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Choking At The Open: Haas vs Tipsarevic

January 21, 2010

Australian Open going very well so far as a spectator. Yesterday the grounds were a bit quieter and it was easier to get onto Margaret Court. It was a good job we did, as the Tipsarevic Haas match was nothing short of hilerious and epic.

Definitely the best match I have seen so far, Haas overcame Tipsy 46 64 63 16 63. Haas started very lackluster, making over double the amount of unforced errors that Tipsy did. But he came back in the second, with many screaming backhand winners down the line. The third was much the same, but he fell to pieces in the forth and Tipsy hit some brilliant shots of his own to come back and force a fifth.

The atmosphere in the crowd was amazing. The majority of supporters seemed to be Serb, and they were very vocal about it. Often chanting Adje Janko and waving flags, the majority of them showed good sportsmanship. Unfortuantly, there was one group to our right that were anything but sportsmanlike. Half of them got arrested outside of the gate, and the other half stayed to boo Haas and even once yelled before he was about to second serve. Thankfully, Haas managed to block them out.

The fifth set was a chock fest. I always thought Tipsy had nerves of steel after he refused to choke whilst pushing Roger to five at the AO two years ago, but apparently that was just a good day. Both men held their opening game, but then neither man managed to hold again until Haas finally served out the set at 5-3. It was nothing short of hilerious with double faults, racket throws, and terribly missed shots. Haas needed multiple match points, but he finally did it. There was a big roar from the crowd for both players, and Haas somehow left as the player who choked the least.

Another big day at the Open today, hoping to catch Monfils vs Isner, (have seen Isner’s previous two matches), and Cilic vs Wawarinka. As long as this rain holds off…

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Tommy Haas of Germany celebrates after winning in his second round match against Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during day four of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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