Tommy Haas and the fountain of youth

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  1. Tennisguy777

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    I find it amazing as Tommy is playing what I would say is his best tennis at 34. I remember in 1998 and playing a tennis video game he was in. He keeps man-handling on dudes 10 years his junior ie. Gulbis. What is his secret?
     
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  3. sureshs

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    If this was Nadal, people would be saying doping.
     
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  4. Ocean Drive

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    Haas is 35 not 34 and he is certainly not playing his best tennis. Any one who thinks that either cannot remember his level from the late 90's and early 2000's or is just generally insulting the man.

    Even considerably past his best, he's still good enough to be top 10 in this era.

    Says a lot on both counts.
     
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  5. wangs78

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    He also has significantly less mileage than the top players. Federer, who is 4 years younger has 1,100 matches as an ATP pro, while Haas only has about 800 (he was out for extended stretches during the middle of his career due to shoulder injuries). Nadal is already at about 750 at age 27 (more or less on pace to match Federer's total)
     
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    Haas is very motivated and very fit, the lack of these is what usually precipitates the decline of older players. With his level of talent and physical condition it's not surprising what he's doing even at this age. If Federer had the same motivation and fitness as Haas he would still be #1 in the world (but of course, no one on the planet would have the same hunger and motivation to play and train after achieving 17 majors)
     
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    Haas is a beast and gives me hope tennis can survive another year
     
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    Great point.

    He always has had a great game and it great to see all his fitness training and practice finally pay off.

    Undoubtedly most would have hung it up after all the set backs, but not Haas.
     
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  10. MindoverMatter

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    This really seems like it, for me. It's taken Haas 10 years to get into the form he is right now, where there aren't any injuries and he's been in good form consistently, playing for over a year. He's not going to waste the chance.
     
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  11. swordtennis

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    So what?
    Haas in all likelihood has undergone some life extension therapy ala HGH therapy.
    So freakin what?!
    The scro has had horrifying career threatening injuries unlike your hero!
    HGH helps heal the body and will extend Haas's career.
    He deserves it.
    You continue to cry about Nadals "injuries" and doping ya gonna get trolled!
    :)
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    LMAO!
     
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    I disagree. I have to say he really is playing at 90% of his top level. He lost 10mph off his serve when he first hurt his shoulder a long time ago, other than that this is vintage Haas.
     
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  13. sportsfan1

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    It's amazing that Haas can play with and beat down dudes decade and a half younger than he, and get chics jump out of their seats for him. I can only wish I would be that fit at the same age ;-).
     
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    That's only because Nadal will probably be in a wheelchair by the time he's 35. :shock:
     
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    That's the way I see it too. He looks like he did back in the day.
     
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    So are you saying he is.
     
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    So Haas has Not lost a even 1/2 a step in his speed at 35 years of age. NOW that is ODD. you make your own conclusions. Maybe Haas was never that fast to begin with ?? but he is one of the best movers in the tour.

    Maybe there is something here that Amateurs can learn about Movement.
     
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    So why can't Safin do what Tommy is doing ?
     
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    Haas could have been one of Fed's main rivals had he not got those injuries, he has beaten Fed at the AO. Pushed him to 5 at the AO again and was 5 points away from knocking Fed out in the FO.
     
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    Most likely juicing.
     
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