Tommy Haas’ resurgence at age 35 reached a new peak on Monday, when he became the oldest French Open men’s quarterfinalist since 1971 by beating Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-1, 6-3.
Seeded No. 12, Haas needed 13 match points to beat John Isner in a third round marathon, but the victory over Youzhny took less than 90 minutes. By the second set Youzhny was so frustrated he demolished his racket by banging it against his changeover chair.
Ranked No. 2 when he was 24, Haas is now the oldest player in the top 100. He was sidelined from February 2010 to April 2011 because of hip and shoulder injuries, but he’s 25-9 this year, and his ranking his risen to 14th from 205th at the beginning of 2012.