Novak in the Desert; Early exit, doubles fun, Pete’s watching & unexpected doubles with his idol

It’s been an indifferent 10 days or so for Novak Djokovic.

His week started with being star-struck as his idol growing up Pete Sampras was in town for the duration of Indian Wells and watched a few matches of the world number one.

It’s not often we see Pete around, we usually do at US based tournaments but worldwide rarely.

Defeat to Kohlschreiber did put a dampener on the week but it’s his first tournament since Melbourne and even know we’d like to see the best so well at the Masters event we are going to judge on Roland Garros.

In Qatar he lost to Agut and I said at the time he won’t lose sleep over that.

When it was announced her was playing doubles with Fognini and the way he and the Italian played during the tournament this was all about sharpening his game back up after around 5/6 weeks off the tour following his win in Melbourne. Together they made the semi-finals in the doubles.

On Saturday night following the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal due to injury it of course meant that there would be no match except for the Thiem v Raonic one.

So, what happened? Out came Tommy Haas, John McEnroe, Novak Djokovic and Pete Sampras for a doubles match with Novak linking up with his idol Sampras and will be heading to Miami.

Pressure in Miami? Of course he is number one but I think this week has relaxed him into the tour again. It has been an unusual tournament for Novak but I see it as a positive.

As a top player there is pressure and as No.1 there is added pressure at tournaments but I look at the bigger question and I would say there are more questions over others than Novak right now. It’s weird how we can question the No.1 in the world in his first tournament after 6 weeks off winning the Australian Open with a dominating fortnight of tennis.

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