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Re: Going for the Gold in Beijing-- Novak at the Olympics!

Oh wait, I forgot about this "gold, silver, bronze" medal deal. I can have three of my favorites win medals!
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Oh wait, I forgot about this "gold, silver, bronze" medal deal. I can have three of my favorites win medals!
Good point. Always looking on the bright side.I like that.
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Re: Going for the Gold in Beijing-- Novak at the Olympics!

Oh oh! I do know something else! They put people from the same country in different parts of the draw so it doesn't prevent medals. So I believe the earliest Janko and Novak would be allowed to face each other is the gold medal match

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Nole, enjoy your first Olympics moment and don't put too much pressure on yourself to win a medal. See, as great as Federer.......
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Oh oh! I do know something else! They put people from the same country in different parts of the draw so it doesn't prevent medals. So I believe the earliest Janko and Novak would be allowed to face each other is the gold medal match
That's right. If there is more than 2 players from the same country, theyre put into different quarters, so a country could have a player in each quarter (like Spain will).

I said before that Nole would have a bye, but I don't see that on the official page. I thought I read that before, but I may have been wrong. The early rounds are best of 3, but the final is best of 5. I have mixed feelings about that. On one hand, it's supposed to show the importance of the event, but on the other, it's probably hard to go from one format all tournie to a different at the end.
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do you guys think that maybe there just is something not right about Nole lately? Ever since RG/Queens he looks really off and like his mind is on something else. Maybe something in his personal life?
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do you guys think that maybe there just is something not right about Nole lately? Ever since RG/Queens he looks really off and like his mind is on something else. Maybe something in his personal life?
That was my impression too, but I don't want to be negative. Who knows? His body language today was strange.
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Oh oh! I do know something else! They put people from the same country in different parts of the draw so it doesn't prevent medals. So I believe the earliest Janko and Novak would be allowed to face each other is the gold medal match
Hmm, okay. I was wondering how the country stuff worked out.

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That was my impression too, but I don't want to be negative. Who knows? His body language today was strange.
I dunno...it really seems to me as though it's something personal. It seems as though his form went like overnight. It wasn't as though he had a bad day because he had a bad day in Miami and bounced back during clay season. Ever since Queens though, his serve has just gone, his forehand looks like Gulbis' (erratic), his backhand is mehh, and it seems like his mind is cloudy. One of the things I noticed in his match today was that he wasn't 100% sure or committed to what he wanted to do. He second guessed himself on so many points and just from my personal experience, when you start giving off that negative body language it usually has to do with something personal. Novak is mentally strong-I mean he's a freaking top professional tennis player for heaven's sake! It's an individual sport and there is no "team mentality" in tennis-it's your mentality and it's possibly the most important part of your game. When that goes, everything else goes with it. I really don't think that it's a confidence issue because we all know that Nole does not lack confidence in himself. It really seems to me as though it's something personal and right now tennis isn't the focal point of his life. I mean, he even said in that interview that he was "depressed" right now and I read that as a sign of a player who has a lot going on off-court.

I really wish I could just give him a hug he seems so sad lately.
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I dunno...it really seems to me as though it's something personal. It seems as though his form went like overnight. It wasn't as though he had a bad day because he had a bad day in Miami and bounced back during clay season. Ever since Queens though, his serve has just gone, his forehand looks like Gulbis' (erratic), his backhand is mehh, and it seems like his mind is cloudy. One of the things I noticed in his match today was that he wasn't 100% sure or committed to what he wanted to do. He second guessed himself on so many points and just from my personal experience, when you start giving off that negative body language it usually has to do with something personal. Novak is mentally strong-I mean he's a freaking top professional tennis player for heaven's sake! It's an individual sport and there is no "team mentality" in tennis-it's your mentality and it's possibly the most important part of your game. When that goes, everything else goes with it. I really don't think that it's a confidence issue because we all know that Nole does not lack confidence in himself. It really seems to me as though it's something personal and right now tennis isn't the focal point of his life. I mean, he even said in that interview that he was "depressed" right now and I read that as a sign of a player who has a lot going on off-court.

I really wish I could just give him a hug he seems so sad lately.
I want to give him a hug too

I honestly think his main problem is just that he's finding it hard to adjust to being such a top player It's always easier being the "hunter" and going out there as the underdog, than being the "hunted" that everyone else wants to shoot down. Just see how much better he played against Nadal when he was the lower ranked player and not the favourite, than he did against Murray, when he was expected to win. I honestly think he just needs time to adjust to his new position. Sampras won his first Grand Slam in 1990, and then not another won til 1993, - it took him a while to adjust too, and look what he achieved

About the personal stuff- well- we all have stuff to deal with at some stage - and I'm sure there are things going on, but Nole will learn to deal with them in his own time like we all do.

I actually think the Oympics will be good for him He's already said how much he wants to be in the Village with the whole atmosphere of the other athletes around him. He'll have Janko and Nenad there as well, so it will be more of a "team" spirit, not an individual pressure, and he can relax watching other sports and having a good time with his mates as well as playing

I'm sure we will see a new Nole next week

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I actually think the Oympics will be good for him He's already said how much he wants to be in the Village with the whole atmosphere of the other athletes around him. He'll have Janko and Nenad there as well, so it will be more of a "team" spirit, not an individual pressure, and he can relax watching other sports and having a good time with his mates as well as playing

I'm sure we will see a new Nole next week

I think so too

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Re: Going for the Gold in Beijing-- Novak at the Olympics!

Also there is an article in the Viktor thread that need translation but if it says what I hope it says and that Viktor is going to the Olympics, I think that will really help Novak relax. All evidence that I've seen including the cutest little video, and also first hand observation, shows that Novak has a great time when Viktor is around Having that childhood friend around that you can really let loose around and act crazy with, is kind of what he needs to get rid of some pressure I think

Then again, I don't know what the article says yet... but I have hope since I believe Viktor is the first alternate at this point

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:retard:I am sorry I did not translate it! Shame on me It says that Serbian Tennis Federation booked Viktor a ticket for China but it is not official with ITF yet.
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:retard:I am sorry I did not translate it! Shame on me It says that Serbian Tennis Federation booked Viktor a ticket for China but it is not official with ITF yet.
Thanks!!!! It's okay you didn't translate it There are a lot of people around here who would have done it eventually!!

Thanks for the news though

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