Quick Transition from Clay to Grass
As I mentioned earlier this week, it is hard to appreciate the French Open results for too long because a brand new season begins on grass courts. At the close of the French Open, Roger Federer seemed to have fallen further behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Now, Federer is in his 5th tournament final of the year. Nadal lost in his second grass court singles match. I would not read too much into Nadal’s loss, but if Federer wins Halle, he may very well be part of the trivalry on faster courts.
30 and Over Affair
Give Tommy Haas a ton of credit. He has gotten relatively healthy again and played admirably well throughout 2012. At 34, Haas has overcome so many injuries that his play is inspirational (heck, I am only 36). I think Haas has a reasonable shot at pulling the upset. He has to be pumped up to be playing so well. Andy Roddick mentioned that among guys who broke through when he did that only Federer is really still going strong. Roddick’s assessment is a tad dismissive of Lleyton Hewitt, David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero’s efforts on tour. Even Nalbandian is still winning matches here and there. Haas is 5 years older than Roddick!
This match could be played on Jim Courier’s Champion’s Tour. I think Roger wins in 2 tight sets. Haas has a chance, but the youthful Federer should win his 5th title of 2012.