Tommy Haas: Will the Veteran Punch a Hole in the Draw at Wimbledon?

Van Sias@@Van_SiasContributor IIIJune 16, 2012

To say the past few years have been up and down for Tommy Haas would be an understatement. A rash of injuries have kept him off the court for a significant period.

However, as of late, he seems to be showing a return to form.

The veteran from Germany will contest the final of the ATP World Tour stop in Halle, Germany, going against world No. 3 Roger Federer. This comes on the heels of making the third round at the French Open after fighting his way into the main draw via qualifying. Before that, he made the semifinals at the tournament in Munich, beating world No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga along the way.

Now, win or lose the Halle final, Haas is playing impressive tennis going into Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam of the season. And if the draw for the 34-year-old is favorable, he's more than capable of making an impact on the tournament.

It's not like he hasn't done so before at the game's premier grass-court event: Haas advanced to the semifinals as recently as 2009, beating none other than current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic along the way before losing to Federer in a tough semifinal.

If Haas' health holds up, he'll be one of the most dangerous players in the draw. His all-court game works well on any surface, but playing under faster conditions is where he really shines. While the majority of his 12 career singles titles have come on hard courts, he's won on grass in the past. Actually, the most recent one of his wins came on grass—Halle in 2009.

Back then, he beat Djokovic in the final before embarking on his semifinal run at Wimbledon. Can he do the same this year? Granted, it's quite the tall order in '12, but Haas is doing a tremendous job now of proving the doubters wrong.