I dunno...it really seems to me as though it's something personal. It seems as though his form went like overnight. It wasn't as though he had a bad day because he had a bad day in Miami and bounced back during clay season. Ever since Queens though, his serve has just gone, his forehand looks like Gulbis' (erratic), his backhand is mehh, and it seems like his mind is cloudy. One of the things I noticed in his match today was that he wasn't 100% sure or committed to what he wanted to do. He second guessed himself on so many points and just from my personal experience, when you start giving off that negative body language it usually has to do with something personal. Novak is mentally strong-I mean he's a freaking top professional tennis player for heaven's sake! It's an individual sport and there is no "team mentality" in tennis-it's your mentality and it's possibly the most important part of your game. When that goes, everything else goes with it. I really don't think that it's a confidence issue because we all know that Nole does not lack confidence in himself. It really seems to me as though it's something personal and right now tennis isn't the focal point of his life. I mean, he even said in that interview that he was "depressed" right now and I read that as a sign of a player who has a lot going on off-court.
I really wish I could just give him a hug
he seems so sad lately.
I want to give him a hug too
I honestly think his main problem is just that he's finding it hard to adjust to being such a top player
It's always easier being the "hunter" and going out there as the underdog, than being the "hunted" that everyone else wants to shoot down. Just see how much better he played against Nadal when he was the lower ranked player and not the favourite, than he did against Murray, when he was expected to win. I honestly think he just needs time to adjust to his new position. Sampras won his first Grand Slam in 1990, and then not another won til 1993, - it took him a while to adjust too, and look what he achieved
About the personal stuff- well- we all have stuff to deal with at some stage - and I'm sure there are things going on, but Nole will learn to deal with them in his own time like we all do.
I actually think the Oympics will be good for him
He's already said how much he wants to be in the Village with the whole atmosphere of the other athletes around him. He'll have Janko and Nenad there as well, so it will be more of a "team" spirit, not an individual pressure, and he can relax watching other sports and having a good time with his mates as well as playing
I'm sure we will see a new Nole next week