The WTF final turned-out to be the coronation of Andy Murray. Well done. For me the match was completely psychological, mental, played on character – who’s got it, who’s struggling in that department. Andy wasn’t necessarily brilliant, but he was solid and did not shy from those big moments of the match. Lendl was in the house. Double his pay. On the other hand, Novak looked awful. Listless. Distracted. Forlorn even. The camera would cut to Jelena and Pepe sitting together and this looked very troubling for Novak. He just doesn’t seem right. We’ve all heard rumors, seen Djokovic crumble in matches, coaching change, infidelity, burn-out, blah blah blah.
We call it like we see it: Djokovic is in trouble. That was the case since early summer and we’ve lost count of the examples that illustrate this thesis. He’s almost 30, there’s some kind of crisis of identity, or family, or diet. We do know this: he looks terrible on the court.
And he’s turned to Pepe. Good luck, Novak.
I’ll be back with more. How’s Nishikori doing? Did he give Novak whatever he had? Pepe will figure it out.