Duesseldorf, Germany (Sports Network) - Veteran German favorite Tommy Haas
decided against playing his quarterfinal match Thursday at the $530,000 Power
Horse Cup, a final French Open tune-up.
The second-seeded 35-year-old recent Munich champion Haas was scheduled to
meet sixth-seeded Finnish fellow vet Jarkko Nieminen when the German pulled
out due to a cold.
In round-of-eight action involving seeds, No. 3 Juan Monaco of Argentina
handled German Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-4 and upstart Argentine qualifier Guido
Pella knocked out No. 7 Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 on the red
clay on a chilly day at Rochusclub, which used to play host to the ATP
World Team tournament.
"It wasn't easy to play, as it was very cold," said Monaco. "I am happy to
have reached the semifinals and I will have a difficult match against a
Monaco is now fifth among active ATP players with a 188-104 clay-court match
One other quarterfinal saw Dutchman Igor Sijsling drub Czech Jan Hajek 6-3,
Friday's semifinals will pit Monaco against his 101st-ranked compatriot Pella
and Nieminen versus Sijsling.
This week's winner will collect $95,000.
The Sports Network