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Haas claims Tsonga scalp

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Berlin – Top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out of the ATP tournament here on Wednesday, beaten 6-1, 6-4 by former German No 1 Tommy Haas in their second round clash.

Haas, who was as high as No 2 in the world in 2002 but has slid to 134 in the rankings after suffering several injuries, tore into world No 5 Tsonga's serve breaking him in both the second and fourth games of the first set.

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Tsonga, who has not played since losing to compatriot Gilles Simon in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals, put up more of a fight in the second set but Haas made the break in the fifth game to go 3-2 up and held on to claim the win.

Haas, who is now a naturalised American, will play Cyprus's 2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis in the quarter-finals.

Tsonga for his part will move on to the Rome Masters to fine tune his preparation for the French Open which begins later this month. – Sapa-AFP

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