Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Toronto R1 - David vs Tommy Haas

Update
He saved four match points in the second-set tiebreak but in the end, after two hours and 22 minutes, David couldn't stop Tommy Haas from converting his altogether sixth match point for a 6-2, 6-7(11), 6-3 victory. So Haas keeps his perfect record against David. And David's losing streak of first-round matches continues. Next up now Cincy.

More tomorrow...


(Getty Images; montage by VD)














"For old times' sake", "a match from the old days" and of course the inevitable "battle of the veterans" - those are just a few of the things that have been said about David's first-round match at Toronto today. But whether or not you like to think of David as a veteran on the ATP Tour, if there's anyone who merits that description then it's Tommy Haas. At 34 years of age the oldest player in the Top50 (and the second oldest in the Top100), who reached his career-high ranking of #2 the year that David had his breakthrough on the Tour, in 2002.

Tommy Haas, ranked #25 as of this week, is one of the few players on the Tour whose bad luck with injuries exceeds David's - and by some margin. But despite various injuries and surgeries and several very long pauses, Haas always came back again in the end and this season, he has posted some good results, with the title he won at Halle (against Roger Federer in the final) as the obvious highlight, plus the semifinal he reached at Munich (lost to Cilic) and two final appearances, at Hamburg (lost to Pico) and, merely two days ago, at Washington, where he was defeated by Alexandr Dolgolpolov in three sets. And perhaps, Haas will still be bit tired from his week at Washington.

In terms of the match-up, Tommy Haas is the exact sort of player to cause David trouble
- and the match record shows it. They've met three times so far and Haas won all three of their encounters, the most recent of which took place at the Australian Open 2007. Five and a half years ago but Haas still has a game that combines a couple of factors, destined to make things difficult for David. A serve that in the past David didn't find easy to break. A strong backhand that Haas can use to exploit David's weaker forehand and movement on that side, especially by going down the line. And an aggressive game that includes attacks at the net, not giving David the rhythm from the baseline that he likes. In short, for David, it'll be crucial to try and play this match on his own terms, instead of reacting to Haas. In the course of their three previous matches, David managed to win two sets. Here's hoping that he can add another two today.

24 comments:

  1. I'll be on the plane on my way to Florida when he plays. I hope to find he won when we land

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  2. have a safe trip Camilia! and fingers crossed for David because it'll be a tough match, especially if Haas continues to move very well like he has lately.
    glad there'll be some streams, seems like it's the most anticipated 1st round of the day, vamos!!

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  3. did you see? David's second serve on Breakball was not out but he didn't challange :/

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  4. Hey guys, havent posted in some time.Not looking good for David at the moment.

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  5. 13-11.

    Oops - thanks for the timely DF, Tommy.

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  6. Nice tiebreaker. Very courageous on David's part.

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    1. Yes indeed.
      Hoping my comment about the DF from Haas doesn't make anyone not watching the match think David didn't earn the tie-break - he did.

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  7. How come he never challenges when hes balls are good?

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  8. Can really see that Haas has been winning some matches of late and is confident, Davids gonna need to pull off one of these close matches off to get some confidence going.Lets hope it comes at Cinci.

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    1. adrian he is not playing well
      i dont know why

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  9. Errr ffs another defeat. Fought really well second set but weren't meant to be. Arghhh he needs results quickk!!! Times running outt and he needs an easy first round to put the pressure off. Another upsetting defeat tho for us all. Vamos david <3

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  10. it took David so much effort to take the 2nd set, many errors but some very nice points in the tiebreak as well. And a little help from Haas.
    and then... 3rd set... that's really unfortunate :(

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  11. Well, that's disappointing, when he looked like breaking Haas earlyish in the 3rd set. I thought the match was going to turn in his favour.

    Nearly 2 & a half hours for no reward. Nothing seems to be going right for David at the moment.

    Tommy Robredo just won a match in a Challenger in 35 minutes - hardly broke sweat. Not many points on offer, but more than a hard-fought loss like David's. :(

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  12. Another disappointing loss. David just can't seem to bear down and raise his game in the key moments. These first round losses have got to be gnawing at him. I know he won't do it, but he should really play some 250s to get his confidence back.

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  13. Even if he wanted to, it's a difficult part of the season for playing some smaller tournaments. The only 250 event from here until the USO and the DC SF is Winston-Salem, the week before the USO. He could ask for a WC but I'd be really surprised if he did. Though he obviously needs matches...

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  14. Yeh he just needs matches, get his confidence up if he wins a couple and for the big picture this last part of the season is crucial. True, hoping for a good draw in cincy at least not that tough a first round that he might grind out a win and maybe up his confidence a bit

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  15. You cant hope for a good draw with a rank like that its not gonna happen.....He need to play smaller T and get a little bit higher in the rankings.....other than that, well we know the results......he had the chance in queens and belgrade to win two t but.................................................

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    1. As I've said, there's only one smaller event left until the USO and the DC SF.

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  16. I'll be in Cincinnati again to see David practice and play so I'll have to keep you guys posted

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    1. Yeah, that would be nice. Thanks.

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    2. nobody says here that the main reason why David lost yesterday was his serve? I mean you saw how poor his first service was

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    3. It was one of the reasons but I wouldn't call it the main reason. His serve stats were not great but also not terrible by his standards.

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