"When i look at olympics, i’m still surprised i’m not there," haas said tuesday after his 6-4, 6-2 win over american michael russell. Haas, who is the third best german in the world rankings, emphasized: "the german olympic committee did not nominate me, which was a big mistake in my eyes. But that is life."
In the eighth finals of the hard-court event, which is worth 1.05 million dollars, the 34-year-old, seeded number four, will now meet leonardo mayer from argentina. Tobias kamke (lubeck) and benjamin becker (mettlach) also won their opening matches. Kamke defeated frenchman benoit paire 6:3, 7:5. Becker defeated american steve johnson 6:3, 6:3. Bjorn phau (weilerswist) is eliminated after losing 6:4, 1:6, 2:6 to american mardy fish.
At the olympic tennis tournament in wimbledon, the late-rounder philipp petzschner was the only german singles participant to fail early on. Philipp kohlschreiber had to cancel his start at short notice after his final in kitzbuhel because of an injury.
Haas would have liked to take part in the olympic tournament in wimbledon, but the resurgent old champion – decorated with silver in 2000 – had not been registered by the german olympic sports confederation (DOSB) for a possible wildcard with the international tennis federation (ITF).
"I was fit and ready to play," haas said now in washington. "It’s a special opportunity, it’s at wimbledon. I was very disappointed not to be part of it, but you also forget that sometime and try to concentrate on your tournament."