Tommy Haas From Nowhere!

01 Jul 2009 by Hiland in Wimbledon 2009

Tommy Haas during quarterfinal of Wimbledon 2009German Tommy Haas has done it again! Would someone please tell this devilish playboy that is 31 years old, that this is Wimbledon and that a 24 seed is just not supposed to make the semifinals, much less knock off the four seed in the quarters, an 11 seed in the third round and a 29 seed in the fourth round. Give it up, Tommy! Just give it up!

Novak Djokovic had been unbothered at Wimbledon this year. He has played brilliantly. Through the fourth round he had not lost a set. He is a Serbian superstar and young. He has amassed $12 million in career earning, racked up 228 career wins in less than 4 years and holds a Grand Slam title. Tommy Haas; no mas!

For Djokovic, this event was about his semifinal match with Roger Federer. He could not wait. He would show the world on the game’s biggest stage and the parades in Serbia could soon resume. Hmm, did anyone tell Tommy Haas?

Under the watchful eye of a bevy of beautiful women that plan Haas’s every move, the smooth playing, smooth dancing and all around smooth talker gave Novak a goodbye kiss on Wednesday and marked another pitfall in the Serb’s chase for a second crown jewel.

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As public a personality as Tommy Haas is and as public as his high profile love life is, very few fans really know much about the 31 year old. For example, Haas is a former European judo champion and schoolmate of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He graduated from the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in 1996.

In 1995 he broke his right ankle and in 1996 broke the left. On both occasions, surgery was required. He has 443 career wins but has only reached the semifinals at Melbourne on two occasions. Other than that, he has never played beyond the fourth round in any Grand Slam event. That has now changed.

Tommy showed signs of brilliance at Roland Garros. He stormed ahead of Federer to a 2-0 set lead before being turned away. Yet, that was on clay and who really expected Tommy Haas to come out beat Marin Cilic in a five set two-day marathon?

Tommy Haas has plenty to do. Look at the young lady on his shoulder. Two-day matches are not part of the Haas deal.

Well, go figure. Tommy Haas arrived at Wimbledon with confidence, conviction, a sense of determination and the best looking significant other. That’s what we like about Tommy. He is a man of all sports, all seasons and gets it about how great his existence really is.

That hardly seems the case for Novak Djokovic. Midway through the first set, he came to realize the crowd was pulling for his opponent. Serving at 5-5, 30-15, he thought the crowd over-celebrated his out ball. Oops! How dare they!

Djokovic promptly spit up three points and when Haas held, the set was over.

There is appoint in every Djokovic match, where the unexpected can happen. The trainer can be summoned. Drama erupts. He is capable of a walk-off at any moment. It is known as Jankovic-Djokovic Serbian theater. On Wednesday, nervous fans began to wonder if this just might happen again.

Actually, Novak composed himself. Djokovic had chances to win set two. At every instance, Haas had an answer or Novak showed hints of inconsistency and moments of frustration. When Haas pulled out the 8-6 tiebreaker, the fans knew and perhaps Novak knew that this one was over.

Novak won set four but Haas asserted his net play. He was the aggressor, following strokes to the net and volleying crisply and with deft finesse. When Tommy completed the 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 win, it became clear that if there is one player ready for Federer, it is Tommy Haas. He will give it his best, contest every shot, keep coming to net and doing what got him here and what got him that 2 set lead in Paris. And, when the match is over and the lights go dim, Tommy will be ahead of us all… somewhere on the scene in London town. Good win, Tommy!

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