After starting the match with a hold, Haas broke in Rafa’s first service game. He was unable to consolidate, however, and Rafa won the next four games. At 5-3, Rafa had chances to break and take the set, but Tommy held on and made Rafa serve it out.
Both players held serve for the first four games of the second set. In the fifth game, Rafa broke on his forth chance and then went on to win next three games to take the set 6-2.
Rafa broke in the third game of the third set and only allowed Haas one more game in the final set.
Next up for Rafa is Fernando Gonzalez who beat Richard Gasquet in five thrilling sets.
Stats after the break.
Some stats for Rafa:
Double Faults: 0
1st Serve %: 69% (43/62)
Win % on 1st serve: 81% (35/43)
Win % on 2nd serve: 79% (15/19)
Unforced Errors: 8
Receiving Points Won: 49% (48/98)
Break Point Conversions: 33% (8/18)
Total Points Won: 98
Net Approaches: 87% (20/23)