Monday, 13 August 2012

Djokovic Wins Rogers Cup, Now for Cincinnati

Novak Djokovic defended his title and defeated Richard Gasquet to obtain his 3rd win of the Rogers Cup. It took a mere 61 minutes and two easy sets (6-3 6-2) for the Serb to see off the Frenchman and clutch the glass trophy amidst an electric ceremony. This victory was one much needed by Novak, whose performance had noticeably slipped since Wimbledon this year. Word is is that Novak is experiencing some 'personal problems' which have been profound enough to hinder his performance. The world no2 said: "The losses I had in the Olympic Games gave me even more desire to come here and perform my best and try to win a title. I am very happy to be in this position. I truly did not expect to win this tournament after the emotional losses in the Olympics. I really took it hard and tried to bounce back and recover. And I’ve done great, I have to say". Djokovic has a bye for the first round in the subsequent tournament in Cincinnati, and will play Seppi in the second round.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Novak- Passive and Perturbed Since Wimbledon?

After his loss in Wimbledon and failure to defend his title, Nole seemed momentarily determined that he would go for it at the London 2012 Olympics. Arguably, his body language during his semi-final match against Andy Murray was demonstrating otherwise. Nole is used to the majority of the audience supporting his opponent but yesterday it seemed to get to him, there was a lack of fire from him and he looked helpless most of the time. Nole lost the match 5-7 5-7, gaining no points at all during the last game. The Serb said after: "I had a lot of break balls in the second set... Practically every service game, I had chance in the second set to make a break, especially the one at 5-all. It’s a disappointing loss. But he deserves to be in the final. He played better in the important moments. He served extremely well and used that element in his game efficiently when he needed to. The crowd gave him a support and positive energy. He managed to use that in his favour and win the match... I will try to compose myself, try to gather all the positive energy, as much as I can. The motivation is always there. I will try to repeat the success that I had four years ago". The motivation might have been there as 'always', but so were the effects against the 'positive energy' Murray was receiving in abundance.It came as a blow to Djokovic fans when he was unable to defend his bronze medal against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, who lost to Roger Federer in the semis, but will enjoy the delights of a bronze Olympic medal. Djokovic said "He played better. I had my chances, I didn't use them and he deserved to win. [It's a] disappointing end, but I enjoyed it. It was a pleasure playing for my country". It's comforting to know that Nole has enjoyed his time at the London 2012 Olympics. But we and other Nole fans have noticed a slip in his 2011 former self since Wimbledon, which does not compliment Andy Murray's new found high performance which also stemmed from Wimbledon. Certainly, Nole was almost passive during his attempt for bronze against Delpo. We really hope he can become undeniably great again, especially now that the hardcourt season is approaching.