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Old 06-10-2009, 09:01 PM   #646
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Tommy Haas INTERVIEW
After reaching the quarter finals


Tsonga just said that the level of play was very high. Do you agree?
HAAS: Yes, for sure. We both played extremely well, served well. I didn’t look at the statistics but I’m sure there were more winners than unforced errors from both sides. It was a great match. Obviously, I think I played at the level as good as I can play at times, especially when it came to the big points. I think that is the only reason why I won today. So, that was nice.


You left Roland Garros with a lot of confidence and you serve this way with confidence?

HAAS: Yes, Roland Garros was a great confidence booster for me. I haven’t played there in two years and I wasn’t sure if I was going to play there this year. So, going there, playing some good tennis, beating some good players and coming very close to maybe beating Roger there, that gives you confidence. But coming here as well is a different surface. You want to play a grass court game, more aggressive, come in more which I did today. So, it’s different. But anytime you win matches, it’s going to help you.

Are you pleased four Germans won today?
HAAS: Very pleased, yes. I think it’s great. It’s great for the tournament. It just shows German players prefer faster surfaces. This is really the only grass court tournament we have here. It’s obviously the shortest season throughout the year. Beside that we don’t have one big tournament indoors. It’s ridiculous to be honest because everybody likes to go on faster surfaces. We have so many clay court tournaments but none of us plays really well on clay.

You could have seven German tomorrow in the quarter finals potentially. What would that do as far as – given that Hamburg has been demoted to a 500 event – how do you view that as a booster for the sports in the country?

HAAS: I really don’t pay too much attention to that to be honest. But I think in general when you have a big tournament like this on grass and you have somebody that promotes tennis as well as they do here in Halle and many other things besides just the tennis players, but also the whole venue for people, family, spectator to come, I think that’s great. It shows that all of us do feel comfortable here and want to play well and maybe give it the extra one or two percent that maybe we don’t have somewhere else. I’m sure two will win for sure tomorrow. So, there’s going to be at least six in the quarters and then maybe even another one. So, I’m pretty sure that is going to happen.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:54 PM   #647
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Tommy Haas: Making Up For Lost Time

Tommy Haas exemplifies tennis’ lost generation.

Though it produced a few standouts—Gustavo Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin had similar levels of success—the players that emerged in the latter half of the 90's were supposed to begin dominating in the early part of this decade and largely failed to do so.

The flashy Chilean Marcelo Rios was supposed to prove that speed, consistency and ingenuity could compensate for a lack of size and power. Ace machine Mark Philippoussis was supposedly just waiting to put his game together, and then surely he’d be a Wimbledon champion.

And Haas, along with Nicholas Kiefer, was Germany’s best hope in the post-Becker era. Haas had a game that fit neatly between the power of Philippoussis and the grace of Rios, standing 6’2" and possessing a varied arsenal of shots, with his one-handed backhand the centerpiece of his all-court game.

As Haas’ game was growing he primarily stayed under the radar, letting Philippoussis, Rios, Kuerten and others occupy the spotlight. Finally, he appeared ready to make his move in 2001 by winning the Masters Series shield in Stuttgart and putting up a series of strong results.

It paved his way for the 2002 Australian Open; perhaps the most “open” of majors in this decade. Two-time defending champion Andre Agassi didn’t play due to injury. The No. 1 ranked Hewitt, still not at home on Australia’s slow hard courts, fizzled out in the first round. The Grand-Slam king, Pete Sampras, was mired in a slump and fell to Safin in the round of 16.

The time was right for Haas, but his draw was Herculean labor—pushed to five sets against Todd Martin in round three, then five sets against an up-and-coming Swiss kid named Roger (maybe you’ve heard of him) and then a tight four-setter against Rios. His coach assured the press that the young German was fit enough to make it through his semi encounter with Safin, but who knows who he was trying to convince.

Haas took a two-sets-to-one lead against Safin before the full week of tennis in the oppressive Aussie humidity caught up with him, and he lost the last two 6-0, 6-2.

And so went Haas’ first, and maybe last, really good chance at Grand-Slam glory. He remained at No. 2 behind Hewitt for most of the year, but missed Wimbledon when his parents were seriously injured in a car accident. His career was further derailed by a shoulder injury, and the ensuing surgery kept him from fully returning to the tour until 2004.

By then, though, the tour was not nearly so open, as a new generation of players, headed by that Swiss kid, had supplanted the lost generation and was doing a better job of capitalizing on their opportunities.

After returning from his injury, Haas has displayed the same talent and versatility as before, often using it to overpower less developed pros. In his long absence from the sport, though, it appeared his mental game had regressed.

At the 2004 U.S. Open he had a highly anticipated quarterfinal clash with Hewitt, only to lose all but six games. In the third round of the 2005 Roland Garros, he won only five times against Nicolay Davydenko, all of which were in the first set.

At the 2007 AO, he reached the semis again, only to take just five games from Fernando Gonzalez. At this year’s AO he won just eight from Rafael Nadal.

For a player as gifted as Haas is, what does his tendency toward blowout losses suggest? One possibility is that he lacks fighting spirit, while another is that he’s missing a plan B when his opponent’s aim is true.

It certainly isn’t an absence of talent; this is a player who has gone five sets against that Swiss guy three times in a major, and won once.

The fact that he pushed that certain Swiss to five sets in the recent Roland Garros, only to watch it slip away, added to the lore that will surround that fabled tourney, in which the Swiss completed a career Grand Slam.

But it may also have hinted at future results for Haas, who won at the Wimbledon warm-up event in Halle the week after Wimbledon.

He opened his Wimbledon campaign this year with a four-set win over the Austrian Alexander Peya, and now faces the big-serving lefty doubles specialist Michael Llodra. Should he prevail, he’d face the winner of the clash of the 6’6" club: Sam Querrey vs. Marin Cilic.

Beyond that, though, this quarter is as promising as any in Wimbledon, as the highest seed is Novak Djokovic, whom Haas beat in the Halle final and who has been far from confident recently.

Now at the age of 31, this may be Haas’ last chance for a deep run at Wimbledon. The early draw may be another labor for the German, but there probably won’t be any better chance to make-up for the time he’s lost.

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Good article. Only the description of his losses in majors is a little narrow-minded. AO 2002? Body could no more. That USO quarter final vs. Hewitt? "Blown in the wind", one handled it better than the other. Gonzalez in Melbourne? Played the match of his life.
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Wimby R32: Haas d Cilic

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Q. What did you do last night to relax and prepare yourself again for this morning?

TOMMY HAAS: There wasn't really much time to relax, to be honest. By the time I got back to the house, my fiancée picked up some Indian food. I was getting ready for my treatment, massage, my physio.

While that was going on, we were listening to all the great legendary songs from Michael Jackson. You know, that's it. By the time we got done, it was really late. We just went to sleep and got ready this morning.


Q. How do you feel now?

TOMMY HAAS: Obviously I feel good. You know, winning these kind of matches, you know, it's like you're kind of still on a high in some ways. Body's feeling a little bit tired, to be honest. I mean, it was a long match, a tough battle yesterday with so many ups and downs. Also mentally it drains you for sure.

But overall feeling great. You know, good thing is day off tomorrow. Relax a little bit and get ready for my next match.


Q. After a marathon game like that, is it understandable to you why perhaps Rafael Nadal decided not to play Wimbledon?

TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, sure. I mean, to be totally honest, I don't know Rafael's situation. You know, I'm not that close to him. But, you know, the guy puts out so much effort every time and has played so many matches. Every tournament he plays, he gets to, you know, the final or either wins it, so he has a lot of strain on his body. He's had some problems with his knee.

I'm sure he's got to have some serious issues for not playing here. You know, it's one of the biggest tournaments we all get to play. It's a tough grind, that's for sure.


Q. With your play here and at the French Open, also the lead‑up tournament into Wimbledon, what do you attribute your resurgence to?

TOMMY HAAS: Uhm, just never stopping believing in your game and having the right people around you or getting the right people around you. That's very important. You know, I believe in my game. When I'm feeling healthy and I feel fit and I feel I put in the work, you know, I have a very good game still to beat a lot of players and to give the top players trouble. And, uhm, you know, while I still feel that, you know, I also will continue to play the game and enjoy it as well.

You know, there's been lots of ups and downs. We could sit here much longer to go through, you know, the last year, year and a half with a lot of things that were not really going my way. And in the past even.

But, you know, at the same time, a lot of things have gone my way to be able to play the way I'm playing. But, yeah, everything just kind of put it together. I mean, French Open, I didn't really want to go there in the first place. I was feeling pretty good body‑wise. Sometimes when you have that kind of mentality just to go and see what happens, you play a little bit more relaxed and loose.

I came very close to maybe beating Roger there, which was a great tournament for me anyway. And then winning a title again in Halle, Germany, you know, is obviously a dream come true for me in some ways to do it on home turf. Also winning now on all four surfaces is a great accomplishment in my career.

So you kind of keep going, and that's it. When you come here, you play match for match. That's it.

Q. Was that Federer match, do you think, a major breakthrough for you, even though you lost?

TOMMY HAAS: No. When you lose, there's no breakthrough.


Q. What do you tell yourself when you're walking on Centre Court knowing that in one break the match is over?

TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, it's tough. You know, I kind of had to deal with it after my first round when we had to stop at 4‑All in the fourth. At that time I was still thinking, Okay, if it doesn't go my way in the fourth set, I'm going to be in the fifth.

You do hope maybe you get a break and finish it off, which happened against Peya in the first round. Last night you start looking around at like 8:45, 9:00. It's getting a little darker. At the same time, maybe I could have finished it off in the fourth set and not having to worry about it with the one match point or two match points that I had in the fourth.

So either way. And then, you know, but you have so much adrenaline left and you kind of want to finish the match either way it happens. When they told us two more games at 5‑All, you know, I was happy to be at 5‑All, because I think he was serving for it. I don't even remember so much. But it was back and forth.

So, you know, it was getting really dark out there. When he had two match points at 5‑6, I was like, Great, maybe he's going to finish me off right before we're supposed to stop due to darkness. Then played some really good points to come back to 6‑All. I would just like to see maybe they can just make some magic lights happen when you're that close to finishing a match so we can just finish it at least.


Q. How about this morning? How was it coming back out just to finish off?

TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, it's tough, because he's serving first. If he holds serve, it's pressure on me just to stay in the match. I think we both knew that. And we both probably were a little stiff from last night and worried about who's going to get a better start.

There's so many thoughts going through your head all the time, what kind of game plan, be more aggressive, maybe wait for your opportunity, maybe just keep the ball in play. So many different things going through your head.

You know, when I got the break, I was just trying to focus on holding serve. Next thing you know, he had breakpoint again. So it was like a dramatic match.
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TOMMY HAAS: No. When you lose, there's no breakthrough.
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Monday, 29 June 2009-Tommy's Interview after defeating Andreev

Q. That was a very convincing win. Everything went perfectly for you today.

TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, pretty smoothly. I mean, you know, definitely wasn't going to underestimate him one second. Getting to the fourth round, he's a very tough player. He's beat me quite handily last time we played in Davis Cup in Moscow on clay. That was definitely some motivation for me to revenge myself.

And in the first set I think I only had one break chance. Didn't really utilize that. A little bit frustrating. But the tiebreak was very important. Luckily I was always ahead, even though I didn't convert my first two set points at 6‑4, but managed to win the set. Kind of relaxed a little bit more after that.

Served extremely well. I think I didn't give him many opportunities on my serve. And I think that was really the key to not give him that kind of confidence to break me and then maybe even play looser himself.

Q. Quiz question first: Do you know who the last 30‑year‑old to win Wimbledon was?

TOMMY HAAS: To win Wimbledon?

Q. Male. Do you think can you do it?

TOMMY HAAS: Well, I'm 31, so I don't know. Last 30‑year‑old? Not sure.

Q. Arthur Ashe in '75. It's quite a leap.

TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, I mean, you know, age is really just a number in many ways. But obviously, I mean, I know that I am 31. I have a little bit more miles in my legs than maybe some other players that are younger than me.

Once you're out there, I think you leave that all behind and just go out there and compete and try to win.

Q. How have you kept going? Any secret to it?

TOMMY HAAS: Well, I mean, I was injured a lot, so that kind of has helped, because I was forced to be on the sideline too many times for my liking. So maybe there's some time left. You know, if you still continue to play well and have some success every now and then, I mean, this is what you play for.

I mean, you know, if you would have told me maybe even two months ago that I was gonna maybe get to the quarters of Wimbledon, I wasn't gonna be that sure about it. This is so far a fantastic run no matter what happens from here on out. Really happy and pleased to make it to the Elite 8 club, whatever you call it here. So that's really nice.

Q. It's been a good season on grass, hasn't it, after the win in Halle? Feeling comfortable on the surface?

TOMMY HAAS: Well, I mean, I'd be lying if I said no now. Sure. You know, kind of kick started a little bit at the French. I haven't played there in a long time. Played some good matches beating a couple good players there. Came close to maybe beating Roger. I lost anyway, which was fine. I was really happy about the way I played.

In Halle, everything just kind of came together really well. You know, I mean, I couldn't have asked for anything more during that week on home turf, which was great.

You know, I obviously took that high with me here. You know, just every match trying to keep doing the things that have been working for me.

Q. Everybody is talking about the grass slowing down. If this tournament continues on form through this week, it seems to have the most number of aces ever recorded by men in a Grand Slam. Surprise you or...

TOMMY HAAS: Uhm, I think if it's like it was on Saturday and like it's today with the heat, you know, I think it plays much faster, for sure. As soon as it gets cloudy and a little colder, maybe like 14, 15, Celsius, it does play slower, I think. It might be a little bit tougher.

You know, it's still a grass court, so it's still gonna be faster than other surfaces in some ways. But also you have seen in the last couple of years for sure that guys that like to play from the baseline, they play with a lot of spin, are good on their legs, have had success here. You know, you can even see it this year again with people being very comfortable that way.

It has slowed down. I mean, I played here, you know, back in '96 or '7. You can't compare it the way it is now.

Q. You mentioned before that you've been out, you're in, how quickly things can change. You find yourself in the Elite 8. You had Roger down two sets in Paris. It seemed that he was sort of settling into the No. 2 spot. Now if he wins this tournament after what happened in Paris he'll be No. 1 again. Is that something that surprises you at all, how quickly things can turn around in this sport?

TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, I mean, that's just the name of it. That's how it works in this sport especially. You know, obviously has helped Roger that Nadal is not playing here, you know, that he's injured. You know, I mean, Nadal, anywhere he goes, is also a favorite to win the tournament, just as Roger is.

On clay, everybody it was quite surprising the early exit. The early exit fourth round for Rafa. For him it was an early exit, I would say. Was surprising. Now it helped, you know, for Roger to obviously win the French, which he absolutely deserved. Probably goes down now as the greatest player of all time because he did so.

And, like I said, Nadal not playing here and being now for sure the favorite to win this tournament, he deserves to be back to No. 1. You know, if you win these big tournaments back to back, which he hasn't done yet, but if he does, then that's how it goes.

Q. Is there a question about that greatest of all time on the basis that he's had not a great record against Nadal, who is his closest peer in his age group?

TOMMY HAAS: Yeah, you know, you can look at it in many ways. In that aspect I guess, you know, you have definitely something to discuss, talk about, and maybe, you know, say that's really one of the only things that didn't go his way.

But overall, what, he's not even 28 yet and he's already equaled Pete. We'll see what happens here for him in the next three, four years. I mean, he really has never been injured. So, you know, after his career, there's probably not many people can say that he's not.
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Q. Quiz question first: Do you know who the last 30‑year‑old to win Wimbledon was?

TOMMY HAAS: To win Wimbledon?

Q. Male. Do you think can you do it?

TOMMY HAAS: Well, I'm 31, so I don't know. Last 30‑year‑old? Not sure.
Nice to know the journos are doing their research!
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Wimbledon 2009: Tommy Haas beats Novak Djokovic to set up Roger Federer semi-final

There was nothing humdrum about events on Court No 1 as Novak Djokovic, the world No 4 and most credible threat to Roger Federer’s progress to a sixth consecutive Wimbledon final, was sent out of the tournament by Tommy Haas, the oldest man in the men’s draw.

The saying goes that once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action. The German took Federer to five in Paris in May, and eyebrows were raised. He defeated Djokovic in the final of Halle earlier this month, winning his first ever title on grass, and people started to talk. This 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 victory, sending Haas to a semi-final against Federer, does more than just enforce the opinion that his Serbian opponent is a bit flaky. Haas’ cover is blown by now: he is for real.

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Federer sings praises of older players (part of the interview; Fed about Haas)

“I’ve trained with him a lot, and I knew that it was just a matter of time before he started getting good results again,” said the Swiss about the three-time Australian Open semi-finalist who underwent shoulder surgery in November 2007 and plummeted out of the top 50.

“We’ve got closer recently, training then going for something to eat together afterwards. It’s great when someone shows the determination to come back after injury.

“I’m really pleased for him – he played great in Paris [coming within five points of eliminating Federer in the fourth round on the clay of Roland Garros] and I know the danger that I’ll be facing as grass and hard court suit him better. I’d rather play Haas than Djokovic as he’s someone from my generation,” Federer summed up.
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Friday, 3 July 2009

Q. How will you sum up the totality of your game today?
TOMMY HAAS: How would I sum up what?


Q. Your game today.

TOMMY HAAS: You know, overall pretty happy with the way I played overall. I served extremely well. So did my opponent today. You know, I only got broken there at 5‑6 in the second set for the first time after having a long, long game back and forth. I think maybe I was trying to go for a little bit too much then and not following up, being aggressive, coming into the net.

You know, he took the first chance. The same thing happened in the third when he broke me at 3‑4, you know, a long game with chances, game points for me.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the way I played. Just sometimes on these little tiny points that could have made a little difference, maybe just came up short, making too easy unforced error for my liking. But overall pretty happy.


Q. How would you compare it with the one with Djokovic?

TOMMY HAAS: You can't compare because it's different players. He gives you different balls to look at with the slice. I think he served really well today, too. I don't know what his first‑serve percentage was today. I think it was pretty high. He didn't really give me that may look on second serves to really be aggressive on.

At the time I did and I was aggressive and I came in on a good return, he made really good passes. That was kind of tough. You know, that's the way it goes playing against him.


Q. Did you detect any weak links at all in his game today?

TOMMY HAAS: There aren't really any weaknesses. You know, I think he moves such smooth ways and has such good defensive play. The slice bites a lot. You know, when you think sometimes you might get a relatively easy volley, he kind of either dinks it in front of you, or he made two spectacular slice lobs over my head at important points.

But, you know, there aren't really any weaknesses. I think sometimes maybe if he feels a little bit pressure or gets a little bit tight, maybe sometimes he can make some unforced errors, especially against those types of players that move really well themselves and keep the ball in play mostly than being very aggressive, such like maybe Andy Murray or, you know, Nadal or something. I think that's why he struggles against those guys every once in a while.

But, you know, I'm myself not that type of player. I have to go for my shots myself and be aggressive. So you just try to do your best with that.


Q. Would you hold out any hope for Roddick or Murray in the final?

TOMMY HAAS: I was just asked that. You know, I think Andy Roddick is playing some of his best tennis, as well, that I've seen. Playing extremely well. Serving well. But I wouldn't give him really a chance to beat Roger in the final. Maybe take a set. That's my opinion.

Andy Murray, if he can play extremely well I think would give him more trouble because of the style he plays and also knowing that he has beaten him, you know, a lot of times in the past.

But in the US Open final was a different situation. Plus with the crowd and everything, maybe that can get to Roger a little bit and be a little bit tighter. But I'll be watching it. You know, be really an interesting final if Andy Murray should win.


Q. More trouble, but not beat him in the end?

TOMMY HAAS: I don't think so, but you never know. That's the beauty of the game.


Q. Can you compare your last match at Roland Garros with Federer and this one? What were the differences?

TOMMY HAAS: I think that he made a few more unforced errors, and on clay I could be a little bit more patient, play a little better defense than today. That's probably the only difference really. And maybe the chances that I got, that I used them.

Today, like I said, I didn't really have many chances from the scoring point of view. But a lot of times when I had Love‑15 on his serve, he didn't really ‑‑ he put me under pressure. But I had a chance to make the shots and I never did, so that's a little bit frustrating.


Q. Seems like when he hit the big forehand, inside‑out forehand, he was reborn. After that he was playing again unbelievable tennis.

TOMMY HAAS: That's sometimes all it takes, you know, one important game. You know, that gives you the confidence. He did play extremely well then the end of the third set there. You know, took it from there.


Q. Did you go into the game thinking he just might beat me, or you went there with so much confidence that you will do your best? How did you approach it?

TOMMY HAAS: I approached it with a lot of confidence. You know, I've been playing some of my best tennis, you know. Having played him really tough in the French Open, having won in Halle, having beaten a lot of good players here to get to the semifinals, I felt like, you know, if I can get my chance and if I can use it, I can maybe do it, you know.

I served well, like I said, and I think he served extremely well. He just comes up with the goods, you know. He can play defensive and turn it into offensive so quick like no other player, and that makes him so extremely tough.

For him being on this occasion so many times, I feel like he just has the edge over everybody of just how he feels and how he has to play and what he has to do without thinking about it too much. And I think in the situation, sometimes like me today, sometimes I think maybe a little bit too much about what I want to do, and that can be the mistake sometimes.


Q. What would your advice be to whoever plays him in the final?

TOMMY HAAS: What would my advice be? I won't be giving them any advice because I'll be heading home tonight.


Q. If you could give them one tip.

TOMMY HAAS: They know their game. We watch everything in the past, years ago. They know what to do. They have coaches they pay a lot of money for.


Q. You won Halle and had a terrific run here. If Andy Murray comes through, how important do you think Queen's is to him?

TOMMY HAAS: Queen's and Halle mean nothing anymore. This is Wimbledon. This is a bigger stage. I don't think he's going to think about Queen's if he beats Andy Roddick today if he plays Roger in the final.


Q. Would you like to come back to Wimbledon?

TOMMY HAAS: Will I come back? Of course.


Q. Can you sum up your whole Wimbledon experience. It's been a special one for you.

TOMMY HAAS: It was great. I couldn't be any happier.
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Sorry, it´s a litte bit short-notice, but I read just now, that Tommy will be a guest at todays Blickpunkt Sport at Bayerisches Fernsehen.
Start of the show: 21.45 MEZ, repetition during the night 1.15 MEZ.
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Thanks, just caught it! Tommy looks relaxed. And he sort of confirmed that he'll start the hart court season in LA.
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