As we enter the second half of the season Djokovic just won his second title of the year. The last title he won was at the beginning of the first half of the season. After that, the struggled continued. Will things turn out differently this time around?
It has been just about exactly one year since Djokovic’s slump started. That is quite a long time for a player of his quality. So it wouldn’t surprise me if this time around he is back for real. That said, it is just an ATP 250 event and he failed after his runs in Doha and Rome.
I don’t want to get carried away and as a fan, I am just taking it once match at a time. The title is Eastbourne is already quite special for Djokovic because it is only his 4th grass court title. Today he beat Monfils 6-3, 6-4 in a very decent performance.
I couldn’t watch but it certainly seems to be his best match of the week. Playing Eastbourne turned out to be a good decision because it has given him the ideal preparation for Wimbledon. If you want to read more about the final you can check out my Facebook page by clicking in the right sidebar.
- Wimbledon Draw
Speaking of Wimbledon, the draw was made yesterday and it looks like a well-balanced draw. Djokovic has Del Potro in the third round again which seems strange and he also has Lopez in the fourth round. He could also play Thiem again in the quarterfinals but Thiem is not that great on grass so he could well play Gasquet or maybe even Berdych.
Then Djokovic and Federer are in the same half which makes for an interesting potential semi-final in the bottom half but like I said with Djokovic I am not looking past the first round while with Federer I am already assuming he will be in the semis.
Federer still has to be the favorite at this point but his road to the semis is not exactly a cakewalk either with the likes of Dimitrov and Raonic/A. Zverev in his quarter.
In the top half, Murray has Wawrinka in his quarter which is a tough one and he also has the likes of Fognini, Kyrgios, and Pouille as potential opponents. Not easy at all for someone with a very mediocre record at number one.
As for Nadal, he also has a tricky draw with Istomin/Young in round two, Kachanov in round three, Muller/Karlovic in round four, and Cilic in the quarters. So really none of the big four has it easy and there is a lot of tennis to be played before the semis.
I’d be surprised if they all four make it through to the semis but that sure would be interesting!