French Open: German veteran Tommy Haas reaches last eight at Roland Garros
Last Updated: 03/06/13 4:00pm
Veteran Tommy Haas became the first German in 17 years to make the quarter-finals of the French Open as he swept past a frustrated Mikhail Youzhny.
The 35-year-old also became the oldest man to make a last eight at any Grand Slam for eight years as he eased past the Russian 6-1 6-1 6-3 in just 84 minutes.
Haas had lost on clay in straight sets to Youzhny in Rome last month but the 12th seed, who made history in the third round when he needed a record 13 match points to beat John Isner, was never troubled on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
After losing the opening game, he proceeded to win the next ten in a row which frustrated Youzhny so much he smashed his racket nine times against his courtside chair.
Haas, who claimed his 14th ATP title at the BMW Open in Munich earlier this year, is the oldest men's quarter-finalist in Paris since 39-year-old Istvan Gulyas in 1971 and he is also the first German in the last eight since Michael Stich and Bernd Karbacher in 1996.
Andre Agassi was the last 35-year-old to reach a grand slam quarter-final at the 2005 US Open.
"It was a pretty good performance. I was broken in the first game but I got my bearings, got into the groove," said the evergreen former world No 2 who is enjoying a renaissance in a career which has been decimated by a series of injuries.
"He gave me a lot of unforced errors so I just kept doing what I was doing."
Haas will next take on world No 1 Novak Djokovic, who beat fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber, for a semi-final spot.