Improving Djokovic does not look far from his best: Boris Becker
12 months ago Times of India 0
It has been two years since Novak Djokovic last won a Grand Slam title. A combination of injuries and loss of form has resulted in the former world no. 1 entering the French Open at his lowest seeding since 2006.
However, the 31-year-old is showing signs of resurgence and what better place to confirm that than the place of his last major title – Roland Garros. And experts are already backing him to add to his 12 Grand Slam title this time around in Paris.
In his column for TOI, tennis legend Boris Becker writes that there haven’t been much surprises in the men’s draws and reckons that tournament favourite Rafael Nadal has found his groove after staving off a strong challenge from Simone Bolelli in the opening round.
And he also puts Djokovic among the ones to watch out for despite him losing the touch that had made him almost impossible to beat at one stage. “The other player who I am watching keenly is Novak Djokovic. I can see some of the athleticism and groundstrokes that made him the champion just two years ago,” he wrote. “I know several experts doubt his hunger and commitment. However, I know the former champion and he would not be back here unless he is hungry for it. He is improving with every game and does not look too far from his best.”
He expressed his surprise on seeing top-seed in women’s singles Simona Halepbeing relegated to the outer courts. “On the women’s side, I am amazed to see that Simona Halep is scheduled to play her next match on Court 18. It’s rare to see the top seed being consigned to the outer courts,” he observed.
He pointed out how Caroline Wozniacki has improved her game on clay. “Wozniacki is looking good and seems to have discovered a way to work her game on clay. Maria Sharapova is also looking steady and consistent. And finally there is Serena Williams,” he wrote.