German veteran Tommy Haas is one of the lesser known members of 17 time Major winner Roger Federer’s ‘lost generation’ of tennis players that includes the likes of Andy Roddick, Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt. Players that could have won many more titles and majors had it not been for Federer’s great rise to the top and 5 year reign as world no.1. Roddick, Safin and Hewitt have a few slams to their credit and also a world no.1 ranking. Haas, on the other hand, who was up there with the Swiss Maestro as far as talent was concerned was never able to live up to the promise he once showed, even though he did manage to reach the world no.2 position and a couple of semi-final appearances at the Grand Slams.
2012 was the year where he made a comeback to the tour with a victory in Halle (against Federer) and jumped 184 places to get back into the top 20. With his defeat of world no.1 Novak Djokovic and 11th seed Giles Simon in quick succession in straight sets, the 34 year old German, became the feel good story of the Miami Masters. Could he, after all these years, manage to pull off something special and win the Sony Open?