Although Novak Djokovic has failed to outlast Nikolay Davydenko in Shanghai, he is still in the run and this time around, in Basel, Nole upset three-time defending champion and world seed 1, Roger Federer (6-4, 4-6, 6-2).
“Djokovic broke Federer’s service in the ninth game of the first set. The 22-year-old lost only two points on his own serve til that moment, both making double faults. But the tenth game brought a lot of excitement. Both players were very nervous, they made many unforced errors. Novak missed six set points, Roger failed to capitalise on his five break point chances. The Serb held after great fight and used his seventh set point to take the set 6-4.”
“Nole made a break in the opening game of the second set and then held for 2-0 lead. Federer broke back in the fourth game to level the score. At 4-5 Djokovic was serving to stay in the set, but couldn’t hold the pressure and got broken for the second time to lose it 4-6.”
“World no.3 stayed focused, not thinking about the last game of the second set. He continued playing aggressive, hitting powerful accurate shots and it paid off. Novak broke Federer’s service twice and was soon 4-0 up. He was struggling on his serve in the sixth game, but saved all three break points and held for 5-1 lead. No.2 seed used his first match point to win the set and match 6-2.”
If you traced back the clock, Nole also stunned Federer in Miami (3:6 6:2 6:3) and in Rome (4:6 6:3 6:3). They both met in Cincinatti and in Flushing Meadows but Federer overpowered the 2008 Australian Champion in straight sets.
With this win, Nole receives 500 ATP points (just 545 points behind Rafael Nadal as of November 9, 2009) and €291,700. This win is also a proof that Nole has to stay with ADIDAS, not with others.
Info/Photos source: Novak Djokovic Official Website