Kei Nishikori, The First Japanese Player In The Swiss Indoors Basel Final

Swiss Indoor Basel 2011 Finals

A big surprise occurred at the Swiss Indoors Basel semifinals, where the Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori beat world no.1 Novak Djokovic 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0. The win put Nishikori into the record books as the first Japanese player to defeat a World No. 1.

“It feels great,” Nishikori said afterwards. “I was missing too much in the first set, but at the end of the second set, I started playing well.”

Djokovic started strong, racing to a 5-1 lead in the first set, before closing it out 6-2 in 36 minutes. Nishikori settled in on serve in the second set, and broke Djokovic in the fifth game to lead 3-2. Though he lost his break advantage three games later, the 21-year-old wild card held his nerve to force a tie-break, after being within two points of defeat, trailing 4-5, 0-30.

The Serbian jumped out to an early mini-break lead, serving at 2-1, but Nishikori quickly erased it, and it proved to be a turning point. After evening the match at one set all, the match belonged to Nishikori. He converted all three of his break point chances and won 80 percent of his service points in the final set to seal the upset in two hours and 16 minutes. “The second set, he was playing great and was fighting… I have to give credit to my opponent, he was better,” said Djokovic. “I didn’t make the most of my opportunities.”

Nishikori became just the sixth player to win a set 6-0 against Djokovic on the ATP World Tour, and first since Mardy Fish achieved the feat in a second-round loss to Djokovic at Indian Wells in 2010.

The world No. 32 opponent in the finals is Roger Federer who is also the defending champion. He’ll play four-time champion Roger Federer in Sunday’s title match.

“I’ve always wanted to play Roger,” revealed Nishikori. “Before the tournament, I was wishing to play him but I was on the other side of the draw and knew I would need to make the final to have a chance to play him. It will be a good challenge for me to play against him.”

Roger Federer advanced to the finals after Wins All-Swiss SF Clash. The world No.4 dismissed Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(5), 6-2 on Saturday to reach his eighth final at his home event.

“It’s not easy,” said Federer on facing a countryman. “I definitely think the crowd was divided, maybe a bit more on my side because I come from this city and I’ve been in the final here already seven times. I think I played just a bit better than Stan today. He had a chance at the end of the first set and after he missed that his level dropped a bit, which I was able to take advantage of. From then on I think I played a really good match, so I’m very pleased.”

About his opponent in the final held on Sunday, Federer commented:

“He’s a guy I’ve never played against. My focus will be to remember how he plays,” said Federer. “He beat Novak in the semis, so he’ll have a shot in the final. He has great shots, a quick arm and is a fighter.

“He was injured a lot and wasn’t able to rise in the rankings like he was capable of. But he made the semi-finals in Shanghai and now the final here, so he’s taken advantage of his chances.”

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