Stich last German to win the event
MUNICH, Germany -- Fourth-seeded Tommy Haas withstood 19 aces by Australia's Wayne Arthurs and won 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) Friday to reach the BMW Open semifinals.
Top-seeded David Nalbandian defeated Juan Monaco 6-0, 6-4 to set up a semifinal against Jarkko Nieminen, who rallied to oust Michal Mertinak 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Haas will next meet fifth-seeded Andrei Pavel, who beat Raemon Sluiter 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in this tuneup for the French Open. Haas, a Munich finalist in 2000, is trying to become the first German to win this tournament since Michael Stich 11 years ago.
Arthurs saved a break point at 3-3 in the first set, the only game in which he had trouble with his serve. A serve-and-volley player whose game is ill-suited for the slow red clay, Arthurs squandered a 4-2 lead in the first tiebreaker and Haas won the set with a backhand pass.
Arthurs' serve kept him in the match, but he hit a ball long to give Haas a 3-1 lead in the second tiebreaker and never recovered.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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