in ninth position in the standings at the end of the regular season will claim the final berth in the elite eight-man field at The O2 in London.
On the women’s side, Simona Halep won her fifth WTA title of the year after beating seventh seed Sam Stosur, 7-6 (1), 6-2.
Halep now has the second-most WTA titles ever for a Romanian, breaking a three-way tie at four WTA titles with Irina Spirlea and Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie. She now trails Virginia Ruzici, who won 12 WTA titles in her career.
Only Serena Williams, who has 10 victories this season, has more WTA titles than Halep.
Meanwhile, top seed Caroline Wozniacki displayed vintage form at the Luxembourg Open, defeating Annika Beck, 6-2, 6-2, for her first WTA title of the year.