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Tennis Grand Stand:
Will the fierce terrier from Spain wear down the German veteran? (Photo: Christopher Levy for Tennis Grandstand)
In the men’s semifinals at the Sony Open, two underdogs with elegant one-handed backhands face two top-five men with more functional two-handers. While both of the underdogs have continued to sizzle through the draw after catching fire earlier this week, they face opponents designed to cool off such torrid streaks.
Tommy Haas vs. David Ferrer: Many a less experienced man would have contented themselves with the spectacular upset over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic that Haas delivered in the fourth round. Too hardened a veteran to succumb to that sort of hangover, the German followed that victory with another commanding effort against Gilles Simon. Not since 2001 has he won a Masters 1000 shield, his only triumph at that level, but some already have drawn comparisons to Ivan Ljubicic’s autumnal surge at Indian Wells three years ago. Turning 35 next week, Haas has faced Da...
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Tommy Haas on Friday made a bold bid to reach the final of the Sony Open five days before his 35th birthday -- but David Ferrer, the relentless roadrunner from Spain, was too tough, too determined and, in the end, just TWO good.
Despite breaking serve twice in the final set, Haas went down 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Ferrer, who will be appearing in his fourth final of the year on Sunday,...
Tommy Haas once again making history at the Sony Open
By Jane Voigt
MIAMI, FL (March 28, 2013) — People say Roger Federer dances on court, his smooth tennis a testament to a sport that brutalizes fuzzy yellow balls.
Some people say Tommy Haas is cut from the same cloth as Federer when it comes to movement. Both are graceful athletes in their early 30s. They hit one-handed backhands...
Tommy Haas during his Sony Open semifinal match against David Ferrer
MIAMI, FL (March 29, 2013) – In a battle of the 30-and-older ATP veterans, world No. 5 David Ferrer braved out a bold Tommy Haas at the Sony Open in a two-hour topsy-turvy match. The Spaniard solidified his place in his fifth Masters final and looks to win his second Masters title after being victorious in Paris...
By Amy Fetherolf (March 29, 2013) MIAMI — World No. 4 David Ferrer fought back from a set down to beat World No. 18 Tommy Haas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, advancing to the Sony Open final. Haas came out picking up where he left off in beating both Novak Djokovic and Gilles Simon in straight [...]
(March 26, 2013) With all of the 30-plus players active on the ATP World Tour, one has to wonder is 30 the new 20? A week away from his 35th birthday, an inspired Tommy Haas stunned a not-so-inspiring Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-4 to move into the quarterfinals of the Sony Open on Tuesday evening. [...]
Andy Murray has erased a championship point and rallied past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in the final of the Sony Open.
One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the far baseline to stay in the match Sunday. He then dominated the tiebreaker, while Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapsed to the court after one rally.
CBS cut away from the final when...
Even from the cheap seats, the ones with a lovely view of the Miami skyline, a thud reverberated when Andy Murray angrily whacked his tennis bag with his racket.
Murray was miffed after losing the first set of Friday's semifinal at the Sony Open. But he found no further need to punish his equipment, rallying past a gimpy Richard Gasquet 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2.
By Amy Fetherolf (March 27, 2013) MIAMI — Despite dropping the first set in an error-filled match, World No. 5 David Ferrer advanced to the semifinals of the Sony Open, beating Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and 55 minutes. Ferrer started strongly, breaking Melzer for 2-0. However, Melzer then rattled off five [...]
Will the division of hardware be the same in Miami as it was in Shanghai?
A clear line of demarcation separates the encounters between David Ferrer and Andy Murray by surface. While the world No. 5 has reigned supreme over their rivalry on clay, the world No. 3 has dictated the terms of their matches on outdoor hard courts. Most notable of those was the straight-sets final that...
I know we all grow tired of reading those pieces that pop up on websites, newspapers or blog posts claiming that 40 is the new 30 or 50 is the new 40. However, I’m sure we all get that little kick of adrenaline daydreaming what it would be like if our birth certificates magically knocked of 10 years.
Well this week, we had one of those is it ‘2003’ moments when nearly 35...
Sharapova powered past Errani at Indian Wells. Will she do it again?
After a handful of upsets in the men’s draw on Tuesday, Wednesday offers the start of the quarterfinals and the end of that round in the women’s draw.
Maria Sharapova vs. Sara Errani: While nearly all of the other Indian Wells headliners have vanished, the women’s champion there keeps chugging through a...