Sunday, 11 May 2008
Is Djokovic a lucky general?
Onwards and upwards for Djokovic with his win in the Rome final. Believe it or not, events over the past few days reminded me of Napolean and his preference for lucky generals.
Djokovic is a real talent and could be a great champion (if he can break his bad habit of retiring injured.)
But I'm starting to think that Lady luck is currently in the serbinator's corner. Take this week. Djoko hasn't been playing well and struggled against Andreev in the third round.
However,a combination of shock defeats for the best two players in the world - one of which was only the 4th time Nadal has ever been beaten on clay - and a spate of injured players retiring (love the irony) presented Djokovic with a golden opportunity to win another Masters event and close the gap on Nadal.
It all seems to be going his way at the moment. I mean this as a complement - because there's a lot to be said for 'making your own luck' - but perhaps it's better to be a lucky player than a good player.
Whatever, I'm just pleased to see more competition at the top of the tree. And am looking forward to seeing the updated rankings tomorrow. According to my maths the gap between No 2 and No 3 is only 400 points now.
UPDATE: It's just been pointed out to me that Djokovic won Rome without playing a single player from the top 20.