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Dec 20, 2012 7:46pm
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HALLE, Germany—Wild card Tommy Haas defeated five-time winner Roger Federer
7-6 (5), 6-4 on Sunday to win the Gerry Weber Open for the second time. Jerome Bettis Jersey . It was Federers first
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ago. “If someone had told me beforehand that Id win the title here against
probably the greatest player of all time I would not have believed it,” said
Haas, a former second-ranked player whose career has been blighted by injuries.
Now ranked 87th, Haas was the oldest player in the singles draw at 34. He
recovered from losing his serve in the opening game of the match, and broke
decisively in the ninth game of the second set. “Im very impressed with how he
played today,” Federer said. “Tommy deserved to win.” The second-seeded Federer
was bidding for his fifth tour title of the season and 75th overall. It was Haas
first win over his good friend in 10 attempts, and his third overall against the
16-time Grand Slam champion from 13 meetings. “It was a long time coming since I
had the chance to get to that point,” said Haas, who started the season outside
the top 200. “Its my 13th title … Its probably up there (as the best), if not
the sweetest one, especially considering the injuries.” Haas broke to lead 5-4
after a lengthy rally featuring lobs, chips and a drop shot, following two
unforced errors in succession from Federer that allowed him to force deuce. Haas
last won the grass-court tournament in 2009, beating Novak Djokovic in the
final. He hadnt appeared in a final since then, so nerves perhaps played a role
in his loss of serve in the first game. Both players had only been broken once
this week. Federer missed another break point in the fifth game to leave the
score at 3-2. Haas levelled by breaking in the next after Federer
uncharacteristically hit a simple return into the net. Haas missed two break
chances with the score at 5-4 to win the set, sending a return long and not
dealing with another. Federer eventually won the game with his fifth ace to
level at 5-5. “I should never have lost the first set, so that hurt. He got
momentum after that,” Federer said. The Swiss managed a mini-break in the
tiebreaker on Haas first serve, but the German came back to establish a 4-2
lead. A fan of Haas called for him to fire an ace, and there was a huge roar
from the crowd when he duly obliged to move the score to 5-3. Another mini-break
put the German in a position to win the set, and he didnt let it slip. “If I
thought about it, this would be the perfect way to say goodbye to tennis.
Beating Roger, my 13th title. It would be perfect. But Im not ready mentally,”
Haas said. “I hope the body holds up for many years to go. I love to play.” It
was the first final in the 20-year history of the tournament to feature two
players aged 30 or older. “Im just really happy for him … happy that hes been
able to fight off so many injuries and come back and still believe in himself,
still want to travel, still want to sacrifice his family (life) too,” said the
30-year-old Federer. Federers only previous Halle final loss was in 2010 to
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. Seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal followed Djokovic on court to
thrash Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 6-1, conceding only six points on his serve and
breaking the Kazakh qualifier five times. After clinching victory on his first
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Canada finished fifth in the competition.PHOENIX—Markieff Morris scored 14
points to lead five players in double figures and the Phoenix Suns beat the
Portland Trail Blazers 104-93 in their preseason home opener Friday night.
Morris had an eventful first half, scoring five points and committing four fouls
in only 3:47 on the floor. But the second-year forward hit 4 of 5 shots in the
second half as the Suns exxtended a seven point halftime lead to as many as 16.
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apiece for the Blazers. ’ ’ ’ 

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