Djokovic ‘cracking’ as ex-tennis star factors out one main change | Tennis | Sport

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Former world No 5 Jimmy Arias believes that Novak Djokovic is starting to crack underneath stress after his French Open quarter-final defeat to Rafael Nadal. The Serbian misplaced 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 to the eventual winner of the Main as Nadal gained his 14th Roland-Garros title by defeating Casper Ruud within the closing on Sunday.Arias has seen that Djokovic doesn’t deal with stress in addition to he used to and noticed the change over a yr in the past. “I feel Novak [Djokovic] is cracking somewhat bit. It began with the US Open final yr, I do know he made the finals, however that entire event he was cracking. It exhibits how a lot he is considering historical past,” Arias informed Tennis Channel’s Inside-In podcast.”The one motive he was cracking was as a result of he was considering of the Calendar Grand Slam and should you do not forget that event, he was shedding the primary set each match. Then he had the unusual begin to the yr with the Australian Open and every little thing that went on, and I simply really feel like possibly his days of locking down underneath excessive stress can be troublesome to search out.”I’m not saying he will not win Majors once more, however it will likely be harder.”I did not assume Rafael Nadal would experience the ship after the second set [against Novak Djokovic]. We had been somewhat apprehensive about Nadal due to the foot downside, however as quickly as I noticed a match or two of Nadal, I believed, ‘Okay, wow’.”Nadal’s win in Paris moved him to 22 Grand Slam titles, two forward of Djokovic and Roger Federer. After the Serbian’s defeat within the quarter-finals, he praised Nadal. “Congratulations to Nadal. He was a greater participant I feel in vital moments,” he mentioned. “I did not begin so nice, 2-6, 0-3, double-break down.“I used to be gaining momentum as I used to be coming again within the second set, managed to win the second set, and I believed, I am again within the sport. I had my possibilities. I had my possibilities within the fourth [set]. Served for the set, couple set factors. Only one or two pictures may have taken me right into a fifth. Then it is actually anyone’s match. I gave my greatest. I do know I may have performed higher. I am pleased with preventing and staying till the final shot. As I mentioned, I misplaced to a greater participant as we speak. Had my possibilities. Did not use them. That is it.”Tim Henman admitted that he has modified his opinion on Djokovic vs Nadal for essentially the most Grand Slam titles, with Nadal’s win on the French Open swaying him to the Spaniard. “By way of who’s going to finish up with essentially the most Grand Slams. Couple of years in the past I might’ve mentioned Djokovic for positive,” the previous world No 4 informed Eurosport. “Proper now with that little little bit of distance, I feel Nadal has acquired an incredible probability.”

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