and some more... it looks like Haas was also pretty impressed by Xavier
Malisse: "I've changed my motion a little bit and have been working on it with (Coach) Kelly (Jones) for awhile, and it seems to be working. It's got a good rhythm and I feel good. It doesn't always go that way, but when it does, I'll definitely take it."
"First set I couldn't do too much, he was too good. He wasn't missing anything. All the tough ones I was making back but the easy shots I was missing. Second set, I just tried to hang in there. I won that one game at 2-1 to break and it kind of gave me confidence. I started serving better, started playing better, my backhand was better, and I was feeling good. I think I started to play more aggressive in the last two sets."
Haas: "I felt physically pretty good actually, to be honest. I played a really good set of flawless tennis on my side. Second set I played one weak game, made a few easy mistakes, and got the break. That always helps and motivates the opponent a little bit. I had one break chance and didn't make him play to try and get back on level terms. Third set came around and he played a really solid game to go up 3-2 in the third. I had another chance to break him and didn't make him play again. When you're playing top level and you don't make you opponent play, you don't really have a chance to win, and therefor don't really deserve it either."
"He served really good I thought. I don't think I've ever seen him serve that consistantly well, plus with placement. I've got to give up for him serving, that really probably won the match for him."