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Has Djokovic really improved?

is he better than ever? I think he's better than last year, but that is because he was really inconsisten in 2010. He's not as good as late 2007 or 2009 clay court season I think
His good restults are explained by the low form of fed and nadal.
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

His form is definately better than ever!!

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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

His confidence, yes.
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

You bet your sweet dolphin ass he's improved.

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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

definitely but.. Nadal also have a pretty long layoff with that injury, and of course its going to take some time for him to get back into Championship form. I still expect Nadal to dominate the clay season not Djokovic.. Along with grass. Can't see Djoker picking it back up until hardcourt season begins again.

Nadal and Fed these days Im sure are mostly concerned with bagging more slams
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

No shit. Not only is he older and wiser he has that 2008 edge but its greater. His game has another dimension
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

judgong on today's match, nole was clutch in the important moments and didn't attack as much as he should. He did so in the 3rd set, but that was because he found his 1st serve again
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

Overall? Yes.
Game wise? No, his early 2008 form was better.

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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

His confidence has improved dramatically, a lot because he's physically fit now, and a lot because he's learned to manage his emotions. As for his game, his solidity has improved and that's crucial. He's just matured so much physically, emotionally and tactically, and right now he's devoid of weaknesses.
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

mmm you might be right about the mental, although on this field he's still a bit of a midget
his game has not improved however
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

Game wise? No, I think he's been better actually, but he's rock solid mentally nowadays and everyone else just crumbles to pieces around him.

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same game style but much better physically and an improved serve
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

Improved serve.

Improved ROS.

Converting from defense to offense.

Mental toughness.

Physically fit.
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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

I think there'are two main reasons of his current form:

1) Physical improvement
2) Ability to keep the highest concentration through a very long period of time

Actually from the beginning of D"Joke's career I considered him as a player with great mentality, this type of mentality which allows you to win usually tight matches. Recently, he wasn't forced to play a tight match even once! I mean in the winning period, starting with the Davis Cup final. During the 20-match winning streak (or 23 with Hopman Cup), he played deciding set only 4 times: three times lost only two games (Berdych, Federer, Nadal), once four games (F.Lopez), but even in that match, he wasn't close to lose, led early with a break in the 3rd set.

He has been in this beautiful period characterized by enormous will to play tennis. He is dangerous at 0-40 in almost every game, whether he serves or receives doesn't really matter. Federer and Nadal experienced the same thing in their best periods, obviously this state of mind can't last forever, but the tennis history teaches us, it can last over 40 matches, so D'Joke theoretically is the halfway at the moment

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Re: Has Djokovic really improved?

Davis Cup win -> Enormous confidence boost -> The new Nole

It's as simple as that.
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