Top 5 Unexpected Match Results – Alex Bogomolov Jr. d. Andy Murray, Miami 2nd RD

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Two years earlier Alex Bogomolov Jr., had thought he would not play tennis again after undergoing wrist surgery, but victory over then-World No. 5 Andy Murray in the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open gave the Russian the ignition he needed to go on and enjoy a career-best season on the ATP World Tour.

Then 27 years old, Bogomolov Jr., went into the clash with Murray as a qualifier ranked World No. 118, but he stunned the Scot in straight sets to record the biggest win of his career. A combination of his steady play and Murray’s inability to settle saw Bogomolov Jr., race to a 4-0 lead before securing the opener. The right-hander squandered a 5-3 advantage in the second set as Murray staged a late fightback, but the Scot faltered on serve again in the 12th game and Bogomolov Jr., converted his first match point.

“Coming back from injuries, from my surgery [two years ago], was definitely something special, as well, because I didn’t think I was going to play tennis again,” said Bogomolov Jr. “So to get the first win after that was big.”

And the Russian proved it was no fluke as he went on to compile a 27-21 match record, eclipsing the total number of matches he’d won on the ATP World Tour prior to this season (21-40 record from 2002-’10). Having started the year at World No. 166 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, Bogomolov Jr., finished 2011 at a career-high No. 33 and earned the ATP World Tour Most Improved Player of the Year Award.

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  1. […] Murray is a player that gets quite a lot of surprises this season, besides never defeated by Alex Bogomolov Jr., he also had another surprise that is was defeated by Donald Young in the second round of the BNP […]

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