Originally Posted by Rafador
Haas is losing momentum since Halle, Berlocq could produce the upset if the German doesn't play his best. However, I'm not sure how tired the Argentine is, after his Bastad run.
Round of 16 at Wimbledon before succumbing to the world #1 after Halle. He won 9 of 10 sets at Wimbledon before that including a pretty standard beating of Lalo Lopez who was on fire during the grass court campaign sporting an 11-1 record on the surface before taking a thorough thumping on the hands of Haas.
Yes, he's had a few early round exits where he'll tell you himself he should have won (Fognini QF of home nation Stuttgart although its worth mentioning Fog won that tournament and is again into the QF of Hamburg this week but gets to exact revenge on that Italian as they play a rematch tomorrow). He had to give Nieminen the walkover in Dusseldorf ( someone he owns 3-1 career h2h against) due to an undisclosed injury. He lost to Youzhny in the first round in straights in Rome. The loss to Berankis in Houston Haas will tell you was bitterly disappointing because Tommy resides in the US and almost considers tournaments played in that nation also as "home court advantage", but the real one that Haas really is regretting is leaving a potential plethora of ranking points (and race to London points) on the table with his first round exit at the Australian Open losing 8-6 in the 5th set just shy of 4 hours to Nieminen, a guy he had never lost to before. The draw opened up nicely for Tommy there too as he would have drawn Dodig next and Gasquet after that followed by a potential showdown with Tsonga in the round of 16. Haas would have been a heavy favorite over Dodig and is 2-2 against Gasquet while being 2-1 against Tsonga. Some of those numbers are a bad reference point since Gasquet and Tsonga weren't in their primes at the time and really Haas has barely ever played better tennis than he is now (sans 2002 and 2007) but I would have liked to see him pick up some much needed points down under.
I would absolutely LOVE to see Haas in London. We've already seen him beat Djokovic earlier this year on a slow hard court (which actually favors the Serb), he's 1-2 against Murray lifetime but hasn't played him in over 5 years and I think that would be a mouth watering matchup indoors at the O2 (although I think playing there previously worked against Murray but now he'll feed off of the energy big time), he's 0-5 against Nadal and hasn't won a set against the Spaniard (Nadal has won all 12 sets they've played), but with how Haas has been playing this year and how Nadal has struggled of late I think that would be anyone's match. He took Roger to 3 this year in Halle and he beat him there in the final last year. Haas is 0-4 against Ferrer but took him the distance twice this year at Miami where Ferrer was a finalist and in Madrid where Ferrer had the pro spanish crowd against him. Against Berdych Haas is 2-2 but aside from their 2012 tilt in Halle that Tommy took in 3 they hadn't played in 6 years and both guys were different players then. To round up the final top 8 in the race to London ATM, Del Potro owns a 4-0 record against Haas and he, just like Nadal, hasn't conceded a set.
It may seem like I'm one of the biggest Haas supporters out there but I actually couldn't stand the guy up until this year. Bandwagon? Maybe, although I remember hating him back in 2007 which is when I first started watching tennis. I hated how he acted on the court and I vividly remember Gonzo kicking his ass down under in the semis of the 07 Australian Open. I remember him playing a couple months later at Indian Wells against Gonzo and actually backing Gonzo because at the time both of those hard courts were similar since they're both incredibly slow but that 2 month break was enough for Gonzo to cool down and Haas took him to the woodshed. After that I remember a match he played against Murray where he was up a set and a break before Murray called an injury timeout and acted like by some random stroke of mother nature he broke his back randomly. Haas was so irked and irritated by how Murray was acting after every point he lost (like he was literally going to be needed to be taken off the court on a stretcher) that he lost his nerve and basically gifted the match.
I was so sick of seeing this guy accepting wild cards and playing qualifiers last year where he sucked so bad ..... I was so ready for him to retire. But how can you not cheer for this guy? What an absolutely incredible story. Everyone talked about how he should have retired a couple years ago but he kept fighting, kept battling, gave it every ounce of blood, sweat, tears, heart and soul he had to the game. You compare him to guys James Blake (I am a James Blake fan) who's basically been begging for wild cards and has been accepting them the last 3 years even though he hasn't even made a SEMI FINAL of an ATP 250 or better (and clearly you can tell why his game has slipped, he's simply fat for a tennis player and severely out of shape for a professional athlete in a sport that requires you to move). You look at punks like Davydenko who have no real respect for the game just want to hold on as long as possible to get paid (guy skipped Wimbledon for God knows what logical reason), guys like Gael Monfils who have so much talent but really don't have the heart and desire to be great, guys like Bernard Tomic who have never worked hard a day in their life, and, I hate to say it, but a guy like Andy Roddick (yes I know he owns a slam and Haas doesn't) who call it quits at age 30 because they just aren't willing to embrace the grind anymore.
Haas is 35, he's playing in the golden era of tennis where 4 of possibly the 10-15 greatest players ever are playing (definitely 2 of the top 4 ever) and he's just on the outskirts of the top 10 dueling with these guys and pushing them to the limit whenever he gets the chance.
I would pay big money just to see Tommy Haas crack the single race to London top 8 even if its just on the tube. No one deserves it more and I think he has a legitimate shot, once there, to give us some mouth watering tennis.