A few months ago Novak Djokovic was unstoppable. We were talking about Olympic Gold and calendar Grand Slams however a lot can change quite quickly in Tennis and he has gone from looking unstoppable to fragile.
The world number one crashed out of the Olympics before the tournament really got going losing in straight sets against Juan Martin Del Potro who defeated Djokovic in the bronze medal match in 2012 and this was followed from his exit in the doubles not long after as he and Zimonjic lost their match. Djokovic also will not be playing in the mixed doubles despite rumours he could link up with Ana Ivanovic but this will not happen and Novak has also withdrawn from Cincinnati in a couple of weeks’ time citing an on-going wrist injury and will not be back in competitive action until the US Open.
Novak has looked quite fragile recently. His performance against Sam Querrey at Wimbledon lacked any bite or that usual steel you usually get from him on the baseline it just lacked that feeling which was missing in the match against Del Potro as well with the world number one on the back foot despite looking really good in Montreal just over a week before the Olympics.
Flushing Meadows is where Novak will return in a couple of weeks’ time, all eyes will be on him after recently suffering with this shoulder/wrist injury. After upset in Wimbledon and Rio the next big challenge will be New York and to go into the tournament in three weeks’ time with little preparation under his belt may be very difficult but we will have to wait and see…