When the hyper-athletic Gael Monfils came back from 2-6 0-3 to force the Paris Masters final to a decider, Novak Djokovic could have thought that was becoming the nth lost chance of his strange season.
The Paris-born, with half-Martinican half-Guadalupean blood, appealed to all his battling instinct, all his fighter nature, but it wasn't enough. Losing only three points on his serve in the first set, Djokovic pumped his fist when he took a 5-2 lead with a forehand winner down the line. He won the set in the next game when Monfils hit his first double-fault.
registered 21 unforced error in a tense and rollercoaster second set, when he
broke to 2-
14,000 fans were more and more delighted while
In the final set, Djokovic broke in the fourth game with a little help from Monfils, who lost his serve with his third double-fault of the match. Djokovic also double-faulted on Monfils' break point in the seventh game and the 15th-seeded Frenchman leveled at 4-4 and eventually force a tiebreaker. And Monfils, after such an outstanding performance, closed the match in the poorest way, doublefaulting for the fourth time.
confirmed he's in dramatic form heading to holding his Masters Cup title in
For the third conecutive time he will finish the season as the third best ranked player behind Federer and Nadal (it's uncertain yet in what order R&R will occupy the two spots).
season, anyway, it remain a sense of unfinished, as if he could have really
become a treat for the Big Two, without really succeeding in doing it, aside
for the Paris Masters semifinal when he forced Nadal to lost 14 service points
in a row. In this two weeks he defeated Roger Federer, in the
So, you could ask, why a player who can play so has won only minor titles before Bercy? Why has he failed in the majors? Peter Bodo resumes his season in terms of periodization.
«In the six
week span between between Jan. 1 and Feb. 16, Djokovic played 9 competitive
matches. Then, from that latter day to March
From mid-April until the middle of May, Djokovic played 14 matches - an average of roughly 1 match every two days. And from mid-May until mid-June, Novak played another dozen matches, bringing him to the doorstep of Wimledon. From mid-June to the end of August, Djokovic played just 14 matches, slightly below 1:2. But in the two months spanning September and October, he played just 15 matches, an average of one every four days.
us up to
I think that the matter could be another. The tricky Serb suffers a bit of pressures when he faces great players on the big stages, and tends to remain excessively passive in those occasions. When he's adrenalinic, he's furious. When not, he could be addomesticated. If Novak will be able to reduce the gaps between the ups and the downs in his rollercoaster years, he could aim to the ranking peak.