Greg Rusedski blog: Djokovic enjoys big psychological boost in Shanghai
This week in Shanghai was once again all about the top 3 players in the world. Roger Federer keeps on setting new records; by making the semi-finals this past week he guaranteed he would stay at world number 1 for at least another week. Roger’s record of 300 weeks as world number 1 will never be broken.
Right now though in the men’s game there feels like a shift in power at the very top – It feels like a new era. The Djokovic, Murray era is beginning. Novak Djokovic, barring an injury will be number 1 at the end of the year. The big battle for the rest of the year will be between Murray and Federer for number 2 in the world. Djokovic and Murray are at the peaks of their careers, while Roger is nearing the latter stages of his career and nobody knows how Nadal will be after such a long injury break. Still we have no idea when Rafa will return.
Novak Djokovic has been in sublime form all week, not dropping a set getting to the finals. The closest anyone had gotten to Novak until the finals,was Tomas Berdych who lost 6 3, 6 4 in the semifinals.
Andy Murray is now playing his best tennis when it really matters, which is the sign of a true champion. In the semifinals against Roger Federer, Murray was very aggressive and dominated Federer in all aspects to win 6 4,6 4. Andy has now won the last 5 sets played against Federer.
This set up a rematch of the US Open final. Djokovic came into the final on a 9-match winning-streak, while Murray came in to the finals as a 2 time defending champion in this event. The quality of the final was of the highest standard. Novak Djokovic showed us why he is going to finish the season as world number 1. Down a set and having to save 5 match points against him in the 2nd set, Novak came through to win 5 7,7 6,6 3 in over 3 hours.
It was a major victory for Novak, re-establishing his position ahead of Murray after his defeat in the finals of the US Open. This was a big psychological boost for Novak.