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Haase through to ASB Classic quarters

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/01/2017 Ben Leahy

Robin Haase of the Netherlands celebrates at the conclusion of the mens singles match. © Phil Walter/Getty Images Robin Haase of the Netherlands celebrates at the conclusion of the mens singles match. Dutchman Robinn Haase has knocked the first big seed out of the ASB Classic by beating four-time champion David Ferrer in three sets.

Unseeded Haase survived a scare in the first set on Wednesday afternoon to win through to the quarter finals 2-6 6-4 7-6.

Ferrer's exit followed the withdrawal of defending champion and top seed Roberto BautistaAgut earlier in the day with a stomach bug.

Coming up against his more experienced opponent, Haase, 29, held his composure to serve better at crucial moments in the match, especially during a tense third set tie-break.

The Dutch journeyman pushed his own serve deep towards the lines before pouncing on a Ferrer serve during the tie break to cement the victory.

"I went for my return at 5-3 in the breaker. "I thought 'Ok, just try to finish it there'," he said

Despite former No 3 ranked player Ferrer being a crowd favourite in Auckland, Haase said he could also feel love from the Kiwi fans.

"They cheer for everyone. They also in the end, maybe love the underdog to win," he said.

Having netted almost $30 million in career prize money with his dogged and consistent style of play, Ferrer uncharacteristically battled unforced errors throughout the match.

"It was a close match," he said.

"My opponent here served really good."

"In the third set, I didn't have so many chances to break him."

Despite the loss, Ferrer said he was keen to return to Auckland in 2018 if his body holds up to the demands of another year on the pro-circuit.

"This is a very great tournament I have a lot of support and if next year I am still playing I will come back," he said.

Haase now meets Joao Sousa in the quarter finals after the Portuguese player beat Brit Brydan Klein in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

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