Djokovic barely beats Robredo. Title hopes dashed?
Posted by tennisplanet on September 2, 2008
If you are planning to win this year’s US Open and you have the following road ahead of you, this is the last match you want at this juncture: Roddick, Federer and Nadal.
Or is it? Can this match be a catalyst to arouse the giant within Djokovic like it has done numerous times with greats like Sampras, Federer etc.? The biggest silver lining for Djokovic has to be the mental boost he will receive knowing he can physically withstand a three hour 44 minutes five-setter and come out as a winner. It may not be the best match physically but how many times have we seen the mind exhorting the physical body to great heights?
Just the fact that he was able to finish a match this long, will not only register the spike in Djokovic in many ways, but it will also erase the notion of him being physically vulnerable in the locker room.
That being said, he is now getting into a dog fight with clowns who have almost half his ‘time on court’, not to mention the sets they have lost compared to him. With three legitimate contenders back to back on a hard court in a five set format is a daunting task even when you are Nadal.
Both Federer and Nadal must be pleased to see Djokovic extended at his last two matches, raising hopes that his breathing, back etc. problem will flare up sooner than later.
Djokovic served just 11 aces in five freaking sets. That will not get it done against both Roddick and Federer who are currently as close to being an ace machine as you can get.
Translation: This match may have ended Djokovic’s chances of winning the US Open. It’s not that he was having a dominating run here anyway to feel too bad for him. With both Roddick and Federer getting closer to their usual self, it’s hard to imagine Djokovic getting past even Roddick. If he does, Federer should all but close the deal in straight sets.
Nadal would have preferred a much fresher Djokovic until at least he faced Federer to drain some of the fuel for an easier time in the finals. But he may still be happy knowing he will be facing a fragile Federer than a young ambitious Djokovic.
Another Federer-Nadal guaranteed? Looks like it, don’t you think?