The decline of Djokovic

Discussion in 'general sports' started by Hollis, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Hollis

    Hollis bloody furious

    Tennis is not a sport I would claim to know much/anything about. However what has happened to Djokovic, is it just injury, fatigue, loss of interest/motivation?

  2. littlebabyjesus

    littlebabyjesus one of Maxwell's demons

    Borg, McEnroe, Lendl.

    In another era all the top names were done wrt winning slams at a much younger age than djokovic is now. 30 used to be ancient for a tennis player.
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  3. Riklet

    Riklet procrastinación

    Got a lot of business ventures now, busy family.... maybe a few distractions!

    I'm sure he'll bounce back, anyway.
  4. marshall

    marshall Well-Known Member

    Yep, Federer's a one-off.
  5. Hollis

    Hollis bloody furious

    Blimey - i never realised Borg retired quite so young - yes - even Sampras only managed one grand slam past 30.
  6. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    I'd say injury is the main factor in Djokovic's decline although he (not unreasonably) kept quiet about it for a long time which had people speculating that it might be personal issues. Loss of motivation and age fatigue probably play a part. What is surprising is the steepness of the decline - from winning four Grand Slams in a row to winning no Grand Slams for two years.

    Don't think Borg initially intended to retire so early, merely to take a break for a few months. His ranking plummeted and tournaments (most notably Wimbledon) refused to give him wild card entry which persuaded him to make the retirement permanent although he did make a few comeback attempts. Wimbledon preferred to give half a dozen wild cards to no-hope Brits while asking Borg, a 5-time winner, to play the qualifying tournament.

    Fed's flowing low-impact playing style certainly helps his longevity.
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