Big reason Djokovic was such a good sport after losing the US Open finals.
Posted by tennisplanet on September 15, 2010
He is NOT ready to take the next step?
Just barely beating a ‘in poor form’ Federer appeared to have fed his hunger. While the victory celebration may not have reflected the true essence of what Djokovic really felt after beating Federer, it was nevertheless a milestone that he seemed more than content with. Carrying that tired crutch into the finals further stifled the passion needed to win the title. In retrospect, he may have hoped that the rain delay actually hadn’t happened to allow him to defend the lopsided loss much more forcefully.
Translation: After the match, Djokovic showed no signs of a competitor who believed he could win the title. Part of it surely was his utmost concern in protecting his brand given how much it has already been battered. Roddick episode and the consequent fan wrath must have played into it too.
It was as if he was in the finals PURELY to win over fans by 1) making a match out of it despite the fatigue and 2) being a good sport after the loss. And he felt he could have achieved both without the rain delay far more effectively.
Not with it yet? Try this: Contrast this with Nadal’s over five-hour match against Verdasco in the semis at the AO (this semifinal at USO Djokovic vs Federer was 3:44) – right before beating Federer in the finals – in five sets AND wait for it …………another FIVE HOURS.
Bottom line: Djokovic cannot allow outside influence to stifle his personality AND game on the court without producing collateral damage. Antidote? Forget about being a nice guy before it’s too late.