Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rumors of his demise may have been greatly exaggerated

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.

(Photo: AP)


heather threatt said...
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RiCH said...

I think it was a really important for the very fact that he was the last top baller left standing after all the withdrawals. So all the pressure was on him to win and he managed to pull through some tough spots and hoist the trophy.

I expect him to get back on track - he usually does well at IW but we'll have to keep an eye on him at Miami where his results aren't so great.

hcfoo said...

Personally I think the opportunity was already opened for Nole when the other top players pulled out from Dubai. This win is a boost for him after a slow start this year. We're definitely going to see more wins from him but I doubt he's going to hang on to his no.3 rank for long.

heyheyhey said...

I agree with hcfoo. There really wasn't anybody of note for him to beat once Murray pulled out. He still had trouble. I think the only way Djokovic has a good year is if he stays healthy and everyone else (top ten) is injured.

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