“Whether or not I win the French Open, it’s not going to change, significantly, the way I look at my career,” Djokovic said in this video interview produced by Head, his racquet sponsor.
“Of course, it will be nice if I get to win it at least once before I stop playing tennis. But I’m not going to stress myself too much about it.”“I’m just going to enjoy the second part of the season,” Djokovic said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to stay in form and be in good shape for the French Open.”
Waddup tennis fans. I am going to look quite far ahead with this post but I think it’s pretty relevant topic nonetheless. The French Open is one of the big events in the tennis calendar and this year’s tournament is going to carry a little extra significance since Djokovic has a shot at completing the Djoker slam there.
Neither Federer nor Nadal has won four slams in a row and soon we will find out if the Djoker can get it done. My opinion is he can but, of course, that remains to be seen. He has been in this position before in 2012 but couldn’t get it done.
There are some pretty significant differences between now and then, however:
- Djokovic is now even more dominant than he was back in 2011-12. He was more dominant in 2015 than in 2011 and he has been making some serious statements in 2016 already.
- Djokovic got married in 2014 and had a child in the same year. He is more stable and secure as a person than in 2012.
- Djokovic made the first step towards winning the French Open by pummeling Nadal last year in Paris. In 2012, he had not yet overcome that mental barrier which means it won’t put extra pressure on him this year. He now knows he can defeat Nadal at the French, even if he makes a comeback to form this year.
- Djokovic won the US Open last year which was a semi-cursed slam for him and that may help him to overcome the curse of Roland Garros.
Of course, these points are by no means a guarantee that Djokovic will finally win the French Open in 2016, but I think it shows that things are significantly different than it was in 2012. It has to be kept in mind that there is a reason why players don’t win four slams in a row every day.
There is a big psychological barrier to overcome. Winning the French Open is a big enough psychological barrier for Djokovic to overcome as it is. I mean he must feel cursed by now after all the stuff that happened there.
Add to that the psychological barrier of being the first guy since Laver to win four slams in a row and you have a pretty formidable psychological barrier to overcome. That said if anyone can do it it is Djokovic.
He is in a league of his own right now and have several more gears in reserve if needed. I think Djokovic has the type of game that should win several French Open titles. Not just one. If he wins it this year I think he can go on to win several more.
He is a formidable clay court player. The only player who has beaten Nadal at the French Open as well as in several other big clay court finals. His ground game is such that he can be one of the all-time greats on clay.
He probably is already, but his resume does lack at least one French Open title. And now that I have built it all up, let me just get back to what Djokovic said in the video below. One needs to see these things in the proper perspective.
Yes, it means a lot to the fans and to me as well but nowadays he is a married man with a kid and if he doesn’t win the French Open his personal life won’t be affected.
And maybe more than anything, that is the kind of perspective which is going to serve him well when the pressure is at its peak.
The is in your court.