Tommy Haas rolled back the years with an astonishing performance in the fourth round of 2013 Miami Masters to defeat the World No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-2 6-4.
While the Serbian was far from his best, with a winner:unforced error differential of -23 (7/30), you have to give credit to the veteran German for not dropping his level throughout the match. From 2-2 in the first set, Haas rolled off four straight games with some incredible shot making, hitting countless passing shots past the helpless Djokovic.
Haas broke and held serve at the start of the second set, making it six games in a row. After Djokovic held in a marathon game, you felt it would be a matter of when, not if, he would break back and start to take control of the encounter. He would first have to save break points in the next service game before a 11 point run saw him move to 4-3. However, Haas would not be denied. He held to tie things up at 4-4 and when Djokovic blew a game point, Haas broke him at the second opportunity to serve for the match. Djokovic took the first point but the German held his nerve to earn two match points, taking the second for an incredible victory.
Jurgen Melzer is also through to the quarter-finals after a three set victory over Albert Ramos.
The Austrian recovered from an awful start to take the match 2-6 6-3 6-3. From 30-0 in the opening service game, Melzer lost 9 straight points on the way to Ramos taking a 4-0 lead, with the Spaniard saving a break point in the fourth game to hold. Melzer tightened up on serve after that with back to back love holds but couldn’t make any inroads on the Ramos serve.
Break chances were at a minimum in the second set with Ramos the first to get an opportunity, but he could not take advantage as Melzer eventually held for a 4-3 lead. He then found two break points of his own, taking the second to give him the chance to serve out the set – which he would do with ease, holding to love.
Melzer broke to begin the decider, riding it all the way to the end with very little trouble on serve. With Ramos serving to stay in the match at 3-5, Melzer ensured he wouldn’t have to serve it out as he earned two match points on the Spaniard’s serve. He took the second to continue his return to form, now 9 wins in a row at all levels.
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