'Novak Djokovic had 22 and a half thousand people against him', says expert

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'Novak Djokovic had 22 and a half thousand people against him', says expert

Novak Djokovic was a player to beat at the ATP 500 event in Dubai between 2009 and 2011, capturing three straight titles. He does not. 1 was the favorite for Dubai's fourth crown in a row in 2012, especially after winning the Australian Open a month ago after an epic win over Rafael Nadal.

Novak began the campaign with wins over Cerdic-Marcel Stebe, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Janko Tipsarevic to advance to the semi-final and score 18 straight desert wins. Facing Andy Murray for the second time that year, Novak suffered a 6-2, 7-5 loss in one hour and 23 minutes to end his streak in Dubai before the final.

In January, Djokovic beat Murray in an epic Australian Open semi-final and couldn't repeat that in the desert. Andy scored the fifth victory over Novak in 12 meetings to stay in the title race. Murray delivered very big numbers behind the first serve and saved two of three break chances to keep the pressure on the other side.

Novak lost 42% of the points in his games and got broken four times in five chances offered to Andy. The Briton knocked the Serbian down in the later rallies and made fewer unforced errors to make the difference. Novak produced two comfortable at-bats early in the match before Andy broke it at 3-2 after a forehand error from the no.1.

Murray saved two break points in game seven and scored four straight points to bring the game home with a service winner and carve out a 5-2 lead.

Djokovic suffered a big setback

In his latest interview with Tennis Channel, former British No.

1 Greg Rusedski spoke at length about the battle at the top of the men's game and why he thinks Novak Djokovic will come back stronger from his Australian Open visa debacle. "So Djokovic wants to go down as the greatest male tennis player in the history of the sport," Rusedski said.

"Probably even break Margaret Court's record of 24 Majors." Rusedski said the visa debacle in Australia would have fuelled the World No. 1's hunger for success, adding that the Serb would, in all likelihood, come back stronger.

"Well, Djokovic is gotta be, you know, upset about the whole situation Down Under thinking, okay, I should win Wimbledon this year, then the US open," Rusedski said. "So I think this is gonna be an amazing year.

Yeah, with with these guys. Oh yeah, he's gonna have the bit between his teeth. There's no question about it to me, I've seen him do things on a tennis court that nobody else has done," he continued. "I mean, I bring back that match, the 2017 match against Federer at the US open.

I was there live on the court and he had 22 and a half thousand people against him, didn't make him flinch or bother him whatsoever against one of the all-time greats."