Roger Federer recalled his five-set win over Tommy Haas in the 2009 French Open semifinals. The Swiss was two sets and one break down in the third set, then he cameback and won the title. "I remember it very vividly", said Federer who is very close to Haas.
"You know, obviously I wasn't thinking of winning the French Open, being down in that score. But as I hit that forehand, you know, for the first time in the match I felt like, Well, finally, one has really hit the target I was looking for, and I know what saving break points can do, you know, to turn around matches, you know.
As I was fist pumping, going back to the, you know, whatever, to the deuce side, I told myself, Well, hopefully this is going to be a big moment one day, you know, today in this match, trying to come back. I didn't think I was obviously going to win nine games in a row because I was struggling so much.
But I was just finally relieved that I made that shot more than anything. I almost texted Tommy yesterday, just I knew it was a 10-year anniversary, but then I didn't do it. Just felt like it wasn't the right thing to do, but the thought was there (smiling)." Haas played his last match in July 2017. The German retired from tennis in a farewell ceremony at 2018 Indian Wells.