The second match in our top 10 countdown may not have been one of the most competitive affairs, but is certainly goes down as one of the bigger upsets of the season. The 35 year old Haas summoned one of his best performances of the season to throughly dominate the top seed and send him home before the quarter-finals. It was the only time this season that Djokovic would exit a tournament before the final eight, which added to the moment.
9. Tommy Haas def. Novak Djokovic 6-2, 6-4
Tommy Haas continued his career revival in 2013 with a shocking fourth round upset over then-World no. 1 Novak Djokovic to reach the quarter-finals of the Sony Open in Miami. The 35 year old German became the oldest man since 1974 to defeat a world no. 1. He dominated the affair to win a surprisingly quick straight sets. While the Serb was by no means at his worst during the match, he was simply unable to keep up with the barrage of shots from Haas and only managed to win six games in the entire match.
Following a quick opening set where Haas displayed some masterful shotmaking and thwarted many of Djokovic’s passing shots, the contest became a closer affair. Djokovic attempted to stay alive in the match but lost a fourth break of serve and eventually the match. The contest lasted 80 minutes and saw Haas at his peak for the season. He would defeat Gilles Simon the following round before bowing out to David Ferrer in the semi-finals. Five weeks later, he would win an all-German final against Philipp Kohlschreiber to win the title in Munich. Haas would win a second title in October, when he defeated Robin Haase in Vienna.
This may not have been a thrilling three set encounter, yet it certainly ranks amongst the most memorable moments of the season. Djokovic had proven to be a dominant force on the tour and to be dispatched with such ease was a surprising sight and an unlikely upset. Novak would later avenge his loss with two victories (Roland Garros and Wimbledon) over the World no. 12 but both were relatively competitive affairs. Haas is on the cusp of entering the top 10 in the ATP rankings next season and with his new found confidence, could easily prove to be a threat for the Serb in future events.