"It's tough to put it into words right now, a lot of emotions", he said in his on-court interview.
In recent years, Federer and Nadal have reportedly become close friends. But the watching fans were treated to a more competitive second set in the baking afternoon sun as the two elder statesmen shared a break apiece on the way to a tiebreak. While the German started making some nice things on the court, Federer was unable to settle down his nerves.
The loss was the earliest for the seven-time Wimbledon victor in the decade and a half since he lost in the first round at the All England club as a teenager to Mario Ancic. He saved three set points and even hold a match point at 8-7, but Haas then won three points in a row, capped by a shocking Federer double fault to extend the match to a third set in which Haas was airtight on every break point he had to save. "I'm a very happy person, I'm pleased with this result". The match will be streamed live at bet365 Sports for bettors to try their luck with live in play bets.
There were definitely some good moments, but I definitely was not as sharp as I was hoping to be in maybe the big moments, or the moment when I had the lead and where I feel I should have been cruising from that moment on. "But you never know what can happen".
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As Carl Bialik noted, today's loss shared some unusual features with the previous one: the Swiss won more points total, won a higher percentage of return points, and had a match point.
As for his opponent, Haas is most likely playing his final season in tennis, with the German reportedly considering retirement at the end of the year.
The contest between the pair was the oldest ATP singles contest since 1982 in Vina del Mar, where Ricardo Cano (30) beat Luis Ayala (49).
It means he reaches his first ATP quarter-final since Rome in 2014 and he'll now meet another German, Mischa Zverev.
No. 4 Lucas Pouille of France came back to eventually beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) for a quarterfinal against Kohlschreiber.