It is a common belief that luck is a huge factor in success. We mentioned this here, however, not to elaborate on this belief, but on the logic underlying this belief, and then exemplify such elaboration through several tennis events that should not have happened. That luck exists means that randomness plays a significant role in the workings of the universe, in how things turn out the way they do. Such point that randomness in this world is very real, can be proven the results of some past matches that should not have been the way they were.

Baghdatis bt. Federer (3R Indian Wells 2010)

Federer is known to choke on match points in critical situations (defined as pressure situations with a person who by right can actually pressurize Federer), so his chokes in this match against Baghdatis was bizarre. Federer was playing well throughout the match, and had 3 match points (2 of which were practically given away), but bizarrely dropped the match after bringing the third deciding set to a tie-break. The shock of such a loss could be made out when one considers the fact that Federer has never lost any of their other encounters (Federer has a 7-1 lead in the head-to-head with Baghdatis). To be fair, upsets happen when some players for some reason happened to be in 'a roll' during that tournament (like Berdych's feverish storming into the finals of the 2010 Wimbledon championships, which was equally as unexpected), but Baghdatis crashed out to Robredo in the next round! What explains this best? Luck. Randomness.

Seppi bt. Federer (3R Australian Open 2015)

Now this result is a massively bizarre one. I actually smirked in response to the commentators of that match who were praising the quality of Seppi's game during that match. A fallacy of associating what actually is with what it appears to be, I believe. Do they get how bizarre that result was. Not only was that the only match that Seppi had won in their 15 encounters, Seppi had only won one other set from Federer outside of that match! The highlight of that bizarreness was however that exceptional and surreal passing shot of Seppi's to finish the match. Yes, surreal is exactly the word for this. Seppi, known for his stable baseline player with barely any displays of even above-average dexterity, performed one of the mot (perhaps even the most) dexterous act of his at the most critical moment of his career!

Soderling bt. Nadal (4R French Open 2009)

This would have to top our list of the weirdest of weird results of tennis matches. This is the match of the only person who has ever beaten Nadal on a clay court at the French Open during a time when Nadal was thoroughly fit to compete (the 2015 loss to Djokovic does not count for Nadal was then not thoroughly fit, due to bad form). In the aftermath of that shock defeat, one would hear tennis analysts pander around the boring oversimplified answer that Soderling pulled it off not too unexpectedly given the high bouncing topspin shots of Nadal making it easy for Soderling to do 'smack-downs'. What they do not realize, or perhaps pretend not to realize, is that Nadal is known for overcoming the odds by yards, and such a trait he has warded off before on numerous times - his past encounters against Soderling were all triumphs.

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