(K. Brent Tomer),
AFTER his annus mirabilis in 2015—by one measure the greatest year in the history of tennis—Novak Djokovic had nowhere to go but down. And fall he has. Although 2016 was hardly a lost year for the sport’s foremost star—he won two of the four Grand Slams—he stumbled from the summer onwards, succumbing in the third round at Wimbledon and in his opening match at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Such hiccups, combined with a surge by Andy Murray, caused him to lose the top spot in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ (ATP) world rankings to the Scot in November.
Mr Djokovic appeared to have righted his ship in recent weeks. Still the world’s best player according to the Elo method, he seemed to demonstrate firmly that he had not been surpassed by <a…Continue reading