Blueprint for Djokovic to take over the No. 1 rank, next season.
Posted by tennisplanet on November 27, 2007
There is absolutely no doubt, based on how the season has gone, for the top contenders, that Djokovic is the most lethal threat, for Federer’s hold on the No. 1 post.
Nadal and Nalbandian, may be there too, but it’s Djokovic leading the charge.
This season, gave clear clues to Djokovic, on what he needs to work on, to take the next big step. Tennis has dropped similar hints to many, since the inception of the game.
Did you know, that most heart patients ignore the doctor’s warnings, on what food they should avoid, even if they have had, quadruple heart surgeries? That’s true of any disease. Look at your own self, or a close family member, and you will have the proof.
If people can do that for clues that determine life and death, you can imagine how seriously these tennis indicators fare. Safins, Baghdatises, Agassis are all over the place, to set strong precedents.
What Djokovic engaged himself in, these 45 days, will determine the outcome next year. If he partied, and went ‘Baghdatis’ to enjoy the newly found status, money, attention, girls etc. he actually should be banned next year.
He needs to hire a more high profile and professional coach, from now on. He has milked everything from the current one.
He talked to John McEnroe during the US Open. If he can get McEnroe on his side, in any capacity, he will surely reap massive dividends.
Every freaking cucumber knows that physical fitness and conditioning, is what screamed out of this season. His back is suspect, and like knee problems, has no cure. You either rest, or go under the knife.
Rest of his body has to get stronger, to take the load off his back. If he is not able to quickly and effectively solve his back issues, he could turn into another Nadal on the fast surface.
Scaling back the schedule is another way to solve the problem. Concentrating more on the Grand Slams, to the exclusion of everything else, would be a good start.
If he aims for the top spot, without paying his dues on the big stage, he may find himself running into the ground, without too much to show for it, specially against the backdrop of this season. Winning at least one Grand Slam, has to be the priority, ahead of the No. 1 spot.
That also means not having a front-loaded season. Ease into the season, to test the fitness, and ensure that you make a strong finish in November. Why? Because, most likely the top spot, like this year, will be decided in the last month.
A good physiotherapist can help. You think!!!!!!!!!!!!
Keep the fun going, but if you cannot come up with anything else, shelve the freaking impersonations, for good.
We would also like to see proof, of what all those cows, that the doctor received from you, brought to your life. Be sure to show it to Federer in the locker room. Intimidation is the word.