Posted October 24, 2011 on AP on Fox
Tommy Haas rallied to beat fifth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (5) Tuesday in the first round of the Erste Bank Open. The 273rd-ranked German, who won the event in 2001, failed to serve out the match at 5-3 in the decider but converted his fourth match point in the tiebreaker. Haas will next play Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, who won the opening set against Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4) before the Croat pulled out with a back injury. Eighth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy advanced after Tommy Robredo of Spain retired with a left leg injury while trailing 7-6 (7), 5-7, 2-1. Also, 2008 champion Philipp Petzschner of Germany routed Spain's Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-2, and Daniel Brands of Germany defeated Martin Fischer of Austria 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6).

Twitpics of (Last) Week: Juan Ignacio Chela and Ivan Ljubicic

I'm a day late (really 2 days) and a dollar short on my twitpic(s) of the week, but here they are: I don't know what this sign is supposed to mean, and clearly Juan Ignacio Chela doesn't either.  Perhaps it is a sign for a massage room?  Or maybe a sign for a conjugal visit room, but what would Chela be doing in a jail?  I *think* it was a sign on a bathroom door...

Melzer, Haas reach Vienna quarters

Jurgen Melzer opened his quest for a third straight title at the Erste Bank Open on Thursday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain. Also, Tommy Haas of Germany reached his first ATP tour quarterfinal in more than two years by defeating Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round. The third-seeded Melzer, who had a bye in the first round, held serve...
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