Kei Nishikori has done what has seemed impossible this season – he has beaten Novak Djokovic by taking the third set 6-0. Nishikori defeated the world number one in the Basel semifinals 2-6, 7-6, 6-0 to set up a final against Roger Federer.
Initially it seemed like business as usual for Djokovic who raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set. Djokovic required treatment during the course of the match for a shoulder injury that has bothered him since the American hard court season. The should problem seems to not have healed properly after a recent injury time out and the Serb has been forced to alter his service motion to cope.
“I changed the technique of my serve a little bit. I was forcing it too much because of the injury I have. I’ve carried it since the US Open and I’m still afraid something is going to happen. My rhythm with the serve is not good right now.”
With the Paris Masters now just days away it seems that Djokovic’s remarkable season has most definately taken it’s toll on his body and may force him to end his season prematurely. “I could barely serve for much of the match, I was in pain.
My shoulder is very bad, we won’t even talk about the third set. I have a lot of pain in my body from the competition this week. I hope I can be ready for Paris.
I don’t think I’ll be able to train for the next few days.”
If Nishikori can beat Federer is will be his second ATP level title.
“I’ve always wanted to play Roger. Before the tournament, I was wishing to play him but I was on the other side of the draw and knew I would need to make the final to have a chance to play him. It will be a good challenge for me to play against him.”