In sports, TV, writing on 10/19/2012 at 15:56
Inspired by Tommy Haas’ 500th career win this morning and William Miller’s post here, I decided to take a look at one of the most interesting careers in sports today.
With a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over American Jesse Levine in the second round of Vienna’s Erste Bank Open, Germany’s Tommy Haas reached the illustrious 500 win mark. With Andy Roddick’s recent retirement, Haas is now only the fourth active player on tour with 500 or more wins, joining Roger Federer (871), Rafael Nadal (583) and Lleyton Hewitt (566).
“I knew for a few days that I would reach the milestone if I won this match. This was a big goal of mine,” said Haas. “In April, I was at around 472 wins and I knew it wouldn’t be easy to win another 27 or 28 matches.” In honor of the achievement, Haas was gifted a custom Fiat 500 by the tournament.
Haas, who won Vienna in 2001, faces a qualifier in the next round and likes his chances to add to the win column. “For now I’m focusing on next year,” Haas said. “One of my goals for this year was to win my 13th title since 13 is my lucky number. Next year is 2013 and as long as I’m fit I want to play the whole year.”
Not many 34 year olds are focusing on “next year” in the world of professional tennis. In tennis, 34 year olds are about as effective as corpses. But then, Tommy Haas has had a career unlike any player before him.
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In sports, writing on 09/05/2012 at 14:51
I was going to post this yesterday before Andy’s 4th round match vs. Juan Martin del Potro was interrupted by rain at the start of the first set tiebreak. Unfortunately it looks like the match might not resume at all today, so I figured I would post these anyways.
Roddick getting into his ninth US Open quarterfinal would put him in very good company, tying him with Roger Federer and leaving only Ivan Llendl, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi ahead of him. It’s hard to see him getting beyond that (see: Djokovic), so let the tributes keep coming while they can!
10. 2009 US Open 3rd Round Isner def. Roddick 76(3) 63 36 57 76(5)
One of only two losses to make my list. This match came just a month or so after the 2009 Wimbledon final. Roddick did rebound from that loss eventually, going on to reach back to back Masters finals in 2010 (winning Miami), but the hangover was still present as he exited the USO before the quarterfinals for the first time since 2005. But the loss came to the future of American tennis in Isner, was played at a high level from the first point through a fifth set tiebreak. Like the Wimbledon final, Roddick dropped serve only once. Watch Isner discuss his victory here.
9. 2009 Australian Open QF Roddick def. Djokovic (3)67 64 62 21 ret.
Roddick came into the 2009 season with a new coach, a new look and renewed ambition. He reached the Chennai final to open the season and came into the Australian Open quarterfinals against defending champion/world number 3 Novak Djokovic in stellar form. Djokovic took the opening set tiebreak, but from then on it was all Roddick, who literally out hustled his opponent in some of the hottest conditions the tournament had ever seen. Court temperatures exceeded 100 degrees, forcing Djokovic to retire, while Roddick looked content to play a few more sets.
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In sports, writing on 08/28/2012 at 19:28
For the second year in a row, Roddick played a rookie compatriot early in the US Open. Last year in the second round he handled Jack Sock in straight sets, and this year looked to deliver NCAA star Rhyne Williams the same fate. Williams, ranked 283 in the world, needed a wild card just to make the qualifying draw where he won three matches, while Roddick finds himself at one of his lowest rankings in a decade—still good enough for the tournament’s 20th seed.
Like sixteen year old Victoria Duval the night before, it’s exciting to watch such a young, homegrown athlete make their grand slam on Arthur Ashe stadium.
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In sports on 08/15/2012 at 19:07
Rafael Nadal announced earlier today he will not be competing in the 2012 US Open. Nadal, the 2010 champion and defending finalist, had withdrawn from this week’s Cincinatti Open, as well the Canadian Open and the Olympics.
Nadal last played at Wimbledon, where he lost in the second round to unseeded Lukas Rosol, one of the greatest upsets in grand slam history. Read the rest of this entry »