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French Open Men's Final 2012: Why Novak Djokovic Will Bounce Back at Wimbledon

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand during the men's singles final against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 15 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 14, 2016

Rafael Nadal's seventh title in eight years at Roland Garros ended with a victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open 2012, but the Djoker will surely rebound to win Wimbledon.

In just two weeks, tennis' finest will compete for yet another Grand Slam title, this time in London.

The world's No. 1 faced two scares before finally falling to the King of Clay at the French Open, but do not put too much stock in Djokovic's recent struggles on clay.

Clay courts are clearly the worst surface for Djokovic, as the French Open is the only Grand Slam he has not won. In fact, making it to the finals of this year's tournament at Roland Garros was the farthest he has ever made it in Paris.

Despite his loss in the finals to Rafa, there are a few key reasons why Djokovic is destined to win in London.

 

Recent Success

We all know about Djokovic's incredible success over the last 12 months or so, which is why I will not be going into too much detail. However, it is always worth noting how well he has played over this past year.

The Djoker won three of the four Grand Slams in 2011, becoming just the sixth man to do so in the Open Era. The only one that escaped him was the French Open, but other than his loss to Roger Federer in the semifinals he played extremely well.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point in his men's singles semi final match against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day 13 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Get
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Djokovic looks to continue his stretch of dominance, and after losing the French Open he will make sure that he does not let two-straight Grand Slams pass him by.

 

Resilience

While he had two scares against Andreas Seppi and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world's No. 1 showed great resilience to battle back and win the two matches.

A true champion shows grit, and Djokovic clearly did so at Roland Garros. Despite playing on his worst surface he battled on and made it all the way to the finals for the first time in his career.

Now Djokovic plays on a friendlier surface and will be able to go up early in most of his matches. Even if he falls behind he has proven that he knows how to battle back for a victory.

 

There is no King of Grass

Let's be honest: Rafael Nadal is the best player in history on clay. He is the King of Clay for a reason, and the fact that he was the only one who could beat Djokovic at the French Open is actually a good sign for the Serbian.

There is no player who can currently dominate the game on grass like Nadal can on clay, seeing as Federer is past his prime and Pete Sampras is long-gone.

No one has a clear advantage over Djokovic because of surface at Wimbledon, and you can bet that the world's No. 1 will make the most of this situation.

Look for the Djoker to bounce back in London.

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