Djokovic Crashes Out of Wimbledon

Djokovic losing at WimbledonNovak Djokovic crashed out of Wimbledon 08 to unseeded former world number 1 Marat Safin in the biggest shock of the tournament so far.

Djokovic, the Australian Open champion and seeded 3 at Wimbledon was part of the big 3, that most people thought had a chnace of winning Wimbledon this year. The departure of the Serb from Federer’s half of the draw now makes the Swiss odds on favorite to win at SW19 for the record 6th time in a row. though should we forget Marat Safin?

Djokovic may have forgotten that Marat Safin was once the worlds best players andtipped to win many more grand slams than the 2 he has achieved. Safin has struggled to win any match all year long and has only managed to string two wins together on two occasions. The under achieving Russian’s skills have never been in question, it’s always been mental hurdles that Safin has not been able to get over. 

Throughout the match Djokovic never looked comfortable and Safin crushed him 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. The most surprising aspect of the loss was perhaps the inability for Djokovic to make any real impression on the match, losing in straight sets and crumbling in the third.

At the end of the match, despite having just crashed out of Wimbledon in straight sets to someone ranked 72 places below him, Novak Djokovic still warmly embraced the man from Russia who had just about ruined his chances of finishing number 1 this year. The pair are old friends, they know each other well off court and in the past have practised together andare both managed by the same small company. This is not forgetting that Safin was one of Djokovic Idol’s when he was a young teen, not not many years ago. After losing Djokovic had some kind words for Safin,

I looked at him as one of the greatest players, one of the idols, I admired the way he plays. At the time when I was a junior he was the top of the world. I used to practise with him, because we had then andstill have the same manager. I have a lot of respect for him. Maybe that played a key role in the match…..He was playing with not much unforced errors from the back. But I wasn’t doing anything to hurt him. My serve, even when I had the high percentage of the first serve, was going on his racket. No angles, no precision whatsoever.

Marat Safin will now face 29th seed Andreas Seppi from Italy in the third round. Safin is now amongst one the outside favorites to win Wimbledon along with Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Marcus Baghdatis.


Match Summary Marat Safin Novak Djokovic
Country Russia Serbia
Sets 3 3
Games 12 19
Total Points Won 107 85
1st Serve % 53 of 95 = 56 % 63 of 97 = 65 %
Aces 7 4
Double Faults 3 10
Unforced Errors 21 28
Winning % on 1st Serve 44 of 53 = 83 % 46 of 63 = 73 %
Winning % on 2nd Serve 24 of 42 = 57 % 12 of 34 = 35 %
Receiving Points Won 39 of 97 = 40 % 27 of 95 = 28 %
Break Point Conversions 4 of 12 = 33 % 1 of 1 = 100 %
Net Approaches 12 of 13 = 92 % 9 of 12 = 75 %
Fastest Serve 134 MPH 130 MPH
Average 1st Serve Speed 125 MPH 120 MPH
Average 2nd Serve Speed 102 MPH 102 MPH