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Tennis Grand Stand:
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 and do not squeak a sound while relentlessly chasing the object of their keen attention.
The comparisons could stop there though.
Roger is known for his fashion panache. Just think back to his 3-piece off-white Nike suit he trotted out on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Conversely, Tommy Haas dresses as if he donned his duds in the dark.
“Yeah, I’m pretty pathetic when it comes to color matching,” Haas said after his surprise upset over world No. 1, Novak Djokovic, at Sony Open Tennis Tuesday night. “Sometimes I look at myself in the mirror before I go out and I’m like, Jesus, what was I thinking there?
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Tommy Haas, the German who grew up on Florida's west coast, stunned Novak Djokovic on a chilly Tuesday night on Key Biscayne by decisively outplaying the world No. 1 in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 in the Sony Open.
Haas, who will turn 35 next week, became the oldest player to beat a world No. 1 in 30 years with a performance that was as near perfection as one can expect when competing...
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,...
Moments before the match, Tommy Haas sat in his changeover chair jiggling his legs, eager to face the world's No. 1-ranked player and old enough to know such chances don't often come along.
Haas took advantage Tuesday night, beating three-time champion Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the Sony Open, 6-2, 6-4. The upset snapped Djokovic's 14-match winning streak...
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...
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic lost to Tommy Haas, 6-2, 6-4 Tuesday in the fourth round of the Sony Open.
The defeat ended Djokovic's 14-match winning streak at Key Biscayne, where he won the tournament the past two years.
The top-ranked Djokovic has lost two of his past four matches after winning 22 in a row, including the Australian Open for his sixth Grand Slam title...
Haas ushered world No. 1 Novak Djokovic out of Miami with style and grace.
More than thirteen long years had passed since the last time that Tommy Haas had defeated a reigning #1, so long that he couldn’t even remember who it was or where it was. A string of players had passed through the top spot since his 1999 victory over Andre Agassi in a tournament that no longer exists...
(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. [...]
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 [...]
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...
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...