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When's Tommy playing, Luggy?
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When's Tommy playing, Luggy?

First appearance this season for him is Kooyong, after that pretty tight and ambitious schedule  ;-()
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When's Tommy playing, Luggy?

First appearance this season for him is Kooyong, after that pretty tight and ambitious schedule  ;-()

Kooyong?! That's an exo...???
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When's Tommy playing, Luggy?

First appearance this season for him is Kooyong, after that pretty tight and ambitious schedule  ;-()

Kooyong?! That's an exo...???

yup...
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Djokovic in easy win over Haas
NOVAK Djokovic, the world No.3, gave warning that he's well advanced in his Australian Open preparation with a resounding win over German Tommy Haas.

The Serbian star crushed German Tommy Haas in straight sets with a comprehensive 6-2 6-3 win in just 57 minutes at the AAMI Kooyong Classic.

Djokovic, an early arrival here to give himself 10 days to acclimatise and become reaquainted with the hardcourt surface, looked sharp in the cold wind sweeping across the Kooyong stadium.

Djokovic met little resistance from the veteran Haas and appears in sharp form ahead of next week's Australian Open, a tournament he won in 2008 but was forced to retire from with heat strain last year.

Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco booked a showdown with Djokovic for a berth in Saturday's final with a similarly impressive first-up victory.
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 MARIE KELLEY:  Tommy, welcome back to Kooyong.

          A.   Thank you.

          First questions.

          Q.   Novak was fairly sharp today?

          A.   Yes.  He's always - he's sharp.  He had a great year last

               year.  He's one of the best players out there obviously.

               You know, conditions a little bit tough, trying to get used

               to it out there.  I think the second serve was very

               competitive.  He came out with some great shots, 4-3 to

               break me and serve it out.  Overall, I'm pretty pleased

               with how the second serve went and, you know, obviously

               sometimes some things don't work out and I have to prepare

               myself for next week.  But that's the beauty of playing

               here where you have a chance to do that, so it's great.

          Q.   Novak has been No. 3 in the world for two or three years

               now.  What do you think his new coach is talking about,

               trying to make him more aggressive?  Do you feel he was

               more aggressive today, the way he played against?

          A.   Yeah.  I mean, in a match like today where it's blowing

               really hard, really there are things that you would like to

               improve on.  So you know I think, I'm sure - when the

               opportunity presented itself to be aggressive, I'm sure he

               will be in the future.  We are going to see that maybe mix

               in a few serve and volley, this type of stuff.  But you

               know, every player is trying to do that more and more

               because, you know, if you can finish a point like that in

               the end, that's the way to do it, especially if you go five

               sets.  But he's a great player.  He's got pretty much all

               the shots you need in a game and I'm sure we will see even

               more improvement.

          Q.   Tommy, there's a great number of good players now at the

               very top of their games.  Who do you think will win the

               Australian Open?

          A.   I haven't really given that too much thought, to be honest.

               You know, at the end of the day I'm always trying to focus on

               myself, number one, and wait till the draw comes out and see

               what it looks like.  I think once you have the draw in front

               of you and you see the match-ups - you know, I know quite a

               bit about every player and their records and, you know, I

               think once you have that in front you you can kind of make a

               better assessment about who has a chance to obviously maybe

               win the tournament.  You know, there's the top three, four

               guys, five guys that are obviously going to be some of the

               favourites going in and, you know, it will be very

               interesting, I think, to see what the match-ups will look

               like once the draw is out.

          Q.   Can you recall the time when you had five, six guys who

               could win it all in the same draw?

          A.   It's been a while, I mean with the exception of last year or

               the year before.  I mean, before that, Roger was pretty much

               always the favourite going into them.  But since last year

               no, maybe year and a half, I think a lot of the players

               waiting for Andy Murray to maybe have a break through, or

               Andy Roddick having a good Wimbledon.  But we have Murray who

               is going to be a force to reckon with and, you know, even

               Davydenko has been playing unbelievable tennis.  Who knows?

               Maybe he can have a breakthrough in a Slam.  There's a lot of

               great players out there.  Some players are not going to be

               seeded that are dangerous and maybe have a great tournament.

               Obviously, there are the best players in the world, so it

               should be a very exciting Australian Open this year, that's

               for sure; maybe the most exciting one in a while.

          Q.   You talked about a lot of players trying to add variety to

               their game playing, why do you think that's happening?

          A.   Well, I think it depends on the game how you play.  But you

               know, like I said, if you go best of five I think you want to

               try to be aggressive and change up the pace and change up the

               game.  I mean, you don't want to always be on the baseline

               and wait for your opponent's mistake.  You want to try to

               finish it off or just bring variation to the game, and most

               of the players lately have been playing a baseline game.

               It's very tough to serve and volley these days, with the

               racquets and the strings these days that you can play with,

               and the movement and how good everything is.  So it's a

               really tough time for serve and volleyers, people that are

               aggressive, except maybe on a grass court where it's

               extremely quicker, you know.  But still, if you have a chance

               to have an all-round game and improve that then everything is

               going to look forward doing that.

          Q.   Tommy, have you heard anything about a proposal for a World

               Cup that has been presented to Wimbledon, to Tennis

               Australia, to the US Federation?  Is that anything that has

               come across your - - -

          A.   No.  First time I hear it.

          Q.   I suppose, with the difficulties of Davis Cup and the

               schedule, a ten-day event every two years with 32 nations,

               ought to be - I mean, is that something you think might

               work, or do you thing Davis Cup, for example, needs

               tinkering?

          A.   You know, I've been on the tour now for a long time, but I

               think after three or four years being on tour, maybe

               beginning of 2000, 2001, there was already talk about maybe

               doing something like that.  You know, anything you can do to

               maybe shorten the schedule a little bit would be great.

               By the time this happens probably my career is going to be

               pretty much sort of over, so if they could make it happen

               quicker I think it would be a great idea.  You know, I

               haven't played Davis Cup the last year or two because of the

               long season, because of my injuries in the past, and I had to

               really pick my battles well.  It worked out for me well last

               year, so it's a tough thing.  I'm more than for what you were

               just recommending, doing something like that.  I think it

               would be very good, and the commitment to doing something, I

               guess, every two years.  I mean, World Cup, it's such a

               fascinating event to follow, and you follow your country. So

               I think some players who are playing Davis Cup in the second

               week of December, and even the World Cup, the Masters Cup is,

               you know, middle end of November so it's tough because, it's

               really tough to pick your two to four weeks throughout the

               year where you can maybe do some training again to rebuild

               your body and get it strong for the end of the season.  So

               it's definitely something to look into, and maybe do

               something about it and not always talk about it.

          Q.   How much shorter would it have to be, Tommy?

          A.   I think, if you can do it, maybe it should be maybe done, you

               know, by the middle of October, latest.  I think that's my

               opinion, because if you have a full year and you have a

               successful year, or if you didn't have a successful year, you

               are still playing pretty much every other week.  So if

               have, say, middle of October your last tournament and you

               want to just take two, three four weeks where you do

               absolutely nothing and maybe spend some time with your

               family, friends, and then you have middle of November, that

               will give you a good four to five, six weeks to prepare for

               the Australian because you need maybe a tournament or a

               couple of matches before.  Everybody is coming down here

               really early.  Some people leave right away after Christmas.

               So you need some time also to do some changes.  I mean, how

               much is that really going to do you any good?  That's when

               your body is trying to rebuild, and then you stop again, so

               it's tough.  You know, it's not such a sport, like American

               football or AFL, rugby, where you get beat up like every game

               you play and you need five days, six days to recover from

               that.  But at the same time when you are out there playing

               two or three hours, moving left, right ... (reads) ... doing

               that week after week, it would be nice.

          Q.   Do you think there is a realistic chance of getting that

               shorter season?

          A.   There's so many politics in the way, the ... (reads)...

               people that run the tournament, Paris indoors, they have

               sponsors.  It's a big tournament and it's a great tournament,

               and people want to play this and it happened to be the

               beginning of November, so it's tough, you know.  If you move

               that one to the middle of October what about the ones that

               are currently booked in those time slots.  So it's not as

               easy as it sounds.  So I mean we've been talking about it

               also for quite some time now and nothing has been really done

               yet and, you know, I don't know what it takes to make

               something happen.  I'm not one of the guys in the Player

               Council.  I don't, really haven't been asked to maybe do

               something there, as well, with the other players.  I mean, I

               don't know what good it will do to make a change.  What do

               you have to do?  That's really the question.

          Q.   Tommy, is that your emphasis?  Do you think that the end of

               the season should be where it's changed, or should it be at

               the start, or elsewhere?

          A.   I think if the top one hundred players would come together

               and show you a schedule we could come up with that pretty

               quickly and tell exactly how we would like it.  We would

               still have the biggest tournaments there, and the ones we

               like and the ones that are being watched all around the

               world.  I think we can make it really nice.  The question

               is whether it should be a little bit later.  Somewhere like

               the middle or end of February would be a nice start.  Then

               you could still have the season finish beginning of

               November, and you wouldn't have to come down here till

               maybe end of January beginning of February.  So either way,

               like I said, it's a long look at it and maybe the guys that

               are working on it, especially in the Player Council - I

               know that Federer and Nadal and Djokovic are looking into

               it now also because they are the current players and they

               are still young and maybe they want to have a change while

               they are still playing.  So maybe something will happen in

               the future.

          MARIE KELLEY:  Okay.  Thanks Tommy.

          A.   All right.
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Tommy played 3 matches in Kooyong and lost all 3 of them in straights. I came up with the consolation thinking better that he lost there then in those weeks that follows  ;-()
OK here are the results

1st match : lost to Djokovic 2-6 3-6
2nd match: lost to Gonzalez 3-6 4-6
3rd match : lost to Tsonga 4-6 3-6

So is it because of his new image, is it because his new racket ?  ..-) I'm quoting him: "why don't you serve over 200km/h? f**king strings!"  :rofl_2: -I guess that was said in german, as I heard translation from some german fella  ;-()

Jokes aside, Tommy's business again hope he'll make helluva great Australian Open!!! Auf Geht's!
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vs Gonzo



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vs Tsonga





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01-19-2010 | Confident performance after bumpy start

Tommy Haas reached the second round of the Australian Open. In the end the German from Hamburg deserved the victory over his fellow countryman Simon Greul from Stuttgart 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.

The 31-year old stared off with an ace which was a promising beginning for the match but contrary to expectations Tommy Haas couldn't quite find his way into the game. On the one hand Simon Greul returned brilliantly and on the other the German's hits were often too long. His quota of first serves still left a lot to to be desired during the first set, too. Greul eked out his first and only break chance in this set, which Tommy Haas responded to with a forehand that ended in the out.

A re-break followed immediately. The German from Stuttgart started well in the tie break but the right hander from Bradenton kept on closing in. Simon Greul placed a ball right on the line at a score of 5-5 and thus managed the necessary advantage. Tommy Haas lost the first set with this tiebreak due to a backhand hit being too long.

The world no. 17 still couldn't quite find his way into the game at the beginning of the second set either. Simon Greul managed an early break resulting in 2-0 and Tommy Haas then gave away two chances for a re-break afterwards. New hope was drawn when at a score of 1:4 from his point of view the 31-year old celebrated his comeback: Haas claimed 5 games in a row thereafter. His hits had the right lengths now and his first serve much improved, too. Finally, the second set went to the 18th seeded German 6-4.

Tommy Haas' also started the third set exhilaratingly. He managed to break the 28-year old Greul once again. The German from Hamburg easily won his service games and rarely left even the faintest chance to his opponent. The third set went to a now confidently playing Tommy Haas relatively quickly.

Three further breaks from the guy from Bradenton could be cheered by the spectators in the fourth set. After 170 minutes Haas broke the German from Stuttgart for the last time. Eventually the world no. 17 won 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 over his fellow countryman Simon Greul from Stuttgart and is now in the second round of his tenths Australian Open.
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Hasi at the Australian Open:
1st Round:def. S Greul 6-7 6-4 6-2 6-1
next up: vs Tipsarevic

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Haas edges five-set epic
Tommy Haas beat Janko Tipsarevic in a five-set thriller in the Australian Open second round on Thursday. There were also wins for Mikhail Youzhny and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tommy Haas d. Janko Tipsarevic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

World No.18 Tommy Haas battled through an extraordinary final set to seal a memorable victory over Janko Tipsarevic. The German struggled to find any rhythm early in the match and he quickly found himself trailing by a set.

Haas then started to produce some top-class tennis, battling from 4-2 down to clinch the second set 6-4. With momentum on his side, he raced into a 3-0 lead in the third frame of play. He converted his only break point of the set, but Tipsaervic failed to take either of the two chances he created. Haas fired down an ace to claim the set 6-3.

It was Tipsavericís turn to break early in the fourth. He took a 3-0 lead and broke again, easing through the set 6-1. Hass again produced a plethora of errors but the constant stream of winners he conjured up in the three previous sets dried up.

The pressure then seemed to get to both players and it made for an excruciatingly enthralling final set. Haas broke for a 3-1 lead, but immediately played a horrible service game to gift Tipsarevic a route back into the match. The pair then traded breaks once more, and Haas was so frustrated with his play that he smashed his racquet for a second time in the match. He was therefore deducted a point and had to start the next game 15-0 down. That, though, didnít seem to matter and he recorded another break to serve for the match. The final game was intriguing. Tipsarevc had two more opportunities to get back into the set, while Haas wasted four match points before finally converting on his fifth opportunity.

Hassí display was the definition of erratic. He fired 78 winners, including 16 aces, but hit exactly the same amount of unforced errors.
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Hasi at the Australian Open:
1st Round:def. S Greul 6-7 6-4 6-2 6-1
2nd Round:def.  Tipsarevic 4-6 6-4 6-3 1-6 6-3

next up vs Tsonga
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