Tommy Haas reaches Citi Open final

WASHINGTON -- Fourth-seeded Tommy Haas beat top-seeded Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the Citi Open final.

Haas will face second-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov, a 6-4, 6-4
winner over No. 8 Sam Querrey.

"He's always been a very dangerous player," Haas said about
Dolgopolov. "You don't know what to expect, but a lot of
firepower, a lot of crazy shots sometimes, but very, very

In the women's final, unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova beat
top-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-1 for her third career
title and first of the year.

Haas committed no unforced errors in the first set.

"That's obviously something that doesn't happen often in my
game, because I play very aggressively at times and miss a few
balls here and there," Haas said. "But in order to beat people
like Mardy Fish, you have to play at a very high level."

Haas ranked second in the world in 2002 before battling
injuries. At 34, he said he's now "wiser" and calmer during

"For a lot of the fans that like watching him play -- including
myself -- he's certainly back to that standard," Fish said. "No
disgrace losing to someone like that. I'm not happy with the result
today, but happy with the week."

Haas is seeking his second tournament title of the year, and
Dolgopolov is aiming for his first, which the Ukrainian said would
be his biggest career victory. The two have never played each other
on tour.

Haas, the German ranked 36th in the world, improved to 4-1
against Fish, and has won six of his last seven matches against
top-15 players. Fish is ranked 15th.

Haas won 67 percent of his second-serve points to Fish's 46

Dolgopolov used his wide serve positioning to baffle Querrey,
the winner last week in Los Angeles.

"He has an awkward-style game, and it makes it tough to play
against," Querrey said.

After struggling to remember the English word `confidence'
during an interview Friday, Rybarikova, from Slovakia, had plenty
of it Saturday. She beat the tournament's top three seeded players
en route to victory.

"It was just everything working for me this week," said
Rybarikova, who brought her lucky charm, a stuffed duck, to her
post-match news conference. "We are happy."