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How will Djokovic react in the post-streak season?

By the end of today, either Rafa (more likely) or Roger (less likely) will get all the glory, praise and adulation.

However they both know that Novak, by far, has been more superior in the first half of the season. Novak will be hoping that Roger somehow wins and he can at least secure the #1 ranking as validation for his incredible run.

Now that the pressure of the streak is over, how would Djokovic react. He seemed to thrive under the pressure and was playing better than anyone apart from an ultra aggressive Federer in the semis.

Will be play just as well in Wimbledon heading on to the American fast hard court season? Or will the drop in pressure lead to a drop in his level of play only picking it up in the USO.

The #1 ranking is within grasp and that has to be a huge motivation for Djokovic. Even if Rafa wins RG, he still has to defend the USO and Wimbledon. Novak has a great chance of becoming #1 and staying #1 by year end if he pulls off one more slam - most likely the USO.

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By the end of today, either Rafa (more likely) or Roger (less likely) will get all the glory, praise and adulation.

However they both know that Novak, by far, has been more superior in the first half of the season. Novak will be hoping that Roger somehow wins and he can at least secure the #1 ranking as validation for his incredible run.

Now that the pressure of the streak is over, how would Djokovic react. He seemed to thrive under the pressure and was playing better than anyone apart from an ultra aggressive Federer in the semis.

Will be play just as well in Wimbledon heading on to the American fast hard court season? Or will the drop in pressure lead to a drop in his level of play only picking it up in the USO.

The #1 ranking is within grasp and that has to be a huge motivation for Djokovic. Even if Rafa wins RG, he still has to defend the USO and Wimbledon. Novak has a great chance of becoming #1 and staying #1 by year end if he pulls off one more slam - most likely the USO.

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An ultra agressive Federer + an ultra aggressive crowd = a tight and tough win. Give credit where credit is due. Few players in any sport could withstand that type of hostility and bias except for maybe rafa, but rafa is the son of Zeus so its not entirely relative.

With respect to what the near future holds for the falcon, his professionalism has obviously increased a great deal over the last 6 months and I do not forsee those dips of dejection or inconsistency as in the past.

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Re: How will Djokovic react in the post-streak season?

Not sure about the crowd. Davis cup has seen far worse and far more hostile crowds. Plus this is Nole, he's dissed Roddick @ the USO and gotten away with it. He's far more mentally tougher than we give him credit.

The only time he looked rattled was in the 2nd set when he kept on looking up at his box.

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Not sure about the crowd. Davis cup has seen far worse and far more hostile crowds. Plus this is Nole, he's dissed Roddick @ the USO and gotten away with it. He's far more mentally tougher than we give him credit.

The only time he looked rattled was in the 2nd set when he kept on looking up at his box.
You do realize that the very next match against Federer (USO semi), Novak was in mental shambles? Everyone noticed it. After he won the second set he walked off the court in zombie fashion because few cheered and he realized the crowd was completely indifferent to him. He went through the motions that match but put in no real effort. He is tougher now but not invulnerable as is nadal. What irks me most is that Federer did not motion the crowd to tone it down a bit yesterday, in the name of sportsmanship. Not surpised that he shrugged off Novak's overrule of the service fault. Was disappointed to see novak embrace the wanker at the net after the match; should have put him in a friendly head lock and told him that he'll hand him his balls the next time they meet; that's typically what a Federer post match interview sounds like when he loses (if you read between the lines).

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What irks me most is that Federer did not motion the crowd to tone it down a bit yesterday, in the name of sportsmanship.
Maybe Nole shouldn't time waste or fake injuries in the name of sportsmanship ..

The crowd had a favorite, its not the first time, won't be the last either ..

As a pro, Nole shouldn't let it bother him as much as you think it does, watch Nadal be completely oblivious to the crowd and win today! :-)

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Re: How will Djokovic react in the post-streak season?

Go undefeated until the U.S. Open semi-finals.

But seriously, I think he might make the semis of Wimbledon again (getting beaten by Federer or Nadal), clean up the U.S. hardcourt season and perhaps make the U.S. Open final.

The loss was probably good for him and I figure that he'll use it positively like he did with last year's U.S. Open final loss and not sulk and go into a slump a la Murray.
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Re: How will Djokovic react in the post-streak season?

How many more threads about Djokovic and his streak?
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Go undefeated until the U.S. Open semi-finals.

But seriously, I think he might make the semis of Wimbledon again (getting beaten by Federer or Nadal), clean up the U.S. hardcourt season and perhaps make the U.S. Open final.

The loss was probably good for him and I figure that he'll use it positively like he did with last year's U.S. Open final loss and not sulk and go into a slump a la Murray.
Perhaps? You think he'll win both masters but you're aren't sure of him making the final of the Open?

I don't think he'll win in both Montreal and Cincy. Maybe one win and a final/semi. Murray has owned Montreal/Toronto for the past two years and Roger has won Cincy twice on the trot as well so I don't know why you're so sure he'll win both of them.

I don't think losing the streak will affect him much. I think what's more important is that he'll face a bit more competition in the rest of the season. On clay his only big opposition was Nadal. On slow hardcourts he is the best. For the rest of the season though there will be a few more danger players for him. Murray, Del Potro and Federer all tend to do well in the US Open series.
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You do realize that the very next match against Federer (USO semi), Novak was in mental shambles? Everyone noticed it. After he won the second set he walked off the court in zombie fashion because few cheered and he realized the crowd was completely indifferent to him. He went through the motions that match but put in no real effort. He is tougher now but not invulnerable as is nadal. What irks me most is that Federer did not motion the crowd to tone it down a bit yesterday, in the name of sportsmanship. Not surpised that he shrugged off Novak's overrule of the service fault. Was disappointed to see novak embrace the wanker at the net after the match; should have put him in a friendly head lock and told him that he'll hand him his balls the next time they meet; that's typically what a Federer post match interview sounds like when he loses (if you read between the lines).
calm down buddy, calm down. I have noticed you have been posting a lot of fed hate posts lately. Why should fed motion for the crowd to tone down... that is the umpires job. And btw, don't you think the crowd has a RIGHT to cheer for whomever they want? Is it fed's fault that the crowd cheered for him instead of nole?

And for the sake of tennis, NOLE PLEASE KEEP UP THIS LEVEL! Lets not act like Nole didn't have his chances in his match against Fed. Like a ton of their matches could have gone either way...
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Perhaps? You think he'll win both masters but you're aren't sure of him making the final of the Open?

I don't think he'll win in both Montreal and Cincy. Maybe one win and a final/semi. Murray has owned Montreal/Toronto for the past two years and Roger has won Cincy twice on the trot as well so I don't know why you're so sure he'll win both of them.

I don't think losing the streak will affect him much. I think what's more important is that he'll face a bit more competition in the rest of the season. On clay his only big opposition was Nadal. On slow hardcourts he is the best. For the rest of the season though there will be a few more danger players for him. Murray, Del Potro and Federer all tend to do well in the US Open series.
Slams would be so much harder than masters even though they have comparible fields (Masters probably harder since it's a smaller field even so you'd be facing tougher opponents earlier than slams) because people like to peak at majors, probably most notably Federer this year. He's failed to do anything significant during the clay-court season lead-up to the Roland Garros, yet he's played out of his mind against Novak. Similar to YEC.

That said, it's too early to predict anything. The most interesting thing will be to see how Djokovic recovers from his first loss of the season. So far, it doesn't look too good since Djokovic looked worried, a little lost and looked like he lacked in confidence during the semi-finals.
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Perhaps? You think he'll win both masters but you're aren't sure of him making the final of the Open?

I don't think he'll win in both Montreal and Cincy. Maybe one win and a final/semi. Murray has owned Montreal/Toronto for the past two years and Roger has won Cincy twice on the trot as well so I don't know why you're so sure he'll win both of them.

I don't think losing the streak will affect him much. I think what's more important is that he'll face a bit more competition in the rest of the season. On clay his only big opposition was Nadal. On slow hardcourts he is the best. For the rest of the season though there will be a few more danger players for him. Murray, Del Potro and Federer all tend to do well in the US Open series.
I mistakenly grouped the U.S. hardcourt season with the season following the U.S. Open (Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, etc.) Nevertheless, although I said "sweep", I don't really MEAN sweep. Just careless wording on my part I think he'll do very well and probably win either Canada or Cincinnati and make the finals in the other (or semis, depending on which half of the draw Federer is on).

As for the U.S. Open, I'm lowering my expectations again. Djoker literally had a tremendous opportunity to win RG this year and couldn't find the ability to match his semi-final opponent. It was almost TOO easy; playing well below his form he managed to somehow stumble upon 2 set points in the 1st set but lost anyway. Maybe Djokovic erred in concentration but he certainly didn't rise to the occasion until the 3rd and 4th set which was ultimately too late. He cannot afford to do that against Federer and Nadal and maybe did that because of how well he was doing. It's probably a good lesson to learn for him.

Psychologically, I think he'll be fine. I don't think he felt too pressured during the streak and I doubt he'll feel any additional pressure after.

But who knows. These things are so hard to predict and things can change in an instant. Still, it's fun to guess
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Re: How will Djokovic react in the post-streak season?

He should be fine. A bit unfortunate that the streak took him all the way to later stages of a second slam. Too tough to keep it up along with everything else and Federer knew that going into the match. If not Federer, Rafa would have ended it in the final most probably.

Most likely result at Wimbledon is SF and if he gets lucky, probably final. And he will still be the man to beat at all the summer hard court tournaments.

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He should be fine. A bit unfortunate that the streak took him all the way to later stages of a second slam. Too tough to keep it up along with everything else and Federer knew that going into the match. If not Federer, Rafa would have ended it in the final most probably.

Most likely result at Wimbledon is SF and if he gets lucky, probably final. And he will still be the man to beat at all the summer hard court tournaments.
Nadal would be scared of him and would probably lose in the final,but he is not scared of Federer and will probably win this one so I think that he would win RG if there was no Fed in semis
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Re: How will Djokovic react in the post-streak season?

the loss will certainly affect him. i don't expect a very good grasscourt season(he won't win Wimbledon, maybe even won't reach the final), but from the US hardcourt season on, djokovic will find his great form back and will be the main favourite for the us open.

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the loss will certainly affect him.
I don't think.



He wins Wimbledon, Canada, Cincinnati, US Open, Beijing, Shanghai, Basel, Paris and WTF. Oh and Davis Cup too. Sorry if I forgot something.

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