Novak Djokovic Photo: The Sport Review
When six-time Australian Open Champion Novak Djokovic lost his fourth-round match
against Hyeon Chung on 22 January, this was another upset in a long line of
disappointments for the Serbian.
After pulling out of last year’s Qatar Open with an elbow injury, Djokovic was also forced to miss the US Open and sit out the rest of the year. As a result, the former men’s number one went into the Australian Open as 14th seed.
By contrast, Roger Federer is in the midst of a resurgence that saw him not only enter as the number-two seed, but also win the tournament and equal Djokovic’s all-time record with six Australian Open victories.
In the eyes of pundits and fans alike, Federer’s age-defying Australian Open triumph makes
the Swiss untouchable. But is there any chance Djokovic can catch up with him?
Signs Djokovic could bounce back
There’s still time
At 30 years old, Djokovic is younger than either Rafael Nadal (31) or Federer (36). Both of
these players have gone through injury problems and dips in form, only to return and go on
to win major tournaments. In fact, the Serbian’s coach, Andre Agassi, sees this as proof that his player can do the same.
He’s a great player
Djokovic is a heck of tennis player. He’s known for his immense stamina, great defensive
backhand and service return. But besides his defensive skill, he’s also one of the best servers in the game. Fellow tennis pro Nick Kyrgios believes Djokovic is a…