A trip to London will bring Novak Djokovic’ 2020 season to a close. The Serb opted out of Paris as he can’t pick up any points and has his eyes set on breaking the record for weeks at world number one.
1300 points are on offer in London but the Serb has already guaranteed his record equalling sixth year ending as world number one alongside Pete Sampras following a short trip to Vienna ending in his biggest career defeat.
That’s the big problem for Novak Djokovic this year, he has been near to flawless most of the time but his season will be remembered for the mess up of the Adria Tour, defeat to Nadal, loss in Vienna and disqualification in New York and that is a shame as he has done some great things this year!
Think about the ATP Cup, Melbourne, Dubai, Rome, Cincinnati it has been very good from Novak but these loses and other issues are the story when you are a high profile player on the tour.
I like watching Djokovic play but at the same time I do think his season has taken a slight wrong turn. I wasn’t overly keen on this plan of skipping Paris but adding Vienna.
Tournaments aren’t as regular this year and I felt like the trip to Vienna was not for the right reasons. Ok, he isn’t playing Paris so it free’s up a spot there for someone but on ATP 250/500 field just turning up for a few points didn’t sit right.
Djokovic battled in his first two matches, secured number one and didn’t look interested losing 2-6 1-6 to Lorenzo Sonego. Take nothing away from the Italian who came into the draw as a lucky loser and hasn’t dropped a set on way to the semi-finals but it felt like Novak secured number one and was done and I don’t think it is fair to take an opportunity but not seem to want it.
The world number one said after his match:
“I’ve done what I needed to do and why I came here. I move on completely fine with today’s result and looking to the next chapter.”
For me, that’s just not cool. He just had his worst career defeat in over 1100 matches but is fine and he’s done what he needed to.
As I said before there are 1300 points to potentially pick up in London but even if he wins it will be a great end to the season but the story of his success will be behind the losses and controversy and it’s a shame.