Novak Djokovic has lost to Sam Querrey, who’s having a helluva Wimbledon. So no Grand Slam, and I can’t pretend that I’m not disappointed even though I’m not entirely surprised. Nole had won 30 Slam matches in a row. Though there’s no Law of Averages, the longer you win the closer you are to losing.
No one wins forever, but the good news is that no one loses forever. “Anyone can be beaten on any given day,” former New York Football Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin said after his “mediocre” Giants beat the “perfect” New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. “It’s not important to be the best, it’s only important to beat the best,” John McEnroe said in his pursuit of Björn Borg. Querrey must’ve been repeating these as mantras – or words to these effects. Whatever he did, he’s come through on a big stage, so congrats to him.
As for Nole, he’s been incandescent for a year and a half. He was due for a hard fall. But I’m sure he’ll pick himself up. One thing that he shares with other champs like Serena Williams – according to their coaches – is that they don’t dwell. After a tough loss, they bounce. They don’t look back.
Perhaps we can adapt the British “Keep Calm and Carry On” saying here:
Keep Calm and Move on.