Former world No. 5 Jimmy Arias thinks Novak Djokovic is "cracking a little bit" and that is a clear signs he is thinking too much about making history. Last year, Djokovic won the first three Grand Slams of the season. Had Djokovic won the US Open, he would have won a record 21st Grand Slam and became the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same yar.
"I think Novak [Djokovic] is cracking a little bit. It started with the US Open last year, I know he made the finals, but that whole tournament he was cracking. It shows how much he is thinking about history," Arias said on Tennis Channel's Inside-In podcast, per Sportskeeda.
"The only reason he was cracking was because he was thinking of the Calendar Grand Slam and if you remember that tournament, he was losing the first set every match. Then he had the strange start to the year with the Australian Open and everything that went on, and I just feel like maybe his days of locking down under extreme pressure will be difficult to find," Arias said.
"I am not saying he won't win Majors again, but it will be more difficult."
Arias on the Djokovic - Rafael Nadal match
On Tuesday night in Paris, Nadal defeated Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (4) in th French Open quarterfinal.
Nadal was up by a set and two breaks in the second set but Djokovic recovered and tied the match to one set apiece. Blowing a big second set lead didn't impact Nadal, who dominated the third set and also won the fourth to complete victory.
"I didn't think Rafael Nadal would right the ship after the second set [against Novak Djokovic]. Novak won Rome and it was like Djokovic is Djokovic again and [has put] all that controversy behind and is ready to be dominating again after that," Arias said.
"We were a little worried about Nadal because of the foot problem, but as soon as I saw a match or two of Nadal, I thought, 'Okay, wow'"