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3 Reasons Why Novak Djokovic will win the US Open?
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At the start of the year when the World No.1 Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to complete a three-peat of titles at the Australian Open, not only he was happy, he declared that winning the French Open was the ultimate goal for him in 2013. And, when he snapped the Spaniard’s 46 match winning streak on the picturesque Court Central in Monte Carlo, it looked like that the Belgrade native was on course to translate his words into action.
But then he was shocked by Baby Fed Grigor Dimitrov in his opener at Madrid and then committed harakiri in his quarterfinal match-up against the Czech Tomas Berdych as he led 6-2, 5-2 in the clash before allowing the World No.6 to plant his foot in the door and thereafter it was Berdych cruised through to tight three set triumph.
However, the defeat that would have hurt the Aussie Open champ the most came at the hands of the King of Clay in Paris as he was just two games away from dethroning the Majorcan at Court Philippe Chatrier, but Rafa’s unmatched will to win saw him through in an epic five setter on that day. Subsequently, he stated that that loss hasn’t affected him at all and his was extremely positive about his chances of hoisting his second trophy at the hallowed greens of the All England Club.
Nevertheless, that wasn’t to be as, despite steamrolling all his challengers until the semifinals at SW19, Novak was pushed to the limits in his last 4 encounter by the Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro and then in the final he was completely outplayed by home hero Andy Murray and that’s why he went on to lose in straight sets to the Brit.
Now with the US Open less than a month away, can Nole – the wounded tiger outperform his adversaries at Flushing Meadows and claim his second crown at the Arthur Ashe Stadium? Or will he leave the National Tennis Center with empty hands for the second year in a row? TennisEarth tries to seek the responses to the queries regarding Djokovic’s mission in Canada and the United States?
1. The Serb will be eager to prove his dominance on the synthetic courts: Unlike grass that is Djokovic’s worst surface and clay where someone else can outstretch and overrun him in the punishing rallies (read Nadal), hard-courts have always been the Monte Carlo resident’s abode of dominance as he has been simply outstanding on that surface.
In fact, the last time he failed to reach at least the final of a Slam on a hard-court was in Melbourne in 2010 and that was a good four years ago. Since then, he has been virtually unbeatable on cement as he has lost only two matches at the US Open in the previous four editions of the tournament and those two defeats came at the hands of Nadal in 2010 and Murray in 2012. The truth is that, he had nearly pulled a miraculous win over the Super Scot in the final last year and in 2013, he would be more hungrier than ever to win his 7th Major title of his career at the Big Apple.
2. He will be 100% fit as a month-long break would have healed his ankle: Ever since Novak twisted his ankle in late March in a Davis Cup tie against the United States there have been various rumors about the exact state of his left ankle. The speculation got much more intense when his Coach Marion Vadja was quoted as saying that his charge was suffering from a hairline fracture in his left leg and that was not allowing him to play as freely as he would have wanted on a tennis court.
But, the greatest slugger of all time has opted not to play since his defeat to Murray at the Big W and if there was any sort of fracture, then it would have sufficient amount of time to mend before he returns to action in Montreal on the 5th of August.
3. No Federer, No challenge for Novak on the hard-courts: As funny it may sound at the moment, the reality is that Roger Federer was the last man who offered a battering to Novak on a synthetic court and that happened in the final of the Cincinnati Masters just before the US Open last year. What would surprise a lot of people is the verity that the Swiss bageled Novak in the opening set and sailed through to a quick-fire win.
And even though the Glaswegian trumped him in the championship duel at the last Grand Slam of the year in 2012, Novak had Murray on the ropes in the 3rd and the 4th sets and had the momentum in the decider before the Wimbledon champion found his way to eventually prevail in four hours and 48 minutes. Murray once again troubled him at the Shanghai Masters as Djokovic had to save a couple of match-points in that one, but ultimately he scraped past him to triumph at the Flower Stadium.
Once more the stage is all set for a Murray Djokovic final in New York as Federer’s back issues have continued on and his form too hasn’t been impressive of late. So, the top ranked guy on the men’s circuit can concentrate all his energies in making strategies for the Scot and in the hindsight for Rafa as well.
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