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post #46 of 52 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 07:56 AM
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Re: Why does Djokovic need to be on the verge of losing to play his best ?

He's one of those ball slappers when losing in a match, the best in the world at that. It's a bit of a gamble if you're crap but when you're as good as he is it would put opponents under a lot of pressure. Once you loosen up, slap a few balls in not only would the opponents be afraid of you but it will also be your massive confidence booster. Once you come back just play your normal tennis again and you're back on track with the match on your side.

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You have to play your best tennis on a match point down if you want to avoid defeat.
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Re: Why does Djokovic need to be on the verge of losing to play his best ?

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I'm sure there's a matter of adrenaline. And also the fact that nobody can keep focused 100% of the time, so he's learned to come back and focus when he really needs it.

But I also think there's a very important aspect of Nole's personality: a sort of defiant daredevil. He loves coming from behind, he loves drama, he's at his best when he's against the odds. When he's in a tight spot, it's as if his whole body losens up and he hits the ball with abandon. I'm sure he finds those unlikely winners (like THE SHOT) wildly exhilarating, he feeds on them and lifts his level of play to really high levels: for a little while. He has to be careful.

What's amazing is how he can also be a very disciplined player, playing the rational and reasonable shots when he has to. His ability to switch from one mode to another is what's made him such a tough player to beat.

From a fan's point of view, it's very tough, we're always on what we call a Djokocoaster. But it's also intoxicating: I'm not alone in having felt a little bit let down during the first half of 2011, it was lovely to see him winning so easily, but there was something missing as well, the adrenaline to which we have probably become a little addicted.

I wish he didn't have such slow starts... to this day, I think he would have given himself a much better chance to win Roland Garros and the USO this year if he hadn't had such appalling starts in both matches.
Really accurate post. And you nailed it with that sentence.



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Re: Why does Djokovic need to be on the verge of losing to play his best ?

Well,it's not good for the nervesBut i think when he's in that position,he simply loosens up and go for big shots,painting the linesOr he simply gets a kick out of it?

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He likes to troll his opponents
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He likes to troll his opponents
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Re: Why does Djokovic need to be on the verge of losing to play his best ?

As Tignor said, there is a method to his madness.



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