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Haase upsets Thiem, Zverev advances at Gerry Weber Open

23 Juin 2017

Dominic Thiem was a surprise big-name casualty at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany as the Austrian was beaten by Robin Haase.

Alexander Zverev also only needed the two sets to go through, seeing off Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4 in an all-German second-round match.

It was his first win against the world number 56 in three attempts and came without a single break point conceded. "He mixes it up well with his slice and serve, so he's always a hard opponent on this surface", said Zverev, the world number 12.

A break of serve in each set was enough for the Italian Open champion to reach his seventh quarter-final of the season, where he will take on seventh-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

Haase saved three set points en route to a 6-3 7-6 (9/7) victory, which secures his first quarter-final in Halle at the fifth attempt.

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"I'm very satisfied because Philipp is someone who can play very well on grass", Zverev told the official ATP website.

"It was not the best start I've had".

"I hope to get some matches next week (in Antalya) and then get ready for Wimbledon".

Next up for Haase will be French Richard Gasquet, who made it past grass-court specialist Bernard Tomic easier than expected in the opening match of the day at Halle.

The second set followed a similar pattern, as Tomic struggled to overcome the Frenchman's excellent returning game and was broken two further times to sink to defeat in exactly one hour.

Haase upsets Thiem, Zverev advances at Gerry Weber Open