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Haas calls for floodlights at Wimbledon

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:37

The match, which had been enthralling before bad light interrupted play on Friday night, resumed with the players level at 6-6 in the final set before eventually ending 7-5 7-5 1-6 6-7 (7/3) 10-8 in the German’s favour.

“It got darker and darker and I don’t know why they don’t have lights here – maybe that is something for the future,” said Hass.

A packed crowd had been treated to an epic four-hour contest that swung one way and then the other before darkness fell on Wimbledon, forcing the players to come back on Saturday.

When it started up again, both players held serve during the first four games to leave the scores level at 8-8.

But Haas finally engineered a hard-fought victory over the number 11 seed when he broke the Croatian’s serve to lead 9-8.

It left the German serving for the match and this time, unlike Friday evening, he did not squander his opportunity. Despite a few jitters, he held serve to finally win.

“It was hard today after using so much adrenaline last night just trying to finish it off,” added Haas after progressing.

“It has never happened to me before and my opinion is that there should be a tie-break at 6-6 like they do in other grand slams.

“We finished at 9.30pm last night and by the time I got home, had a massage and ate, my body was tired.”

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