French Open: Djokovic threat to skip Wimbledon logical: Wilander | Tennis News
Minutes after Djokovic was bundled out of the French Open quarter-finals by impressed Italian Marco Cecchinato, the 31-year-old 12-times Grand Slam winner stated he may not play the approaching grasscourt swing.
“Effectively I suppose he is not prepared bodily,” Wilander, presenting Eurosport’s flagship Recreation, Schett and Mats programme informed Reuters when listening to of three-times Wimbledon champion Djokovic’s feedback.
“Perhaps he’s additional away bodily than… or possibly it is a completely different method, possibly he must not go on grass as a result of grass is the final word confidence killer.
“Even if you happen to play effectively on grass the bounce is dangerous, it is onerous to seek out good observe courts, you may’t actually transfer correctly since you slip and slide and if you’re actually, actually eager to get again to your finest, which for him is the hardcourt season, logically you wouldn’t wish to play on the grass.”
Wilander, who gained each Grand Slam title aside from Wimbledon, stated he was stunned that former world primary Djokovic had made the feedback so quickly after his match.
The Swede stated that the excellent news for Djokovic followers is that he appeared to have the previous fireplace again, particularly in an epic fourth-set tiebreak by which he threw every little thing at Cecchinato.
“He put the battle in and performed good for the matches, I feel he is on his means,” he stated. “I do not assume bodily it is ever been an issue, it is psychological. And he appeared to have the drive to not wish to lose tennis matches.
“The query is what occurs now. But it surely’s refreshing to see him again. The one factor that was lacking was a little bit of confidence within the fourth set. He had probabilities however did not dare to tug the set off fairly as freely.
“That is confidence, he did not wish to beat himself. When you find yourself assured and profitable Slams you by no means assume you’ll beat your self and also you again your self to make these pictures.”
Wilander stated Djokovic would possibly “want a break” after toiling so onerous to get again to his prime degree through the claycourt run.
“Be house for a bit, possibly a break from inns, go house and provides your self one other month block of coaching time,” he stated.
“If he is enjoying this effectively and he’s at 80 p.c which is what I’ve heard behind the scenes then give himself an opportunity to be 100 p.c after which hope the psychological half kicks in.”
Djokovic is ranked at 22 and Wilander stated the explanation for his drop are ‘nice margins’.
“It is a three p.c drop,” he stated. “He would not have the serve or the Del Potro forehand or the Rafa physique language.
“He wants that edge and needs to be 100 p.c.”