Top 5 Unexpected Match Results In The 2011 Season

Kei Nishikori Swiss Indoor 2011

At a sporting event, the results can not be based on statistical data alone. Many other things can affect the outcome of the match, including the luck factor. This also occurs in tennis. In the 2011 season, often we see the results surprising or unexpected. Of the many unexpected results, the ATP World Tour record at least, there are 5 matches which is really very surprising results.

Here are the top 5 according to the ATP World Tour:

  1. Donald Young defeat Andy Murray
  2. Ivan Dodig defeat Rafael Nadal
  3. Kei Nishikori defeat Novak Djokovic, 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-0, Basel SF
  4. Alex Bogomolov Jr. d. Andy Murray, 6-1, 7-5, Miami 2nd RD
  5. Milos Raonic d. Fernando Verdasco, 7-6(6), 7-6(5), San Jose Final

Kei Nishikori defeat Novak Djokovic, 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-0, Basel SF

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic had lost just three matches all season and was bidding to reach his 12th tour-level final of the year when he stumbled against an inspired Kei Nishikori, the then-World No. 32 who, two weeks earlier, had reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final in Shanghai.

The 24-year-old Djokovic was looking good to secure his 68th win of what had been a phenomenal season when he clinched the first set in 36 minutes. The Serb then fought back from a break down in the second set and was two points from victory when leading 0/30 on Nishikori’s serve at 4-5. The Japanese player dug his heels in, though, forced a tie-break and managed to level the match.

The third set belonged to the 21-year-old wild card. He broke Djokovic three times and won 80 per cent of his service points to complete the upset in two hours and 16 minutes, becoming the first Japenese player on the ATP World Tour to defeat a World No. 1.

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

Nishikori went on to lose to Roger Federer in the final, but made history as the highest-ever ranked Japanese male player at World No. 24 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on 7 November.

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