After getting a career grand slam in the 2015-2016 season, one might forgive Novak Djokovic for having a slump the year after. A runner-up and a QF appearance may have been ok for a lesser mortal, but for the top 5 in men's tennis, that is already seen as a sign of weakness.
At least he has reached the third round again, the same round where he was booted out last year by Sam Querrey. This time around, Latvian Ernests Gulbis awaits and I feel he is a more dangerous player than Querrey, so let's see if Novak can tame him.
If Novak does get through, prospective opponents include Gael Monfils, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer in the semi's and Rafael Nadal in the finals. Still, a very tough path to win his Wimbledon title #4.
So his match today with Gulbis is a major test case of how ready he is to face the top guns of the game.