Defending champion Tommy Haas into Halle last-eight

Updated: 14 June 2013 11:22 IST

He is making his 13th appearance at the pre-Wimbledon warm-up and took the title for the first time in 2012, beating Roger Federer in the final.

Defending champion Tommy Haas into Halle last-eight

Halle, Germany:

Defending champion Tommy Haas reached the quarter-finals of the Halle grasscourt tournament on Thursday beating Ernests Gulbis, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, after the Latvian had saved 16 of 16 break points.

World number 11 Haas will face France's Gael Monfils for a place in the semi-finals.

"I knew that I had to play my best tennis to stay in the tournament," said Haas, of the challenge posed by world number 38, Gulbis.

"Gulbis is a great player who is on the up."

Haas is one of four German players to make the last-eight after Philipp Kohlschreiber, Florian Mayer and Mischa Zverev.

He is making his 13th appearance at the pre-Wimbledon warm-up and took the title for the first time in 2012, beating Roger Federer in the final.

French world number nine Richard Gasquet eased past Austria's Jurgen Melzer, 6-3, 6-1, and will face Mayer on Friday.

The German got the best of his Argentine namesake Leonardo Mayer, 6-2, 6-3.

Kohlschreiber, the 2011 champion, beat compatriot Tobias Kamke, 6-4, 6-3 and will take on Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

Kohlschreiber has beaten his doubles partner Youzhny seven times in eight meetings, but they have never met on grass.

Federer will face Russian-born Zverev, the world 156.

Five-time Halle champion Federer has yet to win a title in 2013.

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