ATP Shanghai Masters 1R: Tommy Haas vs Sam Querrey Preview

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The second-to-last Masters 1000 tournament of the season begins tomorrow morning in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai Rolex Masters, which has been voted the top Masters tournament on the tour since its inception in 2009, will feature 13 of the top 14 players in the world, including German No. 1 Tommy Haas (Player Profile). The 11th seed will meet American Sam Querrey (Player Profile) in the opening round of the tournament. Check out the Haas vs Querrey Head to Head.

Haas suffered a disappointing first round exit to Lleyton Hewitt last week in the China Open and will be looking to cover lost ground heading into the final weeks before the ATP World Tour Finals in November. The 35-year-old defeated then World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Miami Masters 1000 before reaching the semi-finals, where he lost to David Ferrer. He has reached the third round (or better) in three other Masters tournaments (Indian Wells, Madrid, Cincinnati) and the second round in Montreal before withdrawing with a shoulder injury. The German is 22-10 on hard courts this season and 11-6 in Masters 1000 tournaments.

World No. 30 Sam Querry is coming off a successful week in Beijing, where he defeated Mikhail Youzhny and Stanislas Wawrinka before falling to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. He had a successful pre-US Open season, reaching the semifinal of the Winston-Salem tournament prior to a disappointing second round exit in the US Open. He has compiled a 23-14 record on hard courts this season and a 3-5 record in Masters 1000 tournaments. He is hunting for his first title of the season.

This will mark the fifth encounter between the two competitors on the professional tour, with both men each winning two matches. Querrey holds a 2-1 lead in the series on hard courts, which could factor into their performance tomorrow. While this may be the case, their last meeting was four years ago in Los Angeles, when both players were in vastly different positions in their respective careers. Haas has had a more successful season in 2013 yet has had a turbulent few weeks following the US Open and considering Querrey’s inspiring performances last week in Beijing, it could mean another early exit for the World No. 12.


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