Tennis News: Novak Djokovic retiring? Fire fizzles out, losing mental edge, Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl to take over

Tennis News: Novak Djokovic retiring? Fire fizzles out, losing mental edge, Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl to take over

We always wonder what it feels like to be on top of the world, yet in a different light we now wonder, or we’re left baffled about what may be going through the mind of the world’s best tennis player, Novak Djokovic.

Tennis news of Novak Djokovic keeps turning toward a steady decline. Maybe not more physical than it is mental, following significant injuries that had caused his exit from Wimbledon, Rio Olympics, and the U.S. Open. His physical struggles may be better, but his personal issues seem to be tightening its grip on his game.

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Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl to take over? Andy Murray has been doing very well, in contrast, coming off a passionate win in Rio and his recent victory in Shanghai.

Andy Murray is hell bent on closing in, steadily accumulating points in every victory, slimming the gap with every Novak Djokovic lackadaisical performance. And this seems to be the new trend now that the Serbian champion seems to be taking a step back on perfecting his game, and focusing on personal happiness more.

“That’s my priority now, to get back into that inner joy and really feeling happy for being on the court, and everything else — that comes second and behind that,” Novak Djokovic said in a report by ESPN.

And so his tennis woes continue, as the Serbian champion keeps slipping in matches, so much so that tennis news circulate on his being burnt out, having lost his joy in the game.

Is retirement hovering over his head? Or, should he at least take a hiatus from tennis to pull himself together for a stronger return? Either way, since Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl, had reunited, they seem to be a team on a mission, snatching wins, sharp and laser focused.

Otherwise, what’s next for the world’s no. 1? Tennis news spotlights on his focus and psychological approach…

Novak Djokovic acknowledges his need to regain his emotional and mental point of view.

“Maybe [I’m] just exhausted by the amount of matches I have had” Novak Djokovic said in a report by He’s been losing not only matches, but also his composure, and now wouldn’t be a bad time to step away, fix his troubles, and regroup.

“When you’re preparing pasta and the water starts boiling … you just turn the heat down a little,” Djokovic said following his quarterfinal victory at the tournament. “… You’re trying to reach that balance between being concentrated [and] calm and relaxed, and enjoying the moment.” Novak Djokovic added.

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  • Alexandre Tabet

    Novak retire? LOL! What a load of journalistic nonsense. He is 29 years old, and still the most talented player on the planet. When was the last time Murray beat Djokovic? In Rome, a tournament Djokovic won four times and could no care less about. Djokovic systematically dominated Murray at Roland Garros three weeks later and they have not played since.

    Admittedly, Djokovic has been off of late. He was clearly deflated at Wimbledon, and he was playing hurt in Rio and the US. Still, he found a way to win the Toronto Masters and make it to the final of the US Open. In Shanghai, Djokovic showed glimpses of his past self, but he was clearly rusty. The whole mental aspect has been blown out of proportion, and Djokovic is loving it.

    Djokovic will most likely beat Murray yet again in two weeks in Paris…and another time in four weeks in London.

    • Villain

      retirement to “regroup” and sort things out. He meant a hiatus.