Serena Slips By; Djokovic v Haas Tues. at Sony Miami
by Staff | March 25th, 2013, 11:36 pm
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Eight men moved into the round of 16 on Monday at the Sony Open in Miami, led by No. 2 seed Andy Murray who needed to recover from a break down in the first set to defeat Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(3), 6-3.


“It was obviously way cooler today, much slower conditions,” said Murray after improving to 3-0 career vs. Dimitrov. “The ball wasn’t going as quick. I was leaving the ball a bit short. Once I started to improve my depth a bit, I made it tough for him and he started to make more mistakes after that.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners on the day were No. 4 Tomas Berdych struggling past Colombian Alejandro Falla 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, saving two match points; and in straight sets No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga topping Jarkko Nieminen, No. 8 Richard Gasquet defeating Mikael Youzhny, No. 9 Marin Cilic besting No. 20 John Isner, and No. 10 Nicolas Almagro defeating David Goffin.

Other seeds advancing were No. 17 Sam Querrey receiving a walkover against No. 14 Milos Raonic (strep throat), and No. 16 Andreas Seppi outlasting Thomaz Bellucci in three to set up a meeting against Murray.

“I had a fever before my first round going into the match and it just got really bad over the last two nights,” Raonic said. “I just feel completely drained. I was able to get rid of most of the fever, but I’m still low.”

In fourth-round play on the women’s side, top-seeded Serena Williams recovered from a first set loss to defeat No. 13 seed Dominika Cibulkova 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“Mentally I was just struggling,” said Williams, who trailed 6-2, 4-1.

“I was playing a really good opponent and I was making so many unforced errors out there — I couldn’t pull myself together. But the crowd was great. They started saying, ‘Come on Serena,’ and someone over there kept telling me to relax and I listened, and I also saw my dad on the sideline and he was sitting there looking so calm and relaxed. I took all of that energy from the crowd and my dad and I knew I could do better.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 3 Maria Sharapova blasting No. 21 Klara Zakopalova 6-2, 6-2 in the final night match; No. 4 Aggie Radwanska coming back to beat American No. 16 Sloane Stephens 4-6, 6-2, 6-0; No. 5 Na Li defeating unseeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 7-6(6), 6-2; and No. 8 Sara Errani outlasting No. 12 Ana Ivanovic 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“I started pretty good until 5-1, but then maybe I was thinking of too many things other than the match, like how windy it was and the heat,” said Li, who will next meet Serena. “Suddenly it was 5-6. I knew I had to think point by point again so I started doing that and when it was 6-1 for me in the tiebreaker, I just thought to myself, ‘Don’t do the same thing again.’”

Stephens lost nine games in a row to end the three-set loss to Radwanska.

“I played well at the beginning, but she raised her level and played some pretty good tennis,” Stephens said. “I definitely felt I should have held serve at 3-2 in the second set, but it didn’t happen and it is what it is. You can always take something from it and just move forward and try to get better.”

Other seeded winners Monday were No. 15 Roberta Vinci coming from a set down to beat No. 32 Alize Cornet 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; No. 22 Jelena Jankovic rolling No. 28 Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-4; and No. 30 Kirsten Flipkens outlasting Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-3.

TADIUM start 11:00 am
[3] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [13] K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [5] N Li (CHN) – WTA
[16] A Seppi (ITA) vs [2] A Murray (GBR) – ATP
[6] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [9] M Cilic (CRO) – ATP

Starting at 7:30 PM
[4] A Radwanska (POL) vs [30] K Flipkens (BEL) – WTA

Not Before 9:00 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [15] T Haas (GER) – ATP

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
A Ramos (ESP) vs J Melzer (AUT) – ATP
[8] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [10] N Almagro (ESP) – ATP
[17] S Querrey (USA) vs [4] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[11] G Simon (FRA) vs [7] J Tipsarevic (SRB) – ATP


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63 Comments for Serena Slips By; Djokovic v Haas Tues. at Sony Miami

Humble Rafa Says:

I hope the President of the Injury Club can pull it off tomorrow for our team.


Michael Says:

Haas has infact beaten Novak at Wimbledon and Halle Open. But he was 31 then. Now he is 34 and well past his prime. He is playing for pride more than results. I do not think he can trouble Novak who is looking so hot today. It should be over in one easy set and one tight set.


alison Says:

Tommys been playing well lately,so hopefully he will manage to keep it competitive,but i cant see him troubling Novak too much,still fantastic to see the veterans of the game enjoying playing so much,although Leytons a shadow of the player he once was,its a testament that he Tommy and many of the older generation still have that desire,and of course not forgetting Roger who is simply in a league of his own,these guys are such an inspiration to the younger generation of new up and coming players.


RZ Says:

Darn, Falla was so close to making the majority of the Tennis-X community very happy! :-)


RZ Says:

I think Tommy has a chance, but he needs to be playing his best and Nole would need to be a little flat.

Allison, I agree that it’s inspiring to see these older guys play some good ball. James Blake also had a good week, losing a tough one to Ramos.

HR, “injury club” – if anyone understands what it’s like to be a member, it’s Haas. Glad he’s managed to stay injury free for a while and fingers crossed that it’ll stay that way until he retires.


Gordon Says:

Haas has been around forever it seems. I remember when I was very young how he used to be on Bonanza and… Er, …wait a minute…oh, that was Hoss, played by Dan Blocker.

Never mind.


skeezer Says:

Nice to see some props here for Haas.

——

Gordon,

It’s one thing to remember Hoss, but the actors name? Lol ;)


skeezer Says:

Don’t think in the end Haas will be able to run with Nole.


Wog boy Says:

Haven’t seen the match but the stats look nice for Andy, it looks like he is hitting his straps at the right time.


the DA Says:

Better performance from Andy compared to yesterday. Served better, had better depth on his shots and hit with more aggression when needed. I liked the intent in his game but he could still improve by some margin (and will certainly need to against Cilic/Tsonga).

The Gasquet/Amalgro match was very enjoyable. Maybe Reeshard is turning a corner?


Margot Says:

@ the DA
Yep, much better, think he’s playing into form :)
Come on!
Prepare. Attack. Destroy.
JW it is.


Margot Says:

Oops, jumping gun….match in progress as I write….


the DA Says:

hehe…sub-conscious longing perhaps? I’d also prefer JW than MC. BTW, Cilic is playing better and with more assurance than I’ve seen in a long time.


alison Says:

RZ Hewitts one of the players i would say i most look forward to watching outside of the top 5,even though hes a shadow of the player he once was,i still think hes very passionate and competitive,and still loves playing the game so much.


Brando Says:

Darn it: wanted Tsonga to face Andy- thought he would test Andy and maybe play him into form. Oh well, Cilic it is: a talented, aggressive, worthy opponent. He should test Andy for sure- an ideal player to play prior to Berdych perhaps. Anyhow, slowly but surely Muzza is improving which is pleasing to see. Hope he continues to do so in the next one. Go Muzza!


the DA Says:

@brando – oh, don’t worry. The way Marin is playing he’ll more than test Andy. In some ways it would be a better pre-Berdy test because they both hit so flat and can trouble Andy in similar ways. Tsonga is so erratic with flashes of brilliance together with brain fart shots.


Dan Martin Says:

Here is a thought I have on the idea of a 5th major – http://tennisabides.com/2013/03/26/who-needs-a-5th-major/ I also have picks up for Miami starting today


jane Says:

Wow, I am surprised Cilic beat Tsonga. That’s a nice win for him.


Polo Says:

I, on the other hand, am never surprised when Tsonga is beaten by just about anyone.


jane Says:

Eeek, Nole’s already down a double break; not such a good start!


the DA Says:

Wow, first set to Tommy. I missed the first 4 games but Haas seems to be playing really well. Nole had about 11 UFEs but doesn’t seem that off his game. Or?


Humble Rafa Says:

The Injury Club website has crashed.


jane Says:

Anyone watching Nole lose badly? I am not. Perhaps I should be? Perhaps not… Is Tommy playing amazingly, Nole sucking, or what?


the DA Says:

Haas is playing really well. He’s up a break in the 2nd. His slice is doing lots of damage and drawing errors. Nole not panicking but starting to make a few UFEs. He looks a little bemused.


nikola Says:

Can`t beleve i am wacthing Nole playing so bad. No reaction on his face too. Like he want to loose.


the DA Says:

Nole survives 2 BPs and prevents going down a double break. Amazingly, Haas is winning the majority of baseline rallies – something like 29 – 14.


nikola Says:

Haas won 8 games in a row before Novak takes this one!!! I think Novak can`t turn this around.


skeezer Says:

Haas taking a page out of Feds play book against Nole.


jane Says:

Honestly skeezer, Nole and Fed’s matches are usually closer than this! It’s a combo of Nole playing bad and Tommy playing well.


nikola Says:

I mean if Novak plays like this aginst 200 player in a world he would loose as same. Too much UE, and 5 from 15 on net.


skeezer Says:

Well it is becoming increasingly clear that Nolea and Rafa like a constant rhythmic tone to there matches. Nole may win this still yet, but needs to learn how to handle players that can mix it up. Kudos for Haas strategy and resolve here.


skeezer Says:

Haas starting to break down here… Mmmm


the DA Says:

You knew it was coming sooner or later – Nole breaks back.


nikola Says:

Kudos to Nole. His frame of minde is unbelievable. 4.02 AM here in Belgrade:)


jane Says:

His best Jekyll and Hyde impersonation?? Not sure what to think about this Nole. He’s off, he’s on, he’s off again.


skeezer Says:

jane
What I meant was Haas is(was)using his slice, not trying to bang at both wings as Rafa does with him. Fed has had the most succes with Nole (imo) when he mixes variety with power against Nole


nikola Says:

He is playing 60% of 100. So i aspect 10% more and hes trough.


the DA Says:

Cold and windy conditions tonight.


Skeezer Says:

“He is playing 60% of 100″
Wow so Haas has nothing to do with that?


Skeezer Says:

Granted Nole could be playing better, but if no one was standing on the other side of the court would he still hit the balls out? Just sayin


nikola Says:

Yes he has. Nole is not in the macth.


jane Says:

I get it skeeze; sometimes Nole has trouble with the slice, but not always. Depends. Sometimes it’s another player zoning with winners to every corner, like Wawa at AO. But I haven’t felt like Nole’s been focused for a while. He just has lapses a lot and isn’t dialled in for all of his matches. I feel like he needs his coach around him more. But definitely the opponent is part of it and Nole’s often had troubles with Tommy. So this isn’t completely surprising. He’s a veteran player; he has loads of experience.


Skeezer Says:

Federesque


the DA Says:

@skeeeze – yep, agree with that assessment. The variety is breaking up Nole’s rhythm. As I type that, Haas breaks and will serve for the match.


Skeezer Says:

It’s not over until he serves this out! Nole is #1 for a reason…


Skeezer Says:

Believe me, if Nole loses it screws my bracket. Want him to win. That said, how can anyone not give a standing O for Haas’s effort after all he has been through?


Skeezer Says:

And Nole runs to the net to give him a good congrats. Class all the way Nole! Congrats to Haas.


the DA Says:

Haas does it! He greets Tommy warmly at the net. Commiserations Jane. Nole was not 100% but credit has to be given to Haas for his play tonight.


queen Says:

Burn baby burn:)


Kimmi Says:

I was sure nole will save match points.
Haas was win or lose that last point. congrats…


jane Says:

Nole needs to skip DC and go practice somewhere. :/

Congrats to Tommy, though.

Thanks DA. :)


Kimberly Says:

Haas had a clear to win this match and executed it flawlessly and held his nerve. Djokovic not at his best but maybe haas play had a role in that. always liked haas. Also noticed djokovic was signing the kids balls on his way out, usually the loser of a match wont sign so it’s nice that he did


Kimberly Says:

Clear game plan that was supposed to be


skeezer Says:

K,

were u there?


the DA Says:

What’s weird is either Haas, Simon, Ferrer, or Melzer will be in the Miami final. Now watch Andy lose to Cilic. Then it’ll be a Masters 1000 free-for-all, a very rare thing in the last 5 years. hehe


Kimberly Says:

Remember not so long ago ljubicic won Indian wells


Kimberly Says:

No I am going Thursday and Friday day sessions.


jane Says:

Berdych is still in isn’t he? Not sure on whose side. But yes it’s a very open Masters right now.

Not sure what other Nole fans think but to me it’s interesting that Nole won AO and Dubai, when Vajda was there and lost IW and Miami when his coach was absent. I am not saying he should’ve won both by any means. He lost to a red hot Delpo at IW in the semis and it was well fought. But this loss seemed kind of tame from Nole’s end. Credit to Tommy, but I am disappointed in Novak’s effort and game tonight. So many errors.


Humble Rafa Says:

Mr. President of the Injury Club..you did us all proud. Very proud indeed.


Humble Rafa Says:

Nole was not 100%

I will eat your favorite toy for lunch. If I am injured, I must be lying. The Egg Lover is just fine. If not, he can sit in his oxygen chamber, and he will be fine in 5 mins.


Wog boy Says:

Well, I told you Haas has a good chance of making top10 this year, didn’t I.

Congrats to Haas, I like him but not so much when he beats my man. Just joking, good on him.

This loss doesn’t worry me so much as I want to Nole’s body’s language in this match, I haven’t see the match. Just got back home so I will watch it now. At least he will not be tired for clay season;)

jane,

I don’t know if there are or there were any issues, moreso private ones not injury ones. I do miss Vajda too but as I remember last year his wife had some health issues don’t know exactly what kind of. As for DC, too late, Tipsy with his withdrawal made impossible for Nole to withdraw. That was strange move by Tipsy.


jane Says:

Wog boy, let me know your thoughts after watching.


contador Says:

I was looking forward to Haas vs Djokovic and really did think Tommy had a chance to take a set but not the match!!

Overall, pretty disappointed that Nole lost; but not terribly surprised, remembering Tommy’s level of tennis back in the day.

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