Play Audio Clip Listen to audio clip. Did it really take a medical timeout to get Novak Djokovic out of bed for a start match? Dan Patrick wondered to Roger Federer on his first day back on the tennis court, after the withdrawal of Rafa Nadal, after his retirement in the quarterfinals last year, just to get out of bed.
“After three months off and not winning I think that’s a miracle you know Roger. We were sitting here and you know I think I quoted (Andy Murray) I guess is the third the deepest seeded guy we have left. He said that you know after I have retired my leg is probably the best I have ever felt. He said he was in good shape but because I was not playing was I going to be able to play much more than yesterday?
“Why do you think that is Roger asked about Novak. Pete Sampras when he had his knee problem I am sure he thought ‘oh my God what will I do’. All of you understand after as coaches what are you going to do when somebody is not playing. He had a knee problem when he was eleven years old he was down as third seed. He won six Wimbledons. No expectations or limitations.
“You guys know Roger, did he tell you didn’t he just take the day off. Did he say he wanted to take a day off and that is it? I know Roger it is a rare day off. Every week you are going to take a day off and everybody knows that. Sometimes on a day off everybody takes a day off.
“So I’m just saying to you Roger maybe after getting that medical timeout, he might have had a different thought to getting himself out the door. You can also play good tennis on a day off. If Novak Djokovic wins tonight nobody in the world expects you to see him next year because he doesn’t play next year.”