Haas wins in Memphis

Memphis, February 27:

Tommy Haas won his second straight tournament title and the ninth of his career, beating Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday in the Regions Morgan Keegan championships.

Haas improved to 17-3 in match play this year, tied with Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia for best on the ATP tour. The German’s only losses have been to world No 1 Roger Federer — twice — and a five-setter to Richard Gasquet in a Davis Cup tie with France earlier this month.

But Haas, who won at Delray Beach, won consecutive titles for the first time since 2001 when he won Vienna and an ATP Masters event in Stuttgart. Eight of his titles, including twice here at The Racquet Club, have come on hard courts.

Haas, who came in ranked 30th, looked much more like the player once No 2 in the world as he took 57 minutes to dispatch Soderling even though he struggled with serve at times despite eight aces.