Fognini ousts Haas in Germany

Updated: July 12, 2013


Former runner-up Tommy Haas was a
quarterfinal upset loser Friday at the hands of Italian Fabio Fognini
at the $530,000 Mercedes Cup tennis event.

The top-seeded, long-time German crowd favorite Haas succumbed to the
fifth-seeded Fognini 6-2, 6-4 in 74 minutes on the red clay at Weissenhof
Tennis Club. Fognini broke Haas’ serve three times while holding his serve
throughout on Day 5.

The 35-year-old world No. 11 Haas was the Stuttgart runner-up back in 1999.

The German faithful were treated to a quarterfinal victory when second-seeded
Philipp Kohlschreiber straight-setted 2010 Stuttgart runner-up Gael Monfils,
of France, 6-4, 6-4.

Another upset came when 2009 Stuttgart runner-up Victor Hanescu, of Romania,
took out fourth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-2. Hanescu will tangle
with Kohlschreiber in Saturday’s semifinals.

The other semi will pit Fognini against rising Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut,
who was leading Michael Berrer 6-2, 0-1 when the German wild card retired
with a left elbow injury on Day 5.

This week’s champion will take home $110,000 and a brand new Mercedes-Benz
sports car.