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Stich last German to win the event

4/29/2005

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.