Roger Federer beat Tommy Haas today in the Round of 16 of Roland Garros.
But wait ’til you read the score: 6-7 (4/7) 5-7 6-4 6-0 6-2
I haven’t watched the match yet. Glad I don’t have to suffer through it live, but I’ll watch to see what Fed’s problem was (nerves? back injury, a red hot opponent?) But this paragraph from the Telegraph, U.K. sent shivers down my spine:
“At two sets to the good, 31-year-old Haas had a break point in the eighth game of the third set which, had he seized it, would have given him the chance to serve for the match.”
Could you imagine? Djokovic out to Kohlschreiber, Nadal out to Soderling, Roger out to Haas??? Roland Garros, what did we ever do to you?
Check this out: This was the 5th time Roger’s come back from a two set deficit in his career (remember Berdych, Down Under?) This was the 6th time Haas has wasted a two set lead.
Federer now has a 9-2 career record over Haas, with the past two matches being walk overs from the oft-injured German.
Slightly off topic: SI journalist Jon Wertheim did a nice piece with NPR yesterday about his new book about last year’s Wimbledon final, “Strokes of Genius.” (click here.) I’ll be posting my own interview with Mr. Wertheim later this week!