Internazionali BNL D’Italia, Rome
Men’s Final:  Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs.  Andy Murray (GBR)
This was probably Murray’s best chance of defeating Djokovic, who has not been playing the dominant tennis we have gotten used to seeing. He has also shown that something has unbalanced him emotionally. He has gotten two consecutive misconduct warnings in two days, a troubling sign given that Djokovic as far as I can remember has never behaved this poorly. Rafael Nadal came very close to defeating him. Kei Nishikori won the first set and pushed the third set to a tiebreak before Djokovic finally won the semifinal yesterday. Djokovic suffered an ankle injury in the first set yesterday and I thought that would be a factor in today’s encounter against Murray; however, he is Djokovic.
Murray lost their most recent encounter last weekend, but the caveat is that he won a set, so he too was knocking on the door of defeating Djokovic despite their lopsided head-to-head of 9:23. Is the pressure of the upcoming Roland Garros already having a negative impact on Djokovic’s game? It is the tournament that he wants to win the most and when he removed the primary obstacle of Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, everyone thought the title would be his last year; however, he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka in four sets after winning the first. Djokovic came out flustered and tentative and the rain did not help Djokovic’s state of mind as he became even more aggravated. It did not help too that Murray came out playing crisp and punishing tennis right from the start of the match to break Djokovic. Murray won 6-3, 6-3 and Djokovic left his fans with a whole bunch of questions.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDY MURRAY!