Things were looking a little sideways for Roger for most of three sets. Both he and Haas agree it was break point at 3-4 in the third that turned the tide. Roger had the instinctual confidence to step around a floating return to hit a risky inside-out forehand. It was beautiful from there.
Haas said: "That's why he's Roger Federer, you know."
Roger on the turning point: "I was in a very tricky position, I must say this. But that's when I thought 'I have all the assets in my hands to change this match,' and that was the case."
Monfils looks inspired this year, and it should be a great match.