|2007 ATP-WTA Tour Pacific Life Open
- At The Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Tournament Coverage -
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HAAS BLAZES PAST GONZALES
Wells, Wednesday - Looking for revenge from his previous loss
to Gonzales at this year's semi-final Australian Open, No. 9
seed Tommy Haas (GER) steamrolled fourth seeded Fernando
Gonzales (CHI) 6-3, 6-2 this evening at the Pacific Life Open in
the round of 16.
"I was fired up, looking forward to this rematch" Haas stated.
After two shoulder surgeries which resulted in an absence from
the tour of 15 months, Haas feels he is playing some of his best
tennis this year. He helped Germany defeat Croatia in Davis Cup
and had a strong semi-final showing at the Australian Open where
he lost to Gonzales. The Indian Wells title seems to be a good
possibility for him. With some of the top seeds exiting early,
including three time consecutive winner Roger Federer who
suffered a first round loss to Argentine Lucky Loser Guillermo
Canas, the title seems to be up for grabs.
Looking strong from the start, Haas broke serve in the first set
to lead 3-0.With a loud Chilean crowd cheering
their hero, Gonzales caught up 2 - 3 before Haas quieted them at
4-2. Gonzales held serve with a couple of big serves and closed
the game with an inside-out forehand winner. It was too-little
too-late, as Haas stayed in control and executed his game plan.
The Second set was much of the same with Haas countering the
Chilean's best shots and frustrating him with incredible
volleys, precision drop shots and down the line one handed
backhand winners. Haas kept Gonzales on the defensive and went
up 5-2. Serving for the match with a total of two aces and one
double fault for the second set, Gonzales’ night ended in an
hour with a 127mph service winner.
Oldest player in the top 10, Haas is going to face 13th seed
British hopeful, Andy Murray (GBR) in the quarter finals on
Friday. This will be the first time the two compete.
"He has fantastic hands and it’s always tricky to play someone
for the first time" Haas stated about the UK's top player.
HANTUCHOVA SQUEAKS PAST PEER
The 2002 Pacific Life Open Champion, Daniela Hantuchova(SVK),
outlasted No.10 seed Shahar Peer (ISR) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6(5)
This was a classic battle which lasted two hours and 43 minutes.
The 14th seeded Hantuchova took the first set with relative ease
and seemed to be coasting to a quick two set victory when Peer
switched into high gear and fought hard to take the second set
Neither player could hold onto a service game leading in the
third set. Peer took an early lead but Hantuchova elevated her
play and served at 5-4. Unable to close it out with Peer
fighting hard, the set was pushed to a tie-break which see-sawed
back and forth till Hantuchova prevailed 7-5.
With this win, Hantuchova will face No.12 seed Na Li (CHN) in