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Haas reaches third round at Indian Wells

Tommy Haas training at the NBTA

Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy alum Tommy Haas advanced to the third round of the BNP Parisbas Open at Indian Wells with a 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4 win over fellow German Rainer Schuettler in the second round. Haas will now face defending champion and third-seeded Novak Djokovic (not much relevance to this match). The winner of this match will play either Stan Wawrinka or Sam Querrey in the next round.

Also reaching the third round was the big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic. Karlovic spent time at the Academy back in November-December 2008, but has had a bit of a slow start to 2009. He beat Sergiy Stakjovsky in the second round 6-4, 6-2 and now will take on second-seeded Roger Federer. Karlovic is 1-6 against Federer in his career, but that lone victory came in their last match-up (at Cincy in 2008). If Karlovic is serving well, then this could be a very interesting match.

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