What a bad loss... Tommy had five setpoints in the first set (well, Istomin saved three of them with aces and one with service winner) followed by a pathetic tie-break as usual. Second set was disgraceful, very very bad play from Haas.. a gift for Istomin. Damn, was hoping to see the German clash against Kohlschreiber on friday
Re: SAP 2nd Round : Istomin upsets Haas 7-6(3), 6-2
Yeah, that 2nd set was very much that of an old guy not wanting to scrap and play 3 sets in a small tournament. Could have been a bagel even, at 0-3 Haas had to save 2bps with huge serves.
Still, can hardly blame Haas for keeping himself for slams. It's what he's been doing for years, and basically it's working - he can still maintain a decent level in the biggies despite all the injury issues he's had in his career.