Djokovic The Last Man Standing

Feb 28, 2009

Novak Dkokovic has landed his first tournament win of the season with a straight sets vistory over Spaniard David Ferrer in Dubai. And while a win is a win, the lack of top five ranked opposition leaves some doubt as to whether or not Djokovic is back to his best yet after his controversial decision to switch racquet manufacturers just weeks before the Australian Open earlier this year.

Before the tournament began Federer and Nadal had both been ruled out through injuries, which many thought would leave Murray and Djokovic to fight it out for the title. In another twist to the tale, Andy Murray was forced to withdraw from the tournament before his quarter final, to head home and have tests done on a mystery virus that has been hampering his performances all year.

“I got it the first time in Australia,” Murray said of the illness. “I woke up in the middle of the night sweating. I got antibiotics from the doctor yesterday evening after the match and they obviously didn’t help that much.

“I got up, had some breakfast and then slept again for three hours and then the guys woke me up and I wasn’t feeling good.”

Which left only Djokovic of the Big 4, and while victory was his he had to work hard in his semi-final to come from a set down against fast improving Frenchman Gilles Simon. I’m sure he’s is happy to claim the title but he is probably at the stage where he’d like to know exactly where his game is right now in comaprison to the players who have shown strong form early on in the year. If he takes anything from this tournament it will be the confidence in knowing that he is almost back to playing the impressive style of tennis we saw from him through much of 2008.

And he won’t have to wait long for the most difficult of challenges – Serbia head to Bendidorm, Spain this week for the first round of the Davis Cup where they will do battle with the defending champions. As it stands right now, Nadal has been selected to play, and with him having had some time to recuperate from a troublesome knee injury, Djokovic will have his work cut out against the greatest clay courter of all time, on his preferred surface, in front of a passionate home crowd.

In other news…

The Showman Is Back

Andre Agassi is stepping out of retirement to take part in the World Team Tennis (WTT) league. It has been reported that Agassi will play two tournaments for the Philadelphia Freedoms in July, with one tie in Philly, and the other in Newport Beach, California. This is not the first time he has competed in the league, having played for a couple of seasons at the start of this decade.

If you’d like more info on the WTT head over to their website at

Murray In Doubt For Davis Cup

The mystery illness that forced his withdrawal from the tournament in Dubai this week has left Andy Murray a doubtful starter for their Davis Cup tie against Ukraine. Britain are not currently in th elite World Group of the competition and much hope would rest on the shoulders of Murray to turn that situation around for next season. season.

Written by: Crooksy

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