- For the primary time since 2010, the second week of the Australian Open can be held and not using a German presence.
- Tommy Haas commented on this in an interview.
- In addition, the previous tennis participant will problem Alexander Zverev and title his favorites on the Grand Slam match in Melbourne.
Tommy Haas: In common, a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. All of them are crucial. For me as a participant, it was all the time an alternative to see if I had finished my pre-season duties nicely. In Australia, nearly everybody prepares for tennis in January. The followers are all the time nice. The German followers have all the time been nicely supported, greater than every other Grand Slam. It’s only a “fortunate slam”. The climate is all the time good, however it may be too sizzling right here and there. When it will get actually heat, it is like having a blow dryer in your face. Otherwise, inns are near the positioning and Melbourne itself is a beautiful metropolis.
You have been most profitable in Australia with three semi-final appearances. Can you inform me what was the important thing to this?
First, I all the time had the choice to start out over. Most of the time, the final races have been about two months in the past. The Rebound Ace rubber you used to play on the Australian Open was nonetheless there. The ball bounces somewhat greater on it and you’ll play very aggressive tennis. It was very well-rounded, and the blade went somewhat deeper. I all the time felt snug there. The Australian Open has all the time been a match the place we have tried to do loads for the gamers and I actually loved that.
For the primary time since 2010, the second week of the competitors can be held with out the person participation of the Germans. Eight German gamers failed on the opening hurdle,
I feel there’s all the time just a few setbacks and a interval the place everybody fails. For ladies, Jules Niemeyer, for instance, performs excellent and aggressive tennis. He will definitely have huge wins in the long run and even this 12 months. It has numerous potential. But when he performs in opposition to Iga Sviacek in the primary spherical, it’s going to clearly be very tough. Laura Siegemund was the most effective. With him, it is mainly the identical sport: he tries to combat and see how far he can go.
Tommy Haas on Zverev: “He wants competitors expertise”
Alexander Zverev, who fought in the primary spherical, was eradicated in the second spherical. Has the match come too quickly for him after his critical harm?
He wants racing expertise. There is not any level in simply training. For video games you want bodily health and you are able to do that solely by enjoying. Now in the primary spherical, “fortunate loser” Juan Pablo Varillas had an incredible draw. The manner he got here out of this match was very constructive. Under regular circumstances, the match in opposition to Michael Mmoh in the second spherical ought to have been nothing to fret about. But maybe Zverev thought an excessive amount of. Before the harm just a few months in the past, the match would have been simple.
Has Zverev managed to strategy the match in the suitable manner?
I feel Zverev was somewhat too pessimistic beforehand, saying he did not anticipate to play nicely. If I used to be on his crew, I do not suppose he would have mentioned such phrases. He’s too good for that. But in the previous few matches he is misplaced a bit on the pitch and I do not suppose he is acquired the center to play his sport but. I do know from expertise that getting back from an harm is tough. But it bounces again comparatively rapidly after the fourth, fifth or sixth match. I’m curious to see how issues play out over the subsequent few weeks and months, and hopefully he’ll come into his personal on the Indian Wells Masters and go into week two there.
You additionally struggled with accidents in 2003, underwent two shoulder surgical procedures, and have been sidelined for greater than a 12 months. How did you’re feeling after such an harm? Having hassle discovering your rhythm and trusting your physique once more?
Yes, by all means. It was a silly time for me. I performed my finest tennis in 2001 and 2002 after which in December 2002 I needed to go beneath the knife. I did not play once more till February 2004. I received my fifth match after coming again on clay in opposition to Andy Roddick. At that point, he was ranked second or third in the world. You’ll come again and be grateful that you just labored so laborious you could replay it in the background. At that point, it was uncertain that I might be capable of play with my shoulder once more. But I all the time tried to be constructive. But after all, the primary matches I performed after the harm have been good tennis.
Haas: ‘It’s getting more durable now’ for Nadal.
Even with harm points
It’s superb how usually he is been injured lately. I do not know precisely what he has in thoughts. It’s undoubtedly a troublesome time for him and he is now enthusiastic about the time after his energetic profession and questioning if he can take each match with him. The largest tennis he desires to play and desires to play is, after all, nonetheless clay. He is an unbeatable participant. Winning 14 Grand Slam titles on the French Open is unimaginable. I feel that is the place he sees his finest likelihood to win this 12 months. At the Australian Open in opposition to Mackenzie MacDonald, it was attention-grabbing to see her nonetheless attempting to shut out the match, risking much more photographs than typical at occasions. Every as soon as in some time he would pull a flat brow there too, and I requested myself why he did not play like that when he was wholesome. What he’s giving the race now’s actually not an excellent signal. They additionally know that Nadal is sick and now they could have an opportunity to beat him for the primary time. It’s undoubtedly getting more durable for him now.
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Some huge names have been dominated out of the Australian Open, with Djokovic scuffling with hip issues. Who do males like now?
Djokovic has received there 9 occasions. It’s nice to see him enjoying there once more. Not positive how a lot the harm will hinder him, however a few of his matches are wanting good once more. It is vital that he received in three units. He and I do not see anybody successful the match aside from Stefanos Tsitsipas.
And with the women?
Arina Sabalenka performs extremely good and really robust tennis. His efficiency has additionally improved considerably. I consider that Yelena Rybakina, who received Wimbledon final 12 months, can be very harmful. Finally, I guess on Sabalenka.
To the individual: Tommy Haas is a former German tennis participant. His finest world rating was in May 2002 when he was second. At the Australian Open, he reached the semifinals thrice in his profession. Haas has served because the match director of the Indian Wells Masters since 2017. The 44-year-old man lives in Los Angeles together with his household.