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Haas in shock win over Federer

Tennis

Tommy Haas showed he was still capable of springing a surprise at the age of 34 by ending a three-year title drought and beating second seed Roger Federer 7-6 6-4 in the Halle Open final on Sunday.

The German, who needed a wildcard to play in the event as he is now ranked 87th, had declared himself 'mystified' with his unexpected passage to the final.

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Tommy Haas (right) of Germany seen here with Switzerland's Roger Federer.

He was even more amazed on Sunday after beating a 30-year-old opponent who was the overwhelming favourite to win a sixth title at the Wimbledon warm-up event.

Haas's win also snapped a 10-year losing streak against Federer, with the Swiss having won their last nine meetings dating back to the 2002 Paris Masters.

Haas last captured a title at the same grasscourt venue in 2009. Just weeks later he enjoyed his most successful run at Wimbledon when he reached the semi-finals and will be hoping Sunday's result will also be a launchpad for another run deep into the tournament.

Federer has already enjoyed a memorable week at the German town in North Rhine-Westphalia after the main pathway up to the tennis stadium was named after him.

The 16-times grand slam champion is unlikely to be too concerned about failing to clear the final hurdle here as he would have fine-tuned his game for Wimbledon during the four matches he has played here. – Reuters

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