I don’t feel like making a long post tonight, but I just found the above link on twitter after receiving another comment about Djokovic vomiting during the final. I ignored the first comment about it because I missed the incident during the match where Djokovic vomited and I thought it was just excuses. I actually switched off the match at some point because I knew Nadal was winning. I think it was at the beginning of the fourth set, so it must have happened then. I was talking yesterday about a twist in the tale(or tail) when Novak seemed to come back at the end of the fourth set. It turns out there is a twist in the tale after all. This illness of Djokovic already started in the semis against Gulbis. I didn’t pay it much attention because I thought a day off would be enough for Djokovic to recover. So this is quite interesting and surprising to me.
Before we think of making any excuses for Djokovic we must ask the question whether this illness did not have a mental cause, because I hate excuses. No, I despise excuses. Did Djokovic get sick at the prospect of having to face the monster on clay again? I don’t think we can say that with any certainty. Why? Because Djokovic is generally mentally strong and has after all beaten Nadal in very tough matches. Yes, another five set match with Nadal on clay would have been a daunting prospect after what happened last year, but knowing Djokovic he would have relished the challenge. He was coming closer every year to beating Nadal after all, and he had just beaten him in the Rome final. This is getting absurd folks. Does Nadal employ black magic? How on earth is it that luck always seem to be on his side?
First he gets the cakewalk draw and then Djokovic gets sick. I remember my readers making quite a big deal about Novak’s illness after the semis, but I downplayed it because I really hate excuses. But they were obviously right since vomiting on the court is a clear indication of illness. Unbelievable. Surely if he wasn’t feeling sick he would have had enough in the tank to come back in the fourth set and win the match. I noticed Nadal was getting shaky at that point, but if Djokovic was sick he obviously didn’t quite have the physical and mental reserves to take advantage. This is a big twist in the tale as far as I’m concerned folks. It is also possible that Djokovic’s brutal draw caused this. I don’t get it. Why does luck always seem to favor Nadal? You know I am a realistic and honest person. I would rather say Nadal makes his own luck than use it as an excuse for his opponents.
But this is getting ridiculous. All of a sudden I feel like my prediction about Djokovic winning the French Open was no so unrealistic after all, and that Nadal may have stolen another slam here. I still feel like Djokovic was destined to win this thing, but as fate would have it he became ill. This is something I don’t understand. The universe always seems to conspire in favor of Nadal, bar the final in Melbourne this year. That was a very rare exception. But I believe the universe conspires in favor of goodness and progress. So if it should conspire in favor of anyone it should be Roger since he is a fair player and a force of good. We all know by now that Nadal is not a fair player and he uses gamesmanship at every turn. He also breaks the rules all the time. So why would the universe conspire in his favor?
Is the universe conspiring in favor of Nadal to break Roger’s slam record too? It seems so…
Ps. Roger will not be in action yet tomorrow in Halle, so I decided to make this post instead of a draw post. I need to properly digest what happened in the French Open final first. Let me know whether you think this was a ‘mental illness’ from Djokovic or just pure good luck from Nadal’s side again.