ATP Rome Masters: Haas stuns Wawrinka; Djokovic comes from behind to reach quarters
Last Updated: 15/05/14 10:28pm
German 15th seed Tommy Haas came from behind to dump Stanislas Wawrinka out of the Rome Masters on Thursday.
The pair shared early breaks in the first set, with Australian Open champion Wawrinka having to save a set point before breaking Haas to lead 6-5.
The Swiss third seed then held his serve to seal the first set 7-5 and continued his good form in the second set, breaking early.
However Hass hit back, breaking his opponent before breaking twice more to win the set 6-2 and push the match into a decider.
The German then broke to go 5-3 up and closed out the game with an ace on his first match point to prevail and maintain his perfect record against Wawrinka, having now won both his matches against the 2008 finalist.
The 36-year-old will next take on Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the semi-finals after the in-form 12th seed fought back from a set down to send Czech Tomas Berdych tumbling out of the tournament.
The 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-2 victory was the Bulgarian's third win over his opponent in their last four meetings.
Djokovic rallies to advance
Joining Haas and Dimitrov in the last eight is Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic, who beat French 11th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to progress.
However, Tsonga's compatriot Jeremy Chardy beat Croatian Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-2 in a battle of unseeded players to reach the quarters.
Fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer continued his fine run of form on the red dirt by making light work of Ernests Gulbis 6-2 6-3.
Ferrer will now meet second seed Novak Djokovic who recovered from a very shaky start to eventually overpower Philipp Kohlschreiber in three sets.
Djokovic was initially unhappy with court conditions at the Foro Italico and it affected his game badly early on as he made numerous errors to find himself 4-0 behind.
He did rally, but Kohlschreiber still took the opening set, although the Serb began to settle down in the second and levelled the contest as he broke his opponent three times.
By this stage it was one-way traffic and Djokovic raced out into a 5-0 lead in the decider as he produced some wonderful touches for the crowd, eventually completing a 4-6 6-2 6-1 success.