'I could advise Novak Djokovic to take his bag and...', says analyst

“I could advise Novak Djokovic to take his bag and…” says the analyst

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met for the 23rd time at the 2010 ATP Finals, meeting in the second round robin match after earning opening victories. The Spaniard rode to a 7-5, 6-2 win in an hour and 52 minutes, beating the Serb for the 16th time and retaining a perfect score in London.

After an early exit from the Paris Masters, Novak arrived in London and played well in the first round robin duel against Tomas Berdych. He, too, got off to a good start against Nadal before experiencing irritation in his right eye in game eight, taking a medical break and changing his contact lenses a few times.

The Serb couldn’t improve his eyesight and he played the second set with almost one eye and didn’t stand a chance against such a strong opponent. Novak’s time-out off the field lasted seven minutes and Nadal said nothing while waiting for his opponent.

However, the Spaniard was asked to speed up a little on serve when the action resumed and he argued with the chair umpire about it. After the match, Rafa explained that he didn’t mind Novak’s extended time-out, but it also didn’t feel right to be rushed by the referee after failing to serve in time for two or three seconds.

Nadal saved four out of five break chances and took 43% of return points and delivered four breaks to seal the deal in straight sets and beat Djokovic for the second time this season. Unable to control his shots, Novak committed 30 unforced errors and lost ground in the closing stages of the first set, playing fearless tennis and looking to all-or-nothing shots as the only option.

Travis talks about Djokovic

As the CDC communicated a change in health rules, Fox News wondered if this would soon allow Novak Djokovic to play the US Open. Clay Travis, the network’s columnist and founder of outkick.com, thinks it’s logical and healthy.

Seeing Novak on a pitch would also be a real symbol to show that life is back to normal. “From the moment the CDC states that a vaccinated person must be treated like an unvaccinated person and that there are no differences, I don’t understand why and how Novak Djokovic couldn’t come and play for the US Open.

If I’m going to disagree at all, I could advise him to take his bag and snowshoes and go to Mexico to cross the border. Honestly, if we’re talking about returning to normal life, it would be a nice symbol of unity if the Serb defended his chances in New York.”

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