Haas Shocks No. 1 Djokovic at Sony Miami; Wed. Schedule
by Staff | March 27th, 2013, 1:59 am
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Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas dialed it back to 2002 on Tuesday night at the Sony Open in Miami, as the No. 25 seed ambushed world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-4.


“I really took advantage of the opportunities I’ve gotten,” said Haas, who improved to 2-14 against No. 1 players in his career, and 3-4 against Djokovic. “I think I played extremely well. He gave me a lot of looks, and I took advantage of it…It goes up as one of [the] best wins of my career. Miami is also sort of a late night loud crowd and I think they really appreciate good tennis.”

Up a set and a break, Haas lost serve but broke again to cross the finish line. Djokovic was complimentary in defeat.

“All the credit to him,” Djokovic said. “He played a great match and he was the better player, no question about it. The results show everything. As far as I’m concerned, it’s definitely the worst match I have played in a long time.”

Haas will next face No. 11 Gilles Simon, who upset No. 7 Janko Tipsarevic 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

“I could have won the first set, but unfortunately Janko played some great tennis when I was up 5-3,� Simon said. “It was very difficult out there, so I’m very happy with my reaction.”

Other Top 10 seeds into the quarterfinals were No. 2 Andy Murray defeating No. 16 Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-4; No. 3 David Ferrer topping No. 13 Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2; No. 4 Tomas Berdych blitzing No. 17 Sam Querrey 6-1, 6-1; No. 8 Richard Gasquet outlasting No. 10 Nicolas Almagro 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(3); and No. 9 Marin Cilic upsetting No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-6(4).

Also into the quarters, unseeded Jurgen Melzer coming back to beat Al Ramos 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In the two women’s quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, top-seeded Serena Williams defeated No. 5 Li Na 6-3, 7-6(5), and No. 4 Aggie Radwanska came from a set down to beat No. 30 Kirsten Flipkens 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

“In today’s match it was like, ‘Look, I can’t hit any more double faults. It’s embarrassing and unprofessional. I hit about 50 in one game, and it was just outrageous,’” Williams said. “It was like, ‘At this point I shouldn’t be a professional tennis player.’ That was my goal, ‘I’m not hitting any more double faults.’”

On court Wednesday in Miami are (3) Maria Sharapova vs. (8) Sara Errani, (3) David Ferrer vs. Jurgen Melzer, (15) Roberta Vinci vs. (22) Jelena Jankovic, and (11) Gilles Simon vs. (15) Tommy Haas.

 


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81 Comments for Haas Shocks No. 1 Djokovic at Sony Miami; Wed. Schedule

Michael Says:

I cannot believe this ??? I know Haas is a great player, but he is well past his prime. If Novak is not able to beat a 34 year old player, then there is something seriously wrong with his game which is woefully short of expectations. Novak ofcourse had always problems with Haas. It is a difficult match up for him due to some reason or other. But considering that he is a 34 year old veteran, Novak just has no excuse to lose to him.


Heman Lee Says:

In Nowdays, anybody can beat anybody. Good news for Federal. Compare to Hass, 34, Roger is still a young man.


Colin Says:

7 AM UK time, and I’ve just learned about this result. I’m surprised, but not completely shocked.
I’ve seen only a little of Nole’s play this week – his matches have been past my bedtime! – but what I did see included uncharacteristic errors.
All of a sudden, the possibility of Andy Murray getting that No 2 ranking is very real. Andy hasn’t been at his best yet, but as usual he seems to be improving day by day. His next opponent is Cilic, whom he leads 7-1 head-to-head, and of course with the No 1 seed gone, No 2 must be favorite to win the tournament, so I’m just going to hope there are no more surprises this week!


Margot Says:

Haas is a fine player but don’t think Nole was too happy with the conditions- apparently very windy and cold. Miami? Shocking!
Just like Scotland in fact…Come on Andy :)
But, according to Beeb this a.m., he has “tweaked” a muscle in his leg :(


Giles Says:

Miami is wide open now IMO. Anyone can bag this title with joker out of the mix.


Esrelle Says:

Well done Tommy!!!:)


rafaeli Says:

Nole has not been that hot, from what I saw of him in Indian Wells and his play in Miami. Haas is virtually 35, he will be in the next few days and the scoreline could have been even worse.

Nole only had one single break point throughout the match which he took and he only had 7 winners and 30 UEs. That’s not good whatever the conditions. Haas was playing in the same conditions, wasn’t he?


jamie Says:

The upcoming months won’t be good for Nole.

Clay season will be meh. Maybe wins Madrid, THAT’S IT. Nothing more.

RG will be even more meh. Nadal will win RG.

Wimbledon will be meh as well. Doesn’t look good for him. Won’t win it.

By the USO things will get a bit better. But not necesarilly means he will win it.

2013 could be 2012 redux.

You heard it here first.


alison Says:

God if i had a pound for everytime ive heard the expression you heard it here first,im sure id be a millionaire by now,anyway point is you here alot of things here 1st but it doesnt make them true,best to just wait and see.


Ben Pronin Says:

I think we all need to give Johnny YJS a ton of credit. Haas swallowed Djokovic just like he said he would.

Didn’t see the match, so can’t comment on form. But this is a terrible, terrible loss for Djokovic. And by far the biggest upset of the year (so far). Unbelievably embarrassing.

Also, as far as conditions go. Just because both players play in the same conditions doesn’t mean they’re both good at dealing with them. And quite frankly, Djokovic’s inability to deal with wind/cold/sun/clouds, etc, is incredibly embarrassing for a professional athlete. He needs to get over these dumb funks.

Tons of credit to Haas, though. He’s playing probably the best tennis of his life right now. He might be nearing 35 in age, but his rise over the last year has youth written all over it.

But since I am “that guy,” I have to say, red flag!


Esrelle Says:

Shocking!!! :))


the_mind_reels Says:

Ben Pronin Says:

Didn’t see the match, so can’t comment on form. But this is a terrible, terrible loss for Djokovic. And by far the biggest upset of the year (so far). Unbelievably embarrassing.

Also, as far as conditions go. Just because both players play in the same conditions doesn’t mean they’re both good at dealing with them. And quite frankly, Djokovic’s inability to deal with wind/cold/sun/clouds, etc, is incredibly embarrassing for a professional athlete. He needs to get over these dumb funks.
***

I’m not particularly a Djokovic fan, but I will come to his defense here a little bit, as your analysis seems rather harsh — “unbelievably embarrassing” and “incredibly embarrassing.” I don’t really see anything embarrassing about losing to a guy who’s (1) obviously an experienced and potentially dangerous player, (2) ranked in the top 20, and (3) who comes out and moves really well and has an awesome night striking the ball. Yes, the conditions weren’t ideal (I actually watched the match), but Haas backed up his serve really well and swung for the fences. His defense was spot-on, and he made Djokovic go for the lines, which is tough to do when it’s windy. Djokovic’s game obviously wasn’t firing on all cylinders, but as we see with the guys at the top, they usually find a way to win. Djokovic actually broke back to level the match in the second after fighting off break points to go down 1-4, and he had all the momentum at that point. Haas showed some mental toughness and righted the ship. All credit to Haas.

Djokovic has lost 2 matches so far this year, so these kinds of results are predictable once in a while — not shocking and embarrassing. He’s going to have a let down, and sure, it’s uncharacteristic that he’s actually had two losses in consecutive weeks, but we come to expect unreasonable results from these guys at times. I’d probably put the “red flag” away for a while if I were you. I don’t really see this result meaning much in the grand scheme of things.

We’re shown time and time again why these players are so good, so with this kind of approach, I suspect you may have said the same thing about Federer last year when he “embarrassingly” lost to a 34 year-old Haas in straight sets in the finals of Halle…right before Federer won Wimbledon.


Brando Says:

Haas will be 35 in a few days time?

Really?

WOW, beating a guy 10 YEARS HIS JUNIOR- epic achievement.

‘ But this is a terrible, terrible loss for Djokovic. And by far the biggest upset of the year (so far). Unbelievably embarrassing.’

I’ll rephrase that to: he will be seriously, seriously peeved at the loss and the tour will be seriously, seriously glad that he did lose and looks forward to locking horns with him the next time since if a near 35 year old could outplay him and beat him in straight sets on his favorite surface then EVERY ONE has a chance against him for sure now!


Brando Says:

Moving on: Andy needs to capitalize on this sudden opportunity that he now has in this tourny.

He’s the highest ranked player left, only previous champion (i think?) and IF he plays his best tennis then really he should win this thing outright.

Hope he is fine physically to take on the challenge of Cilic next.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Shocker upset. Haas has been playing great this season. People forget that he had always an amazing game, but he had injury and choke problems for many years. Being healthy for a long stretch of time is a whole new experience for him, so he’s definitely dangerous. He did beat Fed on grass last year!
Its not the end of the world for Novak. Look, the streaks of invincibility we’ve seen from the Top Three are abnormal, historically. This kind of loss is normal. It happened to Agassi, Sampras, Edberg, becker, Lendl… Our Big Three have just been more consistent than others- comparable to Macenroe and Connors in their dominant-against-the-field periods, but I think those would stretch for months, not years as we’ve seen from Novak,Rafa and Fed.
I do agree with Brando that the locker room likes these results: vulnerability breeds more challenges.

This tournament is not exactly wide open. Berdych and Murray are now big time favourites in my opinion, with Ferrer an outside chance.


Brando Says:

@TV:

Great and fair post!


Ben Pronin Says:

Federer never should have lost to Haas, either. But this is even worse. Does this breed more challenges? I’m not sure. I agree it doesn’t mean a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a real shame. Djokovic should’ve nabbed this title and he’d have 14 Masters. Win two or three more later this season and he’s nearing Nadal/Federer numbers. This is a minor and unfortunate setback.

But seriously, 2 and 4? I mean, that’s just awful. Djokovic and his dumb funks. Now he has little momentum going into the clay season which means beating Nadal is even more of a stretch than it already was. And he’s playing Davis Cup next week? Self-sabotage!!!

I think you misunderstand the red flag.


Johnny YJS Says:

In the previous match that Djokovic played against Devvarman I said that if Djokovic plays the same way against Haas he would be swallowed by Tommy. That’s what happened , but to be frank, Djokovic is not the same player since Indian Wells.


skeezer Says:

regarding miami conditions. Didn’t Novak beat Fed in Miami in windy conditions a few years back ( Feds only racket throwing incident )? Just saying….all is fair in love, war, and conditions.


jane Says:

the_mind_reels, thanks for that post @8:57. Very fair-minded of you. I think TV is right as well; it happens.

Margot, Colin, definitely an excellent chance for Andy to get to #2. All the luck to him!!!


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I’m surprised by the anxiety this loss has caused in this forum. I do not understand why people are so much concerned for Nole with this loss. He is as good as he was before.

These two hardcourt tournaments are some of the meaningless masters tournaments around. I’m happy Novak threw this one off and goes back to practice on clay.

It’s not to belittle Haas achievement. But if anyone following tennis for past decade and seen Haas at his best should not be surprised or shocked by his victory. I personally liked watching tennis much more when Haas, Nalby, Safin were playing at their peak and Roger was dominating them. Variety wise tennis was much better at the beginning of the last decade.

I’m still hoping Haas and Nalby have one run to a GS final. Talent wise they can still do it.


Philip Says:

Why blame it on external conditions and question Haas’ victory? Djokovic already said it: “All the credit to Haas”. Not to the weather or anything else.
Haas played better tennis on that night. Period.


MMT Says:

I saw the match from start to finish, and in my opinion, I didn’t see 30 unforced errors – I think that number is a little high. Of course Djokovic wasn’t at his best, but when he stepped it up down 2-3 in the second, Haas buckled down and played great tennis to take the last three games of the match. I was sure he’d wobble, but he didn’t. In fact he seemed kind of irritated, rather than resigned, when he did get broken, which was unexpected.

The most telling statistic from the match was that Haas won half the points where Djokovic put a first serve in – and it’s very difficult to hold when you don’t get many free points and/or when your opponent puts as much pressure on you returning as he does serving.

The conditions weren’t the best, and the match got started late, but I was certain that Djokovic would win the moment he broke Haas at 2-3 in the second.

What does this mean for Djokovic? I guess he gets more time off before the clay court season, which is a good thing, because he does appear to me to be a little tired. I think Nadal goes into the season the favorite at RG until something tells us otherwise.

As for Haas – now he has a tricky encounter with Giles Simon – a player who absorbs pressure as well as anyone in the game, and can make an attacking player just destroy himself trying to figure it out. It would be ironic if he lost to Simon, having beaten Djokovic, but Simon doesn’t appear to me to be playing that well, and Haas does.

I’m not sure who said it, but I don’t think the field is WIDE open – there is still Murray and Ferrer trudging through the field with little fuss…but wouldn’t it be something if this is a kind of bookend to the resurgence of Tommy Haas after years and years of injury frustration?

And what’s all this about him being old? Who cares how old he is? What difference does that make? He’s been injured so much there aren’t that many miles on the odometer, and more importantly he is quite a good player – particularly when he’s hot like he is now.

He has a very accurate serve, he defends well and can transition quickly into attack. He also has a very good serve and volley game, which can put modern players off, and he is one of the few players on tour that you can say are technically symetrical, so there’s really nowhere to hide on the court with him.

Anyway, good stuff from Haas.


Nadalista Says:

@Nirmal Kumar, are you suggesting that clay court Masters are more important than these 2 HC ones? Shocker!


RZ Says:

I’m patting myself on the back for posting yesterday that Haas had a chance to win if he was on his game and Nole was a little flat. Too bad that Nole wasn’t on his game, but Haas is deserving of any big wins that come his way.


RZ Says:

Unfortunately Berdych is still in…


Ben Pronin Says:

Indian Wells is the biggest tournament outside of the slams and now regularly being called the 5th slam. It only recently overtook Miami for that unofficial title.

Meaningless? I don’t think so. After all, Moya and Toni just told us that Nadal winning Indian Wells was equivalent to winning a slam. So, if they said it…


RZ Says:

BTW, there’s been a lot of talk of Haas’s age, but when you consider how much time he’s had off over the years due to injury and when he took care of his parents after their accident, he probably has many more miles in him than others who play at an “advanced age.”


skeezer Says:

@nadalista,

Re: NK remark. That is why there was no response ;)


skeezer Says:

Doh! And Ben saved the day.

To add these 2 Masters are waaaayyy better than those meaningless little Mud titles.


The Great Davy Says:

Ah, Haas. I have memory of epic grand slam rivalry. We play a good match at Quarterfinal always!


Ben Pronin Says:

Meaningless little Mud titles?

No, that’s wrong, too. Rome used to be considered the unofficial 5th slam. And Tiriac is trying his mightiest (and struggling a lot) to turn Madrid into the 5th slam. It wouldn’t surprise me if in a few years, Madrid actually gets that unofficial moniker. Tournaments grow.

And as for Monte Carlo, isn’t it also one of the oldest events on tour? And the most beautiful? Just because Nadal dominates these events doesn’t mean they’re meaningless. Not even a little. (Although I admit watching clay on TV not in high def sucks).


jane Says:

Love watching Monte Carlo because it’s so pretty. But the crowd in Roma takes the cake; those Italians are so fun-loving and involved.


Brando Says:

@NK:

- ‘These two hardcourt tournaments are some of the meaningless masters tournaments around. ‘:

LMFAO, seriously: what are you smoking?

-’I’m happy Novak threw this one off and goes back to practice on clay.’:

Again: what are you smoking?

Do you HONESTLY believe that nole threw this match?

Do you really think he willingly gave away 910 ranking points, a prestigious HC event that he has been praising all week as one of the best, a win to a near 35 year old that would inspire those in the locker room watching on JUST to prepare for clay?

LMFAO: Since when did clay become the most prestigious surface on Tennis X?

LOL- people need to stop making excuses. Nole tried his best: sadly for him, yesterday there was a guy who played the better tennis.

Can happen to anyone!


Ben Pronin Says:

I considered that Djokovic tanked the match. We got pictures of Nadal practicing on clay yesterday so maybe Novak thought he’d better start preparing. But he’s playing DC, so I don’t think he’s that smart.


Giles Says:

skeezer skeezer. You keep putting your foot in it time and time again. “Meaningless little MUD titles”. Ben put you right on that one.
On another thread you said “Don’t think in the end Haas will be able to run with Nole”
Hmmm !!


Brando Says:

@Ben Pronin:

Spot on re the master series event- NONE of them are meaningless!

- Indian Wells:

I think you are right- it is the biggest, most prestigious event outside the slams now.

Larry Ellison has done a fantastic job in running the event: his investment leading to a event that seems spacious for fans, hospitable for players and their needs, fantastic stadiums (with more to come) and just all round being a genuinely well run event.

The FACT that both Rafa and Fed attended it this year when they could have skipped it for differing reasons pretty indicates the regard and prestige for this event.

- Miami: Another major MS. Formerly known as the 5th slam, it has seen a bit of decline in it’s prestige.

Simplest reason is: the absence of Fed and Rafa from the event this year and the dwindling ticket sales.

Also the likes of Gulbis, Wawrinka skipped the event this year- so maybe it’s prestige is starting to dwindle a little.

Nonetheless, still a major event.

- Rome:

Most prestigious clay title, cherished title in Europe outside the slams.

It is a big event for sure.

- Monte Carlo:

Has a history that is close to 100 years, is the most picturesque and just plain beautiful.

The fact that it is not mandatory and is STILL able to produce a world class field with virtually all the big names (barring Fed) just shows how highly the players rate it!

- Madrid:

You are right. Tiriac is trying his best to upgrade it’s status but his attempts are failing.

- The rest:

Canada Open, Cincy, Shanghai and Paris are all well regarded events on the tour.

BOTTOM LINE:

NO MS is meaningless at all. They are all prestigious just some (IW, Rome, MC,MI) are slightly more well regarded than the others.


Brando Says:

@Ben:

-’We got pictures of Nadal practicing on clay yesterday so maybe Novak thought he’d better start preparing.’:

Unless nole visits TX or other websites, form of sports media i doubt he is aware of Rafa preparing.

If anything: he would know this already prior to Miami that Rafa would be preparing and even before that: the 3 clay events Rafa played are sufficient enough to indicate preparation by Rafa.

So the reports of yesterday re Rafa have ZERO relevance to nole’s scenario, IMO.

-’ so maybe Novak thought he’d better start preparing.’:

Doubt it. He’s playing DC next: Common sense would suggest that he prepares for that and then moves onto clay. Otherwise preparing on clay for a HC tie isn’t exactly doing Serbia justice now is it?

-’But he’s playing DC, so I don’t think he’s that smart.’:

His choice really. He long decided he’ll play knowing the schedule.

A case of: it’s his bed, and he has chosen to lie in it.

My take:

People are reading too much into this loss aside from the obvious (the shock element of it).

I think Nole wanted to win Miami: I am 100% sure on that one.

IF somehow he wanted to tank it by losing to an opponent early, surely he would have done so to someone such as Ferrer- that way it seems an acceptable loss as opposed to eye brow raising loss to a near 35 year old.

It just wasn’t his day- that’s all IMO.


Giles Says:

Andy beating Cilic is not a given. Didn’t Cilic beat him in the QF USO in 2009? Cilic is playing very well so he could be one of the title contenders.


tennismonger Says:

I think it was Martin Amis who wrote that a finely-tuned & well-executed aggressive tennis game will always prevail over it’s defensive counterpart.

Tommy Haas provided a sterling example of that last night.

Where have you gone, Stefan Edberg (& Pat Rafter)!!??


rafaeli Says:

Brando
“Unless Nole visits TX or other websites, form of sports media I doubt he is aware of Rafa preparing”

They do check each other’s FB, at least the it team does and Rafa’s practice pictures are in his FB.


Brando Says:

@Rafaeli:

Either way though: is that genuinely reason enough for him to tank his match?

I very, very much doubt it.

What’s his schedule:

9 day’s time he plays DC on HC right?

Other than rest, is he really going to practice on clay in Europe for a couple of days prior to an important HC match?

Did he really tank v Haas just to get in a couple of days practice on clay?

IMO- no way on earth did he tank for that!

Like i said: he didn’t tank, it just was a bad day at the office for him!


skeezer Says:

@giles,
No need to Tet your underwear out of a wedgie. Pretty soon Fliescher will come out, no? hehe.

Just was responding to nadalista’s “shocker” post. As for as Haas goes, I think I wasn’t the only one surprised by the result.


Giles Says:

skeezer. Fleisher sure has the right title for you! Hehehe


Giles Says:

If anyone thinks joker tanked his match they are absolutely insane. Haas kicked his a$$ good and proper! #AllCreditToTommy


Ben Pronin Says:

Brando, I don’t know why you get so defensive about players tanking. Everyone does it.

But I don’t think Djokovic tanked last night. The title was his to lose and lose it he did. I doubt he’s happy.


trufan Says:

Guys, nobody really cares about masters wins, in the long run. How many masters did Borg win? Or Sampras? Does anyone care?

Its just about slams. And then perhaps a bit about No. 1 ranking. Even the YEC is not that important.

10/20/30 years later, ALL that people remember and grade players by is 1) No. of slams won, and 2) How long was the player ranked No. 1. Nothing else.

All other stuff just seems important in the heat of the moment.

It will be very interesting to see how the French Open turns out. Nadal has against established himself as the favorite, no doubt. Djoke is perhaps the next in line. I doubt if Murray still has the game for clay. Then Federer, then Delpo. Lets see.

WImbledon is perhaps still a place where Federer is the favorite, followed by Murray, and then Djoke/Nadal.

At the USO, its pretty clear, Djoke, then Murray, then Delpo, then Federer/Nadal.

I don’t see anyone other than these 5 winning any slam this year.


rafaeli Says:

I wasn’t suggesting that he tanked his match, I’m just saying he must know that Rafa is already practicing on clay.


Adam Says:

You all seem to missing something big here. The reason for Djoker ‘s surprising loses here and in IW. Sean Randell confidently predicted that Novak would win both easy.
Its simply the curse of Sean. GO MUZZA!!!!


rafaeli Says:

Why does everyone think that Nole has a better chance at RG than Federer. Nole has only made the final once. As for the USO, I don’t thin anyone is the outright favourite.

If Djokovic and Murray keep playing as they are now, they will not even make the final.


Humble Rafa Says:

The Injury club has had its 4 best weeks in recent years.


El Flaco Says:

It would be interesting to hear his perspective on the game through the years.

Here are some players Haas has played in his career:

Forget
Stich
Costa
Muster
Bruguera
Moya
Chang
Rios
Berasetegui
Korda
Philippousis
Courier
Kafelnikov
Safin
Hewitt
Agassi
Sampras
Roddick
Federer
Djokovic


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I do not know why people get so worked about these masters tournament. Most of them are structured as a glorified practice tournaments for the GS. Clay masters lead to FO and the US HC masters lead to USO.

I really do not understand the seriousness of these two masters tournament played after AO. Roger did not take these 2 seriously for many years, till last year when he went after No 1 title. Rafa did not win a single HC masters title for 2 years, but was able to win GS and reach the finals of GS HC tournaments.

I did not mean Novak tanked the match. I meant he most likely would have got his mind off the tournament after his loss and would ideally prepare for clay season. I believe the next interest of the players would be the FO atleast for Rafa and Novak.

Most likely Rafa participated IW because of Larry not because of the tournaments importance. I doubt he would have been there if it had been run by any other person.


the DA Says:

haha…this is great. Some players weigh in on what Nole needs to do to beat Rafa at FO this year:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BGY6VLRCAAAI-9T.jpg:large

Commentators think Soderling’s suggestion is the best. All in good fun.


the DA Says:

“I really do not understand the seriousness of these two masters tournament”

Um, maybe something to do with the potential 2000 points on offer? Just a wild guess.

Meanwhile, Jo jo takes the first set 6-4 vs Ferrer. It’s the rise of the ‘oldies’ – good to see. Also, for once a player (Ferrer) gets a warning for swearing in a foreign language.


alison Says:

The DA hilarious thanks.


Kimberly Says:

Indian Wells had a million bucks prize money to the winner. Another wild guess.


skeezer Says:

El Flaco

Nice compilation!


Brando Says:

@the DA:

LOL on the link.

Re your post on the other thread: I agree that Cilic is a really good challenge for Andy in preparation of a potential clash v Berdych.

With nole’s exit, i think Andy will push himself that much harder in order to get the title.

Hope he wins the entire event since it has been a long time since Andy’s last MS win- far too long for my liking anyhow.

Re MS events:

Adding on to what you mentioned-

Downplaying their importance is just plain childish.

Sure they are not as important as slams, but guess what? There are only 4 slam events- should the tour just stop functioning outside them because everything else is…. er meaningless?

Why that sounds like a great idea!

NOT!

LOL, the prize money on offer is huge, especially for certain events, a 1,000 points for the win is only surpassed at a slam if your a finalist.

Add in the prestige of the events (most have a long history of their own), the fans, the different locations around the world, the competition etc- they are very, very important!

Just look at the winner of the last MS event: Rafa Nadal.

Look at how he celebrated when he won IW- that is not the celebration of some one who thinks MS events are just….meh. Nothing important, just … meaningless!

Utter BS is that notion IMO!

What about Andy winning at the Olympics, nole winning DC- do people really think that they do not cherish those wins because it’s not a slam?

LOL- folks need to get real: MS events are prestigious: even if their fav gets knocked out early!


Brando Says:

One more thing:

Just flicked through the news channels and saw a brief moment from nole’s press conference.

You do not have to be a body language expert to read the greatly disappointed look on his face.

But why was he disappointed?

He only lost in a meaningless match in a meaningless event right?

Right nirmal?


Kimberly Says:

On another note, my 7 year old son is winning the bracket challenge. We should all be embarassed


Ben Pronin Says:

The Masters are bigger now than they ever were especially since we call them “Masters.”

Before they were just tier 1 events or something. Some were big (Rome), others not as much (I don’t know). But then they became the “Super 9″ and then Masters (or Masters 1000s and continuing variations). I can’t think of the word, normalize? serialize? Either way, we all know exactly what they are, how many points, where they are on the schedule, etc. And they continue to grow.


contador Says:

LOL, if Murray loses to Cilic, and Berdych loses to Gasquet, Kimberly, that is a possibility Colin or Skeezer win, I think.

Lowest winning bracket scores I have seen. Oh to have had some bucks on Haas last night!


Alok Says:

Miami was called Nasdaq 500. The MS were counted as 500 points until ATP began doubling the points.


skeezer Says:

^I am(Humbled by Colin the fabulous. Go Colin!) :-\


contador Says:

I’ll cry with joy if Gasquet wins the title! “there is a God!”


contador Says:

ColinO5 does have a precocious talent for picking. ^^

and he keeps getting better.


Kimberly Says:

The heat are sucking so far. And jankovic and almagro both need to see a sports psychologist.


Kimberly Says:

At the training facility I work out at they are now offering a “mental conditioning” class. My husband thinks you are born with or without it.


Kimberly Says:

Colin has Berdych in the final. If that happens he will win


contador Says:

Oh….I missed that, K. lols… Colin FTW!

skeezer has his chips on Gas-k taking out the bird.


jane Says:

Haas is at it again.


Wog boy Says:

^So confident, playing great tennis. Will be pity if he doesn’t make final. Two match points … takes second.


contador Says:

Who watched the match, where, and how??

Nothing on tennis channel nor on any of the sports channels!

all I see is that Haas won and of course Ferrer won.

Alright, that is my formal complaint. Maybe it is Direct TV, or my time zone, or…..???????????????

this sucks


contador Says:

Did not get to see the matches :(

how can that poor excuse for a network be called “Tennis Channel”?

grrrrrrrrr


joe Says:

Was on ESPN3.com


contador Says:

well, that is just peachy but my server does not offer ESPN3.

Paying for Tennis Channel is a crock.

So I wonder if coverage for clay court season will be by ESPN3 only as well?


Wog boy Says:

contador,

Just to tell you that Haas outplayed Simon in every single department.
I watched it on ESPN2, but that is for Australia.


contador Says:

Thanks Wog Boy. I should move to australia to watch my two favorite sports: tennis and cycling.

done complaining, sorry.


Tootie Says:

Novak has been my favorite player for five years. Oh, it hurt me when Tommy beat him. I think the problem is Jelena. The fact that Mr. and Mrs. Djokovic disapprove of her is a sign that she is not the one for him to marry. And fornication is a sin. I would strongly advise him to break up with her and live a clean life until Jesus brings the one of His choice to him. They will then marry, have children and the blessings of the Lord will surround him. Oh, and he needs to be born again. No one is a Christian until that happens. There is a divine plan for that boy!


moam Says:

Tommy Haas has always had game…big boy game. But injury has played an enormous role in his oft interrupted career.
He deserves this win more than words can say. He has put in the dedicated, grueling work to reach this point. 34 years old and still beating the best!
http://martinstake128.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/miami-shocker-da-jokes-on-djoker/

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