Saturday, June 27, 2009
Haas advocates 5th-set tiebreak
LONDON -- Germany's Tommy Haas took a
swipe at Wimbledon's policy of not playing a tiebreak in the
fifth set after he had to battle for two days to secure a place
in the fourth round of the grass-court championships.
The 24th seed saved two match points on Friday when the
umpire suspended play on a gloomy Court 1 at 9:33 p.m. local time.
That left Haas stranded at 6-6 in the fifth set, and he had to return Saturday to complete another six games for a 7-5, 7-5, 1-6, 6-7 (3),10-8 win over
Croatia's Marin Cilic.
"It has never happened to me that we stopped playing at
6-all in the fifth," said Haas, who will face Russia's Igor
Andreev in the fourth round next week. "We should have a tiebreak at 6-all in the fifth like in
the U.S. Open. All the Grand Slams should have this, that's my
"It was getting really dark out there [on Friday]. When he
had two match points at 5-6, I was like, 'Great, maybe he's
going to finish me off right before we're supposed to stop due
"Then I played some really good points to come back to
6-all. "Maybe they can just make some magic lights happen when
you're that close to finishing a match so we can just finish it
Haas, 31, is confident of finally
reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals on his 11th attempt. He
has won eight matches in a row on grass following his
success at the warm-up tournament in Halle.
"Winning a title again in Halle, Germany, is obviously a
dream come true for me in some ways, to do it on home turf," Haas said. "Good thing is day off tomorrow. I'll relax a little bit and get ready for my next match."