Toronto R2: Novak Djokovic (SRB) def. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 6-4, 6-4 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

Toronto R2: Novak Djokovic (SRB) def. Frank Dancevic (CAN) 6-4, 6-4

federernadalfan
07-23-2008, 01:57 AM
Dancevic played superb on a lot of points, but was eventually beaten by a better player. An entertaining second set to say the least. lol

MIMIC
07-23-2008, 01:57 AM
Djokovic was mildly passive in the first set and really got aggressive when it was necessary. He faced a break point in his opening game but managed to fight it off. But after the first set, he dominated with strong first and second serves and he pretty much outplayed Dancevic in the rallies. There weren't too many long ones, however. Djokovic had a match point on Dancevic's serve but sqandered it, and would later squander his chance to serve for the match, being broken by Dancevic, making it 5-4.

Then he broke back.

EDIT: This was Round 2, not round 1

Alonsofz
07-23-2008, 01:57 AM
Just bad luck, Frankie.

Viken01
07-23-2008, 01:58 AM
nice fight from dancevic

richie21
07-23-2008, 01:58 AM
Too good from the Djoke.
He'll probably dominate the hardcourt season.

HoistDaColors
07-23-2008, 01:59 AM
ugh untimely errors frank. :mad:

Okonsky
07-23-2008, 02:01 AM
Djokovic was mildly passive in the first set and really got aggressive when it was necessary.

The best possible description of this match. As much as he need.

arm
07-23-2008, 02:02 AM
Dancevic, :smooch: you did great. Proud to be your fan.

Nole, :woohoo: I've missed you.

n3gative
07-23-2008, 02:02 AM
djokovic played the bigger points better, what always separates the top dogs from the rest of the tour.

Jagermeister
07-23-2008, 02:02 AM
Dancevic is a really good athlete. He really gave away that first set because Djokovic was not going for a whole lot.

The second set was much better for Djokovic.

Dancevic should be ranked higher than what he is.

tennizen
07-23-2008, 02:04 AM
Djokovic:rocker: We missed you:D Glad to see you back in style and that shade of orange is particularly becoming on you:hearts:

kalisita
07-23-2008, 02:05 AM
djokovic played the bigger points better, what always separates the top dogs from the rest of the tour.

Absolutely. When Dancevic was down a set and break in the second he really started to go for big shots and couldn't really make them. Still, he's playing very well and it's a shame he had to meet Djokovic in the second round. Last year he got to the quarters before running into Nadal.

tangerine_dream
07-23-2008, 02:05 AM
Boo on Canada crowd for booing Novak. :ras:

Nice effort from Frankie but maybe if he ditched the girly soccer hair he might've won. :p

TMJordan
07-23-2008, 02:05 AM
Nice try Frank. Too good from Djokovic.

MIMIC
07-23-2008, 02:08 AM
The mild passiveness from Djokovic is what really bugs me. He does just enough to get it done, unlike Federer and Nadal who are out for blood.

But hey, different strokes for different folks. A win's a win, right?

kalisita
07-23-2008, 02:10 AM
The mild passiveness from Djokovic is what really bugs me. He does just enough to get it done, unlike Federer and Nadal who are out for blood.

But hey, different strokes for different folks. A win's a win, right?

See I think Fed has a tendency to play that way earlier as well. But when he steps it up and starts going for it, he stays at that level. Djokovic has the tendency to go back and forth, which drives me nuts.

LinkMage
07-23-2008, 02:12 AM
Djokovic was dressed like the clown he is.

Great job Adidas!

SwiSha
07-23-2008, 02:14 AM
great fight frank

GlennMirnyi
07-23-2008, 02:18 AM
:zzz:

rhinooooo
07-23-2008, 02:19 AM
The mild passiveness from Djokovic is what really bugs me. He does just enough to get it done, unlike Federer and Nadal who are out for blood.

But hey, different strokes for different folks. A win's a win, right?

I think they all do that. I've seen Fed play really shitty tennis at the start of tournaments. Seems to be pacing himself. Rafa has plenty of wins where he plays poorly but gets the job done. Look at pretty much his entire hardcourt season last year. He's so ruthless that way. Now it's the same with Novak. This is what separates the top 3 from the rest.

Sunset of Age
07-23-2008, 02:26 AM
Great match, loved every second of it.
Thanks both guys for the enterainment! :D

Okonsky
07-23-2008, 02:31 AM
Boo on Canada crowd for booing Novak. :ras:

When?

MaryX
07-23-2008, 02:35 AM
Nice job, especially in second set.Nothing special, but enough.

kalisita
07-23-2008, 02:36 AM
When?

At the end when he was celebrating the win. There were some boos behind the cheers.

GlennMirnyi
07-23-2008, 02:37 AM
Boo on Canada crowd for booing Novak. :ras:

Nice effort from Frankie but maybe if he ditched the girly soccer hair he might've won. :p

It's the duty of every tennis fan to boo Faker.

Henry Chinaski
07-23-2008, 02:39 AM
tough crowd these canucks. dance v verdasco last year was hilarious.

fast_clay
07-23-2008, 02:49 AM
whats the story with the booing of Novak...? was it just because he was up against The New Glen Mitchibata...?

GlennMirnyi
07-23-2008, 02:51 AM
whats the story with the booing of Novak...? was it just because he was up against The New Glen Mitchibata...?

The cannucks don't like fakers.

cobalt60
07-23-2008, 02:52 AM
Nice match :yeah:
And Nole got even with the crowd Tangy by beating the home boy and getting just a wee bit too excited about it;) So they booed him; he still had the last say :p

arm
07-23-2008, 02:53 AM
It's the duty of every tennis fan to boo Faker.

The cannucks don't like fakers.

You've made your point. Want to repeat that BS again? :lol:

Deixa de ser repetitivo.

Johnny Groove
07-23-2008, 02:56 AM
I think they all do that. I've seen Fed play really shitty tennis at the start of tournaments. Seems to be pacing himself. Rafa has plenty of wins where he plays poorly but gets the job done. Look at pretty much his entire hardcourt season last year. He's so ruthless that way. Now it's the same with Novak. This is what separates the top 3 from the rest.

I think that at the level those three have to play at week in and week out, they have to play on cruise control in some of the early matches. If they start with 100% intensity on every point from the first ball in every match they will wear themselves out by the quarters/semis.

Thats why in early matches the top guys seem to do just enough to get the job done.

MIMIC
07-23-2008, 02:56 AM
At the end when he was celebrating the win. There were some boos behind the cheers.

It's OK. Canada isn't even a real country :)

(quote from the South Park movie)

GlennMirnyi
07-23-2008, 02:56 AM
You've made your point. Want to repeat that BS again? :lol:

Deixa de ser repetitivo.

He asked the reason and I explained it. :p

arm
07-23-2008, 02:57 AM
He asked the reason and I explained it. :p

Twice. :lol:

Johnny Groove
07-23-2008, 02:57 AM
It's OK. Canada isn't even a real country :)

(quote from the South Park movie)

LOL at you editing the SP reference in later.

Saving your ass i see.

Lee
07-23-2008, 02:59 AM
It's OK. Canada isn't even a real country :)

(quote from the South Park movie)

Damn, should I burn my passport?

Novak made a two fist pump after the win and there're some boos from the crowd.

fast_clay
07-23-2008, 03:00 AM
Nice match :yeah:
And Nole got even with the crowd Tangy by beating the home boy and getting just a wee bit too excited about it;) So they booed him; he still had the last say :p

could this mean that Novak was pretending to be happy...? :lol:

cocrcici
07-23-2008, 03:01 AM
The cannucks don't like fakers.

:bs: ;)

GlennMirnyi
07-23-2008, 03:02 AM
Twice. :lol:

He didn't understand the first time. :p

TMJordan
07-23-2008, 03:04 AM
It's OK. Canada isn't even a real country :)

(quote from the South Park movie)

No dude, you're a douche :)

(quote from South Park episoide: The Biggest Douche in the Universe)

arm
07-23-2008, 03:04 AM
He didn't understand the first time. :p

The thing is, I have this feeling you will be explaining him again in a few posts. :rolleyes:

GlennMirnyi
07-23-2008, 03:07 AM
The thing is, I have this feeling you will be explaining him again in a few posts. :rolleyes:

If needed be... :D

cobalt60
07-23-2008, 03:08 AM
The thing is, I have this feeling you will be explaining him again in a few posts. :rolleyes:

If needed be... :D

Would you two just kiss and make up please? Thanks. That would be so much more fun. You even speak each others language :hearts:

fast_clay
07-23-2008, 03:09 AM
Thats why in early matches the top guys seem to do just enough to get the job done.

true enuff... no point wasting ur emotional energy in ur first match up... i think the top three let the guys actually play a little in the first few rounds... cept nadal on hard, cos he's vulnerable on hard early still...

Mimi
07-23-2008, 03:09 AM
oh Lee, is it Burtus and his new baby in your avator :D:confused::wavey:

Damn, should I burn my passport?

Novak made a two fist pump after the win and there're some boos from the crowd.

arm
07-23-2008, 03:11 AM
If needed be... :D

So I am right. :rolleyes:

Would you two just kiss and make up please? Thanks. That would be so much more fun. You even speak each others language :hearts:

:lol: :haha:

~Maya~
07-23-2008, 03:12 AM
Nole :banana:

He always plays like this against people he never played before especially in the early rounds

GugaF1
07-23-2008, 03:12 AM
Twice. :lol:

I don't know if you guys have such a nice word over there in Portugal. But, in Brazil we would define this as a perfect: Pentelho ;)

:haha::haha:

Rafa = Fed Killa
07-23-2008, 03:30 AM
Nice work Nole.

The US Open will be so great. I want to see fear in Federer and his tards eyes when they see Nole on the other side of the net.

sanshisan
07-23-2008, 03:34 AM
NOVAK :worship:

Keep it up!

groundstroke
07-23-2008, 03:55 AM
Respectable score.

littleash
07-23-2008, 04:08 AM
frank :sad:

freeandlonely
07-23-2008, 07:05 AM
Good luck in R3 Novak. :D

Mashachosen1
07-23-2008, 09:20 AM
Frank :sad: :hug:

Rafalover15
07-23-2008, 09:28 AM
Novak :) Good job

Perfection
07-23-2008, 10:50 AM
:banana:

Scandal beauty
07-23-2008, 01:37 PM
Aww Frank did a great job and was really on fire but what's up with that wierd hair clip??

DhammaTiger
07-23-2008, 01:55 PM
Novak was playing superb in the first set. Admitedly, I got to watch the first set when the score was 2-1 Djokovic. Dancevic also played very well, and I am sure if he didn't run into Novak in the rw he would have gone deeper. I don't like his hir style, but if it makes him happy, who am I to complain.
If novak maintains this level or ups it a little,no one can stop him retaining his title IMO.

AndyUK
07-23-2008, 03:26 PM
Great win and a great performance from Djokovic, it wasn't easy for him either. Dancevic played really well the majority of the time, the home crowd obviously helped there. I don't know if he can play any better than that though, so he's not gonna be beating the bigger players often.

jonny84
07-23-2008, 04:01 PM
Frank look like he put up a stern effort so he shouldnt be too disenheartened.

Merton
07-23-2008, 05:16 PM
Solid from Nole, Frank would need to be at his best just to have a chance and he was not.

xargon
07-23-2008, 07:02 PM
Nice article from Toronto Star regarding match.
Djokovic's gentle reminder
http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Tennis/article/465579


Another article follows:
Novak Djokovic Interview - Toronto, Jul 22

Posted on July 23, 2008


ROGERS CUP

July 22, 2008

Novak Djokovic

TORONTO, ONTARIO

N. DJOKOVIC/F. Dancevic
6-4, 6-4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.





Q. Just want to talk about your game. Frank said that you were on balance and ready for every ball, and he was really surprised, you surprised him with a lot of returns. Did you feel that, or were you surprised by a lot his returns in return?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I was trying to focus on my game, and this was a key fact, I think. One of the most important shots against Frank was return today. I was returning really well, and I was happy with that stroke.
I was very consistent throughout the match. I had little ups and downs with the serve. When I needed to serve it out at 5-3 second set I didn't make any of the first serves, which was not good.
But then I managed to hold my concentration in the next game. He was serving extremely well. High percentage of the first serve, especially in the first set, which was making my job a bit tougher.
But I was aware that he doesn't have anything to lose obviously. A big Canadian hope playing in front of his crowd. Big support. There was a lot of people today. Really, really good atmosphere to play in.
Always the first matches are the most trickiest ones trying to keep the balance. I was happy with the way I was moving. Of course, there are still some things that I was not really happy about, but it's still only a first match.

Q. You mentioned the big Canadian crowd. Did you notice the number of Serbian flags, and did you hear the marriage proposal that you got?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I heard them bigtime. Really happy for that. I wanted to thank them, of course, for coming and supporting me. It's a big community here, Serbians. About 100,000 Sers in Toronto and in surroundings.
It's great to have so many people supporting you from your country. I think it makes you really happy and proud and excited to just play in front of them.
And not just them. I felt that the Canadian crowd really appreciate my victory last year and they are happy to see me again. It's my pleasure to play in front of this crowd.

Q. Did you accept the marriage proposal that you got?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Marriage proposal?

Q. A woman yelled out, Marry me Novak.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Really? How much money did she get? (Laughter)

Q. What did you think of Frank's game tonight?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I felt that he was serving well, as I mentioned before, but maybe he was a little bit too defensive in the baseline rallies. I took advantage of it. You know, I tried to be patient, you know, wait for my opportunities.
I knew that I'm going to get those throughout the match, but I wanted to be aggressive at the same time. Not to allow him to take advantage of the shots and just get to the net, because I know that in these moments he's the most dangerous. It's what he did in the first match I was watching against Ancic. He was returning well and playing very wisely.
Today he was maybe too defensive but he was serving very well.

Q. There's been so much talk over the past couple weeks about the Wimbledon men's final with Federer and Nadal. It was almost as though people stopped thinking about you for a little while --
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Really?

Q. -- despite the great year you had. Is this part of, I mean, tonight, in this tournament to sort of say there's three big players in the world right now, not just two?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, of course. I'm just happy to be a part of this group with the two best players in the world. Obviously they show their quality and they're improving year after year.
Even after four years of dominance of the two players they're still continuing to play fantastic tennis. I think they played maybe even the best match of the history in that Wimbledon final. I mean, they deserve that role: two best players of the world.
Me being right behind them and trying to be a big challenge for them, I think I did a great job in the first six months of the year. I was getting pretty closer and winning a Grand Slam and couple more major events.
I don't want put an extra pressure on myself. I'm just trying to focus on my way, on my career, and try to get the game as best as possible, as perfect as possible, improve on some things.
There are still some things and elements in the game that I need to improve on so I can be complete player.

Q. Roger Federer said just before the tournament that you were very strong on this surface, and he actually thought that the two of you were perhaps the best on hard courts and that Rafa was slightly behind the two of you. Does that fit with your assessment or not?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: You know, every surface is different. You have so many difference in today's surfaces. You have clay, grass, hard court. I mean, you just have to be complete so you can hold on with those two guys.
I mean, you have to be consistent with your results on every surface that you play. They're all-round players. Rafa, you know, I don't think many people believe that he can win Wimbledon three years ago because of the style of his play. But he was playing in the last three years two final and he won Wimbledon, and he absolutely deserved it. He's improving day after day.
And Roger, of course, being No. 1 player of the world is still playing fantastic tennis. I feel very confident and very comfortable playing on this surface. It's my favorite one and the surface where I achieved my biggest results in my career, so I really look forward to this season.
But I don't know, I wouldn't like to rank myself as the best player on this surface or not. I'm still the third player of the world, so I think this is what counts.

Q. How much is winning here in and of itself very important, and how much is it just preparation for the US Open?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It's very important. US Open is the most important event on this surface for everybody. But to play well in Masters Series events is -- in Canada and Cincinnati is quite important, you know, so you can get a lot of the matches and get a good preparation for the Flushing Meadows.

Q. I don't know if you answered this, but are you going to the Olympics?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes.

Q. How important is that for you to win in Beijing?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Very, very important. Of course, every player has different opinion and different position on that. But for me, Olympics is one of the priority -- most priority events in my career.
I never participate in, for me, the biggest event in sports, so it's going to be a big honor and just pleasure. I'm very excited to meet the best professional athletes all around the world in a lot of different sports.
Just being around them in the Olympic village is great experience. Who knows what's going to happen in four years, so it's important for me being there.

Q. Would winning the Olympics be equal to a Wimbledon victory, or better?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think yes. It has a big value for me.

Q. You're established in third position. It's a big up between next and Nadal. Do you plan to attack Nadal and Roger Federer and to get closer to them?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I'm not planning to attack them. I wouldn't call it like that. I'm just trying to attack the ball on the tennis court. That's what I'm trying to do: be aggressive and results will come.
I'm not really in a lot of tension and pressure that I need to reach the second or the first place in the world in this year or next year. I'm only 21. I have all the time in the world. Just need to be healthy and keep on playing well.