Anything that worked for Roger Federer will do for Novak Djokovic. For both men, being unable to give of their best at Wimbledon proved the final straw. Two weeks ago Djokovic retired early in the second set of his quarter-final against Tomas Berdych, the pain from his elbow having got worse as the
Caroline Garcia hammered Sara Errani in Bastad, where Anastasija Sevastova also wasted little time in moving into the quarter-finals.
By following Roger Federer's example in taking an extended break from tennis, Novak Djokovic can prolong the lifespan of the Big Four.