Haas sees off Haase in final
Veteran Tommy Haas won a final set decider to beat Robin Haase in the final of the Erste Bank Open in Austria.
The 35-year-old German had won this title 12 years ago and ended his wait to win it for a second time by edging past Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Haas was down a break in the opening set before fighting back to win it but lost the second when serving at 5-4 down.
It looked good for Dutchman Haase when he moved 4-2 up in the decider but Haas reeled off four straight games to claim his second title of the season after winning in Munich earlier in the campaign.
"This victory is really something special," the 12th-ranked Haas said. "You don't win tournaments too often and this year I've won in my two favourite cities.
"If you'd seen me three years ago, I was really asking myself if it made sense to continue," said Haas, who underwent hip surgery in 2010.
"I have been paying a lot of attention to my fitness and nutrition and I am always looking to improve my tennis."
For Haase, it was a second defeat this season in a final. He'd previously lost in Gstaad, Switzerland, three months ago.
"I am disappointed as I've had my chances," said Haase, who upset top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-final.
"When I broke him at 1-0 in the second set, I started to feel stronger. I believed I could turn around the match. But he played all or nothing at the end and that paid off for him."
The victory for Haas - the 15th of his career - also kept him in the race for one of the four remaining spots in the eight-man World Tour Finals which take place in London in two weeks' time.
He currently lies in a provisional 12th place.