Despite all, World number 1 Novak Djokovic was the protagonist of an exciting season and yesterday in the final was the first real defeat of the entire season. The Serbian champion started the season by dominating and winning first the ATP Cup and then the Australian Open where he first beat Roger Federer in the semifinals and then the Austrian Dominic Thiem in the final, after a great battle that ended in five sets.
Before the outbreak of the pandemic Novak Djokovic also won the title in Dubai, then he, like everyone else, was forced to stop. After the controversy over all this happened during the stop in tennis (where Djokovic together with his family and his staff was also infected), the Serbian returned to the field and got off to a good start and then won the Cincinnati tournament.
At the US Open, without the two eternal rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, he started clearly as the favorite but a sensational accident stopped his path. In the round of 16 of the tournament Novak was disqualified during the first set against the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for hitting a line judge with the ball when the game was stopped and obviously involuntarily, a lightness that cost him dearly with the disqualification from the tournament and the renunciation of the eighteenth Grand Slam.
Well-known journalist Ben Rothenberg recently talked about the lack of emotion on display by Novak Djokovic during his final against Rafael Nadal. The American journalist believes the Serb was emotionally flat in the match, perhaps because of what happened at USO.
Rothenberg on Novak Djokovic
“I think Novak Djokovic seemed very flat to me, even in the semi-final he seemed very flat emotionally,” Ben Rothenberg remarked. “I think that he’s working so hard especially after the default maybe at the US Open which obviously came from an emotional outburst in terms of hitting the ball or emotional moment at least or emotional lack of control that cost him dearly”.
Novak Djokovic did ultimately let out a massive roar in the third set after breaking Nadal for the first time. However, that was too little and too late, according to Rothenberg. “He didn’t really show much emotion in this match at all, even as it was going against him, until when he broke back or he broke for the first time in the third set,” Rothenberg added.
“By that point, he was already in a very deep hole. I just want to see Djokovic show some more emotion, whether it's you know smashing a racquet or screaming or doing something to let you know that he is engaged in this match.
Because so often he just seemed pretty out of it and pretty flat, which let Nadal keep rolling pretty unimpeded,” Rothenberg concluded.