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Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?
Or will someone else steal it from him?

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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

I don't think so.
First, he has never defended any titles thus far (if I remember correctly).
More importantly, his current form has not been positive or impressive.

To sidetrack, even though Murray seems to be the front-runner now, I have this funny feeling he won't win AO this year.

Both Federer and Nadal haven't been red-hot as well.

Could possibly have a dark horse win again this year. Speaking of which, is AO the Slam with the most number of surprising/unexpected winners/finalist in recent years? (eg Korda/Johansson/Schuttler/Clement/?)
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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

no he is incompetent
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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

Can he? Yes.
Will he? No.

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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

Lots of things depends on the draw.
If Djoko goes to Rafa's part of the draw and has a draw without any dangerous floaters- he could make it. Not very likely though.
If he manages to beat Rafa in the 1/2 semis , and has to face Murray in the finals, there is a chance. He certanly doesn't forget how to beat Muzza. This Murray is way better that Murray of 2007 and first half of 2008, but it is possible- match ups in tennis are more important than everyone here thinks.

He is not capable of beating Roger at the moment.

But considering Djoker's recent form, this is very unlikely scenario.
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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

Good post by flexeter, and one I agree with...no doubt he has the talent to be ABLE to defend his title, but, as already stated by others, he doesn't appear to be in good enough form to be of the greatest possible threat...and I think that will see him fall short.

SF is probably the more realistic finish for him, although it wouldn't surprise me if someone shocks him earlier on.
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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

NO. He will have difficulties even in reaching semis.

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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

yes if he dumps Head and gets Wilson back

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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

I think him and Murray are favourites.
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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

he has never defended any title in his career so far, I fail to see how he will start doing that with a Slam.

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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

I cant believe he dumped Wilson for Head, but yeah i think he might struggle. Its never easy to defend a slam unless you are Roger of course.
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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

Nein.

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i was going to start a thread asking is MTF under estimating Nole. I think most people on here are. Loads of posters don't have him making the 2nd week let alone the qf's or better.

Last year he cruised to the semi's, beat an ill Fed then finished the job against Tsonga.

He may have never defended a title but this would but a great way to start.
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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

Djokovic has the problem that he doesn`t have many matches played so far in this season.He is 0-1 and an early loss in Sydney won`t help his game and his confidence.Going to Australian Open without any real match practice might be crucial and he could face lots of difficulties
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Re: Can Djokovic protect his Australian Open Title?

Everyone talking about his poor form, but can you tell from just one match against a pretty difficult opponent? I don't think so. But people are opportunistic, unfortunately.
Last year he won it without playing any match prior to the AO and don't forget he won the TMC.
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