Racquet Rebels Tommy Haas and Richard Gasquet each won HEAD-to-HEAD finals, with both moving closer to possible spots in the season-ending ATP World Tour Championships in London. The 35-year-old Haas rolled back the clock as he beat Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win his second title at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. Gasquet made a successful debut in Moscow with his win over fellow Racquet Rebel Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Haas, 2001 Vienna champion, won the 15th title of his career. "I'm very happy obviously," said the German who recommends the YouTek™ IG Prestige. "Winning a title doesn't come around that often, so it's a great feeling having done it twice this year. This is really a special place for me."
The Dutch Haase, who also endorses the YouTek™ IG Prestige, had been hoping for a third title in Austria after winning Kitzbuehel in 2011 and 2012. "It was back and forth at the start," said Haase. "It was a final and we were both perhaps a bit nervous. I got a better groove going and moved up a set and a break. I played some loose errors and he got back in the match, taking the initiative."
Gasquet, who recommends the YouTek™ IG Extreme, earned his third trophy of 2013 and tenth of his career. He has passed to eighth in the race to London. “I really enjoyed my performance in Moscow and I want to come back here next year to defend my title,” said the HEAD champion. “This is one of the most successful seasons in my career but the race to London is not over yet and I now need to concentrate on my further playing to get there.”
The 102-ranked Kukushkin, who endorses the YouTek™Graphene™ Speed, was playing his second ATP-level final in Moscow. He won St. Petersburg Open in 2010 by beating fellow HEAD ace title Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
In Moscow women's doubles, HEAD's Svetlana Kuznetsova teamed with Samantha Stosur to win the title over Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova 6-1, 1-6, 10-8 (match tiebreak).