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Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

Transcript from: http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/4/pla...07/haas316.asp


A. MURRAY/T. Haas

3-6, 6-3, 7-6

An interview with:

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Obviously a very eventful match. Just tell us your perspective of it.
TOMMY HAAS: Of how I feel or about the match?

Q. How you feel and where you think the difference was.
TOMMY HAAS: Well, obviously I don't feel great right now. You know, it's a tough loss to accept, especially when you have match points. It's hard, you know, I thought I was pretty much in control of the match. In the beginning I felt pretty good. You know, he took an injury timeout, I think, which is fine. And then I had that little problem there, I think at 2-0, which made me actually kind of nervous for him because I've had some problems in the past and twisted my ankle and things like that. So you always worry about your opponent and want to make sure he's fine.
It seemed like he wasn't fine there for a while, but then, you know, I guess nothing really big turned. It didn't turn out to be that big of a deal. Got a little bit unlucky in the first couple days of the second to get a break and didn't break back. That was, you know, coming down to the deciding set, and, you know, got down on a break, broke back, and it was pretty exciting stuff. I just didn't use my chance with the match point. Got to make that shot to win matches.
But, you know, it's definitely a good learning experience playing him for the first time for next time.

Q. Was it distracting when an opponent has had a long timeout with injury and the match has been broken up like that and then you restart and he's moving okay? Does that thing go through your head? Is it distracting for you?
TOMMY HAAS: A little bit. You know, like I said, it looked like he was actually hurt, you know, so, you know, you wonder if he's gonna be okay. Then the first couple points you see how they move or react. You know, I guess it seemed to be -- seemed to be all right for him.
So then you just focus on playing the match again so you don't worry about it for too, too long. You know, you just have to deal with it.

Q. So you were able to refocus quite quickly and get on with?
TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, I tried to have. I would have like to break him back. I had a few chances. He broke a string. I didn't make him play on the one shot. So got a little bit un lucky on a couple of Deuce points when he was serving. Yeah, I didn't have a chance to break him back in that second set, and then, you know, anything's possible in the third so...

Q. What was the matter for you at the end? Was it cramps?
TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, my left quads for some reason kind of cramped up. I guess, you know, I'm in great shape, so I kind of just wanted the win really bad. You know, I think all the emotions and everything kind of came in play, and, yeah, sometimes when you get too overexcited or too into it, your body can sometimes act up weird.
So that was a little bit of a surprise. And it's unfortunate, but it still doesn't mean that I didn't have my chance to win the match. So it's too bad.

Q. What is it about his game that makes him difficult to play?
TOMMY HAAS: Well, for one, he moves really well. He knows where to be most of the time. But it's actually incredible how slow he plays. I was very surprised at times. You know, it's almost sometimes like a couple of rallies are almost -- you think you're back in the juniors.
And the balls get really heavy here. It doesn't play as fast at night as it does during the day. It's a little bit of a disadvantage for me tonight, you know. Every time I'd go forward, he has a better chance to get to the balls and he kind of just notices it or he sees it, when you're actually coming in, and then he goes first shot and comes up with some great passing shots every once in a while and on big points.
It's something I didn't expect, but for next time, it's gonna be good to know.

Q. You were quite successful at saving breakpoints. I think you served 11 out of 13, where he tends to get a little bit defensive?
TOMMY HAAS: You think he was offensive any time else?

Q. Sorry?
TOMMY HAAS: Do you think he was offensive at some other points during the match?

Q. I think he was, but my question is --
TOMMY HAAS: I don't think he was. He plays very defensive. That's his game. He plays slice, he moves around the ball, but there's very few times he goes for it, or, you know, he occasionally hits big backhand or goes for a forehand. But pretty much when it's in the rally, he kind of tries to let the other opponent maybe force an error, but he doesn't really play offensive.

Q. So you didn't notice any change in his tactics when it was breakpoint up?
TOMMY HAAS: No.

Q. At the end of the match, you had some exchange with him. Could you tell us what was said?
TOMMY HAAS: With what.

Q. You had some exchange of words with the umpire. What was it about? You were disappointed?
TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, I think it was in the game at 4-All, he gave me just a warning for time violation, you know. The walk to the tower takes like 15 steps. Sometimes I guess you get around 25 seconds. But he gave me a warning and, you know, I would have liked for him to just tell me to speed it up or just let me know.
So I was thinking 4-All, Deuce to just give me a warning, it wasn't necessary. I think he's one of the best referees, so I was a little bit surprised. But no big deal.

Q. About 3-1 in the tiebreak when you went to the chair, you walked to the chair and then you took like a break.
TOMMY HAAS: I didn't really take a break. I just felt like my left quad was really tightening up. Yeah, I didn't know if I could actually serve on the next point.
And funny how it is, I mean, just standing around or walking, it's really bad. And you play points, and for some reason, you know, it's not as bad. So sometimes it's really weird to explain, but I just felt like I needed to walk there and see what my options were. So, you know, obviously I didn't have many options but to just continued to play.

Q. If you play next time, what will you change in your game?
TOMMY HAAS: I don't know. We'll see.
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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

Sounds like sour grapes.


He lost. He should deal with it.
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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

He does play defensive and won...
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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

lol @ his comparision to junior times )))
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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

bad sportsman.

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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

How does that sound negative? Murray does play defensive, after all.

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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

He is speaking the truth.

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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

right, i can't see anything "bad sportsman"-like behaviour from haas at all, too
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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

I dont see any un-sportsmanship in this interview. Are you guys taking he plays defensive as a bad thing?

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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

Yeah, Duncan and ExcaliburII please elaborate what you meant exactly. I am very curious. And we're only talking about the interview.

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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

It's just part of this unfortunate tendancy people seem to have as viewing playing defensively as a bad, unfair, un-masculine or pathetic.

Murray does play defensively a lot of the time, Haas is right to say so.

It's not an insult to say so.
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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

Losses against players who play defensively are always tough to swallow. I dont see anything but plain honesty from Haas here.
Fun match btw!
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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

nothing wrong with what haas said, hes speaking his mind.

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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

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Transcript from: http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/4/pla...07/haas316.asp


Q. What is it about his game that makes him difficult to play?
TOMMY HAAS: Well, for one, he moves really well. He knows where to be most of the time. But it's actually incredible how slow he plays. I was very surprised at times. You know, it's almost sometimes like a couple of rallies are almost -- you think you're back in the juniors.
And the balls get really heavy here. It doesn't play as fast at night as it does during the day. It's a little bit of a disadvantage for me tonight, you know. Every time I'd go forward, he has a better chance to get to the balls and he kind of just notices it or he sees it, when you're actually coming in, and then he goes first shot and comes up with some great passing shots every once in a while and on big points.
It's something I didn't expect, but for next time, it's gonna be good to know.


That's Andy's game, play defensively then when the opportunity arises attack with a great shot. He should have known that before the match not learn it the hard way for next time.

I know he come across as a bit cold in the interview but I think anyone would have been - the match could have gone either way so it's really hard on the loser. I know if had been me I would have tried anything to avoid the press altogether. Plus respect for the way he reacted to Andy falling.
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Re: Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

SO he lost to a player that plays like "junior times" and "defensive" . Then I guess the problem is in him
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