Best Matches of The Year – Nos. 4 – 3

Berdych vs Janko Tipsarevic ATP World Tour Final 2011

3. Tomas Berdych Beats Janko Tipsarevic – Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Round Robin

“One point. That’s the best [thing] about tennis, that it’s not over until the last ball [has] bounced twice or is in the net,” said Berdych, reflecting on the symmetry of his loss and win. “I think that’s really nice about sports. That’s what I like. I was a bit unlucky on Monday. I got luckier here.”

Best Matches of The Year – Richard Gasquet d. Roger Federer, Rome 3rd RD

Richard Gasquet

Richard Gasquet showed great flair and guts as he ended an eight-match losing run against Roger Federer, rallying from a set and 2-4 down to prevail in their highly entertaining third-round contest at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia that featured two of the most watchable single-handed backhands in the game.

The Frenchman was staring down the barrel of a ninth defeat in 10 meetings with Federer, but exhibited superb reflexes at the net to claw his way back into contention in the second set at 4-4. He levelled the match with a dominant display in the second set tie-break, hurting Federer with a range of groundstroke winners, and again held his nerve in the third-set decider to clinch victory in two hours and 19 minutes. It was Federer’s earliest defeat at a tour-level event since falling to Ernests Gulbis in the Rome second round a year earlier.

Top 5 Unexpected Match Results – Donald Young beat Andy Murray, Indian Wells 2nd RD

Donald Young Beat Monfils

Andy 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 Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Top 5 Unexpected Match Results – Ivan Dodig d. Rafael Nadal, Montreal 2nd RD

Ivan Dodig

Five weeks after finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, Rafael Nadal was rocked on his return to action as he was beaten by World No. 41 Ivan Dodig in his opening match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

It was the Spaniard’s earliest defeat at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament since falling to Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round of the 2008 Internazionali BNL d’Italia.

Top 5 Unexpected Match Results – Milos Raonic defeat Fernando Verdasco, San Jose Final

Milos Raonic

The signs were there that Milos Raonic was set to announce himself in a big way when he upset World No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open in January. The 20-year-old Canadian fulfilled that promise with a scintillating run the following month in San Jose that culminated in victory in the final over then-World No. 9 Fernando Verdasco.

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

Alex Bogomolov Jr1

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.

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:

Novak Djokovic, a New Record In Season Prize Money

Novak Djokovic

Although a bit slack at the end of the season, but Novak Djokovic still managed to record as a tennis player who ever earn prize money in one season. World No. 1 is able to collect prize money of $ 12,619,803 this season. This acquisition exceeds the $ 10.1 million earned by Rafael Nadal last year and by Federer in 2007.

Roger Federer Hunt For No. 1 Next Season, Trying to Surpass Pete Sampras’ Record

The Sixth ATP World Toru Final Tittle

Three consecutive wins at the end of the season is a strong capital for Roger Federer is currently ranked number 3 “South African Airways ATP Rankings,” to reach No. 1 world ranking in the 2012 season. In fact, 30-year-old tennis player who is sure to compete with other young players, even though the Swiss will begin the year a massive 5,460 points behind No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Spain Won Fifth Davis Cup Title

Spain Earn 5th Title

Rafael Nadal managed to foil the hopes of Argentina for Davis Cup title in 2011, when Rafael Nadal defeated Juan Martin del Potro 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(0) in Seville to give the host nation a 3-1 victory over Argentina. The rubber lasted four hours and eight minutes. Thus, Spain clinched its fifth Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title.

“We gave everything, it was a very emotional victory at the end of a tough year,” Nadal told the host television broadcaster. “Winning in this way, we are very grateful to all the people of Spain. It was the best atmosphere I have experienced in my career.”

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