Saturday, February 28, 2009
I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much of Novak Djokovic this first half of the year.
I know he ended last year on a pretty good note, but coming in this year with a new stick just really baffled me: Why do that when you're coming off a career year? I thought he wouldn't make a decent adjustment until mid-year at least.
But picking up Dubai today shows he's getting on track. Granted, this wasn't the field it was expected to be with so many injury withdrawals, supposed injury withdrawals and boycotts, but any title's a good title. He had to do some fighting this week, particularly against Gilles Simon in the semis. I'm sure this could help Djoko going forward confidence-wise with Davis Cup and Indian Wells coming up in the weeks ahead.
And congrats, too, to David Ferrer for a nice run to the finals. He's someone, too, that needed a good run in an event. He's one of those guys that definitely have to fight for everything, which can be a grind as far as maintaining success goes. But you can never count him out. And I guess the same can be said for Djoko, too.