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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