“I am extremely disappointed not to be able to compete at the China Open this year. I’m still recovering from my elbow injury and have been advised not to play until my condition improves. I will continue with my rehabilitation and hope to be able to return to the ATP Tour as soon as possible,” the 2016 Australian and French Open champion said. “The China Open is one of my favourite tournaments. I have had a lot of success there, winning the title six times. I love competing in front of the passionate Chinese fans and I look forward to coming back to Beijing in the future.”
Some unfortunate news for Djokovic fans as the world number one had to pull out of Beijing due to an elbow injury but a good decision not to take any risks. Djokovic currently has a 2000+ point lead over Murray in the race so there is no serious pressure on him.
If Djokovic had withdrawn from the US Open or if Murray had won the US Open it would have been a different story. But the fact that Djokovic made the final and Murray lost in the quarterfinals puts Djokovic in a comfortable position at the top of the rankings.
You wouldn’t expect his lead in the rankings just to evaporate after all the dominance since the beginning of 2015. That would have seemed almost unfair. But all credit to Djokovic for playing at the US Open when he clearly wasn’t 100% and making the final.
There was definitely something off about his serving and mentally he didn’t look as sharp as usual. So in a way, this news is welcome since it doesn’t leave much doubt about the fact that Djokovic was not 100% in New York.
Djokovic is still in a dominant position over his two main rivals
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The period from the beginning of 2015 until the French Open this year was an incredibly productive but at the same time an energy sapping period for him. Ideally he’d almost want to take the rest of the year off after that but, of course, tennis is a sport that hardly has an offseason.
The main thing for Djokovic is to end the year number one for the fifth time which will equal him with Federer. The World Tour Finals is another important event where he’d want to tie Federer at six titles.
The rest doesn’t really matter. He can even skip Shanghai and play only Paris to prepare for London but as fans, we hope he will play Shanghai. Personally, I just want him to recover from all the injury problems and mental fatigue and come back completely fresh in 2017.
But yeah, there are still a couple of things he has left to do this year.
- 2015 Beijing Final