WASHINGTON: Tommy Haas went down in defeat in a rain-soaked final at the Citi Open, losing 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-1 to Alexandr Dolgopolov with the frustrated German upset by wet patches on a court that had been pounded by rain for nearly three hours.
Haas blew up in anger in Sunday’s third game of the final set against the Ukrainian whom he looked to have under control after winning the opening set in a tiebreaker after the lengthy rain interruption, which came as the German fourth seed led 6-5 in the first set. Haas was upset by dead bounces, the result of water seeping through the court at the ageing facility in the US capital. The 34-year-old, winner in Halle two months ago over Roger Federer on grass, managed to win the first set but quickly lost his edge against the number 25 as he dropped serve early in the second and slid downhill from that point.
He lost serve twice in the final set, dropping to 5-1 on his 11th double-fault. No 36 Haas had been seeking a ninth career title in the United States. He was competing in Washington for the seventh time in his career. Dolgopolov needed two and a quarter hours on court to earn the second trophy of his career from four finals. Both men came to the final without having lost a set all week.
Both had missed the London Olympics because of conflicts with national federations. The Ukrainian who ended with 11 aces to nine for Haas. Dolgopolov improved his record to 23-15 on the season while Haas stands 23-10.