Novak Djokovic: US Open Weather Delay Is Blessing in Disguise for Djoker
The U.S. Open men's semifinal match between Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer was suspended due to the threat of eventual inclement weather, and that couldn't be better news for Djoker.
Before the clouds and dangerous weather started rolling in, Ferrer had a firm grip on this match as he had a commanding lead in the first set, 5-2.
While that hot start for Ferrer certainly didn't ensure ultimate victory, it was about as good a start any tennis player could hope for, especially against the No. 2 player in the world. Ferrer looked faster, stronger and more determined than his counterpart early in the match.
Djokovic's slow start could be attributed to a lack of rest throughout this tourney. Had he completed his match with Ferrer, it would have been his third match in only four days. His opponent, Ferrer, had slightly more rest having played the same amount of matches as Djokovic in five days.
One day might not seem like a lot, but nearing the end of a long season when progressive fatigue begins setting in, it is. A single day can make all the difference in the world when resting minor injuries, as well.
Getting the extra day for Djokovic will give him more time to get his tired legs some needed rest. Instead of only one day of rest between his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, Djokovic will now have almost two full days.
Momentum is also a huge factor in tennis and it's safe to say that Ferrer had it all in the first set. Jumping out to a lead like that left Ferrer believing he could knock off Djokovic, if he didn't believe that already.
Now that momentum has been put on ice until Sunday and that could effectively kill this distinct advantage for Ferrer.
Even the best players have good days and bad, something that can change quite quickly. There's no doubt that Ferrer's play on Saturday was stellar, but there's no telling what tomorrow will bring. Despite the scoring remaining from Saturday's action, it will be as close to a fresh start as possible for Djokovic.
On top of all that, Ferrer certainly didn't look happy about the suspension of play. That frustration could stay with the Spaniard the rest of the day and if he brings it to the court on Sunday, we could see a much different Ferrer than the one we saw on Saturday.
There's no doubt the suspension of play has given Djoker a second wind, and that could make all the difference in the world when this match continues on Sunday.
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