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Haas: "Murray plays very defensive"

In_Disguise
03-18-2007, 08:40 PM
Transcript from: http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/4/players/interviews/2007/haas316.asp


A. MURRAY/T. Haas

3-6, 6-3, 7-6

An interview with:

TOMMY HAAS


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.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, guys.

Duncan
03-18-2007, 08:55 PM
Sounds like sour grapes.


He lost. He should deal with it.

Kolya
03-18-2007, 09:10 PM
He does play defensive and won...

DarkMarc
03-18-2007, 09:11 PM
lol @ his comparision to junior times )))

ExcaliburII
03-18-2007, 09:15 PM
bad sportsman.

Yappa
03-18-2007, 09:18 PM
How does that sound negative? Murray does play defensive, after all.

Allure
03-18-2007, 09:20 PM
He is speaking the truth.

DarkMarc
03-18-2007, 09:22 PM
right, i can't see anything "bad sportsman"-like behaviour from haas at all, too

sploush
03-18-2007, 09:23 PM
I dont see any un-sportsmanship in this interview. Are you guys taking he plays defensive as a bad thing?

Yappa
03-18-2007, 09:24 PM
Yeah, Duncan and ExcaliburII please elaborate what you meant exactly. I am very curious. :D And we're only talking about the interview.

scoobs
03-18-2007, 09:40 PM
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.

mecir72
03-18-2007, 09:41 PM
Losses against players who play defensively are always tough to swallow. I dont see anything but plain honesty from Haas here.
Fun match btw!

Burrow
03-18-2007, 10:13 PM
nothing wrong with what haas said, hes speaking his mind.

danton
03-18-2007, 10:31 PM
Transcript from: http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/4/players/interviews/2007/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.
:rolleyes:

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.

A_Skywalker
03-18-2007, 10:37 PM
SO he lost to a player that plays like "junior times" and "defensive" . Then I guess the problem is in him :tape:

Neely
03-18-2007, 10:53 PM
Nothing wrong with playing defensively and counterpunching if it works well for you and nothing wrong by stating it as it is. I think it would have been enough simply to say that his balls and slices are awfully slow and not using the comparison with junior tennis, maybe, but it's not like that he talked about what an undeserved winner Murray was. If that's the only thing which is sour grapes or unsportsmanlike, it's not so severe. I would like to see some of you guys in such situations when you have to talk to media people many times each week and they all expect you to talk about something or answer their questions ;)

Klaas_nalbandian
03-18-2007, 11:43 PM
Losses against players who play defensively are always tough to swallow. I dont see anything but plain honesty from Haas here.
Fun match btw!

yeah, well said

Shrinking Violet
03-18-2007, 11:49 PM
Haas is obviously a bit upset and yup, Andy does play defensively - he's always played defensively and if Tommy hadn't done any scouting or watched any matches from him to know that then whose fault is that? I don't see anything that bad there - the only thing slightly dodgy is the comparison with junior tennis but he was probably a bit confuddled after the match as everyone seemed to be so I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt.

Should make the next encounter between them interesting though. :yeah:

DDrago2
03-19-2007, 12:05 AM
Saying HAas is a bad sportsman means reading too much into this interview I think

Haas should know better I suppose but I don't feel Murray as a defensive player... I mean he plays defensively often, but you could say that for Federer also. Murray certainly does not walk a fine line ala Nadal, it's a much more varied and moody game

ezekiel
03-19-2007, 12:17 AM
Murray plays defensive where he makes Hewitt look offensive by comparison but it's different styles that shows richness of the game .

adee-gee
03-19-2007, 12:19 AM
He's a counter puncher, no-one ever denied that.

Haas didn't say anything overwhelmingly outrageous, just a little sour grapes probably meant he was slightly harsher than he meant to be.

Spes
03-19-2007, 01:17 AM
He's right.

I don't see what the big deal is.

trixtah
03-19-2007, 02:07 AM
where is the bad sportsmanship? he told it as it is and even praised murray. read people. quit looking for what you want to see

jole
03-19-2007, 02:27 AM
Sour grapes?

You people have way too much time on your hands if you're conjuring up thoughts that stupid.

Pea
03-19-2007, 02:59 AM
He is stating the obvious, but his words seems so snide in this interview, like comparing playing him to junior days, etc.

scoobs
03-19-2007, 03:02 AM
I'd be upset if I were Haas - he had the match on his racquet when he put that FH long at 6-5 in the breaker.

Stensland
03-19-2007, 03:08 AM
i guess haas maybe also refers to murrays facial expression during matches. he looks as if he doesn't care about playing, his eyes never seem "on fire" und somehow he seems to make the impression of an innocent by-stander.

and all of a sudden, he kicks your butt and your out. i'd have felt pretty stunned after that match as well, thinking about what he was like during the last two sets, seeming close to throwing the towel (at least by judging from his face).

i'd hate playing against guys like that, i'd prefer someone like lleyton or rafa.

Stensland
03-19-2007, 03:40 AM
quoting roddick:

"Q. Did you watch Murray last night?
ANDY RODDICK: I did.

Q. What did you think?
ANDY RODDICK: I mean, I don't know. It was good TV. You know, I had a Holyfield fight on ESPN Classic that I had to turn off to watch Murray and Haas. So it was -- I didn't know what the hell was going on at any time during that whole match. I was thoroughly confused.

Q. Is that part of his secret, to thoroughly confuse people?
ANDY RODDICK: Confuse and conquer?

Q. Is that an element to his game? Is it part of his game to confuse your position and then to beat you?
ANDY RODDICK: I guess. I don't know if you -- I mean, I don't know, Neal, you think he goes into -- in the matches saying, "I'm really gonna confuse this guy, and then once I'm down a set and roll around for a while, I'm gonna come out and kick his ass"? You think that's a planned attack (laughter)?

Q. That aside, part of his strategy is to bamboozle the opposition, something that he does?
ANDY RODDICK: I love your words.

Q. He does it better than anybody else?
ANDY RODDICK: Let's not get carried away with "better than anybody else." I mean that's --

Q. Better than 75 percent of the players?
ANDY RODDICK: At least 75 percent, for sure. I'll give you that. But, no, he does -- the way he's able to kind of mix it up and, you know, you kind of have trouble getting a read on how he -- he is able to play different ways. You feel like he's about to die, then he's running like crazy, and then it's, you know -- and so he's tough.
I mean, he's tough. He doesn't go away and he has a lot of shots to -- he definitely makes you think out there. It's a chess match with him."

weird guy. i doubt that murray' doing this on purpose. guess he's just weird. :rolleyes: ;)

uglyamerican
03-19-2007, 04:47 AM
weird guy. i doubt that murray' doing this on purpose. guess he's just weird. :rolleyes: ;)

I think Roddick and the media guy were at cross purposes.

Ducky seems to be representative of the American sports watching public. Rather watch a fight from 15 years ago than watch tennis. I could see if it was Lennox Lewis. Or Douglas/Tyson. But Holyfield?

Mechlan
03-19-2007, 04:56 AM
I think Roddick and the media guy were at cross purposes.

Ducky seems to be representative of the American sports watching public. Rather watch a fight from 15 years ago than watch tennis. I could see if it was Lennox Lewis. Or Douglas/Tyson. But Holyfield?

Didn't he say he turned off the fight for Murray/Haas? ;)

uglyamerican
03-19-2007, 04:59 AM
Didn't he say he turned off the fight for Murray/Haas? ;)

The first time I read it, it sounded like he joined the tennis "already in progress." But I think that you are right.

Lee
03-19-2007, 05:24 AM
bad sportsmanship??? :rolleyes:

When Murray was injured, Haas went and stayed with him. Asked for ice for his ankle, chair to raise his foot. He did everything to ease Murray's pain before ATP trainer arrived.

Allez
03-19-2007, 08:21 AM
Haas should have done his homework :rolleyes:

Sean.J.S.
03-19-2007, 08:27 AM
It's the truth. Murray is very defensive.

FanofFederer
03-19-2007, 08:33 AM
Murray plays defensive sometimes and offensive sometimes (see vs Nadal at AO). He is a very varied and interesting player.

Dougie
03-19-2007, 09:28 AM
SO he lost to a player that plays like "junior times" and "defensive" . Then I guess the problem is in him :tape:

He didn´t mean Murray plays like "junior times", he was talking about the pace of the game. And Murray does play defensive. I think Haas was only honest and fair in that interview, he gave credit to Murray, anyway.

supertommyhaas
03-19-2007, 10:19 AM
there is absolutley nothing wrong with that. Tommy is just pointing out a known fact, all murray does is play defensive and hit forehand MOONBALLS!!!

decrepitude
03-19-2007, 01:55 PM
I can't believe Haas meant any disrespect with the reference to "junior tennis". After all, it would be like admitting that he was beaten by a junior!

People often forget that doing these interviews is difficult enough, but when it is not your first language it is even more difficult.

And yes, Murray is mainly (but not always) a defensive player. Fine by me, "attack and to hell with the consequences" tennis is fun to watch as long as you don't particularly care who wins:D - and it gets boring after a while. Strategic play is always interesting, to me at least.

johnemms2003
03-19-2007, 02:07 PM
Sorry Murray fans, but I kind of agree with Haas. Murray plays an ugly brand of tennis. Sure, he is an intelligent player and he moves well, but he is ultra defensive until you either lose your mind or you come forward where you get pass. He just gets the balls back. I think he would have real trouble with a real serve and volleyer. Unfortunately, we don't have that these days.

John
TripleMatchPoint (http://www.triplematchpoint.com)

Action Jackson
03-19-2007, 02:09 PM
I can't believe Haas meant any disrespect with the reference to "junior tennis". After all, it would be like admitting that he was beaten by a junior!

People often forget that doing these interviews is difficult enough, but when it is not your first language it is even more difficult.

And yes, Murray is mainly (but not always) a defensive player. Fine by me, "attack and to hell with the consequences" tennis is fun to watch as long as you don't particularly care who wins:D - and it gets boring after a while. Strategic play is always interesting, to me at least.

Haas's English is excellent and he knew what he was saying. I mean I am no fan of Haashole, but there was anything over the top with the comments.

Action Jackson
03-19-2007, 02:11 PM
I think he would have real trouble with a real serve and volleyer. Unfortunately, we don't have that these days.

Are you serious? Yes, there is a lack of serve/volleyers around, but he wouldn't struggle against those kinds of players.

johnemms2003
03-19-2007, 02:16 PM
I am not talking about someone who serves and volleys. Rather someone who is really good at it and can take time away from him. I think if you take time away from him, he will miss some of those passing shots. But I can't be for sure cause we don't have a Sampras around. Also, I think maybe Nalbandian (in his top form) or Nadal (his form against Roddick) can trouble Murray. I think Federer will have real trouble with Murray as the Fed is not consistent enough to make 10 backhands in a row. He either shanks it or goes to net. ...

John
TripleMatchPoint (http://www.triplematchpoint.com)

Action Jackson
03-19-2007, 02:21 PM
Ljubo in Qatar played Murray very well tactically, it wasn't how he normally plays, but he was very patient and when he got the chance to put some pressure on Murray it worked very well.

zicofirol
03-19-2007, 03:44 PM
Losses against players who play defensively are always tough to swallow. I dont see anything but plain honesty from Haas here.
Fun match btw!

the thing is murray althugh he plays defensive, he can attack if he wants to, he can hit harder if he wants etc. he is not one-dimensional...