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Haas comes from behind to knock out No.3 seed Wawrinka at Rome Masters

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Tommy Haas clawed his way back from a first-set defeat to beat Stan Wawrinka.
No.15 seed Haas claimed his biggest win of the season, 5-7 6-2 6-3, against the no.3 seed.
Wawrinka had to fight hard to take the first set with Haas forcing him into a corner and looking like he was on the way to clinching it. But Wawrinka held on with some powerful back-hand shots that hit the lines.
However, the Swiss no.1 couldn’t keep his run going and Haas powered back to take the two following sets and the match on Centre court.
And Wawrinka took time to chat about defeat after his disappointment.

What was your impression of the match?
I hurt my back two days ago in the first match and was tough to move well. Nothing serious, I just need two days off, I wanted to try because you’re never know but that was not easy to put all the energy in my game. I tried and struggled to take the first set, but at the end it was tough to move and put in the intensity.

It’s just a strain or something else?
Just a strain, I know my back, sometimes it happens, it’s nothing serious just painful. I need some rest, in a few days we will see. I am not worried about that and that’s why I wanted to play today. I even had chances to win it, he played a little better, he was more aggressive in the second and in the third and that’s it.

You haven’t played Haas for 6 or 8 years, have you seen something that you didn’t expect from him?
Nothing special, I know his game more or less. He’s a very good player: he likes to play at the net, comes to the net, has good touch and likes to hit the ball early. We all know how he’s playing, he has been there for a while, he is a really good player.

Do you think there’s anything he did different at the breakdown in the second set or your level just dropped?
I don’t think he has changed his game, maybe he was serving a little bit better. He won the match, I am going back home, will rest for a few days and get ready for Paris.

Jim Courier was the last player 20 years ago to win both Australian Open and the French in the same year. Why do you think it is so difficult, even in this era, for the players to win both of them?
I am not focused on winning the French Open, it’s so far away and there are so many players ready to win. I know if I am ready, feeling good and my level is there to win a lot of matches but I don’t expect to win the Frech Open. There’s Rafa, you have Novak, Roger is going to be ready and fit. I need to focus on myself, on the draw, and to be ready for the French. I am excited about that but I am not focused to win the French.

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