It appears the honeymoon is finally over.
Novak Djokovic was unceremoniously knocked out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. It appeared the Serb was destined to lose to a Frenchman this week after he was forced to contest an uncomfortably close contest against Gael Monfils in his opener on Stadium Court, and he simply was outclassed on Thursday afternoon to the delight of the French-Canadian portion of the crowd in attendance.
It was a surprisingly one-sided contest that eventually concluded 6-2, 6-2 in just 63 minutes of court-time. Djokovic could not deny that it was a ” very bad day.”
“He (Tsonga) played some great tennis. Served very well. He was obviously the better player on the court. I, on the other hand, haven’t played even close to what I intended before going to the court. Just nothing was going. No baseline, no serve, no return.”
He was right about that. Djokovic was accurate on just 61% of his first serve points and only won 56% of those points. He also saved no break points in the match (o/4) and won just 19% of his return points of Tsonga’s first serve.
It was uncharacteristic to say the least but Djokovic was adamant that fatigue did not play a part in his odd performance.
“Maybe it’s lack of of matches on this surface. Let’s just say it is going to be better, I’m sure. The worst cannot be from this. I’m going to practice the next few days and try to get as much hours as I can playing points as well on the practice courts and get ready for Cincinnati.”
Amidst the carnage at the Rogers Cup on Thursday, Djokovic knows that his confidence will be shaken but is aware that this is just part of the game.
“The confidence is the hardest thing to get but easiest thing to lose. Matches like this can really play with your min. But in the end of the day, it’s not the first match and the last match that I lost in my career.
“Tomorrow is a new day, and I forget about what happened and move on.”