2011 Djokovic mirroring 2010 Nadal??
When Nadal won the 2010 US Open, we all assumed that this guy was gonna destroy everybody again in 2011. However, Nadal suffered a minor injury after the US Open. He ended up falling early in Shanghai and withdrawing from Paris. He then showed up in London in a very shaky condition. He almost lost to Roddick in round robin, and Murray in the semifinals. Despite making the finals, he had no chance against an in form Federer.
Now look at Djokovic in 2011...
He had an incredible season winning 3 of the 4 slams. However, after the U.S. Open, he suffered from a nagging shoulder injury. He had to withdraw from Shanghai, and was very shaky in Basel and Paris. The injury also forced him to withdraw from Paris, and like Nadal, it was more as a precautionary measure to make sure he was ready for London. But what if he faces Berdych in the first Round Robin match, and he experiences similar problems to Nadal with Roddick last year. He might barely scrape by Berdych, but Murray will give him a good run, and Federer will destroy him if they meet in the semis.
Djokovic has torn his body apart, like Nadal did last year. He might come into 2012 out of steam, and like Nadal, another nagging injury, or the same one, could take him out for a month after the Aussie Open.
Obviously this is all speculation but it mirrors Nadal's slip up at the end of the 2010 season. I think the biggest similarity is that the guy who dominated the big tournaments for the first 9 months of the year has not won a title since his U.S. Open victory. In fact, after Nadal's U.S. Open title, he did not win another title until Monte-Carlo the next year.
So what do you guys think. Is Djokovic falling down a slippery slope like Nadal did? Or is he mature enough to overcome his injuries and keep going strong next year??
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