Found February 17, 2013 on Tennis Panorama :
Notes from the Front – SAP Open 2013, Day Six Semifinals By Kevin Ware Day Six Semifinal Results [4] Tommy Haas (GER) d [2] John Isner (USA) 6-3, 6-4 [1] Milos Raonic (CAN) d [3] Sam Querrey (USA) 6-4, 6-2 Match Notes Semifinal #1 After watching Tommy Haas and John Isner the past few rounds, I had an uneasy feeling about Isner’s chances against the resurgent German in the first semifinal.  Isner needed to start aggressively, serve well, and keep the points short. Haas needed to challenge the Isner second serve, take his chances, and work the big man over with baseline play.  The Haas strategy proved to be the winning one, as he took out the No. 2 seed in straight sets. When asked about his success in seeing the Isner serve, Haas said, “I mean, that’s the key against somebody like John, obviously. I think early on in the beginning he didn’t hit his first serves in so I tried to jump on the second, tried to make something happen, get it back in play, and then take my chances in the ra...

SAP Open: “Groundhog Day” hits the HP Pavilion

Milos Gets His Triple Milos Raonic d. Tommy Haas 6/4, 6/3 Tommy Haas showed up at the HP Pavilion armed with his best game, ready to rumble – only problem with that is that Milos Raonic did exactly the same. The 2013 version of Raonic is a much more mature player than the versions that won the 2011 and 2012 SAP Open titles. Raonic has exponentially improved his ground game while...

SAP Open: And then there were none

It was a bad day at Bedrock for the American contingent in both semi-finals, but we did have the consolation of an entertaining mixed doubles exhibition full of Americans (and a lovely German gal married to an American). Tommy Haas d. John Isner 6/3, 6/4 Isner said it himself: his serve wasn’t quite where he wanted it to be today – nothing wrong from a technical standpoint,...

Notes From the Front – Milos Raonic Three-Peats at the Final SAP Open

( February 17, 2013) SAN JOSE By Kevin Ware Notes from the Front – Milos Raonic Three-Peats at the Final SAP Open   [1] Milos Raonic (CAN) d [4] Tommy Haas (GER) 6-4, 6-3 Milos Raonic completed a week of dominating tennis by defeating Tommy Haas in straight sets to become only the third man to three-peat in the SAP Open’s 125 year history, and the first in the Open Era. Though...

SAP Open: Two Americans still standing

Remember how I told you Justin Gimelstob was a big hit with the ladies at yesterday’s Ladies Luncheon? Well, the man is on a roll. During the break after the Haas/Johnson match, Justin spent a few minutes on court, developing a new tennis talent: Haas’ 2-year-old, Valentina. The girl has a future in pro tennis, based on her poise in front of a crowd and her eye-to-hand coordination...

Notes from the Front – SAP Open 2013, Day Five

Notes from the Front – SAP Open 2013, Day Five by Kevin Ware Day Four Second Round Results [4] T Haas (GER) d [WC] Steve Johnson (USA) 6-4, 6-2 [2] J Isner (USA) d [8] Xavier Malisse (BEL) 7-6(8), 6-2 [1] Milos Raonic (CAN) d [6] Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-6(0), 6-3 [3] Sam Querrey (USA) d Alejandro Falla (COL) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 Match Notes Steve Johnson bemoaned his lack of aggression...
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