Wimbledon 2012: Novak Djokovic Must Redeem French Open Failure

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJune 24, 2012

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 11:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks dejected after the men's singles final against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 16 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic needs to win Wimbledon 2012 if he wants to redeem his loss to Rafael Nadal at the 2012 French Open. In fact, Djokovic has a lot of redeeming to do at Wimbledon. He's been on somewhat of a cold streak as of late.

Even though the ATP rankings would disagree, the distinguished title of best tennis player in the world has to go to Nadal at the moment, and you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who would want to argue that.

In fact, Djokovic's cold streak is in most part due to Nadal's dominance in the past few months. Nadal has won four out of his last six tournaments—with losses coming at the Madrid Open and recently at the Gerry Weber Open—and three of those tournament wins have come against Djokovic in the final.

Most recently, Nadal disposed of Djokovic in an epic final at Roland Garros.

The last time Djokovic actually won a tournament was in late March at the Sony Ericsson Open. Since then, though, he hasn't been able to find the winning touch that made him the best tennis player in the world just a year ago.

More accurately, since then it seems as if Nadal has had his number.

Djokovic needs to bounce back and redeem himself from that French Open loss, and this cold streak in general, and he can start that by winning at the All-England Club.

One win at a major tournament can completely change the tone of a year, and as of right now, Djokovic needs a change. He may still be ranked No. 1 in the world, but I'd be lying if I told you he was the best men's tennis player in the world right now.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 11:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses with Rafael Nadal of Spain after the men's singles final during day 16 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2012 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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While the smaller tournaments do count on the record, we all know it's the big ones—French Open, US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon—that matter to guys like Nadal and Djokovic, so there's no doubt in my mind that the French Open loss to Nadal is the one during this cold streak that stings the most for Djoker.

Say what you will about the other losses, but that's the one that demands redemption at Wimbledon.

Djokovic is far too good to continue losing, and Nadal won't be on clay this time around. The stage is set for another epic tournament, but putting on a good show should not be enough for the world's No. 1-ranked men's player.

If living well is the best revenge, then Djokovic can find his revenge—and redemption—by winning well at Wimbledon 2012.

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