Sunrise "Challenger": Robin Haase d. Sebastien Grosjean 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Sunrise "Challenger": Robin Haase d. Sebastien Grosjean 7-5, 5-7, 6-1

Klaas_nalbandian
03-24-2008, 06:26 PM
Robin Haase completed his good run after defeating Hrbaty, Seppi, Tipsarevic and Guccione he took revanche beating Sebastien Grosjean.

He won his fourth 3sets match this week and now has to travel to Miami to play Rik de Voest, tired but full of confidence. Last year he qualified for the first time for a Masters tournament, losing to Monaco in the first round.

Sunset of Age
03-24-2008, 06:27 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :worship: :drink: :clap2::bigclap: :bowdown: :bowdown: :yippee: :drive: :woohoo:

Well, well... great tournament, great result, well done Robin! :hatoff:

Fed Express
03-24-2008, 06:28 PM
He won today and has to play a qualification match tonight.. Pretty tough..

Sunset of Age
03-24-2008, 06:46 PM
He won today and has to play a qualification match tonight.. Pretty tough..

Indeed. But at least he's full of confidence right now, hopefully that will help Robin to get through.

If there's one thing I particularly noticed about Robin, it's that he's very much determined to do better and better. Hope he'll manage.

Guigr
03-24-2008, 07:32 PM
I'm a bit sad for seb. Hope he'll do well in Miami.

marcosz1985
03-24-2008, 07:35 PM
Great result!
Good luck for robin... rain delay in miami... more rest haha

valexie03
03-24-2008, 07:38 PM
He won today and has to play a qualification match tonight.. Pretty tough..

Let's hope for a long long rain delay :devil:

gambit84
03-24-2008, 08:15 PM
good job Robin!!!

KitinovRules
03-24-2008, 09:20 PM
Great win Robin, very important.
This guy has a good future ahead of him.

Hank777
03-24-2008, 09:29 PM
Wow, that's really impressive the often-top-player-filled-challenger is great win for ROBIN !! :cool:

For a Dutch player going towards the Top 50 and let us hope Top 20 is a significant enought effort, hope he can build on this, I'd like to see him at least at a Q-final spot at Miami, I don't think that's so far fetched ... GO ROBIN !! :worship:

jonny84
03-25-2008, 12:09 AM
Impressive field of who he beat considering it is a challenger.

Spes
03-25-2008, 12:17 AM
Sebby. :hug:

Great week for Robin.

Sunset of Age
03-25-2008, 01:31 AM
Wow, that's really impressive the often-top-player-filled-challenger is great win for ROBIN !! :cool:

For a Dutch player going towards the Top 50 and let us hope Top 20 is a significant enought effort, hope he can build on this, I'd like to see him at least at a Q-final spot at Miami, I don't think that's so far fetched ... GO ROBIN !! :worship:

Nice of you! :yeah: :hug:

Yes, it would do wonders to Dutch tennis as there hasn't been anyone being much of a value to recon with since Sjeng Schalken.
As for Miami, he'll first have to make it through the Qualies - not that easy after having given so much at the Sunrise Challenge. But it surely looks like Robin has the right attitude, he's in the winning mood, so if he makes it through the Qualies alone I'll already consider that a good performance. :D

tennistard
03-25-2008, 06:23 AM
For a Dutch player going towards the Top 50 and let us hope Top 20 is a significant enought effort, hope he can build on this, I'd like to see him at least at a Q-final spot at Miami, I don't think that's so far fetched ... GO ROBIN !! :worship:

Yes, top 50 would be a historical feat already. The last Dutchman to be inside the top 50 was not Schalken by the way, it was Martin Verkerk: 25-Oct-04. Three years and 5 months have passed already.
Verkerk will probably think he will reach top 50 again, sooner than Haase :devil:

Björki
03-25-2008, 08:01 AM
well done Robin :)

m9m9m9m9m9
03-25-2008, 09:57 AM
He seems to have pretty good mental strength and fighting spirit which is quite rare from a young gun.
Hope he can do some damage in Miami

wenty
03-25-2008, 11:04 AM
No worries Seb :hug:

mashamaniac
03-25-2008, 02:42 PM
I'm so happy for robin and so sad for seba!
robin has a great future ahead of him,i've seen some of his matches and really enjoyed them!in AO too he played seb and lost it in 5,and he played great tennis in rotterdam as well!
hope he'll be qualified for the miami MD.

Klaas_nalbandian
03-25-2008, 06:45 PM
FLYING DUTCHMAN SAILS PAST

GROSJEAN TO TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP
(Sunrise, FL) – No. 6 seed Sebastien Grosjean and unseeded Robin Haase took center court to resume the singles final of the BMW Tennis Championship on a cool, windy Monday with a few hundred fans in attendance, after a weekend of washouts. With the venue stripped of all other entertainment, including the live band and ubiquitous “purple drink” girls, the day had the intimate feel of a club match, except for the sounds of sonic-boom shots hit by the two pros.

The score was 5-4 Haase, who was serving at 15-40 when play launched at 11:00 a.m. with a marathon groundstroke rally - 30+ hits, which Haase surrendered by hitting long. Haase couldn’t make up the deficit, and was immediately broken back to even the game score.

Throughout the match, 15-20 shot rallies were common, with both players moving well. Although Haase tried to direct the flow to the Grosjean backhand; a number of rallies ended with signature Grosjean open-stance forehands.

The Frenchman won his next service game to bring up 6-5; then broke again to win the first set 7-5. Serving first in the second, Grosjean spun a drop-shot winner at 40-5, with Haase well behind the baseline, to take that game; then he broke Haase on his first serve to go up 2-0; and consolidated the break for 3-0. Amping up the baseline rallies, the veteran Grosjean seemed more patient and composed on defense, forcing errors from his young opponent.

Haase came alive in the next game, allowing Grosjean only one point, serving well and slapping two groundie winners into the corners - a forehand, then a backhand. Serving at 3-1, Grosjean struggled to hold, fighting off three deuces and tossing in a double fault, one of his three in the match.At 4-2, Haase broke Grosjean with a blazing passing shot at 30-40 to get the match back on serve.Next game was the longest of the match, with seven deuces and three game points blown by each player before Haase served it out with a forehand blast down the line to even things up at four games all.

At 5-all, Grosjean quickly sank to 0-40 on his own errors.Next point, working with a second serve, Haase moved forward, hit a low slice and Grosjean missed the passing shot, giving one break back to the Dutchman. Haase served out the set, ending with a first-class winner as he served big, then moved in to put away the Frenchman’s weak reply.

The final set was all Haase. He opened with a love-hold, then broke Grosjean at 30-40. The Haase serve was strong and his ground-strokes solid, while Grosjean seemed to lose focus, committing a rash of unforced errors off both sides.A pivotal point came with Grosjean serving at 1-3, and 30-40. The Frenchman’s big first serve down the tee was called out, then the call was over-ruled. Awarded another first serve, he faulted; and Haase murdered the return on second-serve to win that game and break once again.

Clearly on a roll, Haase held next at love to go up 5-1. Looking up from a very deep hole, Grosjean dropped the final game at love, hitting one more forehand well long.

The 20-year-old Haase was ecstatic after his win, saying, “It’s unbelievable that I won. I came back from 7-5, 3-1, and I played better and better and I took the third set with a lot of confidence. Of course he was a break up in the second set so it was mentally tough for him. I came back [in the third] and played better and better, I served better and better so he didn’t have any break points and it was tough for him and he tried to play some fast points and he made some unforced errors.”

“It’s just like I won an ATP event,” Haase said of his accomplishment. “I mean, I played against three top fifty guys, against one who was number seventy and I played one coming back from an injury who has been number 20 in the world for sure; so it’s a lovely tournament for me.”

Grosjean is comfortably into the draw at the Sony Ericsson Masters Series, with round one scheduled for Wednesday. Meanwhile after collecting his $14,400 paycheck, Robin Haase had just about enough time to say a gracious thanks, take a few photos and sign a couple of balls before he grabbed his racquet bag and high-tailed it down to Key Biscayne – where, seeded 5th in qualies, he was scheduled to play Monday afternoon against Russian Rik De Voest.

Klaas_nalbandian
03-25-2008, 06:45 PM
haase lost the first set and was 3-0 down in the second according to this article on the sunrise site

Voo de Mar
03-25-2008, 08:03 PM
haase lost the first set and was 3-0 down in the second according to this article on the sunrise site

and later 4:1.

sykotique
03-26-2008, 12:06 AM
I am loving this kid's determination to go as far as his talent can take him and already he's making his way through the Miami qualies with some ease. Hopefully he can make it into the top 50 before his 21st birthday in April.

Sunset of Age
03-26-2008, 12:09 AM
I am loving this kid's determination to go as far as his talent can take him and already he's making his way through the Miami qualies with some ease. Hopefully he can make it into the top 50 before his 21st birthday in April.

It's exactly his DETERMINATION that got me in awe for this guy.
So un-Dutchman-like if I daresay so... :worship: