for some reason i am strangely optimistic about this tournament. I mean, I dont expect him to win it but I think he should get to at least the SF. I feel like something shifted in my perception of him as he was playing Rafa in DC. For some reason I got a wave of positivity and I hope this means things are finally turning for the better! I really hope so. I hope my optimism is rewarded
You are describing what I am exactly feeling. During the Dubai tournament I can already feel a little that his dark clouds are leaving him. And although he is dreadful in DC, his frustrations are not as much as before. Hopefully the sunny Djokovic finally re-emerges. And I hope Nole and the other Serbs will encourage each other more. I mean, the trio of Nole, Ana and Jelena should do that after the three are being criticized by the media together.
For prudence, I won't invest too much of my emotions into Nole defending the title. You know, Nole is like some risky shares of stock which can ride up high and then drop down low which drive investors mad (but create excitement too). But all the same, AJDE NOLE!