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By Rob Peterson
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The second round matches of the 2009 Gerry Weber Open witnessed some interesting results when the three German wild card entrants knocked out seeded players to move ahead in the draw
In one of the early matches of the day German Tommy Haas, who stretched eventual champion Roger Federer to five sets in the pre-quarterfinals of the 2009 French Open, registered an upset win over fourth seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6(3).
"We both played extremely well, served well," said Haas. "I didn’t look at the statistics but I’m sure there were more winners than unforced errors from both sides. It was a great match. Obviously, I think I played at the level as good as I can play at times, especially when it came to the big points. I think that is the only reason why I won today. So, that was nice."
Next up was another German Mischa Zverev, who saved two match points before pulling another upset of the day by eliminating 2007 champion Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(8).
“I felt that he would start to get anxious at some point,” said Zverev. “For instance at 3-3 he missed a forehand and I thought that in Rome he had match points against me and missed with his backhand. Then, he only played cross court like now, five, six, seven times cross then he tried to play longline and missed. I knew my chance would come.”
And finally the third German wild card entrant of the day, Benjamin Becker, toppled eighth seeded compatriot Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in a battle that lasted almost two hours.
As if the native domination was not enough that another German star Philipp Kohlschreiber, also recorded an emphatic 6-4, 7-6(6) win over Russian Dmitry Tursunov to move to the next round.
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