Tournament exits to lower-ranked players showed he was struggling. The US Open saw the 32-year-old defeated in straight sets by 31-year-old Tommy Robredo in the fourth round. Apart from a poor showing at the Shanghai Masters, his late season form displayed glimmers of what we’re much more accustomed to seeing. His final three events saw him reach two semi-finals and a final.
In those final few events, the 17-time Grand Slam champion looked closer, but not too near, to his old self. I think he can take encouragement and build on for 2014.
Many have sighted his pre-2014 season exhibitions as potential catalysts for the dip in form. Also, don’t forget about the back troubles…
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