Tommy Haas withstood an in-form Fernando Gonzalez on Day 2 at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. The Chilean won all three of his matches at this event last year to lead Team Americas to victory, but Haas rallied on Saturday to defeat the Chilean 6-7(5), 6-3, 13-11.
Team World now holds a 4-2 lead over Team Americas after winning three of four matches on Saturday. They need to only win one of Sunday’s two scheduled matches to take the title.
Gonzalez holds a 4-1 lead over Haas in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry from their days on the ATP Tour, but Haas turned the tables in front of a large crowd on Saturday night. He hung tough against a barrage of big forehands from Gonzalez and stepped in the court when he had the chance to secure the win.
“It was fun at times and serious at times. He came up with some unbelievable shots and when he’s on, he’s still one of the toughest players I’ve ever faced,” said Haas. “It got pretty competitive out there. The outcome of the match is not so important these days, but you still want to win.”
The day proved to be especially memorable for Haas as he was added to the Delray Beach Open Walk of Fame. The German won the title here in 2006.
“It’s an absolute honor and I didn’t expect it. To be the third inductee after John McEnroe and the Bryan brothers is really special,” said Haas. “I always enjoy playing this event and Florida has a special place in my heart having been a resident and spending so much time here.”
Tim Henman of Great Britain showed off some impressive volleys in his 6-4, 6-2 win over American Jan-Michael Gambill. After securing the opening set, Henman began to open up on his serve and raced through the latter stages of the match.
“I first came here in 1991 to play a junior event,” said Henman. “It’s fantastic to have such a good group of people who are organising this event and have such great support from the fans.”
Jesse Levine handily defeated Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 6-3, 6-3 in the other match on Saturday’s evening schedule. The Canadian has yet to drop a set in his two singles matches this week.
The first doubles match of this year’s event saw Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors defeat Gonzalez and Jay Berger 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.
Sunday will see the 2019 Delray Beach Open wrap up with a doubles match featuring Gambill and Gonzalez taking on Ferreira and Henman, followed by Haas against Levine.