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  • Haas edges five-set epic; Youzhny and Tsonga cruise through

    1/21/10 12:08 PM | Vincent Glenn
    Haas edges five-set epic; Youzhny and Tsonga cruise through Tommy Haas beat Janko Tipsarevic in a five-set thriller in the Australian Open second round on Thursday. There were also wins for Mikhail Youzhny and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    Tommy Haas d. Janko Tipsarevic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

    World No.18 Tommy Haas battled through an extraordinary final set to seal a memorable victory over Janko Tipsarevic. The German struggled to find any rhythm early in the match and he quickly found himself trailing by a set.

    Haas then started to produce some top-class tennis, battling from 4-2 down to clinch the second set 6-4. With momentum on his side, he raced into a 3-0 lead in the third frame of play. He converted his only break point of the set, but Tipsaervic failed to take either of the two chances he created. Haas fired down an ace to claim the set 6-3.

    It was Tipsaveric’s turn to break early in the fourth. He took a 3-0 lead and broke again, easing through the set 6-1. Hass again produced a plethora of errors but the constant stream of winners he conjured up in the three previous sets dried up.

    The pressure then seemed to get to both players and it made for an excruciatingly enthralling final set. Haas broke for a 3-1 lead, but immediately played a horrible service game to gift Tipsarevic a route back into the match. The pair then traded breaks once more, and Haas was so frustrated with his play that he smashed his racquet for a second time in the match. He was therefore deducted a point and had to start the next game 15-0 down. That, though, didn’t seem to matter and he recorded another break to serve for the match. The final game was intriguing. Tipsarevc had two more opportunities to get back into the set, while Haas wasted four match points before finally converting on his fifth opportunity.

    Hass’ display was the definition of erratic. He fired 78 winners, including 16 aces, but hit exactly the same amount of unforced errors.

    Mikhail Youzhny d. Jan Hajek 6-2, 6-1, 6-1

    Mikhail Youzhny showed no signs of fatigue as he breezed past Czech Republic’s Jan Hajek for the loss of just four games. The Russian came from two sets behind to defeat Richard Gasquet in an opening-round epic, but he had no such problems against the world No.97.

    Youzhny hit 32 winners compared to just 13 unforced errors and won 92 per cent of points behind his first serve. His opponent, who recorded just his second Tour-level win since 2007 against Robby Ginepri on Tuesday, found it difficult to keep the ball in play and donated 46 unforced errors.

    World No.20 Youzhny enjoyed a fantastic returning day, breaking seven times during the match. Hajek, on the other hand, was unable to muster a single break point. Youzhny took just over 90 minutes to complete his victory. He will face Lukasz Kubot in the next round. The Pole defeated Santiago Giraldo in four sets.

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. Taylor Dent 6-4, 6-3, 6-3

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga cruised past Taylor Dent to set up an intriguing fourth round showdown with Tommy Haas.

    The normally big-serving Dent, who lost just seven games in his first round defeat of Fabio Fognini, was unable to win enough cheap points behind his first delivery throughout the encounter. The American hit just four aces in the match but double-faulted seven times. He also found life difficult at the net and saw a series of powerful Tsonga shots fly past him.

    No.10 seeded Tsonga smacked 42 winners and hit a mere 10 unforced errors. He didn’t face a single break point in the opening two sets, but created eleven of his own over the course of the match, converting five. Dent didn’t help his own cause, donating 33 unforced errors.




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