Robin Haase's two-year singles title drought finally came to an end today following a 3-6 6-1 7-5 win over France's Florent Serra at the ATP Open de la Réunion Challenger. 33-year-old Serra is currently ranked 455th in the world and was playing in his first final since the 2009 Szczecin Open.
The Frenchman has been ranked as high as 36 in the world which was back in 2006. After a slow start which cost Hasse the first set after only 26 minutes. The Dutchman swiftly regained his form by demonstrating a dominating performance in the second set by dropping only one game to force the match in to a final set.
The final set was a sharp contrast to the first two with both players finally matching each other game by game. Serra then had a chance to get his first title in six years when he battled to get a match point at 5-4 up to which Haase successfully defended.
The match point was the one and only golden opportunity for the Frenchman as Haase went on to break in the following game on his way to secure the title after one hour and 37 minutes. Before his win today in Reunion. Haase's last title was at the 2012 ATP Kitzbuhel Open on clay when he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in the final. His last title on hardcourt before today was at the Sunrise Challenger back in 2008!