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Haas stuns Djokovic to make semis

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Tommy Haas

Highlights - Haas shocks Djokovic

By Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Tommy Haas will play Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals after he beat fourth seed Novak Djokovic.

The 24th seed had never been beyond the fourth round but edged a tight contest to earn a 7-5 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-3 win.

Haas, 31, took the first set with a solitary break point in the 11th game and the pair exchanged breaks in the second before Haas took the tie-break.

Serbia's Djokovic hit back in the third set, but he lost his way in the fourth and Germany's Haas capitalised.

The first set lasted 45 minutes and there was little to separate the players until Haas, who won 95% of points on his first serve in the set, forced and took the only break point.

The second set followed a similar pattern with Haas sneaking ahead with the first break point. However this time he could not take advantage, slipping to 0-30 on his serve and then 0-40 with a double fault allowing Djokovic to break to love and force a tie-break.

The Serb led it 6-3 but Haas saved the first break point with an ace and the second with a serve which Djokovic could only net. Haas then played a return beyond his reach and the fourth seed then wildly put the ball out at the net with the whole court to aim at.

Haas took the set at the net after a tight rally to assume total control.

Djokovic gave himself hope by winning the third set thanks to the only break in the seventh game but Haas was not about to see his chance of a semi-final spot disappear.

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He wasted two break points in the fourth game but earned another and gratefully took it and never looked back as he wrapped up victory in two hours 44 minutes.

Haas said: "I served extremely well and didn't really give him much of a rhythm. He never really got a groove on returning well to maybe get some confidence or break me.

"Even though he had a chance in the second set, I think the second set was maybe the key for the match in some ways, because the whole time we were both just holding serve pretty comfortably.

"Then somehow I broke him where he made a few loose errors. I played a couple of good points to go up 6-5. All of a sudden I lost four points in a row on my serve. I felt like I didn't really go for it. I hesitated. He came up with some good shots.

"Next thing you know, I'm down in the tie-break, 3-6. Then I just yelled at myself basically to wake up. Within a minute I won five points in a row. That was huge, I think, to kind of give me the two sets to love lead.

"He played a good game in the third to break me and served well to serve it out. I kind of waited around and see if I could get a chance, which I did in the fourth."

Haas seeks revenge on Federer

Haas faces Federer next, bidding to avenge his defeat at this year's French Open.

He told BBC Sport: "I will give it my best shot against Federer but there is not much this guy can't do and he is the favourite for the title."

Djokovic agreed with Haas that the German's serving was crucial to the outcome.

"He was serving really well and I knew that the key is going to be my return if I'm going to be able to make him play an extra shot. That's what I didn't do so he deserved to win," he said.

"I was solid on my service games, but then when I needed to step it up in the important games, I was too nervous in these moments. He took his chances and he played better. Got to give him credit for that.

"I think I've played okay throughout the tournament, and unfortunately I haven't performed that well today.

"I think I was very well-prepared for grass-court. Physically and mentally I was motivated obviously, because I had more time and I wanted to do better in Wimbledon.

"Quarter-finals is a good result. But I still think I can do better."



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