German fans hopes of a local champion were dashed on Sunday with Argentine Juan Monaco beating former world no. 2 Tommy Haas.
Monaco scored a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Haas in the final of the German Open in Hamburg. Monaco will now break into the top 10 of the world rnakings for the first time next week.
"It's amazing [to break the Top 10], it's a dream come true," commented Monaco. "I will always remember this great week because it's very important for me and my team. It was a big goal we had pre-season when we were practising very hard."
Monaco leads their head to head 4-1 now.
"I can't complain about the way I played today," commented Monaco. "I was 4-1 down in the first set, but I never gave up. I was fighting every point, very focussed and very motivated to win this tournament. I think it was very important to win the first set. In the last two games of the match I think I played very well."
"He played a tremendous match," commented Haas. "All credit to him. He performed really well, especially when it came down to the big points. I tried to play my best; I thought I played really well throughout the match. Having the crowd support really lifted me to another gear, but it just wasn't enough today.
"I really didn't know if I was going to be able to get this feeling one more time, especially here in Hamburg. To have experienced another week like this with getting to the final is obviously another dream week for me."