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Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

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Re: Hopman Cup rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

He started brightly but really seemed to unravel in that second set onward.

Novak was visibly shaking the rust off as the match went on.

My only concern for him is that he's had such a short off-season he may not be mentally in the mood to get right back into it and up for a Grand Slam already.
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Re: Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

Watched the whole match. Golubev was playing well in the first, hitting Nole off court. Nole was serving poorly, hitting many DFs and basic errors. Golubev broke for 5-3, but choked serving for the set. Djoker gifted the next game to lose the set. The last two sets were routine. Golubev couldn't maintain his intensity and the winners he made in the first set, turned into UE's in second and third. Djoker started serving better and was just more solid from the baseline.
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Golubev fell apart after the first set, but took that one deservedly...

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Re: Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

Djoker seemed so strong last season! What happened for him to be rusty now? Hmm.. well, at least he won.

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Djoker seemed so strong last season! What happened for him to be rusty now? Hmm.. well, at least he won.
You can't expect a grand slam performance in a clown event like Hopman Cup. Djoker looked relaxed throughout the match, unlike his partner who fist pumped on every fucking UE
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Re: Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

Is the result wrong here? http://hopmancup.com/Results

Novak Djokovic d Andrey Golubev 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
Time: 117 minutes, Umpire: Pascal Maria
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Re: Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

Rusty performance by Nole but it doesn't indicate anything of his current form. Starts are tricky.
I remember last year he was demolished by Tomic in an exho previous to AO, but then he performed to his level in the slam until he had that stomach flu.



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Re: Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

First match back will always be a tricky prospect, especially against a player of Golubev's calibre (at times). Not much danger of losing really and a nice workout at the end for Nole.

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Re: Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

Yeah, he was quite relaxed and having a bit of fun during the matches. He mentioned after the singles win that he is stepping up the physical preparation this week so he may not be able to perform to his absolute best in the upcoming matches.

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Another quality match to start off another unremarkable season for Fakervic Expect 99% of the matches he plays to follow this exact formula, in which he mugs out an ugly win against an even bigger mug and remains the most undeserving and mediocre top 5 player.
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Re: Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

Not a good or really interesting match, but good on Nole for winning. He seemed relaxed and was finding himself on the court after the time off, got better over time. As soon as Nole started raising his level, the match was totally over.
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You can't expect a grand slam performance in a clown event like Hopman Cup. Djoker looked relaxed throughout the match, unlike his partner who fist pumped on every fucking UE
It's not like grand slam-worthy performances are common in Fakervic's career.
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Yeah, he was quite relaxed and having a bit of fun during the matches. He mentioned after the singles win that he is stepping up the physical preparation this week so he may not be able to perform to his absolute best in the upcoming matches.
Really late in the day to be stepping up the physical imo...maybe they are working on the running track with an iron lung or something to extend the sessions out in the heat...dunno...wierd prep...
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Re: Hopman Cup: rusty Djokovic dispatch Golubev 4/6 6/3 6/1

heres to hopefully better start than last year.

good thing this tournament, has that after-dc vibe about it.

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