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Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

After watching the match, and witnessing the reactions of the crowd, I came away wondering. Is Djokovic the new "villain" in the sport? Ivan Lendl was NEVER the fan favorite, and, it seems that Djokovic has turned a lot of people against him (with an assist from his family). Now, Lendl was pretty much on his own, and he didn't care that the fans were against him. Djokovic looks clearly bothered. Do you all think that he and his family will change their ways? Or will he not care, and continue to circle the wagons in an us vs. them mindset? Winning...but not being loved.

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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

No. Lendl was a WAY better player.

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No. Lendl was a WAY better player.
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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

He will never be as good as Ivan Lendl

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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

Obviously, Ivan was one of the best players ever. However, I mean perception of dislike from the fans. I can almost assure that if his family were taken out of the equation, the dislike percentage would fall tremendously.

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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

Was Lendl hated? By who, McEnroe?

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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

Lendl maybe lacked charsima according to some, but was never a spoilt brat!
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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

Lendl was not loved but not hated as well. Djokovic has more charisma.

Lendl had as well a solid and boring game. He won a lot. Might be the same for Djoko unfortunately.
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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

Ivan was always seen as the villainous foil to McEnroe and Connors. I still remember the only time he landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated:



Is this Djokovic's fate?

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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

I don't think that Lendl was hated or even someone that no one cared about. He was quite a popular figure in Europe. Is it possible that you are under influence of some sort of a propaganda in US at that time ?
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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

I think he is just this generation's version of Lleyton Hewitt. You either love him or you hate him.

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I don't think he will be hated. This is just a beginning of his carrier. Eventually, the passion from his box will fade as they become accustomed to Nole winning big matches, he will stop ridiculously long bouncing (he already reduced it significantly in comparison with last season) when he get a little more self-confidence and he will reduce his arrogant tone when he realizes that the players are scared of him on the court because of his play and not because of the words. Now, he is building up the pressure, fighting against the pressure and enjoys with his family when he overcomes the pressure. Simple as that.
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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

Nadal and Federer never interact with the crowd during their matches, but novak often does. Of course, this includes both positive and negative interaction. The haters will bitch about the negative stuff, and the Djokotards will enjoy the positives, but all it amounts to is Novak bringing excitement to the game.

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Nadal and Federer never interact with the crowd during their matches, but novak often does. Of course, this includes both positive and negative interaction. The haters will bitch about the negative stuff, and the Djokotards will enjoy the positives, but all it amounts to is Novak bringing excitement to the game.
Truth! Finally some emotions on the court! And Tsonga follows that magnificently!
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Re: Is Djokovic the 21st Century Version of Ivan Lendl?

OH he's worse then Lendl! That mother of his is just a horrible witch.
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