ROME (AP) — The seemingly ageless Tommy Haas upset third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 Thursday to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals.
The oldest player in the draw at 36, Haas used his expertise to give Wawrinka trouble with heavy topspin on the red clay courts at the Foro Italico.
The 15th-seeded Haas broke Wawrinka to take a 5-3 lead in the third with a series of deep spinning shots which eventually prompted Wawrinka to miss a forehand.
Haas then served an ace down the middle on his first match point.
Wawrinka has had a solid year by winning the Australian Open and the Monte Carlo Masters but he also had an early exit in last week’s Madrid Open — leaving his form in question as he enters Roland Garros in 10 days.
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