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Novak Djokovic: Can the Serb bounce back at the French Open?
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World No.1 Novak Djokovic has been in erratic form after getting one over King of clay Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Masters in April. The Serbian was ruthless in that final against the 11-time Grand Slam champion, and experts around the globe predicting a shift in power on the red dirt. Even the most relentless of Nadal fans felt the shivers in their spine, something similar to what they felt before the 2011 French Open, when the Serb had ran ragged. The beast from Eastern Europe had risen again, and with Nadal just coming off a long injury stint one would have felt that 2013 will be the year when Djokovic will clinch that elusive title in Paris.
And although this might just be a bit premature but to say that Novak is still being seen in the same light as he was when he clinched the Monte Carlo title last month, would be a major exaggeration. The Serb will once again enter the tournament as one of the favorites, but definitely not a joint favorite with Rafa. After that loss, the Spaniard has galvanized himself in a time of adversity and has in the end accumulated more ATP points than he did in 2012 till this point in the season. A fantastic return considering the fact that he won three titles last year too, Nadal has comeback tremendously.
On the flipside, the World’s No.1 has been hugely erratic. A second round exit in Madrid followed by a quarterfinal blemish in Rome isn’t exactly the kind of build up that Djokovic was looking for before the start of the most important Grand Slam of the year for him. This unforeseen downward spiral is somewhat down to the Djoker’s cavalier attitude, as the same kind of intensity wasn’t visible in the two aforementioned events. The Serb’s loss to Tomas Berdych in Rome was especially surprising as he served for the match in the second set, and despite that he allowed the Czech to comeback and take the set. Novak had lost just the one match to Berdych in their previous 14 meetings before the match, and that is something that exemplifies the Djoker’s uncharacteristic drop in intensity.
Generally a player who thrives on adversity, Novak is once again poised to face a tough test on the red dirt of Paris. Can he bounce back? – That is a question only he can answer, as the motivation for Novak couldn’t be greater. However to do that and finally complete his career Grand Slam, the Serb requires a holistic change in attitude.
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