• Haas back in French Open action against Youzhny

    6/2/13 4:12 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Haas back in French Open action against Youzhny Two days after outlasting John Isner in an epic five-setter, Tommy Haas will be taking aim at the Roland Garros quarterfinals. Up next for Haas on Monday is Mikhail Youzhny.

    More than 11 years after their first encounter, Tommy Haas and Mikhail Youzhny will be facing each other for the eighth time in their careers when they clash in round four of the French Open on Monday.

    Youzhny leads the head-to-head series 4-3, including 2-0 on clay. They just squared off last month at the Rome Masters, where the Russian prevailed 6-4, 6-3. Their other clay-court meeting came at the Munich event way back in 2002, when Youzhny led by a set and a break before Haas retired. Haas has not come out on top in this matchup since Cincinnati in 2008, which resulted in a 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-4 victory for the German.

    Youzhny has quietly taken care of business this fortnight, leaving the headlines to the top three seeds, Gael Monfils, Tommy Robredo, and even Haas. The world No. 31 dropped one set in each of his first two matches against Pablo Andujar and Federico Delbonis before rolling over eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic on Saturday. Youzhny is now 13-12 for the season, which started to improve with a third-round showing in Madrid.

    Haas also cruised through his first two rounds, taking out both Guillaume Rufin and Jack Sock in straight sets. It all changed on Saturday, when the 35-year-old played a memorable five-setter against John Isner. Haas missed 12 match points in the fourth set then saved one in the fifth before finally outlasting Isner 7-5, 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-7(10), 10-8 in four hours and 37 minutes. The world No. 14 is an outstanding 24-9 for his 2013 campaign, which is highlighted by a semifinal in Miami and a title in Munich.

    This should be a high-quality showdown with both veterans in fine form. Youzhny has a slight edge in past history, but the advantage in current form goes to Haas and it just feels like his year and also his tournament--for now--after what transpired against Isner. This is the only major at which Haas has never reached a quarterfinal, but he should be able to reach that stage after four entertaining sets.

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rafaisthebest , 6/3/13 12:42 PM

Some mug was tagging him as #weakeraplayer last yr.

guess who was that mug??

KMA , 6/3/13 12:46 PM

Did anyone catch this match? really interested on thoughts. Haas is having a crazy comeback at age 35..

DeadManWalking , 6/3/13 12:50 PM

I watched snippets of it, @DMW. Controlled aggression, precision placements, no histrionics from Haas, you really felt he zoned into the sweet spot and stayed there throughout, basically.....

rafaisthebest , 6/3/13 12:54 PM

Haas is having a crazy comeback at age 35..
DeadManWalking, 6/3/13 12:50 PM

There's always hope for the Fed...:-)

phoenix , 6/3/13 1:33 PM

ritb, a set is a set, no?


Conspirator , 6/3/13 2:31 PM

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