completely off with the poll. djoko matured in 07, there is a big difference between ao 07 and ao 08.
there would be more sense to ask which was better - uso 07 or ao 08.
Thats going too far.
He had an epic 5 setter with Wanko Tipsarabitch in the 3rd round, then a good straight sets win over an in form Byrditch, a rout of an in form Blake (yes James Blake was in form), nothing was even bandied about regarding the mononucleosis until after that tournament. The match with Tipsaravic had four very long sets and one rout 6-1 by Fed. It was a long night match that set the schedule back, he backed up to play a day match against Birdytch for a straight set win.
Clearly he was affected in that semi after a grueling 2 weeks. But it was only minor, but it was enough to give Djokovic another edge, not that he needed it, showing he could stand toe to toe with Fed in the 2007 USO final. Tennis is a game of the top 2 inches, and when you lose those, the players behind the best can take advantage.
But don't say Fed wasn't physically fit. I dont buy it when Rafatards use it as an excuse for the 2009 USO semi demolition by Del Pot Smoke, so I dont accept it here.
He backed up just fine from the epic 10-8 5th set win over Tipsarevic to return to normal. He can't have been that bad.
But highlights of the 2008 Semi do show him breathing harder than normal and sweating a lot more. Residual effects i'd say.
He had a severe lack of energy throughout early 2008. He couldnít get out of bed, which causes tiredness and exhausted
. This leads too many things such as demonization, where Rog didnít have energy into the game he loves, the tiredness effected him physically he was slower to get to balls, thus causing him to frame more shots. His exhausting physical state also made him tired mentally, it was easier for him to lose hope because he didnít have the energy to think positively and didnít have the mindset to anticipate with success. Because of his lack of sleep and general tiredness his thinking game was off, he no longer had the mentally to think where to place serves and his overall tactics were off which attributes to his demotivation from the hardships he suffered throughout all those painful sleepless nights. His body ached due to the mono, therefore it was painful to manoeuvre around the court, and he couldnít get onto credit position to hit his shots at his highest level, the fact that his body ached also killed hi mentally as he felt as though he wasnít supported by his body to accomplish what he wanted. However he is Roger Federer who has the will of a champion and a will that no mere mortal possesses, he has such desire and respect this achieves what is not physically possible so he pulled through and did as well as he good for his ill state. He is Roger Federer and he has a heart, he has and iron will to do things not humanely possible such is his determination. Although his body was holding him back he tried to fight it in the only way he knew how.
Night sweats, rashes and loss of appetite were also further problems which hampered the ability in which Roger could play problems, he was itchy and uncomfortable which only leads to bad results. Dehydration put his and elsewhere where he felt constantly desperate to consume water or a drink of any kind to feed his demanding body, as well as a lack of food made him hungry and he couldnít move aswel or hit as hard due to his empty stomach this also gave him a worse mindset as it put his amazing mind on other things. Sore throats and swollen glands also punished Roger as he continued to fight his ill body. These painful symptoms, made it hard for Roger to think clearly on court as he constantly had the pain and damage at the back of his mind, and he couldnít focus on the task at hand as a result, this also got to his head in the way that he doubted his abilities because of the way Mono captured him and tortured him. Breathing Problems did indeed hamper Roger, casing a decline in his fitness and ability to train hard..This made him weaker and slower on court giving his opponents a huge advantage out on court, this attributed to his bad mindset where he grew frustrated at the lack of support he received from his body as he felt he was being held back from accomplishing what he wanted and rightly so. Extreme drowsiness made Roger mentally weak as well, his body didnít allow him to create the best results because he move nearly as well as he liked and power was taken off his shots forcing him to lose confidence thus he wasnít as clinical, this evidently gave his opponents more confidence that they could beat Roger. It was like Hyenasí feeding on a sick Lion. However he is Roger Federer and due to his sheer love for the game, rebounded and captured the hearts of many in claiming the Grand slam record and writing himself in history books as the number one player in the world.
In 2007, he moved better and had more confidence in his game as a result of being healthy and having the full support of his body. He was more powerful in his shots as his timing was better, making better contact with the Wilson balls due to his much better movement. This also was why he was much better at the net because of how quick he was around the court and his unbelievable ability to get to everything with astonishing results. In 2008 he relied on his sheer talent alone and didnít feel confident because his body was not in the right place. When he was fit in 2007 he felt invincesible and nothing stood in his way and of course the result flowed. He was much more lethal in 2007 due to how confident he was in his ability and the knowledge that his body was protecting him from harmís way. All his shots had more angle and were deeper and more penetrating thus causing the opponent to be put under much more pressure and making Rog almost Unplayable because there was no way he could be beaten. Roger was so good in 2007 because he trusted himself and due to this immense talent nothing could wrong. In 2008 all is shots were that much shorter and had less angle, he didnít play as tactically as he didnít have the mindset for it as the effects of mono were plaguing him. Djokovic was pretty much the same player, except he was more of a household name by the time 2008 rolled around. Same confidence, same determination, game shots, same tactics etc, Novak may have been slightly more mature in 2008, but thatís all..both times he was the dog and had the determination not seen by him today. If Roger was fit the 20008 result would have gone the same way that their 2007 matches went. Novak took advantage of a sick player, and won his slam. Props to him for that, but it was of course a fluke as faker is still a one slam wonder due to the fact that he hasnít done shit since of any note for an aspiring slam champ except the Us Open final where he rolled over to an easy opponent. Novak didnít beat Roger in 2008; Roger Federerís body beat Roger Federer. It is amazing how he bounced back though and went onto claim 16 slams that is an inspiration to all.