Haas’ Shocking Upset Of Federer

Mercedes Cup, Germany

[5] Roger Federer (SUI) vs. [302] Tommy Haas (GER)

Was this as shocking an upset as everyone is saying?  Haas has been playing inspired tennis in his farewell year on the Tour.  He won his previous match against someone who plays a similar style of game as Federer, serve and volley; thus, he was coming into this match with a positive victory and more comfort on the surface.  Federer on the other hand had not played a live match since April 2nd , and that was on hard court.   As great as Federer is on this surface, he needed at least once match win under his belt before facing Haas, who still has the potential to be a dangerous opponent.  Despite their head-to-head of 13:3 in favor of Federer, Haas is inspired, perhaps the reality of his career coming to an end has made him realize how much he enjoys being on court and what better way to delay the inevitable than by upsetting Federer on grass?

 




So while on the surface it may appear shocking, let’s consider the facts:  Haas was once ranked number two; he knows how to play on grass and because this surface is less physically demanding, it was the perfect opportunity for the upset; and Federer was simply rusty.  No amount of practice can simulate the pressure and emotions of a live match and Federer just got caught a bit off guard.  Haas won 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.  Does this mean he’s going to win this title?  There is always that possibility; however, history has shown us repeatedly that after a big win there is a significant let down in the next round.  This may not be the case for Haas as he is truly a veteran and may not be overly impressed by this victory; if anything, it may be fatigue that gets him in the next round.

 

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