The lanky Serbian finally made his mark this year. He overcame the lesser known Spaniard, David Ferrer, with a 7-5, 6-3 scoreline to accumulate solid 500 ATP points in the 2009 Dubai Championships where he failed to do so in his previous two attempts.
The match had it's fair share of rallies where both players excelled and also failed to capitalize their comebacks into the game with a dominating show.
Djokovic was leading 4-2 and 5-3 in the first set but allowed Ferrer to claw his way back into the game by losing the next eight points to level the score at five all. A total of eight points won in the next nine points allowed Djokovic to close out the first set.
Second set wasn't at it's best game of tennis either. The diminutive Valencian resident was playing the catching up game in the second set despite claiming that he is satisfied with his performance.
Ferrer agreed that his opponent is a better player than him after his match—a trait that is appearing seemingly common to his fellow country men. Their previous head to head record stood at three all and experts expected this finals to be a close contest than what the scoreline conveyed.
Both these seasoned campaigners could potentially meet in their Davis cup tie at Benidorm next week. And the third ranked player in the world was quick to concede the advantage to his opponent when he said, "There he will be having 15,000 Spaniards supporting him. He will be the favorite."
Statements of this sort will make you wonder if Djokovic could ever overcome the crowd demons which is similar to Nadal demons in Federer's head. This underscores that a huge part of his performance and behaviour on that particular day is directly connected to the amount of support he receives from the crowd.
Cocky but straight talking Djokovic continued, “And as the season is going on, I feel more comfortable with the racquet and I feel comfortable on the court more. I try to release the pressure that I have and just play the tennis that I played in the first part of the 2008, and if I do so, I think I will be pretty successful.”
It took the former world No. 1, current world No. 1 and the English No. 1 in Mens tennis to pull themselves out of the prestigious championships to hand the first title of the year to the ambitious No. 1, who has been beating on his aspirations since he defeated Federer at the Toronto Masters in 2007.
This title win by Djokovic reverberates the win he achieved at the year end Masters cup 2008, when he defeated Davydenko to finish the year on a high. He really cherishes each of his final wins in a big scale.
A couple of blistering forehand shots in his recent final may just raise the expectations of his fans that he may be finding his rhythm that he had in the early part of 2008.
With Djokovic on the court you can always expect something is going to happen—be it sore throat retirements, out of the blue celebrations or comprehensive performances to put every other person on hold and take notice of this once on-court entertainer.