Tennis News: Novak Djokovic bitter from Rio disappointment or focused on 2016 US Open, hunting Roger Federer?

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Novak Djokovic is leaving the Brazil disappointed. The Serbian world number one fell to Juan Del Potro of Argentina in the opening round of the men’s singles competition in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Peter Bodo, tennis expert from ESPN, stated that Djokovic’s decision to skip the next ATP event will not be good for his preparation for the next Grand Slam tourney, the 2016 US Open, which is happening August 9 to September 11, 2016.

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After the Rio upset, Djokovic announced that he will miss the Cincinnati Masters happening from August 14 to 21, 2016. Most players use the tournament as preparation for the Grand Slam in New York, U.S.A.

“A Masters shield is no substitute for an Olympic gold medal — it’s not even close. But punishing a few second serves and midcourt forehands would provide balm for a wounded spirit,” Bodo stated in his article.

“Playing Cincinnati certainly would do a few other good things for Djokovic: It would help put Rio behind him and he could grind burrs off the edges of his game. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, and all that.”

Djokovic did not mention any kind of injury why he’ll be missing the ATP 1000 tournament in Cincinnati and will go straight to the 2016 US Open.

Bodo claims that Djokovic’s focus has “gone haywire” and that the Serbian is “hurting and confused” because of his results the last few tournaments.

“Suddenly, it seems like his “holistic” approach has sprung some holes. His laser-like focus has, at least temporarily, gone haywire,”  The writer stated. “He appears the be hurting and confused. He’s suffered from bad timing and endured bad luck in the form of bad draws, the sum of which appears to be a puzzling, if not downright bad, decision to bail on Cincinnati.”

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Bodo wants Djokovic to play in Cincinnati but the Serbian, the world number one and 12-time Grand Slam champion, knows that the priority is the 2016 US Open. Novak Djokovic is  five Grand Slam titles short of Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slams.

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