06 Aug '11, 3pm

Tennis: Haase claims maiden ATP title in Austria: KITZBUHEL, Austria: Dutchman Robin Haase won his first ever AT...

Tennis: Haase claims maiden ATP title in Austria: KITZBUHEL, Austria: Dutchman Robin Haase won his first ever AT...

KITZBUHEL, Austria: Dutchman Robin Haase won his first ever ATP title on Saturday as he beat experienced Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 in the clay court final. Haase, 24 and appearing in his first final, looked to have blown his chance when 30-year-old Montanes, a winner of five ATP titles, levelled the match. However, the 53rd-ranked Dutchman - who has had his best ever season in the Grand Slams this year reaching the third rounds of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon - regrouped and romped through the decisive set after two hours on court. Montanes, ranked 50th, had been favourite as he played on the preferred clay court surface on which he has won all his five titles. "I always knew I could win this type of tournament, now I've finally shown it," said Haase, who becomes the first Dutch player to win the tournament in the Austrian ski resort. Montanes, who e...

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