Saturday, March 22, 2008

Djokovic too strong for Rafa !!

World number 3 Novak Djokovic demolished the no longer defending champion Rafael Nadal at the Indian Wells semis on Saturday, as he avenged his loss to the Spaniard in the final last year to triumph with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Despite being the first to concede his serve in the match, Djokovic had the upperhand from then on as Rafa's groundstrokes continued to fall shorter and shorter in the court against the Serb's deep shots and solid serves.
Rafa's serve seemed to be a real pain point and I believe it was the main factor that cost him the match and some valuable points that he needed to defend to keep breathing down Federer's neck in the rankings.

Djokovic on the other hand, showed no signs of weakness besides some unforced errors early in the first set. The Australian Open champion, who was number 13 in the world this time last year, is currently chasing both Rafa and Federer in the rankings. How soon do you think will he advance from his current number 3 spot!?!?! With this form, am guessing pretty damn soon.

As for Rafa, he will need way more than a few words on the front of his hand to keep him in focus. The three-time French Open champion has been playing all week with 3 spanish words written on his hand which he says mean "concentrate". I suggest he picks 3 new words for Miami next week.

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