Qatar ExxonMobil Open, Doha
Men’s Final:  Andy Murray (GBR) vs.  Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Many wondered if Djokovic had lost his focus and desire to compete at the level we have grown so accustomed to seeing. Even Djokovic had doubts about his ability to perform at that level again consistently. Today, he may not have answered those questions emphatically; however, his response was enough for other players to realize that he is still a dangerous opponent. Murray had chances and could not capitalize on the crucial ones like so many opponents who have had the misfortune of playing Djokovic. Heavy is the mantle and burden of being number one, some wear it well and carry the burden with ease; others struggle. As the season unfolds, many of us will be curious to see how Murray wears the mantle and handle the burden of being number one.
Today, the pressure was perhaps too much to handle in addition to the opposition of a determined Djokovic. Although Murray put up a valiant effort, it was not enough. A slight lapse in concentration was his undoing. The crack was created, perhaps at the manner in which Djokovic was able to regain his composure after losing his cool in the second set. Your objective on the tennis court is to remain focused on your game plan. Be aware of the emotional state of your opponent because you may be able to use it to your advantage, but never get lulled into thinking that you have won when they appear vulnerable. A wounded animal is often the most dangerous, and Djokovic has proven time and again that he will fight even harder when he is in danger of losing. He won 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 and defended his title.
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