Haas Has More Juice in Beating Simon; Sharapova Wins at Sony Miami

by Staff | March 27th, 2013, 11:31 pm

Obviously this was no fluke.
Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas, on the verge of his 35th birthday, followed up his win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic Tuesday, on Wednesday night dismantling baseline backboard Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1.

The No. 15-seeded Haas employed the same aggressive baseline and net-rushing game that brought him benefits against Djokovic, also outlasting the No. 11-seeded Simon in long baseline rallies.

In the semifinals Haas will meet No. 3 seed David Ferrer, who overcame a slow start to defeat unseeded Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

“I was a little bit nervous in the first set and part of the second,” Ferrer said. “But I tried to fight every point, to be focused and I had a good feeling in the final of the second set and of course in the third one.”

In women’s quarterfinal play on Wednesday, Maria Sharapova was eventually able to swat away the diminutive Sara Errani 7-5, 7-5 in a match lasting 2-1/2 hours.

“Sara is extremely difficult to play,” Sharapova said. “She doesn’t have the height or the power, but she gets so many balls back and stays so consistent, and does it over and over again. She is so consistent. She also has great court coverage and variety. She really makes you work.”

Errani had three set points in the second set after breaking back twice, but eventually gave in after taking too many Sharapova shriek-delivered punches.

The Russian is attempting to become only the third player to win Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back after Steffi Graf (1994,’96) and Kim Clijsters (2005).

“It’s one of the toughest back-to-backs of the year,” Sharapova said. “It’s the amount of matches. It’s also the late matches you play. It’s the recovery. And you’re coming from different coasts…The conditions are completely different.”

Sharapova will next meet fellow former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, who defeated Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3.

The Russian leads the Serb 6-1 in their career head-to-head, last losing a match six years ago.

Thursday’s matches in Miami will be (3) Sharapova vs. (22) Jankovic, (2) Andy Murray vs. Marin Cilic, (4) Tomas Berdych vs. (8) Richard Gasquet, and in the final night match (1) Serena Williams vs. (4) Aggie Radwanska.


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81 Comments for Haas Has More Juice in Beating Simon; Sharapova Wins at Sony Miami

Steve 27 Says:

Fantastic Haas, 2 steps more and would be tremendous if he can win a Master 1000 with almost 35.
But the “Wall” is waiting and is not gonna be easy.
An all courts against a counterpucher

jatin Says:

Hass win clearly shows how good these guys were during roger’s era .Just imagine how many GS these guys would have won had roger nevr played the way he played during his prime ( he was invinsible ) .
That same hass defeated roger in halle ( grass) last year in straight sets too
These Vetarans are amazing and we should never underestimate the guys from roger’s era .He not only beat nole but destroyed him,.He played insane tennis against simon too .

Now its ferrer turn . I love these VETARANS of tennis .

Michael Says:

Physical problems destroyed Haas in his prime. If it had not been the case, I am sure he would have given Roger a run for his money and Roger would not be sitting pretty with 17 majors. Often Roger has been bugged with the weak era claims and the way he had it easy compared to his competitors today. Hewitt, Roddick, Nalbandian, Haas, Ferrer, Davydenko – Does this seem as a weak era by any stretch of evaluation ? Some of the Veterans like Haas, Ferrer are dominating the field even today and they are well past 34. If a Veteran like Haas is able to stamp out the current World No.1 Novak in straight sets, imagine the kind of class he is. So much for the weak era claims which is nothing but balderdash.

Michael Says:

I like Haas to go on and win this edition of Miami. He truly deserves it for all that he has put in this sport.

Giles Says:

Haas is getting through his doubles matches as well. After his outstanding performances so far he surely deserves to bag this title. #GoodLuckTommie

jatin Says:

Totally agree with you .
Hass was on the verge of destroying roger’s french open dream in 2009 as well .His game is amazing especially his backhand
Ironically ,the so called weak era players had really great game to trouble anybody.
Ferrer from roger’s era is still no 5 and hass is coming in the mix too .
Roddick from roger’s era possessed the biggest serve we have ever seen in tennis
Nalbandian ( he used to be the dark horse of tennis and really gave rafa and roger some tough fight )
Davydenko( we all know his H2H against rafa . Possibly the one of few players who dominated rafa )

If these players look weak to you or to any fan then you might go to mental hospital for checkup
And i am still missing safin,blake etc

I think the whole weak era thing was made by some bitter rafa fan’s who couldn’t digest his success.
But i always find it a failed argument to undermine roger’s achievement because lets face it ,after gaining no 1 rank in 2004 ,roger is still the no 2 player in this world ( a decade ) .

jatin Says:

Lets look at their H2H

haas h-h vs nole 3-4, nadal,0-5,murray,1-2…most of the meetings are after 2008 where haas not even in his prime.

even now also roddick has positive H-H over nole 5-4 and all these meetings are after 2007 (novak won their 1st meeting in 2007)

roddick H-H vs rafa 3-7 nearly 8 of these meetings are after 2008

Seems like these Veterans faired well against the top guns of today’s tennis( just imagine what would they have done to them had these so called top guns played with these veterans in their era)

And the one H2H that really give me chills is devydenko vs nadal ( 6-4) in devydenko’s favour ( he is from roger’s era as well LOL)

Now tell me , which era looks WEAKER ?

Giles Says:

Didn’t know where else to post this link.
Maybe some of you would like to try the app.

Giles Says:

Jane. Do you know how many career match wins Nole has amassed so far? I did ask the question on another thread but didn’t receive a response

Michael Says:


Well only those with mental constipation can claim Roger played in a weak era. Just looking at the line up of players during his time is just incredible. You mentioned about Safin. He was one of the most talented players in the field along with Nalbandian who was another fearsome force. If not, how come Veterans are dominating today’s era ? Not long ago, Davydenko was literally dominating the Hard courts and so was Roddick. Therefore it would be futile to undermine Roger’s achievements by claiming that he played in a weak era. Infact the current era looks a pale weak compared to its predecessor.

Michael Says:

Giles, Novak’s career is 488 wins to 125 losses.

Giles Says:

^^ Thanks.

volley Says:

^^ ‘Infact the current era looks a pale weak compared to its predecessor.’


since 2007 46 of the 55 Masters 1000 events have been won by one of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray.

27 of the 29 slams have been won by Federer, Rafa or Djokovic.
delpo and murray claimed the other 2. the majority of finalists
in that time were one of the other top 4.

no comparison. period.

jane Says:

I didn’t know how many wins Nole has amassed, so thanks for posting that Michael.

RZ Says:

Nice to see the Haas train keep rolling. I hope it rolls all the way to the title!

roy Says:

federer was considered a grandpa at 30, over the hill, his best behind him…so his fans said. any decent result was just a bonus post 29, because he was so OLD.

funny how ferrer is having his best results at 31. melzer his best results post 29.
here’s haas at 34 looking pretty damn good.
and of course we all conveniently forget agassi playing his best tennis in early 30s.

it’s almost like federer hasn’t been over the hill the last few years, he’s just been bettered.

ken Says:

Giles asks how many career match wins Djokovic has. As presumably he knows, such information is readily available at http://www.atpworldtour.com. Here are singles win/loss numbers for the top five, in order of year turning pro.
AM 392/125, 2005
ND 486/124, 2003
RN 600/123, 2001
DF 504/250, 2000
RF 891/202, 1998
And perhaps soon to be top five, Haas 510/288, 1996

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Here is the answer, friends:

The Top 4 in 2013 is stronger than the Top 4 in 2004.
The Top 20 in 2004 was stronger than the top 20 in 2013.
In 2005, we had 9 Slam winners in the top 20, and only one (Johanssen) didn’t belong. Today we have 5.

Ben Pronin Says:


Red flags, people, red flags!!!

ken Says:

Another way of computing tennis age is to look at number of ATP matches played. Agassi in his total career played 1144. Federer has already played 1093.

jane Says:

Interesting theory TV. But one idea can also cancel out the other. What I mean is this; it could be that there are less slam champs in the top 20 now because the top 4 are so much better, so much more consistent, and so much more dominant in the overall field. Indeed, perhaps if were they not so dominant, or if, say, only one of them were (like Fed back in the day), then the slams would be more thoroughly dispersed through the top ten, and we’d have more players with slams. For example, Tsonga, Berdych and Soderling might all have slams by now. They’ve all reached the semis and finals of slams but haven’t been able to beat the requisite number of top fours! Delpo has knocked on the door more than once as well. But we have Rafa who is the best clay player ever, Fed and Nole, who are the top four players on hard courts ever, and Murray too, coming in at the top ten, Fed one of the best grass court players ever, and Rafa, Murray and Nole no slouches on the surface ever. My point is that the other top ten or even twenty players have four dominant players to try to overcome at the slams and masters, whereas in 2004 by far the most dominant and consistent player was Fed. Roddick was consistent too. But he couldn’t get past Fed in many many tries.

Just my two cents. I don’t think it’s easy to come up with a definitive “answer” to the era conundrum because, well, things change – constantly. And thank goodness for that!

jane Says:

^ And the top four have ruled for going on 6 years now – since 2007. Fed and Rafa ruled from 05-07 before Nole and Murray joined them. That’s a long time for the top four to be the top four. It shows how consistent they are across ALL surfaces. That’s a crucial factor.

Now, people might add that surfaces have changed and levelled out, etc. But that’s the way it is – things change: surfaces, racquet technology, fitness levels, etc. That’s one reason why it seems so difficult to compare eras and come up with simple answers.

jane Says:

Didn’t some of those 9 players who held slams in 2005 get them sort of before that era?

andrea Says:

i’ve just caught up on a couple days of matches on the PVR and have been shocked to see Haas rip thru the draw. He is playing such clean, composed matches. very impressive.

Jack Lewis Says:

>>^ ‘Infact the current era looks a pale weak compared to its predecessor.’
since 2007 46 of the 55 Masters 1000 events have been won by one of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray.
27 of the 29 slams have been won by Federer, Rafa or Djokovic.<<

So this is arguing for or against the claim of a weak current era? How does it do either?

skeezer Says:

^ volley has “claimed” the era prior to Rafa/Nole/Murray when Fed dominated his peers was “weak”.

volley Says:

@ jane :- “because the top 4 are so much better, so much more consistent, and so much more dominant in the overall field”
“It shows how consistent they are across ALL surfaces.”

exactly. look at the Fedex Reliability index for all time records in various categories:

1. Roger Federer *
2. John McEnroe
3. Bjorn Borg
4. Pete Sampras
5. Jimmy Connors
6. Rod Laver
7. Boris Becker
8. Andy Murray *
9. Rafael Nadal *
10. Andy Roddick

1. Roger Federer *
2. Ivan Lendl
3. Jimmy Connors
4. Novak Djokovic *
5. Rod Laver
6. John McEnroe
7. Pete Sampras
8. Andre Agassi
9. Stefan Edberg
10. Andy Murray *

1. Rafael Nadal *
2. Bjorn Borg
3. Ivan Lendl
4. Guillermo Vilas
5. Ken Rosewall
6. Ilie Nastase
7. Jimmy Connors
8. Jose-Luis Clerc
9. Roger Federer *
10. Manuel Orantes

1. Bjorn Borg
2. Rafael Nadal *
3. Roger Federer *
4. Boris Becker
5. Ivan Lendl
6. Pete Sampras
7. Novak Djokovic *
8. John McEnroe
9. Andy Murray *
10. Andre Agassi

how many are there from the 2002-2005 era?

volley Says:

in fact those statistics prove that the most recent era has been the strongest since the 70’s/80’s

Brando Says:

When looking at an era one usually looks at the big names of the time in question.

For example, when one discusses the late 70s early 80s, which are the names folks recall and associate with that time?

Borg, Connors, McEnroe.

Those 3 are the names that are recalled most often and fondly.


Since they are the successful players who dominated that particular era.


Andy Murray, a excellent tennis player in most observer’s opinion, was long hounded by the media and fans not because he didn’t win enough MS events, titles or perform v the top players, but because of one sole issue:


Thankfully that has ended now, yet it illustrates how important the slams are.

USING GS as the yardsticks then, IMO this era is FAR STRONGER than the early noughties one.

Consider the following:


1- FEDERER (Post 2007): 10 finals.
2- NADAL: 16 finals.
3- DJOKOVIC: 10 finals.
4- MURRAY: 6 finals.
5- SODERLING: 2 finals.
6- DEL POTRO, BERDYCH, TSONGA: 1 final each.

FEDERER, the player who performed strongly in both era, faced competition in the name of NADAL, DJOKOVIC and MURRAY who at least reached 6 slam finals.

They were ALWAYS there to challenge him.

In contrast, the earlier era (2003-2007) outside Federer performed as follows:

1- SAFIN: 4 finals. 2W.
2- RODDICK: 5 finals. 1W.
3- HEWITT: 4 finals. 2W.
4- NALBANDIAN: 1 final.

It’s immediately and BLATANTLY clear that NADAL and DJOKOVIC are superior contenders than SAFIN and HEWITT.

MURRAY has performed better than NALBANDIAN.

DEL POTRO has already matched RODDICK’S win and has shown that he potentially has MORE ABILITY than Roddick.

He AT LEAST troubles Federer, Djokovic and Nadal more than Roddick ever did.


It’s ultimately subjective, but i think this era is FAR STRONGER at the top than the 2003-2007 era.

The weakest performer so far out of the big 4, Andy Murray, would he win more slams and outperform NALBANDIAN, HEWITT, SAFIN and RODDICK in that era?

IMHO- comfortably.

He has more game than some (Roddick, Hewitt), enough to handle the competition and way less of a head case than the others (Safin, Nalby).

Nadal and Djokovic would also cream that era if they had been at their peak at that particular time IMO.

trufan Says:

Combined age of the two confirmed semi finalists at Miami? 65.

The other 4 QF are 24, 25, 26, 27 years old respectively.

Of these, likely semi finalists are 25 and 27 (Murray and Berdych).

Younger players have no chance today on the mens side – the game is so physical, with long drawn out baseline rallies.

Becker winning wimbledon at 17 years of age in 1985 seems like an unreal event today.

I am rooting for Haas to win!

Ben Pronin Says:

Safin is better than everyone. Period.

contador Says:

And masters used to be 5 sets, tennis gear, and many variables have changed the sport of tennis over the eras.

Interpretations and comparisons of stats to conclude this era is stronger than that era are subjective, generalized, lacking in reasonable thought, short-sighted, and ridiculous.

Having a strong top 4 and a weak field or having a stronger more competitive field and more GS winners is a matter of personal opinion, as to which is more appealing, exciting, interesting, ect…

If one is into hero worship it’s best to have a dominant few, I’d say. Personally I prefer more a variety of GS winners and think that a stronger field makes for more exciting and less predictable tennis.

It is nice to have our tennis gods, though.

And we have, what we have now = red flags as Ben Pronin cheerfully reminds. The Lance Armstrong era of tennis? An era of a dominant few and “unbelievable” comebacks = Mardy Fish, until it almost killed him = almost killed Serena too; Red Flags again. But the years of team US Postal DID put fans in awe of the feats; and produced the most unbelievable time results and exciting cycling.

Long live sport enhancing methods done moderately under supervision and care. One can look at it as a sort of natural adaptation and natural application of science in sport.

Okay, I’ll suspend my disbelief, sit back, and enjoy.

Ben Pronin Says:

If anything, this proves that it’s impossible to have it both ways.

Federer’s era is regarded as weak because he was the only one who dominated. Couple that with the fact that his dominance was unprecedented, and there the argument stems.

What’s really ironic is that, back in 08 when Federer started to slip, he said everyone was freaking out because he created a monster for himself. In reality, he created a monster for all of the top guys. Nadal upset early? Djokovic upset early? Federer upset early? END OF THE WORLD! ARMAGEDDON! Every single time. (And I know I’m guilty of this, I’m just making an observation, not criticizing). That was never really the case before.

And yes, nowadays we have these uber dominaters, but the field sucks. It absolutely sucks. There’s nothing golden about it. The rankings go from gold (Big 4) to rust (everyone else). I mean, yeah, it really comes down the personal preference.

But you can’t be so selective. It really speaks volumes that a guy who comes from, really, the generation slightly before Federer’s, is able to get wins over Djokovic, and the also-pretty-young Simon. Haas is a testament to how great the previous era was. Just because Djokovic is facing 2 guys with a million slams doesn’t mean he’s facing the most toughest competition ever. They’re only 2 guys. The competition includes everyone.

the DA Says:

What is going on in this match? Wretched tennis from both players so far.

the DA Says:

Finally the breaks stop and the level picks up, marginally. Somehow Andy takes the 1st set 6-4. Get the feeling anything can happen in the 2nd.

skeezer Says:

Weak era Haas not only beats players in the supposed “volley” era but is playing right now in doubles in the qtrs. Old man rocks!

the DA Says:

Andy must be in Cilic’s head. Marin played so well against Tsonga but today he can’t string more than 3 good points together.

skeezer Says:

Lendl has a hidden voodoo Cilic doll that he is putting pins into in a timely manner.

alison Says:

This match keeps on going from the sublime to the ridiculous,moments of brilliance followed by moments of madness,Andys doing just enough here,but thats good enough as Cilic is spraying the ball all over.

the DA Says:

Spoke too soon.

alison Says:

BTW Congrats to Tommy Haas,im so delighted for him that he managed to back up that win against Nole,and although i like Daveed Ferrer i hope he can carry on this fantastic run,what a story it would make if he were to win this title.

the DA Says:

5 MPs gone (shades of Shanghai).

the DA Says:

Make that 7 MPs and the 7th is the charm! I was starting to get hives. He needs to hit the practice court stat.

Ben Pronin Says:

Remember the epic collapse in the US Open quarters? Of course Murray is in Cilic’s head.

Margot Says:

Awful scrappy match but hey ho, into the semis we go.
Andy’s serve has gone AWOL, hope he finds it before the next match.

contador Says:

It has been since 2008 that Haas and Ferrer played each other. Both times they met the road runner won: 2005, 2008. But this is the new Tommy.

As for Gas-K and Berdych. I never like seeing Berdych win for some silly reason. I just don’t like him. He’s probably perfectly nice. I dread Berdych winning the title. So I am cheering against my bracket pick (sorry ColinO5). Allez Gas-K!

Can’t help but wish for a Murray vs Haas final. Might not be easy getting by Berdych or Gasquet. You never know.

skeezer Says:

Still early here but Birdsh!t starts off with 7 -1 winner ratio, and bullying Gas around like he does Fed. Hope Gas didn’t check Feds playbook on how to play against this guy. THAT won’t work.

contador Says:

Gasquet can be really fun to watch.


skeezer Says:

Birdsh!t has a couple of BP with Gas serving 2-3, but coughs up some choker shots to keep Gas in the hunt trying to guide the ball in. Ahhh the life a of power or nothing game.

contador Says:

lol, Skeezer, I see you love the Bird too.

What is it about him?

the DA Says:

Skeletor gets broken.

the DA Says:

Allez! Gasquet takes the 1st set.

contador Says:

hahaha DA, Skeletor is broken and Gasquet holds!

I like the nickname.

Yay! 1st set to Gas-K

Wog boy Says:

Actually, Gasquet is playing the way skeezer would like federer to play against Betdych, so far, no? Can he keep it up?

contador Says:

The Skeletor always destroys Federer; But skeletor is unsure of this one handed backhand Federer Imposteur.

ooh lala!!

the DA Says:

@ contador – it looks like they were separated at birth.

Gasquet playing sublime tennis, gets the early break.

skeezer Says:

@wog boy

Does he know he has pink Birdsh!t on his shoes? Wish someone would tell him so he could wipe that sh!t off. How disgusting!

Wog boy Says:

Miami court likes slice and spin.

contador Says:

beauty and the beast tennis!

Gasquet! oh non bad volley.

need an ace here

contador Says:

Just gorgeous tennis from Richard

skeezer Says:

Am enjoying this on many levels, especially if Gas keeps up the momentum. I hope Fed is taking notes. BH down the line, priceless.

contador Says:

What’s funny is DA’s nickname for Berdych. Maybe it’s not nice but i’m still chuckling because put a hoodie on Berdych and he is Skeletor :D

contador Says:

Oh dearie me, always nervous when Gas-k is about to serve for the match

contador Says:

jumping up and down happy! yay Gasquet!

the DA Says:

“put a hoodie on Berdych and he is Skeletor”


Bravo Gasquet. Great performance. Hope Ivan and Andy watched that and come out with a plan for tomorrow (hint: stay away from the BH).

Wog boy Says:

Such a nice, smart and clean game by Gasquet, it was pleasure to watch. He just denied Berdych ammunition for his game (shots).

skeezer Says:


Agreed DA, that BH was a thing of beauty today.

Bye bye Birdy ( dude, get rid of those shoes! )

RZ Says:

This is shaping up to be an exciting Master’s tournament. We’ve got the least decorated and so least heralded member of the Big 4, the leader of the “little 4,” 1 “could have been” and 1 “should have been” in the semis. While I’d ultimately love to see Haas win this, I’d be happy for any of the guys to win.

Kimmi Says:

woooow! gasquet destroyed bird sh!t! didn’t see that coming. this tournament is coming out nicely. Would be a wonderful win for Gasquet or haas. I dont know think they have won a masters before..maybe haas has, he has been around for a while. But not rishaard for sure. C’mooooooon!

RZ Says:

Kimmi, yes Haas won Stuttgart in 2001, which was a Master’s (or whatever the equivalent was) at the time. But I wouldn’t mind him winning #2, or Gasquet winning #1.

Thomas Says:

Glad that gasquet thumped birdshit. Superb performance.

RZ Says:

^ Thomas, I think we’re all glad. There’s not too much that the Tennis-X community agrees on, but we seem to be in agreement about not liking Berdych.

jane Says:

Congrats to Andy and Reeshard!! :) I missed the matches as super busy but happy to hear these two came through (though I do like Cilic too).

alison Says:

Didnt see the match,but im so happy for Gasquet,always great to see any player get one over Berdych,whom i cannot stand,Richards so talented so its great hes having such a great run here,for all the talent he has,its such a shame he never quite lived upto his potential.

Johnny YJS Says:

I always enjoy watching Gasquet play. Love his back hand. I believe he has finally found the right coach in Grosjean. why did he take so long to find the right one ? I am pretty sure that a lot of available coaches would have been keen to coach him and him to try and eventually pick the best for him..

nadalista Says:


“The MercedesCup in Stuttgart will become an ATP World Tour grass court tournament from 2015.

The tournament’s request to move to a grass court event taking place the week following Roland Garros in the lead up to Wimbledon beginning in 2015 was approved by the ATP Board of Directors at its recent meetings in Miami.”

Bravo, Stuttgart! ATP should now upgrade it to a Masters 1000 and demote one of the HC Masters tournies.

MMT Says:

Gasquet can play some beautiful tennis, and is one of the more talented players on tour. His backhand is one of the best in the game, and even his very strange looking forehand can be quite effective when he gets a hold of the ball.

I think the next step for him, to be able to compete for big titles, is to adjust his court positioning. He just plays way too far behind the baseline, and against the better players, that’s a recipe for getting your tail handed to you. Even Nadal, who’s MO is defense, doesn’t play as far back as he does, and Nadal is stronger and quicker.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t see a lot of weaknesses in his game other than court positioning, which is a consequence of his elaborate strokes requiring the time to get in position, set his feet and let it rip. One adjustment he could make is to shorten his forehand stroke, and hit more slice on the backhand – this will allow him to stay forward and dictate with less risk.

Of course, I don’t think this will happen. No coach will be willing to risk the inevitable drop in his ranking (after all this time it has taken him to regain his stature in the game) to make adjustments that the player doesn’t want to make.

Gasquet’s talent is so great that he will be a highly ranked player doing the exact same thing he’s being doing – but getting to the next level will require changes.

MMT Says:

I just thought of something – when is the last time 2 players with 1-handed backhands played a final at this level?

That would be something.

Margot Says:

So interesting, as always, MMT :) Gasquet’s quite stocky too, wonder if that slows him down.
If the tennis gods are watching the final should surely be between Haas and Gasquet, they’ve played by far the best tennis, it seems.

Margot Says:

PS MMT I think u coach? Is the one handed backhand even taught very much these days?

moam Says:

Go Haas! You gotta love it seeing a guy who has been through so many physical setbacks still out there beating some of the best players on tour.
Simon is a tricky opponent. To have conquered him after beating Djoker is a testament to just how well a 34 year-old Tommy Haas is playing. Bravo for Haas.

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