Age is the rage at the Sony Open.
World No. 18 Tommy Haas, who will turn 35 next week and is the oldest mens player in the top 50, stunned World No. 1 and two-time reigning Sony Open champion Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-4, late Tuesday night.
With bundled-up fans on Stadium Court standing and screaming through much of the cold and blustery match, a fired-up Haas pumped both arms skyward after hitting a forehand winner down the line.
I dont even know what to say, Haas the oldest player to beat a No. 1 in the past 30 years told the crowd, still cheering. This is crazy. Its one of those tournaments where everything seemed to click.
Hes the best player the last two years and its unbelievable I won tonight. I dont know how I did it.
Djokovic, 25, entered the Sony with a 14-match winning streak in Key Biscayne and 26-4 career mark. He did not drop a set at the Sony last year, and is one of three players with at least three titles in the tournament. The others: legends Andre Agassi (6) and Pete Sampras (3)
All the credit to him, Djokovic, of Serbia, said. He played a great match and he was the better player. As far as Im concerned, its definitely the worst match Ive played in a long time. I just didnt feel good on the court.
It was very cold, and I didnt find a better solution to come back to the match. I made so many unforced errors from the forehand side.
He definitely made great tactics, used the serve well and moved around the court well. He was better. I was fighting, trying all the way to the last ball.
Djokovic called the crowd in Miami fantastic and said the fans always give him plenty of support. Unfortunately, I didnt give them that third set. I wanted it badly.
Djokovic had a 22-match winning streak snapped by Juan Martin Del Potro in a three-set semifinal loss March 16 at Indian Wells, his first loss since Oct. 31, 2012.
A back-handed beauty at the net Tuesday gave Haas the service break that put him one game away from the upset at 11:15 p.m. The crowd was in an uproar, with Haas serving for the match.
Haas, the aggressive German who trailed Djokovic 4-2 in career matches entering Tuesday night, reached his first Key Biscayne quarterfinal in his 13th attempt. He will meet No. 11 seed Gilles Simon of France at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
I had the mentality of going out there and believing it, Haas said of the upset, his second against a No. 1 player since he beat Agassi in 1999 at the Grand Slam Cup in Munich. It was tough out there with the swirling wind and Im just really happy and proud of the way I did against such great player who has been dominating the sport for the past couple of years.
World No. 1 womens tennis player Serena Williams treated her mid-life, 30-something crisis with a white Rolls-Royce.
World No. 5 mens player David Ferrer, who turns 31 next week, hasnt had one yet an age crisis or Rolls-Royce.
Jurgen Melzer? Hes not denying theres a difference between 31 and 20-something, but he, like the others, is embracing the future.
All three won their daytime matches at the Sony Open, with 24-year-old defending womens champion Agnieszka Radwanska defeating Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in an exciting night match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, to set up a Thursday semifinal with Williams.