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Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

He's got a great game and is potentially the biggest threat to the top two, but since this time last year (just after winning the AO) his mental strength seemed to have taken some blows.

First he failed to take Nadal's spot at number 2, and he went on to lose to Marat "grass if for cows to graze on" Safin at Wimbledon before making himself the villain at the US Open (and they won't forget it) taking a beating from Federer and then starting '09 with defeats to Gulbis and Nieminen, a shaky AO and then quitting against Roddick (only to face a lot of media criticism).

It didn't help that he tried to take a shot at Murray during the AO (and the Wimbledon crowd won't forget it, and if they do you can rely on the newspapers to revive it).

His impersonations are no longer considered funny.

Even if he has a genuine injury the crowd will not forgive him for calling a trainer any more.

Murray and Federer have shown that they don't have much love for him, and I don't think Nadal is a big fan either.

He has made a lot of enemies in the crowds.

Is this going to fire him up or will it be hard for him to handle the mental pressure?

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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

Ridiculous to say he's in for a bad year. He's still the 3rd best player on tour. No doubt he's mentally fragile and needs to learn to tough it out when things aren't going well or he's not feeling 100% but to he's still an elite player and I had him down to win the US Open at the start of the year and I still think that's going to happen.

He'll win one or two Masters Series events because over three sets he's awfully tough to beat. I didn't like his retirement at the Aus Open and I lost respect for him but I can't deny it, the guy is one of my favourites and I hope to see him win a Slam + a few MS events in 2009.
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

To Djoko's credit he stopped the impersonations by end of 2007. So no need to recriminate on that basis. Djoko's problems are all these retirements.
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

It sounds that he will face with lots of mental troubles ahead specially after his retirement and Rog's criticisms.
But I think he can forget all these disappointing results and goes on strongly the rest of the season, you know Nadal had a pretty similar situation at the beginning of the last year I know that it wasn't this much severe but he could change all thing so Novak can do the same too.
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

Djokovic is kind of in a similar situation then Fed. He has the game but is kind of in a mental slump. I mean, can you imagine a Nadal retire in a Slam SF due to soreness? See, that is the difference. If the Djoker mans up he will get more HC Slams. I think he clearly is the better HC player then Nadal and expect him to find his form again. His preformance at AO was not promising, though. I dearly hope he is not already satisfied with his 1 Slam!
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

I have my doubts about him. Theres no debating that he's a very good player on his day but realistically I cant see him doing much at the slams this year. Federer owns him, Nadal only struggles on HC against him but as we've seen the last two weeks he's improved beyond belief and Murray, after a couple of comfortable wins against him last year, has finally figured him out. Fitness wise he's also the weakest out of the top 4 in my opinion. It will be interesting to see how he gets on this year, hope he proves me wrong

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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

Atm me thinks he is more likely going to drop a few ranks and Murray will take Number 3.

But if he plays the way he played early last year, well then it's a completely different story. And he may just come out with a GS if not more this year.
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

These things will make him stronger.

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The girl might indeed be in a bit of a trouble..
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

Djokovic will retire like the pansy ass he is!
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

perhaps he just needs to learn to train in different environments so conditional factors dont bother him so much in the future?

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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

A lot of useless, childish posts on this forum from haters (ie: post #10)

I've noticed Federer always gets the easier draws with more rest and night matches. Is there some bias or institutionalized unfairness at play here?

I remember Nole had to play 3 back to back grand slam matches because of weather a year or two back.

Considering his known surgery for breathing problems and aversion to extreme heat, it was not too much to ask for the AO overlords to either close the roof, or reschedule. The system needs to be reformed and the needs of players with certain challenges should be considered to make the game more entertaining and successful. The fact that some can play in 130 degree weather is NOT a true measure of a tennis sportsman, nor should it be dogmatically insisted that players be made to play in all conditions. What is next? tennis in the winter?, or how about in a sauna to really test their endurance? What would be the point of that? Are we more interesting in how a player plays in relatively comfortable conditions or do we want to know how effective a player's cooling mechanisms are to avoid heat stroke?

STOP THE DISCRIMINATION AND FAVOURITISM !!!

Lastly, if a player feels ill, why continue to play?--the other player wins, saves energy and goes to the next round. Stop the hating folks and use your heads.

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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

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perhaps he just needs to learn to train in different environments so conditional factors dont bother him so much in the future?
He did train in higher altitudes pre-AO to "boost" his fitness. But what happened at the AO showed that his preparation is obviously not sufficient.

Ultimately, tennis, as in most other things in life, is about performance and not potential.

There is no yardstick for the latter. So there is no use talking about what coulda shoulda woulda been.

Djokovic has to overcome the big hurdle of his Ego before he can realise more of his potential and better his performance.
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

I don't think he's in for a bad year.

He didn't have a clean AO, however watching him in each of his rounds, I saw enough of his game to suggest that he has what it takes to challenge for grand slams this year. It's a long way away, but I think he has what it takes to make the US Open final, and possibly win it. He really needs to focus on the mental aspect to his game however, and possibly his fitness. What he brings to the table though can cause trouble to any player, when Djokovic is playing to the best of his ability. It's consistently playing to his absolute best (like say Nadal), particularly in grand slams, that is the issue. He's only 21 though so I don't think he's in for a bad a year.
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Re: Bad year ahead for Djokovic?

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He did train in higher altitudes pre-AO to "boost" his fitness. But what happened at the AO showed that his preparation is obviously not sufficient.

Ultimately, tennis, as in most other things in life, is about performance and not potential.

There is no yardstick for the latter. So there is no use talking about what coulda shoulda woulda been.

Djokovic has to overcome the big hurdle of his Ego before he can realise more of his potential and better his performance.
As a Serb and a fan of Novak, I agree that he needs to check his ego and talk less about his quality and expect everyone to love him. Not sure how much more he can do about the limitations of his body though with more conditioning. Some simply have better cardio-vascular systems then others. Refer to lance armstrong and his super-human genetic endowment of being able to process a lot more oxygen than his competitors. Only so much one can do.
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