Rogers Cup First Round: Carlos Moya vs. Tommy Haas
7/22/08 6:29 AM | Ricky Dimon
Turn back the clock for this one. Well, both players at least hope to turn back the clock. Either way, Carlos Moya or Tommy Haas will be moving on to the second round of the Rogers Cup.
You know you are talking about two grizzled veterans when you say that they have played each other ten times in their career and yet have not square off since 2002.
Six years ago? That's right, Carlos Moya and Tommy Haas have not played since the summer of '02 at the Masters Series Rome. In a span of six years starting in 1997, they met times. Their head-to-head series is all tied up at five apiece, although Moya leads 1-0 on hard courts.
All of that was so long ago you can throw all those stats out the window. This one is all going to come down to current form, and while neither man is particularly hot at the moment, Haas is playing better. The German reached the third round of Wimbledon and the quarterfinals last week in Indianapolis, where he was up a set and a break on eventual champion Gilles Simon before losing control.
Moya is still 28th in the world, but he is just 52nd in the 2008 points race with a mediocre 15-15 match record. Not including a run the quarterfinals of the Masters Series Hamburg, the Spaniard is 1-6 in his last seven matches since Miami. A return to the hard courts should not favor Moya either, because he has always been and remains more comfortable on clay.
This is a marquee matchup in terms of name recognition, but Moya might not make it one in terms of stellar tennis unless he turns things around suddenly and drastically. Even if that happens this is Haas' match to win as long as he serves relatively well and plays aggressively. Haas in two--with one set being competitive--is the pick.
Although this is going to be pretty difficult match,I agree with the last sentence...Just as long as Tommy serves well,he will definitely win this one.....And yes of course,if he can calm his nerves a little bit down,
keeping his control,everything should be alright...
Auf Geht's Tommy!