Saturday, May 11, 2013
Djokovic French Open Plans in Disarray
No one expected what happened on Tuesday afternoon as world number one, Novak Djokovic, crashed out early at the Madrid Open with a defeat that casts his chances of winning the Roland Garros crown this summer into serious doubt.
Djokovic lost in the second round on clay 7-6 6-7 6-3 to Bulgaria’s Gregor Dimitrov, who had not earned a set over the Serb in their previous two meetings.
Yet the 21-year-old did not let history repeat itself and after saving set point at 5-4 down in the first careered to an early lead before finishing Djokovic off in the last.
The result shocked many sports betting news reporters simply because Djokovic was on course to win this title after recovering from an ankle injury to win the Monte Carlo crown.
Or so it seemed. Two weeks ago, Djokovic appeared comfortable on clay as he dispatched Rafael Nadal at the Monaco final and he was set to continue his impressive run of form into Madrid.
Yet clearly, his ankle problems have not been solved as he underwent treatment for his injury midway through the second set. Yet while his fitness was a factor in his defeat on Tuesday, come the French Open it will not define whether he wins the clay slam.
Plenty other factors come into play during Roland Garros and form as well as fitness is crucial to victory. Nadal is the modern day king of clay and he has always benefitted from solid results in build-up tournaments before the French.
With three clay titles already this season the Spaniard is set to lead the way into Roland Garros, while Roger Federer and David Ferrer are likely contenders for the second final spot.
Djokovic needs match practice like this trio, but some tennis betting news outlets believe that he won’t get it.
Sadly, it appears the Serb won’t last too long in France should his ankle affect his training over the next three weeks. He’s already lost major game time with this defeat to Dimitrov and is unlikely to make a competitive serve until emerging onto the famous French courts.