Former World No. 2 Tommy Haas turned back the clock on at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, defeating a player half his age in #NextGen ATP American Reilly Opelka 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3.
"I'm feeling good. I'm very happy to be playing another match," said Haas, who played his fourth match of the season. In addition to his lengthy history of injures, Haas was fighting pneumonia at the beginning of the year.
So the win was special for Haas, who won this tournament in 2004. “A few points here and there could have changed the outcome," said Haas. "I'm happy to have won again. You got these young guys, you know they are going to be around for a long time.
It's interesting to have these matchups." "It’s nice to win these matches, especially against the young guys who are going to be around for a long time. The nerves when you’re trying to win a match are something you can’t practise.
You can run all day on the treadmill, be in the gym a lot, but you can’t substitute that for match play,” said Haas. “Hopefully I can recover well and be ready for Wednesday." Though Haas is competing in his final season on the ATP World Tour, the German said that he is determined to score an upset over Sock.
“I don’t know any other way, to be honest. If I'm not trying to win the match and play to the best of my ability, then I don't see the point," said Haas. “I just want to be able to finish on my own terms and play the tournaments that I’ve enjoyed one more time.” Haas was impressed with the 6-foot 11 Opelka, the future of American tennis.
"Reilly Opelka has one of those games that if he improves his unforced errors, if gets even stronger physically as well, becomes a man, he's very big, so if he finds his body better, plays more matches and gets more experience, he's going to be such a threat because of that big powerful game," Haas said.
"If he's hungry and he wants to get somewhere, we'll definitely hear about him in the next few years." ALSO READ Fans want to see ANDY MURRAY: THE MUSICAL! .