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Fatigued Djokovic Falls In Miami

March 27, 2010

Novak Djokovic continued his frightening form today with a three set loss to Olivier Rochus. Whilst Rochus apparently played the tennis of his life, there is no question that 62 unforced errors off the Djokovic racket would have helped. Djokovic double faulted ten times and blew the same number of break point opportunities. When asked what happened today, Djokovic replied, “I don’t feel great on the court, and everybody could see that. Life goes on, you know.” Clearly a wounded warrior, Djokovic will head back to Europe to focus on his clay court game.

With back to back losses to Rochus and Ljubicic, Djokovic fans are left scratching their heads. Ljubicic put his win down to Djokovic’s fatigue, pointing out that the Serb is playing long rallies, three set matches, and played Davis Cup in between Dubai and Indian Wells. Let’s hope he takes a good week off to recover both physically and mentally before he prepares to follow-up on his excellent 2009 clay court campaign.

What is more disappointing than Djokovic’s loss today was the Miami crowd. They booed and jeered Djokovic as he sprayed more and more balls. With his confidence already at rock bottom it is the last thing he needs. Djokovic hates to disappoint fans and, as evident from the 2008 US Open debacle, he takes it personally when they turn against him. Booing a struggling player is almost unheard of in tennis. The Miami crowd showed a lack of class in doing so and should hang their heads in shame.

As we move on to clay, Djokovic fans can only be thinking one thing: ‘Thank God the hard-court season is over…

Novak Djokovic

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