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McEnroe: Djokovic run better than mine

zcess81
05-18-2011, 01:51 AM
Just read this on Eurosport. Not sure if anyone posted it already but it's interesting read.


McEnroe: Djokovic run better than mine

Novak Djokovic's 37-match winning streak since the start of the year is already more impressive than the record 42 consecutive wins posted by John McEnroe in 1984, the American has said.
World number two Djokovic has enjoyed complete domination so far this year by winning seven titles, including the Australian Open, four Masters Series events and ending world number one Rafa Nadal's supremacy on clay.
Should the Serbian reach the final of next week's French Open, he will edge ahead of McEnroe's 1984 streak, which was ended in the final at Roland Garros by arch rival Ivan Lendl.
"For me personally it brings back memories of '84," former world number one and seven-times Grand Slam champion McEnroe said.
"I'm quite excited at the timing of this because he could break my record at the French Open. I've followed his progress and to put it mildly it's been quite amazing to see how much confidence he is playing with.
"Records are made to be broken but at the same time now there is more competition, more athleticism, and deeper fields and more depth in the sport so his record is even more impressive than mine.
"Also in '84 the Aussie Open was played at the end of the year so I hadn't played a Major when I put that run together. My first Major was the French where the streak was broken.
"It's impressive given he came in number three and to dominate Federer and Nadal the way he has, to see what he has done, it's a little surprising."
Djokovic outclasssed Nadal for the second week in succession to win the Rome Masters on Sunday, having also beaten the Spanish claycourt king in Madrid the week before.
The Serb, whose total streak is 39 when taking into account his two wins in the Davis Cup final at the end of 2010, has also beaten former dominant force Roger Federer three times already this year and stands on the brink of taking over as the world number one from Nadal.
However, McEnroe, who is playing on the Champions Tour which culminates in the Aegon Masters at London's Royal Albert Hall later this year, has a word of warning for Djokovic.
"Rafa is certainly tougher to beat in a best of five match," the American great said. "Going back to '84, I beat Lendl twice on clay going into the French then got up two sets and lost in five. Certainly Novak has to be careful because Nadal fights right to the end."



http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/17052011/58/mcenroe-djokovic-run-better.html

Johnny Groove
05-18-2011, 02:13 AM
Yes, Mac beat Lendl on clay in Forest Hills 6-4 6-2 and Dusseldorf 6-3 6-2 going into the French in 84 before losing to Lendl from 2 sets up in the RG final.

Will history repeat itself?

ApproachShot
05-18-2011, 02:14 AM
Respect to McEnroe for his words. I am inclined to agree with him that Djokovic's streak is already more impressive.

History has a tendency of repeating itself - but it only appears that way to people who are looking for the connections. There are certainly many parallels between Nole's current season and McEnroe's great 1984 season but we should not expect carbon copies. That said, it will likely be a very difficult feat to stop Djokovic from reaching the French Open final.

Branimir
05-18-2011, 02:15 AM
No It Will Not

ballbasher101
05-18-2011, 02:23 AM
Can't see the Djoker losing to Nadal if they meet in the final. He is a better fighter than Nadal at the moment. He is moving better than Nadal which is ridiculous considering how well Nadal moves. You have to love Johnny Mac's honesty, it is tough to dominate these days compared to the past.

TennisGrandSlam
05-18-2011, 02:26 AM
If Djoker enters RG final this year, he is the actual winner because he will climb to number,even though lost to opponent (probably Rafa)

Ouragan
05-18-2011, 04:04 AM
Johnny right for once.

thrust
05-18-2011, 05:24 AM
Johnny right for once.

Johnny, as a player drove me crazy, but as an analyist he is usually right and honest. John could only play against the competition presented to him, therefore, his accomplishments should not be diminished. I think John won 3 Slams that year, hopefully, Nole can do as well.

Roddickominator
05-18-2011, 05:33 AM
Mac is just talking, trying to build some interest in Djokovic and the sport. Even though Novak is on this amazing streak, no one really cares except for diehard tennis fans. Mac is a big personality just trying to bring some notoriety to the sport. He doesn't really believe that Djokovic's streak is all that amazing, especially considering the extra nutrition Djokovic has needed to keep it going. Mac never needed a special diet to defeat his opponents.

star
05-18-2011, 05:38 AM
Jmac is quite supportive of younger players. The only one I remember him being tart about was Sampras.

abraxas21
05-18-2011, 05:49 AM
JMac is delusional

fako has played mugs and overhyped clowns all the way in his streak

Aloimeh
05-18-2011, 06:06 AM
JMac is delusional

fako has played mugs and overhyped clowns all the way in his streak

Let's use a different approach: who, according to you, is not a mug or an overhyped clown?

abraxas21
05-18-2011, 06:18 AM
JMac wasn't

but at his current age he's gotten a bit senile. there's no other way to explain the comments exposed in the OP.

Dejan16
05-18-2011, 06:20 AM
Let's use a different approach: who, according to you, is not a mug or an overhyped clown?

+ 1, the man has beat every possible threat on tour, and there is still haters that will do everything to deny it.

ossie
05-18-2011, 09:06 AM
"Records are made to be broken but at the same time now there is more competition, more athleticism, and deeper fields and more depth in the sport so his record is even more impressive than mine.''

read this slowly and carefully mtf.

MaxPower
05-18-2011, 09:30 AM
He is right. McEnroe strikes me as a pretty sharp fellow. Most of todays top players I wouldn't want to see as commentators in the future. Maybe Federer could give it a try. Just so he can say in 20-30 years "records are made to be broken"

Alex999
05-18-2011, 09:35 AM
^^^I think Safin would make a great commentator. He has a wicked sense of humor plus he is smart.

delpiero7
05-18-2011, 09:35 AM
I find it amusing how a lot of people on here think they are more knowledgeable about tennis than all time great players (with the exception of Mats Wilander, who spouts all kinds of BS).

Alex999
05-18-2011, 09:38 AM
I find it amusing how a lot of people on here think they are more knowledgeable about tennis than all time great players (with the exception of Mats Wilander, who spouts all kinds of BS).
How dare you questioning THE wisdom of MTF? Blasphemy!!!:(

buzz
05-18-2011, 09:52 AM
Johnny, as a player drove me crazy, but as an analyist he is usually right and honest. John could only play against the competition presented to him, therefore, his accomplishments should not be diminished. I think John won 3 Slams that year, hopefully, Nole can do as well.

No, just 2

Forehander
05-18-2011, 09:59 AM
^^^I think Safin would make a great commentator. He has a wicked sense of humor plus he is smart.

i dunno how good he'll be with just his voice. His natural good looks, body language, charming personality really makes up his sense of humor.

Corey Feldman
05-18-2011, 10:22 AM
J.Mac is just the biggest bandwagon jumper of all time

he threw Fed under a bus for Nadal in 2008 (nadal a better volleyer than Fed eh) and he'll do the same with Nadal-Nole :lol:

tnosugar
05-18-2011, 10:58 AM
"Records are made to be broken but at the same time now there is more competition, more athleticism, and deeper fields and more depth in the sport so his record is even more impressive than mine.''

read this slowly and carefully mtf.

no use. some people just got a semantical block in their cortex when it comes to this....

velikikomsa@gmai
05-20-2011, 01:13 PM
McEnroe: Djokovic Win Streak “Even More Impressive Than Mine”

Source:
http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2011-05-18/7064.php