Federer/Haas beaten by Melzer/Petzschner

It was the first big highlight of the 2013 Gerry Weber Open – for Roger Federer and Tommy Haas, it ended without success. For the first time, the two good friends joined up in the doubles, but they lost their first-round match to Philipp Petzschner and Jürgen Melzer 6-7, 4-6.

“It’s all about getting a bit of rhythm and timing on grass,” said Haas before the game. “That’s enormously important, particularly on grass and when you have a bye into the second round.” That worked rather well with Haas and Federer showing they were very alert in front of an enthusiastic crowd on Center Court. They soon led 2-0, but they wasted a break which would have made it 4-1, and that proved decisive. Melzer and Petzschner became more decisive, returning stronger and breaking back before taking the first set on a tie-break.

Federer and Haas continued to deliver a tense and spectacular battle against the Wimbledon and US Open champions. But when Haas dropped serve at 3-4, the game was as good as over. Jürgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner, who warmed up wearing a shirt of football club Arminia Bielefeld with the words “congratulations on promotion” to the 2. Bundesliga, held serve twice to take victory.

“It was great fun, it’s just a shame that it wasn't quite enough,” said Federer. “I just made a few too many mistakes, which is why I’m not all that satisfied today.” Haas added: “It’s incredible - we’ve known each other for so long and only play doubles together today for the first time. Unfortunately, we didn’t take our chances, but we were up against a strong pairing who already know how to play doubles.” Both Federer and Haas now have a break until Wednesday at the earliest before starting their singles’ campaigns. Melzer and Petzschner are both in action on Tuesday with their opening singles’ matches.

Date: 10th June 2013, Source: Gerry Weber Open


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