It is still over a month away from the French Open starting but Novak Djokovic’s stunning upset of Rafael Nadal 6-2 7-6 in the Monte Carlo final is a breakthrough. This is the first time in over eight years Nadal has not won the Monte Carlo Masters title.
Nadal is the only man on the ATP Tour to win a title eight times in a row he’s dominated Monte Carlo since 2005.
Djokovic played fearless tennis, he attacked Nadal’s backhand approached the net when necessary and he kept Nadal off balance.
Novak also took the ball early on the rise forcing Nadal to react by taking the ball early. Nadal’s strategy against Novak wasn’t smart he kept on hitting the ball to his two handed backhand but that’s Djokovic’s strength.
Against Roger Federer, Nadal’s high looping top spin forehand bounces too high for Federer to generate pace off the backhand side. However, since Djokvovic is six foot two and he has a two handed backhand, Nadal’s topspin forehand doesn’t bother him.
Nadal is still the king of clay though, he’s won the French Open seven out of the last eight years.
Novak Djokovic is off to a good start in the clay court season but the real test is at the French Open at the end of May.
Nadal’s dominance on the clay courts is incredible so although the Monte Carlo masters is not a grand slam anytime a player beats Nadal on clay that’s a cause for celebration.
However, this is Nadal’s second clay court defeat in 2013, he also lost the final of a minor event in February in Chile to a journeyman.
I think the only reason Roger Federer won this match is because Novak Djokovic was off his game today. I also believe since the the roof was closed on the centre court at Wimbledon this helped Federer serve.
I am stunned at this shocking upset! Federer defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3. I can’t believe Roger beat Novak so easily.
Last month in Paris, Novak destroyed Federer to advance to the French Open final. Maybe, Novak was sick and not feeling well and that’s why he lost? I am shocked that Novak lost I was certain since Rafael Nadal was bounced in the second round that the path was clear for Novak to defend his Wimbledon title.
Maybe, Novak is depressed about the death of his grandfather Vladimir?
Since Novak’s grandfather died in April, the spark is gone from his game he’s losing a lot of important matches. He lacks the intensity and desire he seems deflated and exhausted. Novak lost to Nadal in the finals of Monte Carlo, Rome, and the French Open. Now, Novak loses to Roger Federer a man he has dominated for the past two years! I am speechless here I can’t believe this!
I am not surprised that Milos Raonic lost to Sam Querrey in the second round of Wimbledon because I knew it was going to be a tough match. Querrey defeated Raonic 6-7 7-6 7-6 6-4. On paper, Raonic was the favourite because he’s ranked number 21 and Queerey is ranked 64th. However, Querrey is a former top twenty player and he’s coming back from an elbow injury.
This is a terrible result because Rafael Nadal lost yesterday and the door was open for Raonic to do some damage at Wimbledon. Raonic was supposed to reach the fourth round at least and he already has beaten Andy Murray. Since Raonic is the twenty first seed losing in the second round just proves he has a long way to go before he can be considered a contender at a grand slam. Raonic has won three small events in his career but he hasn’t demonstrated that he is ready to take the next big step.
The question has to be asked is Milos Raonic just Canadian media hype? Are Canadians expecting too much from Raonic? In Canada, we have never had a male tennis player ranked in the top twenty five. I understand the excitement of having a talented young Canadian male player competing for Canada. However, Raonic isn’t even ranked in the ATP top twenty he’s currently ranked number twenty one. Raonic hasn’t beaten the big three Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, or Roger Federer. Raonic lost to Federer three times this year in in three set matches. Raonic is close but he still needs a lot of improvement in his game before the Canadian press should call this young man a contender.
How can Raonic be a contender to win Wimbledon when the kid isn’t even ranked in the top ten? I believe Raonic is too nice, too soft, too Canadian. After Raonic lost to Querrey he’s smiling and having a conversation with him. Why is Raonic smiling he just lost the match no need to smile. Where is the bitterness and the anger? Where is the rage? Raonic should be furious at himself for not coming through with the victory.
Milos is an attractive, intelligent young man and he’s very thoughtful but I am not sure if he has the killer instinct? Raonic seems to want to be liked by his peers on the ATP Tour the question is why? The professional tennis tour is competitive, but I am not sure if Raonic has that intense desire to become a champion? I am not saying Raonic needs to be rude but I think he needs to distance himself from the other players emotionally.
Raonic has never reached the quarterfinals of a grand slam event and he hasn’t won a Masters series title. The Canadian media are obsessed with Raonic’s big serve which is a weapon. Raonic also has a powerful forehand and he volleys very well.
However, a closer inspection of Raonic’s game reveals some weaknesses. First, Raonic’s backhand is a weakness and the other men on the ATP Tour have figured it out. Raonic has an excellent slice backhand but his two handed backhand he makes a lot of errors off of it. Raonic tends to hit his two handed backhand into the net a lot. Second, Raonic also has a poor break point conversion rate he doesn’t break serve enough. Raonic can hold his serve which is very important but he has difficulty breaking his opponent’s serve.
A lot of Raonic’s matches have 7-6 scores because he’s not breaking serve enough and hoping to win the set in a tiebreaker. In order for Raonic to reach the top ten he needs to break his opponent’s serve. Raonic’s coach Galo Blanco need to help Raonic realize he’s got to improve his return game if he wants to become a champion.
Raonic only broke Querrey’s serve once despite having five opportunities to break his serve.
Third, Raonic’s movement isn’t the best he moves okay for a six foot five man but he isn’t quick. Raonic needs to improve his movement on the court.
Fourth, I think the Canadian media is to blame because the expectations are simply too high for Raonic. He is only twenty one years of age he needs more time to mature mentally and physically into his body. Finally, I think Raonic needs to improve his fitness he’s skinny but he needs some definition on his body he seems rather fragile. Raonic doesn’t have the ripped abs and muscles like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Also, if Raonic was more physically fit he wouldn’t get tired in his tennis matches.
Last year, Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic did the unthinkable he won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, and dominated men’s tennis. Djokovic also won ten titles and only lost six matches in 2011. At the beginning of 2012, Djokovic won the Australian Open for the third time barely defeating Rafael Nadal. However, Djokovic’s last title was the Miami Masters in March.
Djokovic lost the Monte Carlo, Rome, and French Open finals to Rafael Nadal. Nadal’s is the greatest clay court player in men’s tennis history. Djokovic is the reigning Wimbledon champion if he does not defend his title he will probably lose the number one ranking.
I think one of the reasons Novak is less dominant this year is due to the fact his beloved grandfather Vladimir died in April. The emotional and psychological trauma of his grandfather’s death has affected Novak’s game.
I believe Rafael Nadal is the only man who can seriously challenge Novak at Wimbledon. Since Roger Federer lost to Tommy Haas in the finals in Halle Germany, I am not sure if Federer can challenge Nadal and Djokovic. Federer has lost in the quarterfinals the past two years to big hitters Tomas Berdych and Jo Wilfred Tsonga.
Novak Djokovic blasted Roger Federer 6-4 7-5 6-3 in the second men’s semifinal at the French Open. The writing is on the wall for Federer, he is turning thirty-one in August and I can’t see him winning anymore slams. Federer hasn’t won a grand slam since the 2010 Australian Open.
Federer’s got to be thinking that his time is running out to win grand slams.
Federer is still the third ranked male tennis player in the world but he just can’t seem to beat Rafael and Novak in the slams anymore.
What can Roger possibly do when the number one and number two players in the world are better than him?
Djokovic and Nadal are only twenty five and twenty six years of age. By contrast, Federer is only going to get older he’s not as sharp on the court.
Some people believe Federer’s focus changed when he got married and had children with his wife Mirka. I believe Federer will continue to compete for maybe one more year but he has nothing left to prove.
The only way Federer is going to win a slam is he has to play perfect tennis to defeat Djokovic and Nadal and they must have a bad day. Federer is a great champion but today he looked lethargic and confused on the court. Roger didn’t change tactics he tried to out hit Novak but that’s a stupid strategy. Novak is six years younger than Roger and he’s a lot quicker and more powerful. Novak used the correct strategy attacking Roger’s one-handed backhand and pummeling him into submission.
Meanwhile, in the first men’s semifinal Rafael Nadal destroyed his close friend and Spanish countryman David Ferrer 6-2 6-2 6-1.