Confidence in sports is a dangerous thing. But confidence in a one-on-one sport such as tennis is even more dangerous.
Expect Djokovic to rally back and defeat Ferrer. Here are three reasons why.
I've touched on confidence in tennis and how it can change the outcome of matches, but when they have a day to think about what went wrong, players with the talent of Djokovic can right the ship more often than not.
Djokovic is one of the great masterminds of the sport and he will figure out what went wrong in the seven games. Maybe he simply allowed the strong winds and treacherous conditions to get the best of him.
Ferrer had to play in the same conditions, however, so that isn't an excuse, but that slight change could trigger more confidence to Djokovic.
Djokovic has dominated Ferrer in their past 10 matches, winning eight of them. After losing the first three times he played him on tour, Djokovic has put it to Ferrer.
Some players have each others' number, and Djokovic is beginning to have Ferrer's number. Despite Ferrer being a very strong player mentally, Djokovic will find his st#mce_temp_url#roke on his virtual playground (hard surface) against Ferrer—a player he has owned as of late.
Djokovic Realizes the Moment
He hasn't lost a set at the 2012 U.S. Open, which leads to the thought that maybe it was the conditions which got the best of him.
With no Federer and no Nadal, Djokovic has a great opportunity to salvage his 2012 season with two Grand Slams.
Djokovic rallies back to defeat Ferrer in four sets.