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IMG Academy alumnus Tommy Haas records milestone victory at Sony Open

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Tommy Haas celebrates a milestone win after defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

For more than two decades, IMG Academy has been the training home of Germany's Tommy Haas. In October, Haas reached a major career milestone when he reached his 500th win. However, at the 2013 Sony Open, Haas hit another milestone when he became the oldest player to knock off the world No. 1 in more than 30 years. Haas faced off against Novak Djokovic in the fourth round of the Open, and crushed his heavily favored opponent, 6-2, 6-4. 

It was Haas's first victory over a world No. 1 ranked player since 1999 when he defeated fellow IMG Academy alumnus Andre Agassi. It was also the year that Haas won his first career ATP title. 

In a post-match interview, Haas said, "Playing against someone like Novak and coming out on top at this time of my career, it's unbelievable. This is what I play for."

Haas is the oldest player ranked in the ATP top 50. In his 13th appearance at Sony Open, reaching the quarterfinals marks Haas' best performance at the event. He will face France's Gilles Simon (ATP No. 13) on Wednesday night. 

 

 

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