Bagel in Basel: 5 Things We Learned from Novak Djokovic's Defeat

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Bagel in Basel: 5 Things We Learned from Novak Djokovic's Defeat
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The first semifinal of the Swiss Indoors looked to be clear-cut from the very beginning, as Novak Djokovic, the reigning world No. 1 and seemingly an invincible juggernaut, went up against the rising Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori.

They have only met once prior to the semifinal encounter, where the Serb crushed Nishikori in straight sets on the red clay of Roland Garros. 

During the first set, it looked as if it would be the third straight year that Djokovic would be heading to the final, putting him on track to win his 11th title of year. The Serb raced through the opening set towards a 5-1 lead.

However, a break of serve and troubling shoulder pains got the better of the world No.1 as he went on to lose 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0.

In defeat, Djokovic has added another loss to his almost perfect year. Nishikori will be facing the Swiss maestro Roger Federer, who dispatched his compatriot and Davis Cup doubles partner, Stanislas Wawrinka, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in their semifinal.

Here are five things we learned from the match.

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