“I’ve seldom played doubles on the tour, there is always that threat of injury, it just wasn’t as much fun. But now I am in the mood to play some doubles, change it up a little. Hopefully, it may even help me in the singles,” so said Roger in Halle this weekend (via USAToday).
“”He asked me, and I would be quite silly if I say no,” Haas said.
Well, it was nice while it lasted. And definitely easy on the eyes. Roger Federer and good friend Tommy Haas paired up in Halle, playing and losing their first round doubles match 7-6(3), 6-4 vs. Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner. It was a tough draw for Fed and Haas, considering their opponents have won the Wimbledon and the US Open together.
Was it enough to help Roger’s singles? He hinted to the press that he’s looking to start winning some titles again:
“I have the feeling that the best part of the season is yet to come,” Federer said (via ATP). “I do hope that the second half of the season will be better… I only draw the balance at the end of the year or after the US Open. Now, I’m fully on the Tour, am fresh and eager, having fun and am happy to play matches instead of being on the practice courts all the time.”
Hmm. That’s interesting. Especially the part about being “fully” on the Tour. What does that mean, I wonder? I certainly do hope it means more trophies!
A few other buzz worthy comments during the first week of the grass court season:
Uncle Toni says Rafa’s in good position to reclaim the number one ranking this year (via Tennis.com):
“We are in a position to play for the top. Rafa has a considerable advantage, but everything can changes in one tournament,” he said. “Whomever wins Wimbledon will take a big step.”
Ironically, Rafa’s win in Paris didn’t help him with the rankings, though the runner up, David Ferrer, gained the rankings points to secure the No. 4 spot. According to Tennis.com, Nadal’s withdrawal from the Halle warm up this week basically guarntees that he’ll be seeded no higher than 5th at Wimbledon this year, a quirk that Andy Murray calls unfortunate.
Back in Halle, top seeded Roger Federer will play German wildcard Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in his first singles match. Tommy Haas and Gael Monfils (who upset Raonic in the first round) are in his half. Kohlschreiber and Gasquet are in the bottom half.
The men are also playing at Queen’s Club this week, with Murray the top seed. Tsonga is in Murray’s half and Berdych and Del Potro are in the bottom half.
The women – though none of the top players – are in Birmingham (Flipkens and Ekaterina Makarova are the top seeds) and Nurnberg, Germany (Jankovic, Zakopalova) this week.
Anything you’re looking out for, in particular, during the lead up to Wimbledon? What do you think of that No. 5 seeding for Rafa?