Meanwhile, Haase recovered after dropping the first set against Lopez, winning the second with a double break and starting the third with a break for good measure.
It proved decisive as Haase, whose only career titles have come over the past two seasons on similar high-altitude clay in Kitzbuehel, Austria, remained resolute on serve to book his place in yesterday’s title match.
AFP, UMAG, Croatia
Italy’s Fabio Fognini won his 13th successive match on Saturday, reaching the Croatia Open final with a 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3) win over France’s Gael Monfils.
Fognini, 26, was to tackle Tommy Robredo, the Spanish fifth seed who beat Andreas Seppi 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, in yesterday’s final.
Fognini will be looking to pick up a third title in three weeks after victories in Stuttgart and Hamburg.
The Italian led 5-0 in the final set, but then was pulled back to 5-5, saving three match points in the 11th game before he took the tiebreaker.