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Dolgopolov climbs with Haas win

ESPN staff
August 6, 2012
Alexandr Dolgopolov improved his ATP ranking considerably with victory over Tommy Haas in Washington D.C. © Getty Images

Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov took his second career ATP Tour title with victory over Tommy Haas in the Citi Open in Washington DC, seeing off the German veteran 6-7(7) 6-4 6-1 on Sunday.

The final was interrupted by rain twice in the first set, and after a lengthy second pause resumed almost four hours after it had started.

Haas was broken for just the second time this week when Dolgopolov took a 4-3 lead in the opening set, but the German broke back immediately on serve and then sealed the set with his fourth set point opportunity in a tie-break.

Haas then faced four break points on serve in the second before eventually being broken by Dolgopolov as the second seed drew the match level at a set each, and the Ukrainian then closed out victory with a forceful final set as he secured victory after two-and-a-quarter hours.

"For sure, I'm very happy, and especially winning a match like that [which is] really tight, goes up and down, the rain breaks," said Dolgopolov, who with victory inflicted Haas' first loss in nine finals contested on US soil. "I'm really happy with myself that I stayed concentrated and was in the match in all the three sets."

Haas, who was appearing in his third final in his last five tournaments, said after defeat: "Obviously I'm a little bit frustrated right now. I thought I had some chances to win this title and I really wanted it. It's always tough to lose, even when you had a great week, but you just have to let it sink in and overall, I'm really proud to get here to a final and play really solid tennis. I just hope I can stay injury-free and keep going and try to keep it moving."

Dolgopolov's win moved him up to 16th in the latest ATP rankings while Haas now occupies 25th.

Men's rankings: 1. Roger Federer (SWI), 2. Novak Djokovic (SBR), 3. Rafael Nadal (ESP), 4. Andy Murray (GBR), 5. David Ferrer (ESP), 6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 7. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 8. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), 10. Juan Monaco (ARG).

Women's rankings: 1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 2. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 3. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 4. Serena Williams (USA), 5. Sam Stosur (AUS), 6. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 7. Angelique Kerber (GER), 8. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 9. Sara Errani (ITA) 10. Marion Bartoli (FRA)

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