Whether the quickness of the courts got to the big German, or his strong start to the summer hard courts is just on the wane, or his karma is catching-up with him, having made some ill-advised, snotty little comments about Tsitsipas after his loss to the Greek in Toronto. . . or Haase showed how he knows the game and can complicate matters on the court with just about anyone.
Haase returned well in this match, came to net on occasion which proved wise, showed some nice offense, especially in that third set, hitting a couple of inside-in FH winners, Tsitsipas-like 😀
In other words, there are a few reasons this result transpired. Zverev looks a little out of sorts out there. My esteemed Polish reader WJ mentioned a problematic attitude of the German a few weeks ago on this blog. He’s right. Zverev only has a giant Bo5 hard court date in a couple of weeks to prepare for. Work on your game, Sascha.
His coming-to-net numbers were pretty poor. He wasn’t able to convert one volley late, though Haase’s BH CC did dip nice and shallow, tough angle, etc. But Zverev, I will keep saying this about nearly every player, despite the fact that we’re in the heart of this BL power era: come to net or get out-classed. Haase out-classed Zverev.
In addition to his fantastic win, I watched the Tennis Channel interview after the match, in English of course; good words from the Dutch player, positive and noting his continued decent form (he beat Nishikori early in Toronto).
But the best part of this post-match interview session was how Haase dealt with the next reporter, who wanted to do the interview in Dutch. Haase asked who he worked for. “Fox.” Haase declined comment, mumbling a few words about his distaste for said company.
I am not sure if Haase might have had an issue in the past with the Fox syndicate, but you and I know how that brand, in various ways, has managed to violate itself over the years, has become, virtually, a brand for garbage. Well done, Robin!
In tennis and intelligence.
Novak is down a set to Mannarino who is playing a very offensive brand of tennis. Novak started the second set with a break, but the Frenchman has broken back. Wow. Novak is indeed relapsing a bit — and these courts might not be exactly to his liking.
Cilic beat Copil.