Friday, 16 June 2017

Haas upsets Federer in Stuttgart

In the lead up to Wimbledon a number of grass court tournaments are in progress.
s-Hertogenbosch is hosting both WTA and ATP events, while Stuttgart is holding an ATP event and Nottingham a WTA draw.

So far the biggest news is the loss by Roger Federer in Stuttgart.
After a first round bye, the top seed fell in three sets to an even older player Tommy Haas from Germany.
Haas, aged 39 and ranked 302, lost the first set easily 2-6 and the crowd was set for a disappointing result for their man.

Set two was even with both players converting a break, leading to a tie break which Haas won eight points to six.

Federer had seven break chances in the decider but Haas saved each of them.
The one break point given to Haas was converted and the veteran knocked the legend out 2-6 7-6 6-4, delighting the German crowd.

The draw now opens up for third seed Tomas Berdych and sixth seed Mischa Zverev, both players in the third round and in the Federer quarter of the draw.

In Nottingham only three seeds survived the first round.  One of these was top seed Johanna Konta who has won through to the third round where she will play Australian Ash Barty.

s-Hertogenbosch saw 161th ranked German 20 year old qualifier Antonia Lottner upset top seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets in the first round.
As in Nottingham only three seeds progressed beyond the opening round - Ana Konjuh (5), Lesia Tsurenko (7) and Kristina Mladenovic (2)

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