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Djokovic throws down nothing - he is too up himself

dragons112
01-29-2008, 02:31 AM
ROGER Federer's surprise semi-final defeat could be the catalyst for the French Open victory that so far has eluded him, according to respected Australian coach Darren Cahill.

Cahill believes the winner of 12 grand slam tournaments has little to worry about despite failing to reach the Australian Open final — his first absence from a grand slam decider since the 2005 French Open.

Cahill, often mentioned as a future coach for Federer, believes Friday night's loss to No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic could release the pressure on Federer as he looks towards the French Open, where he has lost in the final to Rafael Nadal in the past two years.

"This might take a little bit of pressure of him going into the French Open," Cahill said. "Now he (doesn't have to) worry about (winning the grand slam) and have a good hardcourt season, which he did not have last year.

"Before the French Open, he lost early in Indian Wells and Miami — now he can go into the clay with not so much grand slam pressure."

Federer was refusing to hit the panic button.

"I will definitely reflect on what happened. I mean, considering my illness, I'm sort of happy with the result here.

"Of course, I've created a monster, so I need to always win every tournament. But semis is still, you know, pretty good. I'll analyse and see if I have to make some changes next year. But honestly, I think I did play pretty good.

"I didn't play my best throughout the championships, but it was pretty solid, so it was OK."

Cahill, who coached Andre Agassi to grand slam tournament success, believes Federer will continue to win majors.

"There is no question that every time you see Roger, he keeps on improving every year. But there is also a bunch of guys now in Nadal, Djokovic, even a guy like (Jo-Wilfried) Tsonga, that keep improving their games and I think Roger, by setting such a high standard for himself, as done everyone in tennis a huge favour because everybody now is working harder …

"We have bigger, stronger, faster athletes playing the game and there is no room for anyone who is not prepared to work hard."

Roger Rasheed, Lleyton Hewitt's former coach, also believes Federer will continue to dominate.

"I think we just see one result, then decide to paint a certain picture, but I still think that Roger is the best player I have ever seen and he will go down as the all-time greatest," Rasheed said.

"It's a blip here but all credit goes to some other young guys who are putting their hands up and wanting to join Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal at the dinner table."

While Federer was ill before the start of the Australian Open and might not have looked his best over the past fortnight, Rasheed also believes the experience of this Open will have a positive long-term effect on the world No. 1.

"To come out every day and play at your best is virtually impossibly and Roger has been able to do that to a degree — he is a victim of his own success," he said. "I think it is going to be great for him; he will go back, he will reassess and it won't knock him around too much. It is going to make him hungry."

Spes
01-29-2008, 02:35 AM
I am sorry, but what does this have to do with Djokovic being too "up himself", as you so elegantly put it?

I agree with Darren here. I think Roger will be extremely motivated to win the French this year. He probably knows that as the years pass by, his chances of winning it decrease. With all of the talk about Nole and Rafa catching up to him, I think he will come out firing and win the French Open, effectively securing his position as the GOAT. Roger isn't done yet folks. ;)

squeakyshoes
01-29-2008, 02:40 AM
Djokovic has been touted for some time as the long-term successor to Federer as the world’s top player but he insists it is premature to see the Swiss as a declining force.

“It’s not possible that only one tournament is changing the history [of tennis],” Djokovic said.

“I played amazing tennis here, so I think I absolutely deserved to win, even against him in the semi-finals. You know, he accepted it in the right way.

“I am sure he is going to come back in a big style, of course.

“He’s still planning to be the best player in the world, so we all know how good he is. We are going to see a lot of him this year.”

i think that Djokovic agrees with you dragons112

dragons112
01-29-2008, 02:40 AM
I am sorry, but what does this have to do with Djokovic being too "up himself", as you so elegantly put it?

I agree with Darren here. I think Roger will be extremely motivated to win the French this year. He probably knows that as the years pass by, his chances of winning it decrease. With all of the talk about Nole and Rafa catching up to him, I think he will come out firing and win the French Open, effectively securing his position as the GOAT. Roger isn't done yet folks. ;)

You may be th eonly novak fan i dont hate. Um i just said he is uphimself its not related to the article whatsoever. I just wanted to say it because everyone bashes roger's arrogance. I wish roger would swear etc so they could bag him for that too lol

dragons112
01-29-2008, 02:42 AM
i think that Djokovic agrees with you dragons112

Im just glad too see some people on here tlak about tennis logically and not let ego stand in the way even though the name of my thread is ego based.

StevoTG
01-29-2008, 02:45 AM
I don't reckon that Rog need any extra motivation for the FO, it's been a top priority for at least 2 years now IMO. As for less pressure, it's more about the pressure that Fed puts on himself, yes there will be history resting on his shoulders but we've got few reasons to doubt Rogers ability to perform;).

bad gambler
01-29-2008, 04:35 AM
Darren Cahill doing his pitch to become Federer’s next coach. Well played cobber.

Lee
01-29-2008, 04:42 AM
Darren Cahill doing his pitch to become Federer’s next coach. Well played cobber.

Please don't Cahill. I will miss his commentary on ESPN. :awww:

Bibberz
01-29-2008, 04:48 AM
I like Killer, but how does Federer NOT winning the AO relieve him of pressure? Federer created a monster and if he doesn't win another grand slam soon the monster will eat him...or run away...or die--I'm not sure how that metaphor works, but the point is that Federer has to win every slam because he's Federer.