Years ago, tracing back the “tennis timeline” one can find few giants in the crease who had marked a special place for themselves in the history, by creating and breaking records in the clay. Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe, Stan Smith, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, were all the stars of the past, stars of the Generation-X. The present generation, the Generation-Y is all aware of the typical Federer-Nadal duality, occasionally intervened by Novak, Andy-both Murray and Roddick. But of late there is some change which is likely to occur and the people also anticipate that the Evergreen King of the Clay, Nadal is under the threat of losing the clinch of it. The threat which is posed by the rising star Novak.
Nadal is the kid of the God when it comes to the racquet knocks at Monte Carlo and Barcelona, the Big Fight is that will Nadal remain as the God’s child? Nadal seems to be in a weird mindset, Rafael is the man of swiftness and wildness. The fast feet Novak has now given cold feet to the Spaniard. This week is will be a catch-22 for Djokovic who will be beginning his clay sessions at his home, Belgrade if he fails to show up a winning game. For Novak indeed the crowd, especially the home men are certainly intimidating and demanding. The load is different for Nadal, the pressure is to sustain and consistently hold up the records.
Djokovic has dethroned all the possible adversaries on the courts in the first quarter of the year. At Miami, Australian Open Novak walked with the air of victory throughout. The luck factor and the degree of efforts Djokovic had put has navigated him from the very first win, his drastic victory over Nadal or Nadal’s plummeting loss to Novak at the Miami Open and the Indian Wells Open has made the Belgrade Open the News of the month for the tennis followers.
This week will unveil whether the Belgrade Champ, Novak, is all in complete swing to smash the clay, and has re-networked his game skills. Djokovic, the unbeatable man on the hard grounds as everyone knows will face the Clay-God, the man for whom the clay court seems highly defensive, Nadal the six times Barcelona title winner.
As how the history tells that Arjuna’s archery skills can never be duped or even tried, the game pertaining to the clay courts, the game of Nadal is highly impenetrable and unbeatable.
The conflict is between the God and the Man who wants to fulfill the wishes of his countrymen. Expecting more and more audiences for the Belgrade Open this week, which is to decide the title of the soft sands.
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