Haas braces himself in what is his last appearance in Stuttgart as the 39-year old overcame Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three extremely close sets 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. “I felt I served well… we both struggled a little with the returns. We used our chances when we got them,” Haas said.
Set to face each other for a 17th time, the Swiss Maestro leads the German 13-3 in their head to head with the last meeting coming at the Indian Wells Masters in 2014.
Haas last beat Federer during the final of the 2012 Gerry Weber Open in Halle for his second grass-court title. He also won Halle in 2009.
“We have known each other for a very long time,” Haas said of Federer. “We started to get closer around the time when my fiancée and his wife became friendlier. Then we had kids and started to hang out much more.”
“We used to have the same agent, Tony Godsick, who is a very close friend of mine, so it was always an easy connection. Federer is a first-class guy. I have great times with him and I am happy to call him my friend.”
Making his final appearance in Stuttgart, it will be interesting to see whether Haas can give some jitters to the Swiss.
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