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  • Haas, Isner battle for fourth-round Roland Garros spot

    5/31/13 5:24 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Haas, Isner battle for fourth-round Roland Garros spot John Isner is back in action at the French Open one day after staging the first two-set comeback of his career. Up next for Isner during third-round action on Saturday is Tommy Haas.

    Tommy Haas and John Isner will be squaring off for the sixth time in their careers and for the second time this season when they meet in round three of the French Open on Saturday.

    Isner leads the head-to-head series 3-2, but Haas won most their most recent encounter 6-3, 6-4 more than three months ago on the indoor hard courts of San Jose. They have never clashed on clay and their four other matches all came prior to 2010. Two of Isner's victories came in third-set tiebreakers; 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-6(5) at the 2007 Washington, D.C. event and 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(3) at the 2009 Cincinnati Masters.

    Speaking of marathons, Isner had another one--well, not exactly by his standards--on Friday against fellow American Ryan Harrison. For the first time in his career, the world No. 21 came back from two sets down as he prevailed 5-7, 6-7(7), 6-3, 6-1, 8-6 to end a six-match losing streak in five-set matches. With a previous Roland Garros win over Carlos Berlocq (6-3, 6-4, 6-4), Isner is now 15-12 during what has been an up-and-down season.

    Haas had no such trouble against a different up-and-coming American, Jack Sock. The 35-year-old scored a 7-6(3), 6-2, 7-5 victory in his second-rounder to improve his 2013 record to an outstanding 23-9. Highlights for Haas include a semifinal in Miami (with an upset of Novak Djokovic) and a title in Munich. The world No. 14 kicked off his fortnight with a 7-6(4), 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Guillaume Rufin.

    Isner's survival against Harrison was not a typically outrageous Isner five-setter, such as a 70-68 Wimbledon triumph over Nicolas Mahut and an 18-16 loss to Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round of last year's French Open. Still, three hours and 50 minutes of match play without a day of rest in between is not good news for Isner.

    Given the No. 19 seed's situation combined with Haas' awesome form and relative waltz through the first two rounds, look for the German to advance in four sets.

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Should be fun to watch. Happy for either guy to win but leaning towards Haas.

#OldSchool
#PopcornMatch

Conspirator , 6/1/13 12:22 AM


It's nice to see Isner come back from two sets down to get the win. That's got to be good for his confidence. He hasn't had much to shout about so far this year, but having a nice run here would really be a big boost.

I just have to love the way Haas is playing at his age. The guy has been remarkable. I will enjoy watching this match. I will be okay no matter who wins. But I would like to see Haas continue his great play and move to the fourth round.

Nativenewyorker , 6/1/13 12:29 AM


@Conspirator - definitely a popcorn match, LOL.

Tommy schooled Jack Sock; I ... guess I'm hoping for a little more of the same. Johnny seems to think that because he can get tips from Jim C. and beat Roger once on the surface, that he's actually somehow morphed into a claycourter. It ... takes a little more than that.

mara002 , 6/1/13 12:41 AM


That's amazing that you KNOW "Johnny seems to think he's morphed into a claycourter." Ignoring the fact that he's never said or done anything remotely resembling your pointless accusation. No wonder you love the high schooler.

ts38 , 6/1/13 3:46 AM


t-ass20, stop going on every thread to cause trouble when people are having a nice discussion. If you can't behave remotely like a person, piss off back to the jungle.

jean , 6/1/13 5:05 AM


"t-ass20, stop going on every thread to cause trouble when people are having a nice discussion. If you can't behave remotely like a person, piss off back to the jungle.jean, 6/1/13 5:05 AM "

WOW, this is highly edifying and the epitome of having a high-class
discussion. I never knew that addressing a poster as *t-ass20* whose moniker is ts38, and telling them to *piss off back to the jungle* is behaving remotely like a person? Is jean saying that she behaves remotely like a person, or is trying to be one? A very genteel and perfect lady, is our jean. bwahahahaha. I'd say it's cockney.

scoretracker , 6/1/13 5:50 AM


I'm happy for Big John reaching the 3rd round, but too bad that Ryan was at the receiving end of the loss. I dislike it that the draws pair the americans against each other more times than i'd care for that to happen.

I like both tommy and Big John, but in this instance, would like to see John win this battle. It all depends on whether Izzy has anything left in the tank to beat tommy, whose game has a lot more variety and knows how to play very well on clay as opposed to the big guy.

scoretracker , 6/1/13 5:57 AM


I go for Haas on this one...Isner must be dead tired by now so the age gap will not matter that much.

phoenix , 6/1/13 7:04 AM


I'lll be cheering for Haas. Hope he can keep trucking a bit longer.

ed251137 , 6/1/13 8:17 AM


Hi jean! See, me and the boys have had an ongoing discussion, yet whenever I address you directly you mysteriously disappear. Many of us think you couldn't tell the difference between a tennis court and your own asshole. So, if you don't mind, without getting a closeup look of your behind,could you tell us what a court looks like?

ts38 , 6/1/13 10:45 AM


I think Haas will win. Isner had a 4 hour match yesterday, so to come back with just one day recovery is simply too much IMO. Btw, the RG scheduling committee is really stupid. They scheduled Isner to play his match before Kohlschreiber.(who hasn't played a match since Monday!)

tj600 , 6/1/13 10:49 AM


T-ass20, I don't have to appear each time you expect me to. You see, unlike you and your fellow fedtards, I don't rely on TT for social interaction. Now run along and enjoy having your head stuck up your excrement-filled behind, won't ya?!

jean , 6/1/13 11:32 AM


So, by completely dodging the question and trying to shift the dialogue onto me, you're once again demonstrating that you have ABSOLUTELY NO INTEREST in discussing tennis in any way. Because you couldn't really tell me what a tennis court looks like, could you?

ts38 , 6/1/13 3:13 PM


On a completely separate note. transexual38 how are you?

Scrotracker , 6/1/13 3:35 PM


"Many of us think you couldn't tell the difference between a tennis court and your own asshole. So, if you don't mind, without getting a closeup look of your behind,could you tell us what a court looks like?"

LOL @ ts38. ROFL - this is freaking funny!

To be fair though, that would apply to most of rafabots, no?

novakisthebest , 6/1/13 5:23 PM


I like Isner but.....

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Nodded off there for a moment.

#Nap

Conspirator , 6/1/13 6:15 PM


Isner is stuck in another time loop.

#GroundhogDay
#ZZZZZZ

Conspirator , 6/1/13 7:11 PM


Dude Izzy, learn to play the piano. Then get the girl. That should do it.

xrf , 6/1/13 7:42 PM


Isnerror and Federror have both become a pox on the game of tennis.

#DifferentStrokes

Conspirator , 6/1/13 7:58 PM


The commies are going on and on and on about bringing in a 5th set TB.

Gimme a break.

How do you know you're watching an endless 5th set?

Isner's playing.

#InfiniteLoop

Conspirator , 6/1/13 8:16 PM


is it a super tiebreaker?

Raindrops , 6/1/13 8:16 PM


I am so happy Isner is NOT in Rafa's quarter.....................just too much!!!!

Monalysa , 6/1/13 8:24 PM


Isner Mahut anyone?

#DejaVuAllOverAgain
#Rerun

Conspirator , 6/1/13 8:26 PM


Well done Tommy!

#ThankYou
#AnotherOneBitesTheDust
#PunIntended
#HUM8LE

Conspirator , 6/1/13 8:33 PM


Very happy for Haas. Impressive win!

sky , 6/1/13 10:27 PM


"Many of us think you couldn't tell the difference between a tennis court and your own asshole. So, if you don't mind, without getting a closeup look of your behind,could you tell us what a court looks like?"

ts38, you nailed the rafatards! hilarious stuff. With your permission, I will be using this against these rafafarts. Pleasantly surprised to see someone with a great SOH on these dimwitted-rafart infested site. Please continue your slamming of these low lives!

JamesDjokovicFan , 6/2/13 5:17 PM



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