Huh. I was so certain that Novak Djokovic would carry through and win the French Open–and said as much in this post–that I didn’t even bother to check the results yesterday; I just happened to stumble upon the fact that Stan Wawrinka actually beat Djokovic for the title.
So is Djokovic’s presumed dominance now and in the immediate future–with Nadal and Federer faltering and Andy Murray being…well, Andy Murray–nothing more than an illusion?
Not so fast. Yesterday’s result only reminds us that, of the four majors, the French Open tends to be the weirdest. It’s the tournament where champions often come out of nowhere to win before dropping back into the pack for the other majors. It’s also worth noting that Djokovic, for all his brilliance these last few years, has nevertheless not been able to win in Paris. As likely as not, Djokovic will go on a tear again once the Roland Garros clay courts disappear in the rear view mirror; the more conventional surfaces at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open will probably produce more conventional results. Besides, Djokovic did finish second–it’s not like he got blown off the court by some teenager in the second round.
Still, this does make things a little more interesting.