6-3 5-3 BREAK! This isn’t over yet! After Haas takes the game to 30-30, Djoko earns himself the first match point. A double fault and an ace follow as Nole has got another MP. But Haas doesn’t seem to be finished with this match yet. Forces a break point after Djokovic nets a forehand and Nole losing his concentration in the final moments of the game, he gives the German a ray of hope. Haas to serve to stay in the match.
6-3 5-2 BREAK! Haas starts the 7th game with a forehand approach winner, but commits an unforced error on the very next point. The German seems to have capitulated right now, after commiting some more unforced errors he hands Djokovic a 5-2 lead. Novak will be serving for the match dudes…
6-3 4-2 Great shot selection from Djokovic, three great serves, two forehand winners and one volley put away mean that he consolidates the break and is two games away from the Shanghai Masters semifinal.
6-3 3-2 BREAK! This time it is the German who drops the first two points. Although he manages to capture the next two points, hitting a superb volley winner in the process, Djokovic applies some more pressure on the German and he can’t seem to cope with it. A forehand in the net and the Serb is back in the driving seat.
6-3 2-2 Both players seem to be struggling more on their serves in this set. Djokovic goes 0-30 down once again, but this time he regains his focus and turns the game around, finishing it with an overhead.
6-3 1-2 BREAK! Haas is unable to consolidate the break after a rather sloppy game. A couple of missed ground strokes and a backhand volley that sails long, he hands Djokovic a tripple break point. The Serb accepts the invitation and the set is back on track.
6-3 0-2 BREAK! The German takes a 15-0 lead yet again, but loses a long rally that follows as he nets a forehand. Djoko has been almost invincible up until this point on the rallies that 10+ shots long. Having said that, Haas rips a shorter forehand down the line to take a 30-15 lead. Now then! Tommy clinches one of the longer rallies with a magical drop shot and earns himself the first break point of the match. In fact, this is the first break point that Novak has faced throughout the whole tournament, amazing! Unfortunately for Nole, Haas plays antoher superb point and forces the Serb to hit a forehand long, taking a 2-0 lead.
6-3 0-1 Haas commits an unforced error at the beginning of the second set, but subsequently comes up to the net twice, winning both of the points (although he was a bit lucky on the second one as he slipps and Djoko’s lob lands just long). Another unforced error from the German and we have got a 30-30 situation in this first game. Eventually, Haas comes up with some big serves to hold and take a lead in the set.
6-3 SET DJOKOVIC! A superb single handed backhand winner from Haas secures him the first point. As Djokovic produces a double fault, he suddenly finds himself 0-30 down. The Serb wins a crucial long rally after he moves Haas around, hitting a crushing forehand to finish it. An unforced error from the German and the score is levelled at 30-30. Nole steps up on the first serve, earns himself the first set point after he puts away a short return from Haas. But the German has no intention giving up the set yet, a backhand return winner brings him back into the game. However, Djoko holds his nerve and with a little help of the German’s unforced errors, he wraps up the first set.
5-3 After two solid points followed up by a backhand unforced error from Haas, the score is poised at 30-15 for the German. Haas hits an unbelievable second serve that sets up the forehand winner for him. A couple more points later Djokovic nets an easy looking forehand and the German fulfills his duty, holds to stay in the set. It will be Djoko now who will get a chance to seal it on his own serve.
5-2 Djokovic starts the game where he finished the last one, with some confidence and takes a 40-15 lead. Haas makes it to deuce after he comes into the net and Nole’s forehand pass just sails long after it hits the top of the netcord. Nevertheless, the Serb keeps his composure and with some more spectacular defence followed up by a offensive ground stroke, he holds the game. Haas will be serving to stay in this set.
4-2 BREAK! The Serb attacks the net after a solid forehand cross court rally and a backhand approach, forcing an error from Haas. The German puts a first serve in and Djoko goes long on the return. Another great first serve out wide from Haas, finished by an inside-out forehand winner. The serve is really helping to keep the German in his service games. However, Djoko strikes and taking the next two points, makes it to deuce. Some excellent defence from Nole gives him the advantage and first break point of the match. Haas saves with some outstanding ground strokes. Djokovic’s persistance from the baseline earns him the second break point chance, but Haas steps up, hits the line with a forehand approach and puts the smash away. After the Serb gets handed his third BP as Haas comes up with an unforced errors, he doesn’t hesitate anymore and takes it.
3-2 Djokovic drops a couple of points this time, but rips a backhand cross court and finishes the game with an ace down the middle to hold to 30.
2-2 No problems so far on the serve for either of the players, the German holds to 15 but will need to put some more pressure on Djokovic when returning.
2-1 No hesitation from Djokovic on serve so far, yet another love game as he shows flashes of absolute brilliance. That’s one of the reasons why he is leading the ATP Race to London this year.
1-1 Haas takes a 40-15 lead with the help of some quality first serves just before Djokovic hits a backhand down the line winner and the German goes wide on his backhand in the very next point to make it deuce. The 2012 Halle champion Haas eventually holds after Djoko’s forehand sails long.
1-0 A supreme start for the world no.2 Djokovic, holds to love as he closes out the game with an ace
Live Commentary of the match between Novak Djokovic and Tommy Haas will commence as soon as the players start warming up. The winner of today’s encounter will book himself a semifinal spot at the 2012 Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Djokovic leads the head to head against Haas with 4-2, having beaten him at this year’s Toronto Masters 6-3 3-6 6-3.