Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vengeful Djokovic

In the last 11 months of his career, Novak Djokovic has become a vengeful player, and Wednesday is Djokovic's chance to get some revenge on Tomas Berdych. The No. 6 player in the world defeated Djokovic in Rome almost seven weeks ago in their quarterfinal clash. Now the pair will meet in the quarterfinals again at Wimbledon tomorrow.

Since the Olympics last year Djokovic has been ruthless when he tries to get revenge on the court. The Serb has lost eight matches during that stretch, but never lost to any of them twice. When playing against a player he has lost to since the Olympics, Djokovic has a record of 9-0.

Following the London Olympics, Djokovic's next loss came when he got routed in the Cincinnati final by Roger Federer. The next time the players met was in the final of the Barclay's ATP World Tour Finals, where Djokovic took out Federer for the title in straight sets.

Djokovic's next loss came at the hands of Andy Murray in the US Open final. After that loss, the world No. 1 had more than his fair share of revenge on Murray. He defeated the Scot in the Shanghai final, the round robin stages of the year-end finals, and the final of the Australian Open.

The only match Djokovic lost for the rest of the season was a shocker against Sam Querrey. After bageling the American in the first set, Querrey came back to send Djokovic packing early. Djokovic was cruel in his revenge against Querrey, bageling him in front of his home crowd in southern California in the first set of a straight sets victory. The bageling wasn't done yet, as Djokovic had a love-set to put the final stamp on a four-set Davis Cup victory on US soil.

Tommy Haas was the next victim of the vengeful Djokovic. After dismantling Djokovic in Miami, Djokovic returned the favor with two straight sets victories at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

The most recent defeater of the Serb that had to pay the price was Grigor Dimitrov. The Bulgarian fought his way through cramps to knock Djokovic out of Madrid in a hostile environment. Just three weeks later, Djokovic got his revenge on Dimitrov, demolishing him in the third round in Paris.

Now, it is Berdych's turn to see the vengeful side of the world No. 1. However, Berdych already knows how Djokovic can be when he is out for revenge. After the Czech got the better of Djokovic in the 2010 Wimbledon semifinal, Djokovic defeated him 11 consecutive times, only dropping five sets in that span. This will be the first time since their 2010 Wimbledon match that the two will meet again at SW19, so that match along with the match in Rome will be on Djokovic's mind as he goes for revenge against Berdych.

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