Novak Djokovic’s unexpected defeat in straight sets at the hands of Tommy Robredo following an early exit in Toronto has sparked off a rather ephemeral array of questions as to whether the Serb is losing it a bit too soon. His marriage in July seems to have done little good to his cause. However the world number 1 is not the only victim to this marietal curse, there are former champions who have faced similar predicaments.
1. Pete Sampras : A winner in Ohio thrice (1992,1997 and 1999). Sampras got married in the year 2000. In Cincinnati 2000 he lost in the third round to Tim Henman convincingly, 6-3 6-4.
2. Andre Agassi: Another three time winner in Cincinnati (1995, 1996 and 2004) got married to Brooke Shield in 1997. The same year he lost in the first round in Cincinnati to Gustavo Kuerten. In 2001, he got married to Steffi Graf and yet again he managed to lose in the first round in Cincinnati that year, this time to Gaston gaudio.
3. Andy Roddick: Two time conqueror at Cincinnati (2003 and 2006) got married in 2009. He happened to lose in the second round in Cincinatti that year, falling in two tightly contested tiebreak sets to Sam Querrey.
4. Mats Wilander: A four time champion at Cincinnati (1983,1984,1986 and 1988) got married in January 1987. He lost in the third round in Cincinnati that year to Peter Lungdren in straight sets 6-1 6-4.
However, the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer as usual proved to be an exception to the established order. The five time champion (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012) followed up his marriage in April 2009 with an emphatic triumph in Cincinnati in August, losing just a solitary set through the process. In fact he is still in contention for this years’ crown. It remains to be seen whether Federer will be able to end his Masters 1000 title drought.