Haas Shocks Djokovic at Sony Open in Miami

by John on March 27, 2013

Haas at Sony

While Germany slept, native son Tommy Haas turned back the clock in chilly Miami late last night. The former world No. 2, just a week shy of his 35th birthday, shocked top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round of the Sony Open on Key Biscayne. The upset ended Djokovic’s 14-match winning streak at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park, where he won the tournament the last two years. Haas improved to 2-14 versus No. 1 players. His only other win came against Andre Agassi in 1999. Haas toppled Roger Federer in the final at Halle last year, just three weeks before the Swiss Maestro returned to No. 1 with his win at Wimbledon. “I’m just really happy and proud of that tonight, against such a great player who has been dominating the sport the past couple of years, I really took advantage of the opportunities I got,” Haas said. “I think I played extremely well. He gave me a lot of looks, and I took advantage of it.” The victory had to be extremely satisfying for the No. 18-ranked Haas, who has had an injury plagued career, missing all of the 2003 season and 14 months from March 2010 through April 2011 due to surgeries. “All credit to him. He played a great match and he was the better player, no question about it,” Djokovic said. “The results show everything. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the worst match I have played in a long time.” Haas played patiently from the baseline, varying the pace of his shots to win a majority of the long rallies. When Djokovic tried to force the issue by coming forward, Haas repeatedly blasted winners past him. Nole won just nine of 19 points at the net. Playing in breezy conditions with temperatures in the 50s, Haas served impeccably, winning 76 percent of the points on his first serve and 72 percent on his second. The error-prone Djokovic committed 30 unforced errors to just 18 for Haas, and hit only seven winners. Haas had 13. Djokovic looks to regroup and prepare for Serbia’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against the United States next week. Haas plays Frenchman Gilles Simon in a quarterfinal match tonight.




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