Novak Djokovic has made it to the Monte-Carlo Masters final by defeating his most dangerous clay opponent – Rafael Nadal. What are the main conclusions of this match? The key one is that the Spaniard is getting back into his form. Rafa is no longer a whipping boy, even despite his backhand problems. Yes, his motions and court placement leave much to be desired, and even the Spaniard’s forehand has seen better days. But. Novak managed to upset him only by switching his best tennis ever. It would be fair to say that the Serb couldn’t play better than he did in the Monte-Carlo semifinals.
The percentage of the first points won was at 75 percent with the average speed of 125 mph. That’s the utmost for Djokovic. He also did all he could on the baseline. And with all this, Rafa was feeling very comfortable. It was obvious that shall Novak ease the pressure, the course of the match could change. And keep it in mind that the tournament in Monte-Carlo is rather short, while the Roland Garros is held over two weeks and is composed of five-set men’s singles matches. Due to these characteristics, the French Open is widely considered to be the most physically-demanding tournament of the whole year. We have no doubt that Rafa will survive it physically. What about Novak? The question is still open, and mainly for the concentration issues.
As for the psychological aspect, here Rafa has some advantage. We guess that Nadal has separated himself from being the first, while Novak claims that the elusive French Open crown is taking priority over everything else.
Let’s wait and see what the clay season will show us. There are lots of amazing matches ahead. Dotennis team will devote a lot of attention to Djokovic – Nadal rivalry not to miss anything worthy in the run-up to the French Open championship.
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