Tag Archives: Paris

Tommy – more than a pinball wizard

4 Jun

Super serve                        4 down!
Tommy Haas the victor. 35 and going strong

Thirty five year years young, Germany’s Tommy Haas showed that old guys rule when he blasted his way into the French Open 1/4 finals today with a thumping win over Mikhail Youzhny. Haas has been a clay court revelation in 2013, especially for a player with a self confessed preference for hardcourt. He won his 14th ATP title earlier this year on the clay at Munich and has risen to a ranking of #13.

Haas is a survivor. He has had to endure multiple shoulder, elbow and hip surgeries over the years, and has seen his ranking plummet to the 370’s as recently as 2011. By winning his 4th round match today in Paris, Tommy Haas has the distinction of achieving the full set of career Grand Slam 1/4 finals. A fitting record for a genuine stalwart of the game. In fact Haas’s longevity makes sense when in a recent interview he conceded he “didn’t know what he would do when and if he stopped playing”, and that “tennis is all I know”.

Lucky wristband?Bullseye!

Haas has broken a couple of quirky statistics here – it took him the most number of match points ever to close out the match against big John Isner – not surprising that record is against Isner with his booming serve. Haas is the oldest 1/4 finalist since Andre Agassi at the 2005 US Open, and was quoted at his post match press conference to be “really proud to make the 1/4’s here for the first time”. In a fitting comment he said “he is smarter in how he trains, how he eats and how he recovers” – who said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

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Raphael Nadal triumph’s… again.

12 Jun

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday.   Photo

The King of Clay in 7th Heaven. Rafa wins title 7 in Rome (Left) and now 7 in Paris (Below).

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Azarenka – down and nearly out.

29 May

Va Victoria Azarenka went very close to being bundled out in the 1st round of the French Open. In an error riddled, nervous and just plain awful exhibition, Azarenka, the current world #1 didn’t have things all her own way against Alberta Brianti of Italy.

In fact Brianti led by a set and 4 love with a break point for a 5 love lead. Azarenka hit a tight first serve – faulted – and was really staring down the barrel of defeat. She did what champion players do so well. Dug deep. Hit a second serve ace, got herself out of trouble and scrapped her way back into the match to win in 3 gruelling sets. And in doing so avoided being the first women’s top seed to go out in the first round in Paris.

Vika did what Brad Gilbert described so eloquently in his book – “winning ugly”. She lives to fight another day – and will want to put this one well and truly behind her.

RODDICK HORRENDOUS

And on the mens side of the draw Andy Roddick was not so fortunate, going down to Frenchman Nicholas Mahut – who is most famous for being on the losing side of the epic Wimbledon encounter with John Isner that went for 3 days. Roddick in his post match press conference confirmed what we were all thinking – he “played and moved horrendously”. Andy has never been one to mince his words.

 

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