Monday, April 11, 2011

Djokovic: I Want Rafa On Clay!

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World No. 2 Novak Djokovic is 24-0 in 2011. He has played in 4 tournaments and he has won all 4 tournaments. He is 3-0 (head-to-head) against No. 3 Roger Federer and 2-0 against No. 1 Rafael Nadal so far in 2011.

It's safe to say, Djokovic is having a monster year-- BUT!!!!-- Now things get a little tough as the tennis season moves from hard-court to clay court and it's on this surface that Nadal is king and quite possibly the best ever. He is so good on clay that if the clay courts were a country, Nadal would be a monarch who rules with an iron fist. Djokovic, who is 0-9 for his career on clay against Nadal, knows that if he is ever going to take away the No. 1 ranking from Rafa he will sooner or later have to beat him on clay.

When asked about this insurmountable task, Djokovic said, “Important for me, mentally. I have this self-belief that I can win against him in finals, which I didn’t do in the past couple of years."

As we all know the big prize during the clay court season is the French Open, where Nadal is a 5-time champion. Djokovic's best showing in the French is two semifinal appearances in 2007 and 2008. Both times he lost to Nadal who went on to defeat Federer in both finals.

Defeating Rafa on clay is a tough task, to say the least, for Djokovic. If worst comes to worst he can have some good performances during the clay season, weather the storm and stay close to Rafa in ranking points. Then he can think about taking the No. 1 ranking during the grass-court season come Wimbledon. But that won't be no "walk in the park" either as Rafa is a two-time champion there and 6-time champion Federer is still lurking in the bushes and may have another Wimbledon win up his sleeves.

But for now it's on to the clay courts and ALL EYES ARE ON RAFA as the king has entered his kingdom.

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Did anyone say, a 6th French Open title for Rafa?

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