Haas out. Nadal, Roddick advance – Sony Ericsson Open.
Posted by tennisplanet on March 24, 2007
Tommy Haas, 9th seed from Germany was eliminated in the opening round, by lucky loser, A. Falla in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. This lucky loser status is getting quite a name. Guillermo Canas of Argentina, was the lucky loser, who defeated Roger Federer, in straight sets at Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells.
Haas had 31 unforced errors, whereas Falla did a good job at the net, winning 73% of the points. Haas has to be very careful, and has to focus hard to sustain his stellar performance so far this year. It must be at the back of his mind, that he will be 29 years of age in a few days (April 3).
Tennis circuit is brutal, and Haas needs to be more selective of the tournaments he enters in. He needs to keep the momentum going, without burning himself, out before the bigger events.
This could be his last year on the tour. He had to deal with a lot of injuries and heartbreaks, but he did manage to get as high as No. 2 in ATP rankings as a singles player.
World’s No. 2, Rafael Nadal from Spain and World’s No. 3 from USA had little trouble in their opening round.
Nadal trounced R. Mello from Brazil in straight sets 7-6(7), 6-2. Nadal was aggressive as usual, and had 27 winners compared to 19 from his opponent.Up next, Oliver Rochus, 5’5″, 30th seed from Belgium.
Andy Roddick had easier time against V. Arguello of Argentina dispatching in straight sets also 6-3, 6-2. G. Simon from France is next.