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The Potential: The hard-serving German reignited his career last month at the French Open, and given that performance, there’s no reason to think he can’t make a run into the second week at Wimbledon.
Haas won an epic five-setter 10-8 in the fifth over John Isner at the French Open last month en route to a surprise quarterfinal showing.
That strong play has continued into the grass-court season. A little more than a week ago, Haas advanced to the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Germany before falling to Roger Federer 6-4 in the third set.
The Challenge: Haas is finding an Indian summer to his career, but at the age of 35, he certainly is no spring chicken. In fact, should he unexpectedly find his way into the Wimbledon semifinals, he would be the oldest to do it in a Grand Slam since Andre Agassi in the 2005 U.S. Open.
Given his strong form heading into London, it’s a good bet Haas will square off with top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the fourth round at Wimbledon, a match that will certainly garner significant attention. An upset there, and Haas will be making serious noise for the second consecutive slam this year.