Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tommy's No Haas Been as He Breezes into Quarters

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tommy's No Haas Been as He Breezes into Quarters

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TOMMY HAAS today became the oldest man to reach the singles quarter-finals at a Grand Slam since 2005 when thrashing of Mikhail Youzhny at the French Open.

The 35-year-old was pushed to 10-8 in the fifth set in beating John Isner in the third round but today dropped just five games in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 victory.

Haas, who first played at Roland Garros 15 years ago, had never previously made it to the last eight.

The German's longevity may be partly due to a number of lengthy spells out with injury, most recently in 2011 when he briefly dropped off the rankings altogether.

Returning this time two years ago, Haas was 896th in the world. By last summer he had climbed almost back into the top 100 and had to qualify for the French Open.

Seeded 12th for this tournament, today's win will put him close to a return to the top 10 for the first time since 2007.

Youzhny upset eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic in the last round but could not get into the match today and took his frustration out on his racket in spectacular fashion at 3-0 down in the second set -- the Russian smashing it nine times on the back of his chair. …

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