The unexpected loss by Novak Djokovic to Olivier Rochus in the opening round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami today may have been shocking to some, but for some reason, it didn’t surprise me. I say that after having seen Djokovic play over the last few weeks and just noticing how much effort he puts on the court and how much that effort takes out of him.
Aside from Dubai where he repeated as champion, Djokovic has not been able to get anything going so far in 2010. Why is that? One could say it’s his tough ATP schedule but it’s not like the other players don’t have grueling schedules as well. And other players have injuries and issues of their own, Rafael Nadal being the first one to come to mind.
During his match today in Miami, Djokovic played passive points and hit a lot of wild errors prompting some in the crowd to boo what appeared to be a less than 100% effort. After losing the tough three setter 6-2, 6-7 (7), 6-4, Djokovic was asked this question in his press conference.
Q. Obviously it’s a tough out for anybody, but do you feel like since Serbia something’s missing, your serve, your offense, something, confidence? Continue reading