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World No.2 Novak Djokovic has had a slightly subdued year so far, having won the Aussie Open to start the year, Nole has slowly started to fade.
It all started at Indian Well, where Djokovic arrived as the top seed and as the defending champion. He looked motivated this time as he was defending his title (and ATP points), unlike in Dubai. He had cruised through the opening rounds, but in the semis, Novak met a determined John Isner who defeated him in an epic match 6-7,6-3.3-6.
Then in the clay-court season, Djokovic did well to reach the finals at Monte Carlo, but somehow the Serb lacked the kind of concentration levels that he had last year, and at the start of this year. At the Madrid and Rome masters, Djokovic lost in the quarters and in the final to Nadal.
At Roland Garros then, Djokovic was erratic once more, with some fairly poor displays before reaching the final, where he once again lost to Nadal in the final. The writing was already on the wall, it seemed definitely signalled that all is not right in the Djokovic camp.
Once at Wimbledon, Djokovic seemed to have recovered and put in some fantastic displays. He ran through his matches reaching the semis dropping just one set. In the semi then, against now World No.1 Roger Federer, Djokovic put in yet another wayward performance as a conniving Federer won it in four sets. With it Nole lost his World No.1 ranking, and his edge on Grass too.
With the Olympics being played at the All England Club, Novak will have his hands full when he faces off with Roger and defending Olympics champion Rafael Nadal.
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