Two sets down.
Serving at 3-4 in the third set.
This was the perilous position Roger Federer found himself in yesterday against Tommy Haas who had been bossing the match.
This break point seemed like a virtual match point for Haas as he had been serving like Karlovic and Federer had been really struggling to make any sort of impact when returning.
Federer missed his first serve and nervously spun in his second and I think at this point everyone around the world watching this match was biting their finger nails off.
A short rally commensed before Federer, flirting with destruction, attempted a low percentage inside out forehand.
He slapped the ball as hard as he could in a desperate attempt to win the point as Haas has been playing unrealistically well.
In a heart in mouth moment the ball flew over the net seemingly in slow motion and caught the very outside edge of the line and from this point forward the match completely turned.
Federer held his serve, broke Haas in the next game, took the set 6-4 and then the German crumbled winning just two more games in the contest.
I wasn’t surprised Haas lost his way because after coming so close to serving for the match his confidence was bound to drop significantly.
Something that amazed me in this match was the fact that Federer did not drop a point on serve for the first SEVEN games.
Haas is surely the first man to win a set having not managed to rack up a single returning point leading up to the first set tie break.
Read the full match report on the ATP website here.
Here are the results from my TIPS yesterday…
Tommy Hass vs Roger Federer – I said – Federer win 3-0 // Actual result – Federer win 3-2
Tommy Robredo vs Philipp Kohlschreiber – I said – Robredo win 3-2 // Actual result – Robredo win 3-1
Juan Martin Del Potro vs Jo Wilfried Tsonga – I said – Del Potro win 3-1 // Actual result – Del Potro win 3-1
Gael Monfils vs Andy Roddick – I said – Monfils win 3-2 // Actual result – Monfils win 3-0