Re: Has the game changed in the last two years?
I don't think so at all.
By the way, I'm surprised when I read Djokovic's fans constantly underrating what he did in 2008 (at least until Wimbledon) as if it was nothing, Djokovic was "immature", etc ...
Esp for Nole's fans to remind them who Djokovic was in 2007 and esp 2008 :
- in 2007 a slam final in the US Open (lost to Fed after 3 very tight sets), two semi-finals in Roland-Garros (to Nadal) and Wimbledon (retires after winning first set against Nadal after 3 incredible matches against Kiefer, Hewitt and esp Baghdatis in 4 rainy days ... was much more convincing that year than last year imo), had lost in R16 of the AO only to Federer, two MS wins in Miami (where he destroyed everybody including Nadal and Murray) and Montreal (3 tight and superb sets won against Federer, after defeating in straight sets Nadal, Roddick and Nalbandian), one MS final, his first one, in Indian Wells, lost to Nadal after crushing Murray
- in 2008 Djokovic won the Australian open destroying everybody in straight sets except Tsonga, reached the semi in Roland-Garros losing only to peak Nadal, won the WTF, reaches US Open semifinal losing in 4 sets to Fed after defeating Roddick, wins Indian Wells (crushes Nadal) and Roma, plays an incredible match against Nadal in Hamburg, reaches the final in Cinci after defeating Nadal in semi, reaches the semi of the Olympics losing only to Nadal ; only failure in Wimbledon losing to Safin but a huge Nadal had terribly hurt his confidence in Hamburg, RG and finally in a great match in the Queens
In my opinion he was great and very regular in 2007-2008, a regularity at top-level which he has not approached since, and I even think that doing again what he did in 2008 might be enough to get to number 1 this year if Nadal is not as good as he was in 2008/2010.
In 2008 both Nadal and Federer were at the top, yet Fed finished a very few points ahead of Djokovic in the rankings in the end of the year.
In 2011 Fed will probably not be as good, and it's not sure that Nadal will be as good as well.
useless old guy
Last edited by duong; 02-17-2011 at 10:46 PM.
Reason: Djokovic in 2007-2008