Tommy Haas defeated Stan Wawrinka to make it into the quarterfinals where he will compete with Dimitrov for a spot in the semifinals of the Italian Open. In the first set Haas had to adjust to the pace and seemed to be struggling to keep up, but his strength and agility were enough to perservere. Here are some observartions:
1. I was expecting him to use his down the line backhand more. Not sure if it is due to an injury or too much pace on Stan’s balls.
2. Haas made fewer errors than Wawrinka and had great focus. I can tell when Haas is focused because he swishes his tongue around in his mouth when he serves.
3. Drop shots were amazing
4. Ace down the T to win the match was sublime.
A few years back Tommy attributed his poor choice of tennis clothing due to the lack of a clothing contract. Since then he has picked up Ellesse as a sponsor. I just hope that they give him a tennis wardrobe that takes advantage of his flawless, timeless coloring. Against Wawrinka he wore white and navy. The white looked much better on him than the navy. Good colors for Tommy are lavender, red, turquoise and even lighter shades in the blue palette.