Istomin b Djokovic - Australian Open “It's unreal, it means so much for me to beat the World No. 2” said world No. 117 Denis Istomin as he played the match of his life to defeat six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, who committed 72 unforced errors.
The wildcard put an end to Djokovic’s 15-match winning streak at Melbourne Park with a 7-6(8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 victory. “Nothing” said John McEnroe in his match commentary, “would suggest this was about to happen”.
Djokovic, in fact, had lost just once in seven years against an opponent ranked outside the top 100, against then No. 145 Juan Martin del Potro in the first round of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Serbian, with a 58-7 win-loss record at the Australian Open, surrendered to his earliest loss at a Grand Slam championship since his 2008 Wimbledon second-round defeat to Marat Safin.
Istomin played the match of his life. In his career, he had won just one of his previous 33 clashes against top 10 opponents, as he beat David Ferrer at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, and was 0-19 against the Fab Four, and lost 26 times in the first and second round in 34 Grand Slam main draw appearances.
He misses a couple pf set points to go up two sets but he wasn't thinking about those chances. “I mean, he was serving, like, two serves on the line, so I have no chance. I mean, the first one I catch, but the second one I have no chance” he said.
Then, leading 5-4 in the fourth, he held one set point opportunity in return then gained a 5-1 lead in the tie-break before bringing their sixth meeting to a deciding set. When he broke to 30 to go 3-2 up, the match was virtually over.
M.Zverev b. Murray – Australian Open For the first time since 2009 Murray failed to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne.
Credit to Mischa Zverev who completed a shocking 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4 win on Rod Laver Arena. Zverev, then ranked No.50, became the lowest-ranked player to beat Murray at a Grand Slam since the 2006 Australian Open when he surrendered to Juan Ignacio Chela, also ranked 50th.
"It was kind of easy to stay aggressive but it was tough to stay calm," said the German who came to the net 118 times, once every two rallies. "Mischa plays with a game style that not many players play these days and he played it extremely well," said Murray.
"In the slams, with the best-of-five format, you have time to turn things around. There's also time to mess it up as well." Donskoy b.
Federer – Dubai Evgeny Donskoy collected his first top-10 win. And what a memorable victory that was. The Russian fended off three match point in the second set tie-breaker and came back from 2-5 in the third to beat seven-time Dubai champion Roger Federer 3-6 7-6 7-6.
As our Jovica Ilic noted Donskoy, then World No.116, became the player ranked outside the Top 100 to beat the Swiss maestro since Delbonis in Hamburg 2013.
That year, Federer had suffered his last loss in Dubai, in a semi-final clash with Berdych. “I surprised everyone today. I think whoever wins against Roger (Federer) surprises himself,” said Donskoy, the third qualifier to defeat the Swiss.
“I can say it's a dream come true, but I don't like this, because you always want to win, even if it's Roger.” Olivo b.
Tsonga – Roland Garros World No. 91 Renzo Olivo celebrated his second top 20 win to open his Roland Garros campaign. Leading No. 12 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 6-4, 6-7(6), 5-4 on Tuesday night, in a match suspended at 9:54 p.m.
due to darkness, Olivo returned, broke and won. “I didn't sleep well,” said Olivo. “I finished everything at around one o’clock in the morning. So it was really late. I was thinking on the first point, all I wanted was to win the first point.
I was thinking about that all night”. Olivo, who lived in France from age 12 to 16 training and living at the Patrick Mouratoglou academy, made Tsonga suffer his earlier loss at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005. Haas b.
Federer – Stuttgart Tommy Haas beat Roger Federer in the oldest ATP match since 1982. Haas became the 3rd player who beat Roger on grass twice, after Lleyton Hewitt and Novak Djokovic and the oldest to defeat a top 5 since Jimmy Connors in Memphis 1992.
For the second time this season, Federer lost after missing a match point. Haas completed a 2-6 7-6 6-4 and gave his old friend the first defeat in a debut match on grass since Mario Ancic ousted him at Wimbledon 2002. Muller b Nadal - Wimbledon Oops, he did it again.
Twelve years after defeating a teenager Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Gilles Muller won the match of the tournament and broke Nadal's 28-set winning streak at the majors. The 34 years old won 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 15-13 to advance to a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the second time in his career, the first since the 2008 US Open.
“Definitely it's the biggest win [of my career], I would say,” said Muller who delivered 30 aces to Nadal's 23 and became the sixth man to beat the Spaniard at least twice at Grand Slam-level after Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt and David Ferrer.
“In the fifth, you play against a player like him, that’s serving well, you know you are on the deadline,” said Nadal, never reaching the quarterfinals at the Championships since advancing to the final in 2011.
“It just depends on a few balls. He was a little better than me in those few balls.” Shapovalov b Nadal - Rogers Cup Nine years ago, Denis Shapovalov posed with Rafael Nadal, in a red baseball cap, before the Spaniard started his match against a struggling Igor Andreev.
Last August, the 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ontario completed a shocking 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) comeback victory over top-needed Nadal at the Rogers Cup. ‘It’s my worst loss of the year because it’s my loss to the opponent with the lowest ranking and because I had the chance to be world number one” said Nadal, who was 3-0 up in the deciding tie-breaker.
Shapovalov became the youngest quarter-finalist at a Masters Series tournament ever, and the youngest to beat a top-2 opponent since Nadal beat Federer in 2004 in Miami. The Canadian, after 249 events and 1992 spots, became the youngest quarterfinalist ever in a Masters 1000 and would be remembered, after his quarter-final success over Mannarini, as the youngest semi-finalist on tour since Ruud, 18, at 2017 Rio de Janeiro.
The Canadian would then become the youngest since 1989 to reach the Us Open fourth round and to break into the top 50 since the same Nadal. “He is a serious talent” Mats Wilander said to Eurosport. “To be 100 per cent honest, you cannot compare Shapovalov to any other youngster.
He is a completely different level. He has the fire of Nadal and the speed around the court of Nadal and he has the grace of Federer. It’s unbelievable.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DW2PzE0sqvc Rublev b Dimitrov - Us Open Playing his fourth Us Open match ever, after falling in the first round in 2015, Rublev took his first top 10 win.
The Russian beat the Cincinnati champion, Grigor Dimitrov, who had won 13 consecutive sets, 7-5, 7-6, 6-3, hitting 36 winners, 23 off his blistering forehand side. “I know that Grigor is a much more experienced player than me” Rublev candidly admitted.
“Before the match I was thinking that I would have to play the match at my rhythm and my speed, because I know that at my speed I can play with anybody and compete with the top players. The main thing was to try to find my rhythm and play my game and in the end I did that.” The Russian recovered from 2-5 in the first set, maintaining stubbornly his strategy to pick Dimitrov's backhand.
The Russian gained in confidence and when Dimitrov double faulted at 3-5 in the second set tiebreak he put a virtual end to the match. The Bulgarian collected 49 errors, compared to 35 for Rublev who broke in the fourth game of the final set to seal the victory.
Goffin b. Federer - ATP Finals Roger Federer moved unbeaten through the round robin at the ATP Finals for the tenth time in his career. He was considered the number 1 favorite as he faced David Goffin, an opponent he had beaten in all the six previous clashes, in the semifinals.
Yet Goffin turned the tables to win 2-6 6-3 6-4. The Belgian, in his best season ever, became the first player to beat the Top 2 players at the Nitto ATP Finals since 2009 and only the sixth to defeat Nadal and Federer in the same tournament.
“For the first time I played my best tennis, and I played a little bit more relaxed after the first set. I started to feel the ball really well for the first time, and continued to serve and played my best tennis today,” Goffin said.
“It is the greatest win of my career, for sure”. .