Djokovic Out

May 30, 2009

The world No. 4 Novak Djokovic was one of the first major casualties in the early rounds of the French Open. Today he was beaten Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4 6-4 6-4. It sounded like a lot of it was in his mind; after the defeat Djokovic himself admitted that he couldn’t get into a rhythm or get his body moving well.

 

This is a major disappointment; it seemed as though the Serb would go far in the French Open. I had him lined up as a strong competitor for Nadal’s crown. Then again, I like many others thought he could retain his Australian Open title at the beginning of the year.

 

This should not be seen as the downward spiral of Djokovic, however. More that this is one of those mental and physical dips in his career which he has suffered from in several occasions. He’s a player of highs and lows, but he continues throughout them all. There is a doggedness about Djokovic that doesn’t necessarily means continuity in his play, but means there’s little chance to write him off before he suddenly comes back on form.

 

Unfortunately, it seems as though it’s taken him a while this year. As mentioned previously the Australian Open did not exactly go to plan either, and he lost his world no. 3 spot to Murray this year too. Let’s hope he fares better at Wimbledon.

 

But if there’s one player who can bounce back from this kind of poor run it is Djokovic; he has his head firmly screwed on and his priorities in the right place.  

 

Kohlschreiber will now come up against Tommy Robredo.

Tomorrow for the mens’: Nadal comes up against Robin Soderling, Murray plays Cilic, with the match I’m most excited to see being Verdasco vs. Davydenko. Not only are these two players so captivating to watch, but I want to make sure my prediction of Fernando Verdasco being a competitior for the title is well founded! 

For the womens’ play tomorrow: Sharapova against Na Li, Ana Ivanovic plays Azarenka and world No. 1 Safina plays Aravane Rezai of France.

 

 

- SophieG  

Written by: SophieG

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