US Open Tennis 2012: Djokovic Will Rally to Defeat Ferrer After Weather Delay

Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Confidence in sports is a dangerous thing. But confidence in a one-on-one sport such as tennis is even more dangerous.

When Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer get back on the tennis court after play was suspended Saturday with Ferrer up 5-2, we will see a perfect example of just how important confidence is in tennis. 

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

Djokovic has another Grand Slam title right in the palm of his hands. There is no Roger Federer, there is no Rafael Nadal and he's playing on his favorite surface.

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. 

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