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- - Tommy Haas: "I tried really hard out there today but came up short against a too good Rafa.playing on the big stage is what it's all about though,thxfans"
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 6-4 – GAME, SET & MATCH – A first match point goes begging for Nadal as he misses his bread-and-butter shot of a running forehand down the line. A very poor sliced backhand drop shot attempt from Haas than ends up in the net hands the Spaniard a second chance to wrap up this match and this time he does get it when Haas pushes a forehand long down the line
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 5-4 - Nadal squanders a chance to hold to love with a off-balance backhand long of the baseline before Haas comes back with a forehand winner to get back to 40-30. But Nadal slams the door shut on the next point by wrong-footing Haas on the baseline and coming up with a cross court forehand winner. Haas will have to serve to stay in the match after the change of end
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 4-4 - Haas does well to temper his frustration and hold to level up once more at 4-4 but Nadal has that ominous look of determination in his eyes now. He can see the finaish line!
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 4-3 - Nadal could well have broken the back of this match now as he holds to sneak out in front once again and he is potentially just two games away from the third round and an encounter with either Lukas Lacko or Donald Young. It's still on serve in this third set but Haas is looking increasingly frustrated
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 3-3 - BREAK - Haas goes for an ill-advised drop shot on game point, Nadal getting up easily to it and firing the ball away for a cross court winner. And just two points later the Spaniard gets the break back, to level up again, with a forehand passing shot which he curls back inside the line after making it look like it was going to land out in the tramlines
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 1-3 - A great rally from both players ends up going in Haas's favour as he works Nadal round the back of the court eventually drawing the error when the Spaniard hits an admittedly very low backhand into the net
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 2-1 - Nadal gets things back on track, on his serve at least, with a much more comfortable hold that sees him keep the pressure on Haas in this third set. The German will certainly not feel at ease with just the one break over the world number two
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 0-2 - Haas consolidates the break of serve with a hold to love and he has Nadal on the back foot once again. Can he keep it up this time?
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 0-1- BREAK - Great stuff from Haas as he breaks to 15 with a forehand winner. Haas is looking to get back into this match and the crowd are getting behind him, wanting this one to continue on for some time yet
- - NADAL 6-4 6-3 - SET - Haas squanders two game points and you can tell he is furious with himself as, having been talking to himself in English up until now, he unleashes a tirade at himself in German! And Nadal takes full advantage of that frustration, breaking at the first attempt with a volley winner to snatch the second set
- - NADAL 6-4 5-3 - Haas will have to serve to stay in this second set after Nadal races through a love service hold with another crushing forehand winner
- - NADAL 6-4 4-3 - A quick and easy service hold to 15 for Haas to at least keep the pressure slightly on Nadal in this second set. He trails by just the one break in which was not the case in the first set remember. He trailed by two breaks there before getting one of them back
- - NADAL 6-4 4-2 - Nadal plucks the ball out of the air and fires it across court for a winner to open the game but gets a little lucky at 30-30 when Haas sends his forehand return long off the baseline of a very returnable serve. And Nadal goes on to hold when Haas still castigating himself for that earlier miss
- - NADAL 6-4 3-2 – Haas has no problems on his next service game. Don’t forget you can watch this match and up to six other courts on the Eurosport Player. Subscribe here Subscribe here
- - NADAL 6-4 3-1 – Nadal double faults but he’s let out of jail a little as Haas spoons a regulation forehand on the next point. Haas then mistimes his next return and Nadal opens up that two-game lead once again.
- - NADAL 6-4 2-1 – Nadal misses the corner of the court by an inch, giving Haas a chance to get on the board this second set but one of those whipped forehands from Nadal brings the score back to deuce. Haas responds brilliantly though and a fantastic backhand on his second game point does indeed get him on the board.
- - NADAL 6-4 2-0 – Nadal, mixing it up a bit, producing a delicate little sliced forehand drop shot that comfortably beats 33-year-old Haas for pace and seals a hold, consolidating the early break in this second set
- - NADAL 6-4 1-0 - BREAK - Clearly disappointed after dropping that first set when he came so close to leveling up, Haas promptly drops the opening game of the second set as Nadal finds a forehand winner to break
- - NADAL 6-4 – SET– Wow! Haas definitely has Nadal rattled as he earns himself another break point. The Spaniard saves it with an ace and a yell of “come on”, a sure sign he is nervous. A second straight ace brings up set point for Nadal and he finally grabs it with a cross court forehand winner off a shorter ball
- - NADAL 5-4 – Haas has completely turned this opening set around, racing through a service hold to 15 (sealing it with a service winner) to sling all the pressure over the net at Nadal. Can the Spaniard hold his nerve this time and serve out the opening set?
- - NADAL 5-3 – BREAK – Haas has stepped up on to the baseline for a change up in tactics and it works as Nadal sends a forehand wide down the line to hand the German a break point ... Nadal saves it with a HUGE forehand winner but gives Haas a second chance with a backhand wide down the line. And this time Haas does break with a backhand passing shot threaded down the line
- - NADAL 5-2 – Haas holds with a forehand winner to force Nadal to step up and serve out the set. The Spaniard has had little trouble on serve so far though and this should be the first set gone after the change of ends
- - NADAL 5-1 – Nadal whips an off-forehand across court and Haas barely moves it comes so fast over the net. It sees the world number two hold once again and Haas will have to serve to stay in this quick first set
- - NADAL 4-1 - Haas gets on the scoreboard finally as he holds to 30 when Nadal's attempted backhand passing shot across court ends up in the bottom of the net. Better from Haas but he needs quick points if he is to stick with the former champion
- - NADAL 4-0 - Another quick & speedy game from Nadal as he races through to hold, whipping a forehand approach shot down the line for the highlight of the game. He is dominating Haas so far today and this could get away from the German very quickly unless he finds a way to get into the rallies
- - NADAL 3-0 – BREAK – Nadal earns himself another break point with a forehand winner down the line after running around the ball. He squanders it with a forehand well long down the line but gets a second chance when Haas’s cross court backhand sails wide. And this time Nadal does grab the double break with Haas hitting a forehand into the net. Nadal firmly in control in the early stages
- - NADAL 2-0 – Rafa’s right knee is heavily bandaged but so far today it doesn’t seem to be causing him too much trouble as he holds to 30 to consolidate the early break
- - NADAL 0-1 - BREAK - In his day, Haas would have been capable of causing all manner of trouble for pretty much any player but injuries have taken their toll on the German and Nadal has already grabbed an early break in just the first game of the match on Rod Laver Arena
- - Coming up next on Rod Laver Arena, second seed Rafael Nadal will take on tricky German Tommy Haas, the oldest person competing in the singles this year at Melbourne Park. They are just walking out on to court now and we will have game-by-game live comments for you in about 15 minutes
|Date of Birth||03/04/1978|
|Date of Birth||03/06/1986|