BY WASIM PARKAR – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
As the dust settles on an absorbing men’s championship at Wimbledon, it’s time to look forward to the summer season by asking some burning questions as we head into the North American leg of the ATP Tour.
Will Novak Djokovic be motivated after tough losses at the French Open and Wimbledon?
In the aftermath of his Australian Open victory in January, Djokovic claimed that his biggest goal of the year was to win his first French Open. He prepared really well for the clay season, becoming the first man to beat Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo. At Roland Garros he was a break up in the final set against Nadal in the semi-finals. Unfortunately Djokovic couldn’t capitalize as he relinquished his lead and lost his best chance of winning the one grand slam that has eluded him during his stay at the top.
Like a true champion, Djokovic dusted off that painful defeat, and focused on winning Wimbledon for a second time. During the first five matches, Djokovic played as if in a perfect dream. Then came the momentous semi-final against Juan Martin Del Potro, where the Serb used all his resilience to come out on top. Then in the final against Murray, Djokovic lost a three-hour battle in straight sets, despite being a break up in the second and third sets.
How many times can a man get up after being knocked out in a long battle? Djokovic will gladly say there is no limit to that answer. That being said, it probably won’t be a surprise to see Djokovic upset in the early rounds of either of the Canadian or Cincinnati Masters.