Tommy Haas fought back from a set down to beat Ivo Karlovic 4-6 7-6 6-4 in the Montreal Masters first round.
The German lost the first set after being broken early on however he managed to force the second into a tie break which he won 7-3.
He then took the deciding set 6-4 converting one of his three chances to break Karlovic.
As predicted the 6’10 giant could not repeat his scintilating Wimbledon form with his first serve percentage for the match down at 49 percent.
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Tommy Haas vs Ivo Karlovic – Montreal Masters
Haas has had a brilliant summer and he is back in the world’s top 20 for the first time since January 2008.
The 31-year-old has clearly put his injury problems behind him now and his semi-final showing at Wimbledon proves this.
Straight sets loses to Querrey and Gonzalez in recent weeks may be a sign of tiredness however I feel he will have enough to get past big serving Karlovic.
The Croatian, like Haas, was at the top of his game at Wimbledon before being cast aside by Roger Federer.
However I wasn’t as impressed with ‘Big Ivo’ in a match against Andy Roddick at Washington last week.
He was a break up in both sets but was broken back and ended up losing 7-6 7-6.
If Karlovic was bang on form he would not be losing his serve as we saw for 14 sets in a row at SW19.
Haas has lost to the 6′10 giant on the last three occasions but the last time they played was in 2007.
The German is a brilliant returner and seeing as he is playing his best tennis in a long while, he should be able to pick off a few of the massive serves coming at him and advance to the second round.
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This match will be no walk in the park for Andy Murray like his previous two rounds.
If Haas hadn’t been injured so much over the last couple of years he would be a top 10 player so his world ranking of 38 can be cast aside.
They currently have a head to head record of 1-1 with Haas winning the last encounter in March in a tight three set encounter.
The German is masterful from the back of the court and can hit winners from both wings as well as being gifted at the net. Murray as we know has a range of shots available to him also so this match will be very even.
Its difficult to pick a winner here and although I want Murray to win I think Haas could steal a win in five sets.
Predicted winner :: Haas
Round of 16
Jo Wilfried Tsonga FRA (17) – Rafael Nadal ESP (2)
I have seen many interpretations of how this match might go. Some say Tsonga will continue where he left off at the Australian Open and dominate once again and some say Nadal will get his revenge. I don’t think Tsonga will dominate here but I think he has the edge. Having watched Nadal struggle in virtually every service game against Roddick in Dubai, I think Tsonga too will be able to put a high amount of pressure on the Spaniard’s serve with his aggressive style of play. Tsonga’s clever net game will also favour him as he will put pressure on Nadal to come up with brilliant shots time after time. Nadal however can never be written off as he is defending champion here and would lose a lot of ranking points if he was to go out at this stage. An argument against Nadal could be that he hasn’t had much of a test yet this tournament whereas Tsonga played very well in his win against countryman Paul Henri Matheiu and should be nicely tuned up.
Predicted Winner :: Tsonga
Andy Murray GBR (11) – Tommy Haas GER (36)
A repeat of last year in this tournament when Murray prevailed in three sets. This could be close again although you have to favour the young Scot here because Haas although playing well again after injury, simply cannot be at a standard to beat the ever improving Murray. The match could contain a few twists and turns as Murray seems to have adopted Tim Henman’s unpredictibility during matches but the sheer class and shot making ability of the British number one should take him through this match possibly in three sets.
Predicted winner :: Murray
Roger Federer SWI (1) – Ivan Ljubicic CRO (23)
I heard a commentator say recently that the Ljubicic ‘star’ had faded away and a loss of form at the back end of last year has him currently at 23 in the rankings. He runs into Federer here on red hot form and I don’t give him much of a chance. Federer was clinical against Mahut and should breeze through into the next round.
Predicted winner :: Federer
Richard Gasquet FRA (8) – James Blake USA (9)
A very interesting match here which could go either way. Gasquet’s technical skill takes on Blake’s power play. Gasquet leads the head to head 2-0 but throw the form book out of the window here as Blake relishes playing in front of his home crowd. The entertainer responds well to pressure and often comes with some fantastic shots when up against it. Gasquet has one of the best backhands in the game and we are sure to see some stylish winners. Gasquet can have mental lapses during matches (remember his 0-6 set against Murray in Paris last October) but when he switches back on his masterful play is resumed. I think this match will depend on who serves better and Blake will surely up the 45% first serve average and could win in a closely contested match.
Predicted winner :: Blake
Novak Djokovic SRB (3) – Guillermo Canas ARG (16)
Canas has had two impressive wins here against Bjorkman and Monaco and is on good form. However I think this match will be one step too far for him. Djokovic is a near complete player with a big serve combined with pacey and solid groundstrokes. Canas is also competent off both the forehand and backhand wing but he could struggle on serve due to the quality of Djokovic’s returning. Djokovic should advance here in straight sets.
Predicted winner :: Djokovic
Lleyton Hewitt AUS (24) – Mardy Fish USA (98)
Mardy Fish easily beat Davydenko who failed to turn up in the previous round. Hewitt has strung together a few wins here and is certainly the player to beat in this match after dismissing Youhzny with relative ease. He should be able to deal with the big Fish serve with his returning capabilities and the former winner of this tournament looks hungry to advance into the latter rounds and could be a dark horse to reach the semi’s. Hewitt consistently strong hitting off both wings should draw errors from Fish who plays a very attacking game.
Predicted winner :: Hewitt
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