5. Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco win the doubles championship
4. Berrer’s defeat of Rafael Nadal, after playing through qualifying
At 34-years-old, Michael Berrer told us in Doha that 2015 would be his final year on tour: “I have made an agreement with my wife that I am allowed to play one more year, so I am really enjoying every single day on the tour.” What a way to start the year…with a win over one of the game’s greatest.
For Michael, now that the decision has been made and he’s focusing on life after tennis (read “Who the hell is Michael Berrer?”), the pressure is off – freeing him up to swing freely, take chances, and pread “A Ride with Michael Berrer”lay his absolute best: “There was not a lot of pressure today, so closing it out was not the most difficult thing. If I lost, nobody would have blamed me. Everybody would have said, ‘Hey, great match. Thank you. Goodbye.'”
With his sports psychology degree, level-headedness and life experience, Michael certainly didn’t let the win go to his head: “Today many good things came together, and we should not overrate this now. It was one victory. Tomorrow everything can change. He was not at his best. But for me, a memorable victory.”
3. Tomas Berdych’s making it to the Final without dropping serve
In fact he’d only had 4 break points against him. (Of course, that would all change in the final versus David Ferrer).
2. Ivo Frickin Karlovic.
Truly impressive tournament – took out Djokovic and was just a few points away from earning his 13th career finals appearance.