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Aus Open: Tommy Haas ousts seeded Gasquet

Haas continued his tennis renaissance with an emphatic straight sets defeat of French number one Richard Gasquet.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 12:03 IST

The Tommy Haas tennis renaissance continued at the Australian Open Tuesday with an emphatic straight sets defeat of French number one Richard Gasquet.

Haas, a two-time semi-finalist here before he was dogged by shoulder trouble, easily accounted for the 14th seed, winning 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in 1hr 51min.

The 41-ranked German's best Grand Slam performances have been at the Australian Open and he looks in good form to progress in the top half of the draw before he is scheduled to meet world number one Roger Federer in the fourth round.

The 27-year-old German beat Federer in last week's Kooyong Classic after losing to the Swiss champion in the final of the Doha ATP tournament the previous weekend.

Both of Haas's victories over Federer have come in Australia -- at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at the Australian Open in 2002.

Haas's affinity with Australia includes a silver medal in the tennis tournament at the Sydney Olympics.

He had not previously played Gasquet but had little trouble against the Frenchman, breaking his serve six times and only losing his serve once.

He is down to face American Paul Goldstein in the second round.

It continued a sorry start to the new year for Gasquet in the lead-up to the year's opening Grand Slam tournament.

Gasquet, who missed last year's Open with chicken pox, lost in the first round to Tim Henman at Doha and Russian Igor Andreev in Sydney last week.

He had a breakthrough year in 2005, winning his first ATP title in Nottingham and reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon and the US Open and reducing his ranking to 12 after starting out the year at 109.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 12:03 IST