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Djokovic throws down the gauntlet

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Sobering news for Federer, Nadal as Djokovic pledges no let-up

Peter Hanlon
January 29, 2008

NOVAK DJOKOVIC had a surprisingly clear head yesterday morning, and a focus to match. Having achieved his ambition for 2008 in the first month of the year, he now has Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and the world's No.1 ranking in his sights.

"Now I'll try to remain consistent with the results and try to get the first two guys in the world," Djokovic said, adding that the gap between them, rankings-points wise, was not huge. "I think I have enough quality to do it.

"Now I look at things different. I think it's probably more relief than pressure for me, because I'm going to get to the rest of the season more relaxed, and just try to play a high level of game. I'm really looking forward to work [on my game] so I can improve and be the first player in the world."

Asked if he could dethrone Federer, whom he defeated in straight sets to reach the Australian Open final, this year, the Serb was categorical. "I always believe that I can reach everything, and I think that's even possible.

"You have to consider that Federer and Nadal have been in the situation for the last three or four years of defending points, and they've been handling it in the best way. We'll see what happens, but now I feel much better, much more confident."

The Djokovic roadshow did not leave Melbourne Park until after 2.30 yesterday morning, having obliged print and electronic media with interviews that ran almost as long as his four-set triumph over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. There had been plans to mark his maiden grand slam win - "I'll keep that a secret, because we have special ways of celebrating," he said on Sunday night - but they were put on hold.

"I sat down with my family [at their rented apartment] for a little while, we just talked about things, smiling and laughing, then I went to bed," the 20-year-old said. "I was really tired, but the real celebration is waiting for me."

That may come as early as tomorrow, when he arrives in Belgrade to a welcome that is sure to compensate for any lack of immediate partying. Djokovic estimates 20,000 people were outside government house last year after he, Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic all made the semi-finals of the French Open, and he has heard talk of a similar reception this time.

He has been flooded with congratulatory messages, including from football great Diego Maradona and several current stars. "You just start to realise how big a deal this is, how much all the professional athletes from all different sports around the world are appreciating that," he said.

He had also heard from fellow players, but refused to name who - although he admitted Federer wasn't one of them. "Roger? No, no Roger."

Djokovic again praised Tsonga for his role in the fairytale, saying the pair "played amazing through the whole tournament" and deserved their place in the final. Yet it was his semi-final against Federer that has most emboldened him.

"In the first couple of matches we played, I was thinking, 'OK, I'm going to try to play my best tennis, try to prove that I'm a good tennis player.' Now, things have changed. I get to the matches with more belief that I can win, and that I want to win. There's a slight difference - he feels it, I feel it much more."

Djokovic reflected on the relative lack of support he was afforded by the Rod Laver Arena crowd on Sunday night, and said that Tsonga, as the underdog, was an understandable choice. "People like to see him, the way he plays, the way he celebrates," he said. "I don't think you enjoy too much if the people support the other player, but it kind of lifts you up a little bit, gives you motivation to be really aggressive. [But] to have more support than your opponent is always a better option."

He was happy just to have his family share in his breakthrough, and hoped the experience would spur promising brothers Marko and Djordje to similar feats. "I'll make them work for that. They've been here, they've lived the moment with me, and it means a lot to them.

"Having the people which supported me the most through all my life and career, I am extremely happy that I can celebrate and live this moment with them. I gave them yesterday night the trophy, and I was so proud to even see them holding [it], because it's not just my success, it's theirs as well."
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i wonder when the first journalist confronts him with his parents' behaviour. even the nytimes implicitly criticized them.

oh it's gonna come. oh and it's gonna be interesting how novak reacts. and OH, i'm sure he knows about that stuff, and i'd bet that if any player out there is curious enough to check the web to find out what the world thinks of him, it's little novak. he was pissed during the final that people didn't cheer for him, over the coming week he'll find out why.

it's gonna be interesting.
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i wonder when the first journalist confronts him with his parents' behaviour. even the nytimes implicitly criticized them.

oh it's gonna come. oh and it's gonna be interesting how novak reacts. and OH, i'm sure he knows about that stuff, and i'd bet that if any player out there is curious enough to check the web to find out what the world thinks of him, it's little novak. he was pissed during the final that people didn't cheer for him, over the coming week he'll find out why.

it's gonna be interesting.
Let's hope it leads to some introspection...or at least circumspection in the future.
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Let's hope it leads to some introspection...or at least circumspection in the future.
yeah, and you know what? after reading all the articles over the last 24 hours, he does seem kinda alright if you just take him and leave out all the "side effects" his gang brings along. sure, he's a little cocky, has always been, will always be.

but boy his gang really cracks me up...
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i wonder when the first journalist confronts him with his parents' behaviour. even the nytimes implicitly criticized them.

oh it's gonna come. oh and it's gonna be interesting how novak reacts. and OH, i'm sure he knows about that stuff, and i'd bet that if any player out there is curious enough to check the web to find out what the world thinks of him, it's little novak. he was pissed during the final that people didn't cheer for him, over the coming week he'll find out why.

it's gonna be interesting.
I had a really good laugh reading that, just imagining Djoke's face.

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I can't wait for someone to come in and call him arrogant.

I like this newly-found confidence he has. He has a great opportunity to do big things this year and I hope he does.

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I like this newly-found confidence he has.
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"We'll see what happens, but now I feel much better, much more confident."
Is that not newly-found confidence?

Did you even bother to read the article?

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Did you even bother to read the article?
"newly-found confidence" just doesn't fit. i don't think he didn't believe in himself during the federer-match, heck, i don't even think he was doubting his skills when he came on tour as a teen. this guy, like it or not, has by far the highest self esteem out of the whole top 50. he's as confident as they come. and if you read his interviews back in the days when he won umag or the other mm tournaments, you'll notice that a lack of self-confidence has never been his problem. your statement on the other hand implies that by winning his first slam he finally has the mental power to progress. well, this trophy has done little to him as it was hardly possible to bump his ego any more.
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"newly-found confidence" just doesn't fit. i don't think he didn't believe in himself during the federer-match, heck, i don't even think he was doubting his skills when he came on tour as a teen. this guy, like it or not, has by far the highest self esteem out of the whole top 50. he's as confident as they come. and if you read his interviews back in the days when he won umag or the other mm tournaments, you'll notice that a lack of self-confidence has never been his problem. your statement on the other hand implies that by winning his first slam he finally has the mental power to progress. well, this trophy has done little to him as it was hardly possible to bump his ego any more.
I agree, maybe that wasn't the right word.

But he is more confident now then before, now he really feels he belongs. I don't think he would just say that he feels more confident because he likes hearing himself talk, I think he truly feels more confident about his game and about his career. No need for you to laugh at me for liking what he said in his interview.

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No need for you to laugh at me for liking what he said in his interview.
yeah, sorry about that, i didn't mean to offend you.

it's just that i didn't see you around here a lot so i thought you might be one of the nole-fanboys that showed up right after the final and dump a bunch of posts about their new hero.

well, your join date should've given me some hint, i guess.

never mind.
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"newly-found confidence" just doesn't fit. i don't think he didn't believe in himself during the federer-match, heck, i don't even think he was doubting his skills when he came on tour as a teen. this guy, like it or not, has by far the highest self esteem out of the whole top 50. he's as confident as they come. and if you read his interviews back in the days when he won umag or the other mm tournaments, you'll notice that a lack of self-confidence has never been his problem. your statement on the other hand implies that by winning his first slam he finally has the mental power to progress. well, this trophy has done little to him as it was hardly possible to bump his ego any more.
Yes

He always have a new things to do. And he is really going step by step. After coming into top 10 (and wining some small tournaments)
he did next results:
1. final of AMS
2. beat Nadal & AMS title
3. SF's of slams
4. beat Federer in AMS final
5. slam final
6. beat Federer in slam & maiden slam

All of this things gave him a new level of confidence.
Next things to do:
1. Beat Nadal on clay
2. Beat Nadal on slam
3. Beat Roger on slam final

For all of this things he needs to really try, and every time hi did that's new step to his lifetime goal NO 1.

At least hi didn't create a beast yet
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Well, he should be more confident now that he has won his first Slam. He has an outstanding game capable of beating anyone on a given day. Obviously I am missing something, but I don^t find him at all arrogant. Confident, for sure, but not arrogant. All this fuss about his family is just jealous nonsense. Just because they are more vocal and animated in their support does not make them evil or mean spirited.
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what does everyone expect him to say? if he doesn't believe he can beat Fed,Nadal, and get to #1, what is he playing for? i like this mentality. in my opinion, you have to be arrogant to be an elite athlete.
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