Shocking development with Djokovic now out!
I know it is not wise for Stan fans to look so forward...although maybe it is? In the past tournaments there is a feeling of low expectation some yet the outcome is still relatively sub-par, while the last time that Djokovic lost and made Stan the highest seed was in Dubai and he won it. I personally think Djokovic's loss would pump up the top players -- Murray, Nadal, Federer, even Raonic -- to really push for that title. I wonder if that would be enough motivation to try and win this as he did win against Murray (Monte Carlo 2013), Nadal (Rome 2015), Thiem (Rome 2015), Federer (Rome 2015), Simon (Roland Garros 2015) and Raonic (Monte Carlo 2014) in their last meetings on clay, to name a few. I am actually a bit annoyed that Stan is not considered a main favorite (even though Stan may not want the pressure of one
), when he won this in 2014, and consistency wise is actually close to both Murray and Nadal, who both had early losses in the March Masters as he did (although Nadal did get to the SF of IW but almost beaten in the R16). Let's see how Stan handles this opportunity.