Tommy Haas looks to pull off an upset against Gilles Simon in the second round of the Toronto Masters.
Haas has enjoyed an incredible resurgence over the past few months and the 34 year old German is just loving competing right now. Having made the Washington final last week, he's a serious threat here and he did well to see off former world number three David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-7(11), 6-3 in an epic first round encounter.
"I think it was an exciting match today overall, entertaining to say the least," Haas said. "A lot of chances there in the second set for me to maybe find a way to finish it off. He came up with some good tennis and won the second set. Then it was really a matter of just staying tough mentally and really wanting to win the third set. I had to save some break points there early on in the third set; got the early break then to go up 3-2. That gave me the momentum again I think to finish it off."
Simon is ranked 14 in the world but Haas leads 3-1 on the head-to-head and he beat the Frenchman 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 just last month on the clay of Hamburg.
Simon will be far more effective on hard courts and he played well to take a set off Juan Martin Del Potro in the third round of the Olympics last week but this is an extremely tough opener for him.
Prediction: Haas in three.