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The Wizard is Back like a BOOMERANG: AO 2009 (QF vs. Roddick!)

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savesthedizzle
01-16-2009, 04:28 AM
AO thread :)

Discuss.

kalisita
01-16-2009, 04:39 AM
Thanks for being brave enough to start the thread, Jess! :)

Link to draw: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/index.html

Here's Nole's quarter of the draw:

[7] Roddick vs Rehnquist
Malisse vs Llodra
Ferrero vs Santoro
Querrey vs [32] Kohlschreiber
[21] Robredo vs Reynolds
Martin vs Troicki
Bellucci vs Lu
Gicquel vs [10] Nalbandian

[16] Soderling vs Kendrick
Benneteau vs Baghdatis
Bolelli vs Vliegen
Groth vs [23] Fish
[28] Mathieu vs Nieminen
Dent vs Delic
Chardy vs Daniel
Stoppini vs [3] Djokovic


Good luck Nole!

Lee
01-16-2009, 04:45 AM
Not so sure I want Nole to play Jarkko again. :lol:

kalisita
01-16-2009, 05:58 AM
Out of Sydney so will at least have couple more days to get used to Melbourne. :) I think it's hotter there than in Sydney.

Not the best way to go into a title defense, but, I still believe he can do well! Ajde Nole!

Lee
01-16-2009, 05:59 AM
I planned to call Nole and ask him to tank the final. It's better now that he doesn't even make the final. :p

Running:Free
01-16-2009, 06:11 AM
8km/h winds in Melbourne, on Tuesday. It was 23 in Sydney today. Surely that'll help? :p

Pick yourself up, Nole. Practice.

*Ljubica*
01-16-2009, 07:09 AM
Good luck in Melbourne Nole :) Like I said in the other threads - no need to panic about the Sydney loss. It's not the end of the world - he has more time to prepare for the AO now :) He had three matches in Sydney, some more practice with the racquet, and got more used to the heat without making himself exhausted. The winner of Sydney has NEVER done well in Melbourne anyway - so good luck to Nole in the AO :)

ellewoods
01-16-2009, 08:35 AM
I'm going to take Rose's viewpoint on his loss in Sydney. Time to haul ass to Melbourne and train!!!

Herdwick
01-16-2009, 09:45 AM
Ironic title :rolls:

After yesterday's showing I have however awarded him honorary munchkin status.:cuckoo:

zsanika
01-16-2009, 10:55 AM
good luck Nole in Melbourne!!!!!I know that You can do it!!

zerocool_
01-16-2009, 11:12 AM
Lets go Nole, show everyone that you can defend title, and is there better title to defend then GS :) And i like his draw, it could be much worse :)

ataptc
01-16-2009, 01:14 PM
Though I would have preferred Nole to win his semifinal match and get to Melbourne with the number two ranking and more confidence, I agree that losing is better in the long two weeks in AO. It seems that he is getting used to the racket with each day :)

Not so sure I want Nole to play Jarkko again. :lol:
Same here :(

njnetswill
01-16-2009, 04:44 PM
Please find top form soon Nole :awww:

kalisita
01-16-2009, 07:06 PM
:bounce: 52 hours until the AO begins! :bounce:

Despite anxiety over Nole's current mental state, I am very excited to see slam tennis. :banana: Plus, actual tv coverage in the US! :rocker2: Pretty good coverage, too, since it's just ESPN2 and TC. No major network to screw the weekends up! :yippee:

Lee
01-16-2009, 07:27 PM
:bounce: 52 hours until the AO begins! :bounce:

Despite anxiety over Nole's current mental state, I am very excited to see slam tennis. :banana: Plus, actual tv coverage in the US! :rocker2: Pretty good coverage, too, since it's just ESPN2 and TC. No major network to screw the weekends up! :yippee:

Not even the finals?

kalisita
01-16-2009, 07:30 PM
Not even the finals?


Nope! Finals live on ESPN2. :)

Lee
01-16-2009, 07:32 PM
:woohoo: But the big networks are still going to mess up RG and Wimbly. I probably won't be around watching Wimbly anyway.

kalisita
01-16-2009, 07:36 PM
:woohoo: But the big networks are still going to mess up RG and Wimbly. I probably won't be around watching Wimbly anyway.

You bet they will! :yeah:


Here's a link to find the US tv coverage schedule for the AO: http://tennis.com/tournaments/2009/australianopen/australianopen.aspx?id=155006
Looks like live coverage of the entire event if have ESPN2 and the TC. TC is even showing the Mixed Doubles Final is looks like, though not the regular doubles finals.

savesthedizzle
01-17-2009, 01:21 AM
:bounce: 52 hours until the AO begins! :bounce:

Despite anxiety over Nole's current mental state, I am very excited to see slam tennis. :banana: Plus, actual tv coverage in the US! :rocker2: Pretty good coverage, too, since it's just ESPN2 and TC. No major network to screw the weekends up! :yippee:

Not even the finals?

Nope! Finals live on ESPN2. :)


AMEN.

carlhiro
01-17-2009, 05:39 AM
Ajde Novak!

I hope he defends his title. Critics say he will do an early exit this year. Prove them wrong, Novak!

I think all eyes are on Murray now.

kalisita
01-17-2009, 06:18 AM
The draw is now complete! Nole will play qualifier Andrea Stoppini of Italy, currently ranked 220.

Monday Order of Play http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/index.html

Nole 3rd on Laver, following Roddick and Jankovic.

zsanika
01-17-2009, 07:01 AM
Rod Laver Arena 19:30 St
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andy Roddick(USA)[7] vs. Bjorn Rehnquist(SWE)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jelena Jankovic(SRB)[1] vs. Yvonne Meusburger(AUT)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
[B]Andrea Stoppini(ITA) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Hisense Arena 11:00 Star
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)[19] vs. Casey Dellacqua(AUS)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andreas Seppi(ITA) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)[2]

court5
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Oscar Hernandez(ESP) vs. Janko Tipsarevic(SRB)

carlhiro
01-17-2009, 07:52 AM
Rod Laver Arena 19:30 St
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andy Roddick(USA)[7] vs. Bjorn Rehnquist(SWE)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Jelena Jankovic(SRB)[1] vs. Yvonne Meusburger(AUT)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
[B]Andrea Stoppini(ITA) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Hisense Arena 11:00 Star
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)[19] vs. Casey Dellacqua(AUS)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Andreas Seppi(ITA) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)[2]

court5
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Oscar Hernandez(ESP) vs. Janko Tipsarevic(SRB)

why does it say in the website that the start of Roddick's match is 11:00?

shuhrat
01-17-2009, 08:08 AM
Rod Laver Arena 11:00 Start
Andy Roddick(USA)[7] vs. Bjorn Rehnquist(SWE)
Jelena Jankovic(SRB)[1] vs. Yvonne Meusburger(AUT)
Andrea Stoppini(ITA) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Day1, day session and following the drama queen again :lol:
I believe in you, Nole. JUST DO IT!!

zsanika
01-17-2009, 08:44 AM
from Nole's homepage:
R128
Novak Djoković (SRB)
Andrea Stoppini (ITA)
Schedule: MONDAY about 05.00 CET

ellewoods
01-17-2009, 09:59 AM
wow, maybe it definitely was a good thing Nole didnt go into the final. He has to play on the Monday!

I so hope I can get home in time to watch some of the match!!

*Ljubica*
01-17-2009, 11:36 AM
Day1, day session and following the drama queen again :lol:
I believe in you, Nole. JUST DO IT!!

Oh no - not another Jelena snooze-fest in the middle of the night :rolleyes:

About 4.00am for me - oh what deep joy :rolleyes: Ajde Nole:)

Running:Free
01-17-2009, 12:46 PM
Oh no - not another Jelena snooze-fest in the middle of the night :rolleyes:

:rolls:

Ajde JJ! :rocker2:

Wasn't expecting Nole to play Monday.

*Ljubica*
01-17-2009, 01:23 PM
:rolls:

Ajde JJ! :rocker2:

Wasn't expecting Nole to play Monday.

Well, at Wimbledon, the title holder always opens up on the Monday afternoon at 2.00pm, - so maybe they're doing the same, as I guess it'll be about 2.00pm-3.00pm Australian time when he walks on court, so pretty much peak viewing for spectators after they've arrived and had their lunches etc.

petar_pan
01-17-2009, 01:51 PM
i watched nieminen today for first time in the season and i can tell you guys that can be very tough clash with nieminen.he is only real treat to h+the semis.
djkovic's draw just can be esier:stopinni from qualies,chardy is not good enough for djokovic,niemine is tough,soderling and roddick are not good enough.

*Ljubica*
01-17-2009, 02:04 PM
i watched nieminen today for first time in the season and i can tell you guys that can be very tough clash with nieminen.he is only real treat to h+the semis.
djkovic's draw just can be esier:stopinni from qualies,chardy is not good enough for djokovic,niemine is tough,soderling and roddick are not good enough.

Nieminen played very well against Nole in Sydney yesterday, so he scares me too :unsure: Not sure about his fitness over 5 sets though :shrug: Soderling also worries me somewhat - he is very tricky player with a huge serve.

~Maya~
01-17-2009, 05:05 PM
You can do it Nole :yippee: :rocker2:

petar_pan
01-17-2009, 05:52 PM
Nieminen played very well against Nole in Sydney yesterday, so he scares me too :unsure: Not sure about his fitness over 5 sets though :shrug: Soderling also worries me somewhat - he is very tricky player with a huge serve.

i think that soderling can't be treath at all.

Spes
01-17-2009, 06:33 PM
If Novak is going to lose before the semifinals, it will be to Nieminen. He didn't seem comfortable at all last week against him but he should feel a little better and more confident playing on Rod Laver Arena. I feel like he's gotten the shit out of his system, so to speak, and is primed for another deep run here in Australia.

kalisita
01-18-2009, 12:40 AM
From AO website: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2009-01-18/200901181232239353890.html

The hunted, not the hunter

Sunday 18 January 2009
By Matthew Cronin

Novak Djokovic may not be riding the same wave of vigorous confidence that he was last year when he arrived in Melbourne and put down No.1 Roger Federer and the always-attacking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the Australian Open title, but the 21-year-old Serbia isn’t going to lay down in defence of his title.

The third seed has had a rocky start to the year, falling to Latvian up-and-comer Ernests Gulbis in the first round of Brisbane and to Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen in the Sydney International semifinals, but he’s more than capable of peaking for Melbourne if he can survive a rough-and-tumble first week.

Djokovic recognises that coming into a Grand Slam as the title-holder is entirely different than being a brash contender.

“This is a first-time experience,” he said. “Try to accept it as a positive challenge. Obviously if I want to be on the top I have to, well, accept the pressure of the defending champion. All the things have to come together. It's the start of the season and (people are) still adjusting on some things and haven't played a match in a while. So everybody starts a bit slowly. Hopefully, it's going to come back.”

Djokovic proved his resilience late last year. After a stellar first five months of the year, where he won the Australian Open as well as the Tennis Masters Series Indian Wells and Rome, Djokovic began to wear down, partly due to the tremendous pressure he put on himself to snag the No. 1 ranking.

A tough loss to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros was followed by an upset at the hands of Marat Safin at Wimbledon, and then Nadal stepped on him again in a terrific Olympic semifinal.

Tired yet determined, the Serbian reached the US Open semifinals, but after confronting the night-time crowd after his victory over American Andy Roddick in the quarters, he didn't have the will to defeat Federer again.

He scraped for much of the months that followed, but he finally picked himself off the canvas and won the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai at year-end

"I would put it in the same league as a Grand Slam because the best eight players in the world are participating," said Djokovic. "(To) end up the season the way I started it, with a win in a big event … it's a great boost."

While the growing success of tiny Serbia was a cute sidebar to the triumphs of the major elite players in 2007, last year, that European nation raised its bar extremely high. Not only did Djokovic soar, but his countrywoman, Jelena Jankovic, ended the season ranked No. 1. Djokovic’s childhood friend, Ana Ivanovic, won the French Open.

"I think Serbia's getting used to No. 1, so I'll have to work on that," joked Djokovic. "Probably the fact that we didn't have the best possible conditions gave us more motivation to succeed."

Djokovic is a tremendous defensive player who is capable of going on offensive when his foes least expect it. He is young master of point construction, is extremely fast and sturdy, and has improved his first serve a great deal. He arguably owns the most effective two-handed backhand in the business, and can slap his forehand for winners, too.

But he’s apparently having a little trouble switching from a Wilson to a Head racquet, a subject he’d rather not discuss.

"I'm quite surprised he's made a change like this in his best phase of his career," Federer said. "He can for sure play good tennis, but I think when it comes down to the crunch, he'll just have that bit of a doubt maybe because he's just not that quite comfortable with that racquet. But we'll see what happens; it's going to be a big test for him."

Djokovic realises that defending his Australian Open title could be the toughest test of his career. He’s in Federer’s half, and could face the capable Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the third round, the big-serving Robin Soderling or Mardy Fish in the fourth round, and Roddick or the red-hot David Nalbandian in the quarters. He’s hoping to inhale a big whiff of his 2008 magic and take it from there.

“I just hope I will maintain my high level of performance,” he said.

“I’ll keep on going.”

petar_pan
01-18-2009, 10:44 AM
i forgot nalbandian.i thought it will be roddick.djokovic can lost against nalbandian.

Lee
01-19-2009, 02:54 AM
Nole officially begins defending his AO title!

Jelena_78
01-19-2009, 02:57 AM
Ajde Nole!!!

Poor players having to play on those hot courts :awww:

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:04 AM
5th bp of the game :help: BREAK

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:06 AM
Another BP gone!

FH is crap today thus far.

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:08 AM
UGLY UGLY Match.

And thanks for 2 consecutive UE from Stoppini, he breaks. :tape:

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:08 AM
Please break here! Thank you! Finally.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:09 AM
UGLY UGLY Match.

And thanks for 2 consecutive UE from Stoppini, he breaks. :tape:

He needed the help. From someone ranked 220. :help:

Please relax and play freer, Nole.

~Maya~
01-19-2009, 03:10 AM
Ajde Nole

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:14 AM
going to the net :help:

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:15 AM
much better converts on the first bp and 4-1

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:16 AM
going to the net :help:

Well, this is the match to practice it. :shrug:

Goes up double break on BP#9 of match. Can't believe he's had that many already.

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 03:20 AM
Are we here or there?

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:23 AM
Both :lol:

Had a good practise of multitasking/posting in multiple threads last night :haha:

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:25 AM
First set 6-2

Ajde!

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:30 AM
:o

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 03:31 AM
:zzz:

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:32 AM
Again FH :help:

shuhrat
01-19-2009, 03:35 AM
too short and error-prone forehand :tape:
Footwork is also not that good to me.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:40 AM
2 BPs. :help:

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:40 AM
At least his serve is better :tape:

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:41 AM
OOPS. forehand error and down a break.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:41 AM
Broken. By #220 ranked player. :o

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:44 AM
At least he broke right back :o

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 03:46 AM
Broken. By #220 ranked player. :o

Broke #220 ranked player right back :rocker2:

He put his mind to it and played seriously in that game. Result, three good winners. Just needs to focus.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:46 AM
Back on serve. :)(stream slow)

kalisita
01-19-2009, 03:53 AM
He's not good at all on BPs lately. 3/13 :help:

Lee
01-19-2009, 03:56 AM
Finally 4-3.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:01 AM
BH down the line! :rocker2:

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:05 AM
Another gift from Stoppini, 2 dfs and a spray backhand gave Nole 2nd set.

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:08 AM
down 3 bps :help:

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:09 AM
Where's his first serve?

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:09 AM
Triple BP. :eek: He looks awful out there today. No energy.

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 04:09 AM
Nole - you do not inspire right now sweetie.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:11 AM
down 3 bps :help:

Why is this getting harder as the match goes on?

I thought it was supposed to be the other way around for the top seeds. :smash:

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 04:13 AM
'Effing UFE's.

C'mon, Nole. Focus.

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:14 AM
Why is this getting harder as the match goes on?

I thought it was supposed to be the other way around for the top seeds. :smash:

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/753/shame2tq3.gif

Nole will probably win this one but it will be Stoppini losing, not Nole winning :o

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:14 AM
UEs from both wings :o :o :o

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 04:15 AM
Jarkko must be licking his lips.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:16 AM
WTF?!!! Let's hope Stoppini does self-destruct. Holy crap. Down 2 breaks. :banghead:

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 04:17 AM
Jarkko must be licking his lips.

With A-Rod, and Robredo sharpening their claws in the background.

That had to be the worst game I ever saw from Nole. Absolutely ridiculous.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:17 AM
Jarkko must be licking his lips.

Oh, no. To get to Jarkko he has to get through Chardy. That's no easy feat if he plays like today.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:19 AM
With A-Rod, and Robredo sharpening their claws in the background.

That had to be the worst game I ever saw from Nole. Absolutely ridiculous.

I think I actually am disgusted. :fiery:

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:23 AM
Well, at least he avoided a bagel. :awww:

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 04:27 AM
Hell - yes Chardy's through in straights :banghead: It must have been hot for him too Nole.

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 04:30 AM
:retard: Dropshot.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:31 AM
Alright. Ajde Nole! Get this other break back and stop this bs!

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:32 AM
This works pretty well with Viktor. Let's try with Nole!

BREAK :armed:

savesthedizzle
01-19-2009, 04:33 AM
Okay I can focus on this one now :smash:

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 04:35 AM
:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:35 AM
That was great play there from both. Too bad Nole couldn't win it.

And that one too.

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 04:36 AM
Okay I can focus on this one now :smash:

You'll really enjoy it.:rolleyes:

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:38 AM
That was a nice service game there. (Where were those serves in the beginning of the set? :sad:)

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:38 AM
He better break :armed:

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 04:42 AM
I could feel how tight it was on 15-15 :sobbing:

Ajde. BP. C'MON.

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 04:42 AM
Holds breath...

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 04:43 AM
Thank you Nole.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:44 AM
BP! Come on! No crap here!

YES!

UE from Stoppini to get the break back. I'll take it.

Now, DO NOT lose this set Novak!

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 04:44 AM
Yesss.

C'mon, now. Focus, Nole.

savesthedizzle
01-19-2009, 04:45 AM
Thank goodness!

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:45 AM
kalisita, are you watching live stream?

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:46 AM
OK, break and finish this match. You really don't want to be out for so long in this heat.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:46 AM
Stoppini looking tired. Make him pay now and win this match.

Break! (I get way too nervous about his TBs lately :scared:)

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:47 AM
kalisita, are you watching live stream?

Mainly since ESPN2 isn't staying on the match. Though, when they are (like right now :)) I watch the tv.

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 04:48 AM
Ajde MP.

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:48 AM
Please.....

savesthedizzle
01-19-2009, 04:49 AM
Shirt exchange? :rolls:

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:49 AM
So he uses exchange shirts as an excuse to take his shirt off. :lol:

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:50 AM
MP! Come on!

Alright. Through in straights afterall. :) I'm just glad he's through. :aparty:

Aw. Exchanging shirts. :inlove: Makes up for the match (a little).

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:51 AM
Really this match is Stoppini lost it, not Nole win it.

He needs to be more consistent during matches.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:51 AM
So he uses exchange shirts as an excuses to take his shirt off. :lol:

Oh, he is a crafty bastard.

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 04:52 AM
Looks gorgeous in that shirt :inlove:

Lee
01-19-2009, 04:53 AM
I am going to keep my lucky book. I started reading the book when Nole was down 0-4 in 3rd set and when Eagles were having a 19-0 run this afternoon. This book I borrowed from library, good that I can keep it after AO. :rolls:

kalisita
01-19-2009, 04:56 AM
Order of play for Tuesday if anyone wants it: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/schedule7.html

Hewitt-Gonzalez not the night match. :eek: I'm shocked. I'd also be upset I think if I had tickets to the night session tomorrow. That could be a good match, while Nadal will probably put a beat down on Rochus.

kalisita
01-19-2009, 05:02 AM
Match stats: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/stats/day6/1148ms.html

Notable stats:

1st serve% - 68%

Winners - 34 (26 not including service)
UEs - 27

BPs won - 7/18 (39% :o)

*Ljubica*
01-19-2009, 05:05 AM
Order of play for Tuesday if anyone wants it: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/schedule7.html

Hewitt-Gonzalez not the night match. :eek: I'm shocked. I'd also be upset I think if I had tickets to the night session tomorrow. That could be a good match, while Nadal will probably put a beat down on Rochus.

Indeed - I'm shocked too :unsure: Can only assume Lleyton asked for a day match. At least I can have a good lie-in tomorrow morning :)

Running:Free
01-19-2009, 06:27 AM
Interview Transcript: These people are so fast :woohoo:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-19/200901191232349179703.html

kalisita
01-19-2009, 06:30 AM
Post-match interview http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2009-01-19/200901191232349179703.html

Q. Was that a satisfying start to the tournament for you or did you feel a bit unsettled, particularly in the third set?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it was a bit slow start. I was a break down in two sets. Managed to come back, which is important.

But try to look at it as a positive thing. It's a first round. Usually you try to get used to it a little bit, and hopefully the next round will be better.


Q. Did you get tired in the third?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Tired, no.


Q. What happened in the third?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I made too much unforced errors. He stepped it up, but it's good that I won in straight sets.


Q. Was heat the factor?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, no. I think it was something else. But heat was the same for both of us.


Q. A new experience for you coming into a Grand Slam defending a title. Were you nervous thinking up to it?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, look, there is a pressure. But it didn't affect me today, no. I'm still trying to find the rhythm and slowly getting there.


Q. In general, had you be thinking about this in the weeks leading up to it?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it is a different feel, but I look at it as a challenge.


Q. There's been a lot said about your change of racquets. Has that had anything to do with some indifferent form leading up to here?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, look, it was a very important decision for me, and I already decided to play with those racquets.

As I said before the tournament, it takes time mentally to make this switch.


Q. Can you afford to do that in an Open?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I already done it, so I don't want to talk about it anymore.


Q. Jelena talked about how you guys are setting tradition for tennis in Serbia, where a lot of the players are coming from a country that already has a rich tradition. Is that something that's special to you, that you think about at all?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, in Serbia, we don't have a rich tennis tradition, that's for sure. We barely had couple of players in the tennis history of Serbia, and now we have so many in the men's tennis, and girls, as well.

It's a surprising fact, but we are all living up to it. We are really proud to make such a small country very proud. And, of course, we really appreciate that the people are following us and supporting us. So it's a great thing.


Q. Obviously you're defending champion. How does your form at this point stack up compared with last year at the same position?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: After the first match, I can't really judge, but hopefully I can get the same shape I did last year.


Q. What do you think about opinions of moving the tournament to February?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, there was a lot of talks about that, but there is nothing definite right now. Nobody wants to talk about it seriously because we are in the tournament. It's important for us players to focus.

Certainly we would like to have more rest because season is too long. The off‑season is too short for us to get the proper preparation period and vacation combined.

So certainly we have to talk about it, yeah.


Q. After the Masters, you got four or five weeks to rest and train, am I correct?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah.


Q. You've taken a leadership role on the tour, as has Roger and Rafa. Now that there's a new head, what are a few of the things you'd like to see Adam Helfant take up and change?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I had a meeting with him. Hopefully he's the right guy. It's not easy to find a CEO for such important sport. There is a lot of things that we need to improve. We players are concerned about some subjects. I did talk to him about it.

I don't want to bring it up now, because we don't need to discuss about it now. We just need to go slowly, step by step. One thing is for sure: we can't do it overnight.

There are things that are complicated, as the ranking system and schedule, prize money, so forth, so forth. But it's gonna be okay hopefully.

zsanika
01-19-2009, 08:28 AM
Mathieu FRA (28Jarkko Nieminen FIN 62 41 and Retired
Nieminen out.
Nieminen will not be playing with Nole it sure.

Herdwick
01-19-2009, 08:47 AM
No Jarkko! Well tough on him but probably good for us. PHM - well we'll see. But of course he has to get past rising Chardy first.

*Ljubica*
01-19-2009, 08:55 AM
No Jarkko! Well tough on him but probably good for us. PHM - well we'll see. But of course he has to get past rising Chardy first.

Chardy scares me :unsure: Isn't he the one who beat Fat Dave and then Dima in Paris last year? :help:

zsanika
01-19-2009, 09:12 AM
I do not know Chardy game very much,but if Djokovic very much focuses on the match there may not be trouble
Djokovic was not needed against the Italian boy his top form,enough were this much against it.If Djokovic is not focused then he had a lot of faults,but when he was in difficulties then he has played well(from 0:4 to 7:5)

~Maya~
01-19-2009, 02:18 PM
Congrats Novak!. Now go back to practice court and work on that forehand

Chardy scares me :unsure: Isn't he the one who beat Fat Dave and then Dima in Paris last year? :help:
http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=190048&d=1232378263

*Ljubica*
01-19-2009, 02:20 PM
:lol: I guess that means I'm right then :unsure:

OK :tape: I promise never to mention that fact again!!

~Maya~
01-19-2009, 02:24 PM
:lol: I guess that means I'm right then :unsure:

OK :tape: I promise never to mention that fact again!!

He did it, but didn't have very good results on HC
Edit Except Sydney :o against injured Stepanek and Igor

Jelena_78
01-19-2009, 02:32 PM
Chardy scares me :unsure: Isn't he the one who beat Fat Dave and then Dima in Paris last year? :help:


http://www.menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=190048&d=1232378263

:lol: I guess that means I'm right then :unsure:

OK :tape: I promise never to mention that fact again!!

:unsure: :rolls:

Great response Maja! :haha:

Janko won both matches, but very close last year...it was indoor hard though :p

*Ljubica*
01-19-2009, 02:36 PM
:D Eurosport news tape from today including short interview with Nole http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/19012009/58/day-1-men-s-highlights-1.html

Jelena_78
01-19-2009, 02:42 PM
:D Eurosport news tape from today including short interview with Nole http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/19012009/58/day-1-men-s-highlights-1.html

Hvala :hug:
Miljan and Vajda uniformed :p They're a team, no? :lol:

I am so sleepy now :yawn:
I think I'm gonna take a nap.

:wavey:

~Maya~
01-19-2009, 02:42 PM
:D Eurosport news tape from today including short interview with Nole http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/19012009/58/day-1-men-s-highlights-1.html

They are not letting me see it. Eurosport :ras:

kalisita
01-19-2009, 02:58 PM
Chardy scares me :unsure: Isn't he the one who beat Fat Dave and then Dima in Paris last year? :help:

Another thing about Chardy is that it seems like he likes a stage so he'll probably enjoy playing on Laver for the first time instead of being awed by it like he should! :(

They are not letting me see it. Eurosport :ras:

Me either! :mad: :crying2:

*Ljubica*
01-19-2009, 03:16 PM
Hvala :hug:
Miljan and Vajda uniformed :p They're a team, no? :lol:

I am so sleepy now :yawn:
I think I'm gonna take a nap.

:wavey:

They certainly do their best :lol: Yes I was really tired earlier, and kind of dozed all afternoon, but I have to go out shortly, so I'll probably leave the nap and just get a very early night tonight. Sleep well :hug:

They are not letting me see it. Eurosport :ras:

:awww: Sorry :hug: This is kind of reminding me of the Olympics in revese, where the States had so many great livestreams etc and we had nothing :sad: Eurosport has been playing up a lot today, but the "re-live" function is working fine now :)

zsanika
01-20-2009, 06:00 AM
Schedule of Play
Day 3: Wednesday, 21 January


Rod Laver Arena
11:00 Start
Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Alberta Brianti(ITA) vs. Ana Ivanovic(SRB)[5]

Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Jeremy Chardy(FRA) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]

Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Evgeny Korolev(RUS) vs. Roger Federer(SUI)[2]

Lee
01-20-2009, 06:12 AM
At least the temperature is to cool down tomorrow.

zsanika
01-20-2009, 11:06 AM
here in Europe will be Nole's match WEDNESDAY about 02.30 CET! it is in Melbourne 12.30a.m. in this time will be very warm 40celsius...poor Nole.but he played in the warm yet good

tangerine_dream
01-21-2009, 01:37 AM
Great livestream of Novak's match with Chardy here (http://www32.websamba.com/channel12/a.swf?src=rtmp://cp54947.live.edgefcs.net/live/trcs-enc01_AO-RLA@6760&autostart=true). :)

When's Novak going to wear that catsuit of his? :p

*edit*

Nice pics of fans. :dance:

Lee
01-21-2009, 01:44 AM
Great livestream of Novak's match with Chardy here (http://www32.websamba.com/channel12/a.swf?src=rtmp://cp54947.live.edgefcs.net/live/trcs-enc01_AO-RLA@6760&autostart=true). :)

When's Novak going to wear that catsuit of his? :p

Don't think he's going to wear that catsuit :lol:

Lee
01-21-2009, 01:44 AM
:scared: Nole

MagicMilan
01-21-2009, 01:53 AM
Yeah 7-5 first set :rocker2:
Chardy is so tricky to break, well done Nole on taking the 1st set point :D

Lee
01-21-2009, 01:56 AM
It's scary and it seems Chardy's nerve gets to him approaching the end of the first set and commited many UEs.

Lee
01-21-2009, 02:05 AM
Improvement in Nole's game from last match. :yeah:

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:12 AM
Playing so much better than last match. :) Best he's played all season IMO.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:15 AM
:bounce: 2 breaks now! :bigclap: Nole adjusted to Chardy really well after a tight opening.

star
01-21-2009, 02:15 AM
That's a great second serve stat! :yippee:

Lee
01-21-2009, 02:20 AM
He even moves better. :dance:

Lee
01-21-2009, 02:21 AM
Another bp! Idemo Nole!

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:22 AM
Great court coverage to get the early break in the 3rd! :bigclap:

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:25 AM
First BP!

Lee
01-21-2009, 02:26 AM
:fiery: Nole don't let Chardy thinks he has a chance to come back :mad:

*Ljubica*
01-21-2009, 02:28 AM
Chardy looks very hot - don't think he's handling the conditions so well, which is good for Nole.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:29 AM
Damn! Back to Deuce.

Great serve there! And the hold! No need to let Chardy think he still has a chance. :)

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:31 AM
And even the dropshot is working today! :worship:

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:33 AM
:lol: And now even luck on his side! Lved that return of serve "winner" off the net cord. Chardy was like "WTF!" Up 2 breaks now! :bounce:

Lee
01-21-2009, 02:36 AM
It's not too hot in Melbourne today. Definitely not like the last 2 days.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:40 AM
It's not too hot in Melbourne today. Definitely not like the last 2 days.

I think it's supposed to be cooler all week. In the 70s on Saturday.

Lee
01-21-2009, 02:44 AM
One more game and I can focus on yelling at his BFF.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:46 AM
Only 14 errors according to ESPN. I think 32 winners. Very good. :)

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:48 AM
Serve this out in a dominant fashion!

Not going well thus far. Where have the first serves gone? OH! Sloppy! :o


Broken at love. Great return by Chardy there. Ready to take full advantage of his chance.

Lee
01-21-2009, 02:50 AM
DON'T YOU CHOKE Nole. :fiery:

Lee
01-21-2009, 02:54 AM
GSM 7-5 6-1 6-3

Finally a Nole that's more familiar to us.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 02:55 AM
MP! First one! Good match from Nole, despite blip at the end there. :)

:bounce::bigclap::bounce:

Running:Free
01-21-2009, 02:58 AM
100% on BP conversion, 17 errors to 33 winners, and 71% first serves - Good stats.

Ajde Nole.

Running:Free
01-21-2009, 02:59 AM
Double Post. Bah.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 03:02 AM
Double Post. Bah.

MTF going haywire earlier than usual. :rolleyes:

savesthedizzle
01-21-2009, 03:04 AM
They need to stop scheduling Nole the same time as Viktor.. I get so caught up in one that I can't post for the other :lol:

Well Viktor seems determined to make that no longer a problem anyway :rolleyes:

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 03:04 AM
Well done! :clap2:

Mathieu and Delic playing 5th set.

MagicMilan
01-21-2009, 03:06 AM
:D
Much better, a significant improvement after the 1st round :yeah:

kalisita
01-21-2009, 03:06 AM
Mathieu-Delic just went into the 5th set. Hope whoever wins will be nice and tired. :devil:

Lee
01-21-2009, 03:06 AM
Oh, it's just slow. When maintenance time comes, it will be much worse. :p

Lee
01-21-2009, 03:07 AM
PHM :spit:

No way Delic should push him to 5th set. :tape:

kalisita
01-21-2009, 03:12 AM
PHM :spit:

No way Delic should push him to 5th set. :tape:

ESPN showed the match briefly. Delic's supporters seem to be taking a page from the Cilic-Tipsarevic crowd. I can see that getting to Mathieu.

zsanika
01-21-2009, 03:14 AM
congrats Nole!!!it was very well!!!Nole played today very very very well!!!

shuhrat
01-21-2009, 04:06 AM
Solid backhand, much better forehand and improved footwork.
Well done!! :woohoo:

Chardy's duece court forehand serve was impressive. :yeah:
In first set I was badly nervous. :scared:

Lee
01-21-2009, 04:14 AM
In first set I was badly nervous. :scared:

:secret: We all were!

Lee
01-21-2009, 04:14 AM
8-7 Delic in 5th set. Let's break the AO longest match record, Mathieu and Delic :bounce:

Lee
01-21-2009, 04:18 AM
Delic won 1-6 3-6 6-3 7-6 9-7.

Will be a zoo next round. :tape:

kalisita
01-21-2009, 04:18 AM
Delic it is. Can't believe Mathieu lost that from 2 sets up.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 04:19 AM
Delic won 1-6 3-6 6-3 7-6 9-7.

Will be a zoo next round. :tape:

:scared:

shuhrat
01-21-2009, 04:22 AM
Wow, PHM :o 33 aces, Delic seems to serve really well.

Lee
01-21-2009, 04:23 AM
See those Bosnian fans behind Delic during the interview, kalisita? :scared:

kalisita
01-21-2009, 04:26 AM
See those Bosnian fans behind Delic during the interview, kalisita? :scared:

Yeah I did. :eek: I can't decide if being in Rod Laver will make it better or worse.

Lee
01-21-2009, 04:27 AM
And then you have this group...

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/4a/fullj.bb8a9d5c2afec9df7d88eac25152ac28/bb8a9d5c2afec9df7d88eac25152ac28-getty-tennis-open-aus-fans.jpg

:unsure:

shuhrat
01-21-2009, 04:33 AM
And then you have this group...

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/4a/fullj.bb8a9d5c2afec9df7d88eac25152ac28/bb8a9d5c2afec9df7d88eac25152ac28-getty-tennis-open-aus-fans.jpg

:unsure:

Today match schedule was tough for serbs.
4 each players except Ana played at the same time. :lol:

zsanika
01-21-2009, 04:36 AM
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm234/katalin56/djokovicchardymatchstatzm5.png

kalisita
01-21-2009, 04:39 AM
http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm234/katalin56/djokovicchardymatchstatzm5.png

Very nice stats. :) Love the 6/6 on BPs. He's been so bad on BPs lately that 100% is great to see!

kalisita
01-21-2009, 05:19 AM
Djokovic d Chardy 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
After-match presser

Q. How would you assess your form. You've had two straight‑set wins. Are you right on track?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I'm playing better and better which is very encouraging fact for me. I was saying that it wasn't really convenient winning in the first round and I won in straight sets. I really stepped it up and played pretty good in the second and third set especially.


Q. Especially your serving and returning.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, yes, serving and returning is really good which was good base for all‑round game. I can say I feel comfortable returning and serving well, then everything goes in a positive way.


Q. Just one double fault and 71%. Is that the sort of level you're going to have to maintain?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Of course. You always try to serve your best and play you're best. Not always you can get the best outcome.

It's normal to have ups and downs throughout the match and the tournament. But the consistency is something that everybody tries to have, yeah.


Q. Are you playing as well as you did this time last year?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I don't think I can compare it. You know, it's pretty difficult because I'm in two different situations. Right now, physically I feel better. Game‑wise, you know, it's different.

But it's still couple of first matches of the tournament. So I have a little bit slower start at start of the season because I made that changes with the racquet and a couple more things on my mind, so I couldn't really think about game that much. Now things are changing.


Q. With Roger healthy and Andy playing well. Coming in does did feel harder to win this year?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, I'm just paying attention in my games and my matches. I think I'm playing better and better every match, so this is really important. This is something that I planned to do. If I keep the high level of performance and good game, I will hopefully get far in the tournament.


Q. Last year there was a lot of attention on you're imitations of other players on the court. Now since you've won here last year a lot more attention seems to be focused on your game. Does that make it easier or harder for you to concentrate on?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: My priorities is to perform well on the court and to win the matches. Hopefully the people can remember me as a champion, as a great player, not as an imitator. This is something that I do off the court and I have fun doing it. But I never exaggerate. I don't go off the limits if I feel that I shouldn't do it. So I try to keep my focus 100% a soon as I'm on the court. As soon out of the court it's a different.


Q. In your mind does it satisfy you that you're one of the top leading contenders for the titles that people aren't looking that sort of stuff anymore?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It's flattering when the people put me in the group of the couple of players that are candidates for the top spots in men's tennis in this year.

On the other hand, you get expectations and certain pressure with this role, so it's always normal and part of the sport. Just a matter of you, if you can deal with it in a good way or not.


Q. Do you watch the other guys? Will you go out and watch Roger's match now?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No.


Q. Last year everyone was talking about you as sort of the third man after Rafa and Roger. Now it's Andy as the third man. Do you get that sense?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Why Andy?


Q. Because he's the one being talked about as the third challenger.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: What's his ranking and my ranking?


Q. I'm not going on the ranking system.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: The thing is that you cannot put somebody, I mean, all the respect to Andy, I like him as a person and as a player. He's done a lot in the last couple months, and he's a very talented player and we can expect him to win some Grand Slams in the future.

But you cannot put him as the favorites next to Roger and Rafa and myself here at Australian Open.


Q. There's going to be a great game in Spain in March, Serbia versus Spain. How much important is it that you have Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic? You think you're going to be able to upset title‑holder, Spain?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It's the second year in a row we get titleholder, so it's not the best possible draw. We have a good young team with a lot of potential for the future. It's good we have Troicki as well coming up.

It's really important to have Zimonjic as the No. 1 player of the world in doubles. Doubles is really important in this competition. So we are going there not as a favorites. They're favorites, of course.

If Rafa plays, then we have less chances than if he is not playing. But we will not give up. That's for sure. We will try to upset.


Q. Delic just won. Is he an easier opponent for you?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Nobody is easy on this tournament. I don't want underestimate anybody. Delic deserves to be in the third round. If he came there, of course, he has a lot of qualities. He's a big server. We played in Wimbledon in 2007 and we had a really close match, so I expect the same in this third round.


Q. In the third set were you trying to save a bit of energy toward the end or was he really putting in the effort?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I don't think that I was trying to save my energy. Maybe it was a bit lack of concentration in that service game on 5‑2. But that's all.

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 05:40 AM
Q. Last year everyone was talking about you as sort of the third man after Rafa and Roger. Now it's Andy as the third man. Do you get that sense?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Why Andy?


Q. Because he's the one being talked about as the third challenger.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: What's his ranking and my ranking?


Q. I'm not going on the ranking system.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: The thing is that you cannot put somebody, I mean, all the respect to Andy, I like him as a person and as a player. He's done a lot in the last couple months, and he's a very talented player and we can expect him to win some Grand Slams in the future.

But you cannot put him as the favorites next to Roger and Rafa and myself here at Australian Open. [/I]

:tape:
Please stop saying things like that Novak :tape: :smash:

Lee
01-21-2009, 05:49 AM
Q. Last year everyone was talking about you as sort of the third man after Rafa and Roger. Now it's Andy as the third man. Do you get that sense?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Why Andy?


Q. Because he's the one being talked about as the third challenger.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: What's his ranking and my ranking?


Q. I'm not going on the ranking system.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: The thing is that you cannot put somebody, I mean, all the respect to Andy, I like him as a person and as a player. He's done a lot in the last couple months, and he's a very talented player and we can expect him to win some Grand Slams in the future.

But you cannot put him as the favorites next to Roger and Rafa and myself here at Australian Open.

WTH is Nole talking here? :o

Q. There's going to be a great game in Spain in March, Serbia versus Spain. How much important is it that you have Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic? You think you're going to be able to upset title‑holder, Spain?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It's the second year in a row we get titleholder, so it's not the best possible draw. We have a good young team with a lot of potential for the future. It's good we have Troicki as well coming up.

It's really important to have Zimonjic as the No. 1 player of the world in doubles. Doubles is really important in this competition. So we are going there not as a favorites. They're favorites, of course.

If Rafa plays, then we have less chances than if he is not playing. But we will not give up. That's for sure. We will try to upset.

Poor Troicki. At least his BFF put him there. Actually, Troicki will be #2 Serb in ranking after AO.

shuhrat
01-21-2009, 06:13 AM
Let them do what they want. Go about your business, please.
You don't need to be involved in their favorates stuff. :o

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 07:23 AM
Lu is *4-1 up in the 5th set against Nalby :eek:

Herdwick
01-21-2009, 07:40 AM
:tape:
Please stop saying things like that Novak :tape: :smash:

Seconded! I thought he'd learned to keep it shut after last year.:cuckoo: :rolleyes:

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 07:43 AM
Poor Lu...seems he's afraid at the thought he might win :awww:

EDIT: He did it!!

Herdwick
01-21-2009, 07:45 AM
YeeeaaaaaaaaaaHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :bounce: Bye bye lizard eyes :nerner: - what a day!!

Lee
01-21-2009, 07:57 AM
ESPN did a freeze screen on FD when he pulled up his shirt and both killer and Gilbert said something really mean about the fitness of FD.

Lee
01-21-2009, 08:07 AM
We know how Nole hates big servers? :p Delic is the leader in ace with 54. Next is Isner (out) with 39 and Cilic with 38.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 08:14 AM
We know how Nole hates big servers? :p Delic is the leader in ace with 54. Next is Isner (out) with 39 and Cilic with 38.

At least he already played and beat Delic. Hopefully he'll remember how he did it before and repeat. :)

shuhrat
01-21-2009, 08:22 AM
We know how Nole hates big servers? :p Delic is the leader in ace with 54. Next is Isner (out) with 39 and Cilic with 38.
And Delic has been playing well lately, So I got a little scared.

At least he already played and beat Delic. Hopefully he'll remember how he did it before and repeat. :)
Yeah, I'm trying to be optimistic like this. ;)

Lee
01-21-2009, 08:22 AM
Or Delic being his erratic self. :tape:

~Maya~
01-21-2009, 09:16 AM
Nole :bigclap::bigclap::bigclap::bigclap: Keep this up




ESPN did a freeze screen on FD when he pulled up his shirt and both killer and Gilbert said something really mean about the fitness of FD.

How professional. I have zero respect for Gilbert, nothing would shock me

shuhrat
01-21-2009, 09:38 AM
Anyway, is it just to me? Most of the questions asked him in interview are too offensive or malicious. I know, reporters always want to make it more dramatic but even I felt offended by them. :sad: Hope he didn't feel bad as I did.

Herdwick
01-21-2009, 10:11 AM
...Most of the questions asked him in interview are too offensive or malicious. I know, reporters always want to make it more dramatic but even I felt offended by them. ...

:shrug: They're journalists, looking for a headline and to make their names. They'll not get that by being emollient. But Nole does need a lighter style in interviews to my mind - he always seem to answer questions quite seriously and can sometimes verge on the pompous. I think he should be more humorous and bat back unexpected answers to catch the questioners off balance.

Serb speakers - is he the same when interviewed in Serbian please? Or can we perhaps put the apparent grandiosity down to his speaking in his second language?

*Ljubica*
01-21-2009, 10:32 AM
Nole :rolleyes: Oh dear - more stuff for the GM "haters" to gripe about :rolleyes:

Delic :unsure: Big servers :sad: Let's hope he's tired!

OK Maja - now please avert your eyes while I say - Nalby's OUT :woohoo:

shuhrat
01-21-2009, 10:39 AM
Maybe I'm a little depensive and vulnerable to them for some reason lately. :smash:
:shrug: They're journalists, looking for a headline and to make their names. They'll not get that by being emollient. But Nole does need a lighter style in interviews to my mind - he always seem to answer questions quite seriously and can sometimes verge on the pompous. I think he should be more humorous and bat back unexpected answers to catch the questioners off balance.

Agree with you. ;)

Jelena_78
01-21-2009, 10:52 AM
:shrug: They're journalists, looking for a headline and to make their names. They'll not get that by being emollient. But Nole does need a lighter style in interviews to my mind - he always seem to answer questions quite seriously and can sometimes verge on the pompous. I think he should be more humorous and bat back unexpected answers to catch the questioners off balance.

I agree. I have no idea why he keeps answering in that style...I bet that he regrets everything he says after only few minutes when he realises what he said...but it's too late then. Isn't there anyone in his team to advise him, what and when to say...to count until 10 before saying sth really really stupid :o :mad: :rolleyes:

Serb speakers - is he the same when interviewed in Serbian please? Or can we perhaps put the apparent grandiosity down to his speaking in his second language?

:awww: Never :shrug:

Herdwick
01-21-2009, 11:02 AM
Jelena - thanks. So if he's different when speaking in Serbian, do you think it is a language issue? He strikes me as fluent in English but I suppose it is possible that the nuances of what he says 'on the hoof' aren't obvious to him at the time. - they may only strike him when he reads what he has said back. If you translate his answers verbatim into Serbian does he come across the same way?

kalisita
01-21-2009, 01:10 PM
I'm starting to get nervous about the Delic match. First, Delic is a big server and Nole hates that. Second, all these articles about the "fans" from yesterday.

http://tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx

Paul-Henri Mathieu has also complained about the behaviour of Bosnian fans during his match with Bosnian-born American Amer Delic in the second round of Melbourne. After Delic's first-round match against Taylor Dent, Dent's father Phil made similar objections.

Serbian fans made their way to the Delic-Mathieu match after the end of the Serbo-Croat encounter between Janko Tisparevic and Marin Cilic, and groups of Bosnian and Serbian fans chanted against each other during the latter stages of the match. Delic came from two sets down to defeat Mathieu and afterwards said he had been unable to have any influence on the crowd. "Here I am in the middle and Paul-Henri Mathieu doesn’t know what the hell is going on," he said. "I felt bad for Paul and I apologized to him right after."

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/string_theory/2009/01/fan-wars.html

Fan Wars

We know the Australian Open as a place of upsets and upstarts, but it's often a place of unrest, too. Two years ago, tournament officials ejected 150 Serbian and Croatian fans after a melee on the grounds. Last year, local police confronted rowdy Greek fans and unleashed pepper spray on them, causing an uproar in the local press.

Confrontation is not uncommon at the major tournaments--tennis is a truly global game whose fans travel the world (not to mention live in countries far from their native lands). But these incidents seem to occur more often in Melbourne, perhaps because this tournament has grown so quickly in the last 20 years and remains, in terms of square footage, rather small. When you pack people of many different ethnicities into a tiny place, and subject them to 100-degree temperatures, blood tends to boil a little more quickly than usual (for more on overcrowding at the majors, read this excellent piece by Doug Robson of USA Today).

Yesterday was one of those days in Melbourne. On Show Court 2, Marin Cilic, the 20-year-old talent from Croatia, squared off against Janko Tipsarevic, the tattooed and philosophical Serb who pushed Roger Federer to five sets here last year. Cilic won the first two sets with relative ease, but Tipsarevic worked his way back into the match--and the fans became more animated. There's no love lost between Croatians and Serbians, and Cilic, the favorite and ahead in the match, felt besieged by the verbal attacks. Asked what the fans were shouting at him, Cilic said, "You don't want to know."

There's no love lost between Serbians and Bosnians, either. The second match on Court 13, which is a short walk from Show Court 2, featured Paul-Henri Mathieu and Amer Delic, the Bosnian-American who fled Bosnia (with his family) as a 14-year-old. When Cilic had finished off Tipsarevic, the Serbian fans walked over to the Delic match and began to taunt Delic's Bosnian fans, who responded in kind. By that time it was late in the fourth late (Delic at one point trailed 4-1). Delic was caught in the middle; Henri-Mathieu--not known as good under pressure--was, to say the least, confused.

"I felt bad for Paul and I apologized to him right after it happened," Delic said. "Here I am in the middle and he doesn't know what the hell is going on, he can't understand any of it, and I can understand all of it. I tried to calm my side down. I can't yell at the other guys."

Delic, a 25-year-old former standout at the University of Illinois, whose coach at the time was Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley, eventually prevailed (1-6, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 9-7) and reached the third round of a major for the first time in his career. He is the first lucky loser to reach the third round of the Australian Open since Glenn Layendecker in 1991. The loss gave Mathieu a distinction, too, but of the dubious variety. He has now lost six matches in his career after winning the first two sets.

Rather than shy away from the behavior of his fans, Delic said he would do something about it. For one, he plans to post a message to his web site asking for decorum. For another, he will contact leaders in the local Bosnian community (he knows they personally) and ask them to voice their concerns. :yeah:

When Delic lost in the last round of qualifying, he figured he would stay in Melbourne and play the unfamiliar role of tourist (he, like most players, spends all his time either on court, at his hotel, or in a restaurant). Television advertisements for the local aquarium looked enticing, but he's happy to put the fish on hold--thanks to a main draw withdrawal and his good luck--for a little more tennis, as long as the security guards prepare for his next match against No. 3 see Novak Djokovic (of Serbia, of course).

"I'm just hoping that it doesn't turn into World War III," Delic said.

*Ljubica*
01-21-2009, 01:38 PM
One can only hope that if the match is put on Rod Laver Arena (where presumably most tickets are sold in advance) it will kill the bad atmosphere,- especially as any rival groups of fans that do get in, will probably not be sitting too close together. It's such a shame though - and I don't blame Amer, Janko, Marin, or Nole - this whole thing is not their fault at all, and they must be truly embarrassed about it all.

Lee
01-21-2009, 06:00 PM
I am cooler today so not as hash about his talk. He needs to learn not to get rile by reporter and keeps his head cool. But he's 21. Even Federer with many more years dealing with media lost his cool BEFORE the slam. So I think Nole should have a little more leeway. He's tired after a match and already irritated by his racquet change question on court. :tape:

From the transcript and the video, I also believe he could not express himself correctly in English. I think he struggled a bit in trying to phrase his answer in a milder manner but appropriately express his feeling. It's really difficult when you're not a native speaker. I live in English speaking countries for more than 20 years and still sometimes, I have difficulty expressing myself on a keyboard, let alone facing a bunch of reporters and you don't really have time to put your thoughts together.

Lee
01-21-2009, 06:05 PM
One can only hope that if the match is put on Rod Laver Arena (where presumably most tickets are sold in advance) it will kill the bad atmosphere,- especially as any rival groups of fans that do get in, will probably not be sitting too close together. It's such a shame though - and I don't blame Amer, Janko, Marin, or Nole - this whole thing is not their fault at all, and they must be truly embarrassed about it all.

The police were prepared in yesterday's match between Cilic and Janko and prevented any confrontation between fans so hopefully they will be prepared in Nole and Delic match. I guess they were caught offguard with the Serbian fans and Bosnian fans in Delic's match yesterday.

kalisita
01-21-2009, 06:20 PM
I am cooler today so not as hash about his talk. He needs to learn not to get rile by reporter and keeps his head cool. But he's 21. Even Federer with many more years dealing with media lost his cool BEFORE the slam. So I think Nole should have a little more leeway. He's tired after a match and already irritated by his racquet change question on court. :tape:

From the transcript and the video, I also believe he could not express himself correctly in English. I think he struggled a bit in trying to phrase his answer in a milder manner but appropriately express his feeling. It's really difficult when you're not a native speaker. I live in English speaking countries for more than 20 years and still sometimes, I have difficulty expressing myself on a keyboard, let alone facing a bunch of reporters and you don't really have time to put your thoughts together.

The media blow things out of proportion. And statements can look a lot worse in print often then they seem to be when hearing them, (inflection/intent is rarely included in print reports :mad:). So I do wish he hadn't said anything but, I don't think what he said was so out of line. I mean, he is right that he is #3 and he is a champion. Murray is not. He may be both by the time the tournament ends (which will make Nole's statement look dumb :o) but he really has been overhyped coming into this event IMO. Hopefully, Nole can use that as fuel and not let it get in his head.

As for his english, I think he speaks English so well that he's not given any of the slack that a lot of other players would be given who didn't grow up speaking the language. It's kind of a weird position to be in.

The police were prepared in yesterday's match between Cilic and Janko and prevented any confrontation between fans so hopefully they will be prepared in Nole and Delic match. I guess they were caught offguard with the Serbian fans and Bosnian fans in Delic's match yesterday.


Hopefully. But then you have to worry about the police being overzealous the way they seemed to be last year with the Greek fans.

*Ljubica*
01-21-2009, 07:17 PM
I am cooler today so not as hash about his talk. He needs to learn not to get rile by reporter and keeps his head cool. But he's 21. Even Federer with many more years dealing with media lost his cool BEFORE the slam. So I think Nole should have a little more leeway. He's tired after a match and already irritated by his racquet change question on court. :tape:

From the transcript and the video, I also believe he could not express himself correctly in English. I think he struggled a bit in trying to phrase his answer in a milder manner but appropriately express his feeling. It's really difficult when you're not a native speaker. I live in English speaking countries for more than 20 years and still sometimes, I have difficulty expressing myself on a keyboard, let alone facing a bunch of reporters and you don't really have time to put your thoughts together.

Totally agree with that comment. My Mother was not a native English speaker, and even after 20 years in the UK, she still had that problem, - and my Alex is the same. Like Kalisita said, sometimes when somone speaks a second language as well as Nole does, people tend to forget that it is not their natural way of expressing themselves, and that's where problems can start.


Nice headline :o Speaking of the press, I hope Murray loses badly so the UK press can eat shite.

/mean grumpy girl mode today

:hug: for the grumpy girl! And think yourself lucky you don't have to see/hear the UK press every day like I do :p

njnetswill
01-21-2009, 08:03 PM
I think Djokovic is too solid to be threatened by Delic. Unless Nole wants a repeat of the Anderson fiasco. :tape: But best of 5 should see Nole through.

tangerine_dream
01-21-2009, 08:58 PM
Thanks Rosie, I'm not as crabby anymore now. :)

Here's what Novak's next victim will look like: "I want my mommy!" ;)

http://www.dlisted.com/files/caption0121_0.jpg

XXX13
01-21-2009, 09:10 PM
Who is the big guy that always sit after vajda? And whats his name? He is not milos, pscyotherapist on vamos nole video he is?
P.s english not my native languange too so i dont write here often, just came and read and quite:p

Running:Free
01-21-2009, 10:42 PM
"I'm just hoping that it doesn't turn into World War III," Delic said.

:tape: :help:

I come on to see 9 pages in GM re: the interview :spit:

The whole interview was fine, just talking about himself and his game, how he's adjusting. But I do agree with what Lee said about being irritated. He's getting questions about the racket, about form, and on top of that, he must know that the media/bookies have him down as a distant favourite. I bet he's trying not to think about it, but being asked about it must make hackles rise. He just needs to realize that at the moment, he needs no attention whatsoever, and playing the 'who's-favourite' game may just do that. Take the Nadal-path, Nole. Avoid it, or say the bookies may have it right. Say "We'll see."

I'm hoping he concentrates on Friday and how to get past Delic without getting affected by the crowd.

kalisita
01-22-2009, 04:04 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/schedule10.html

Nole 2nd on Laver tomorrow

Rod Laver Arena
11:00 Start
Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Dinara Safina(RUS)[3] vs. Kaia Kanepi(EST)[25]
Men's Singles - 3rd Round
Amer Delic(USA) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]
Women's Singles - 3rd Round
Jelena Jankovic(SRB)[1] vs. Ai Sugiyama(JPN)[26]

Lee
01-22-2009, 04:08 AM
:lol: So Jelena and Ana take turns on Rod Laver with Novak everyday they play?

Running:Free
01-22-2009, 04:19 AM
So far, haven't had to wake up at ungodly hours :yeah: The OOP's have been working well in favour :p

Lee
01-22-2009, 04:24 AM
So far, haven't had to wake up at ungodly hours :yeah: The OOP's have been working well in favour :p

Same here but the ladies in Europe won't like it :lol: It's really bad that the Serbians always play in the middle of the night in their own country.

Herdwick
01-22-2009, 07:50 AM
:haha: The ladies of Europe were already resigned to another disrupted night. Fed - Marat was a given for the night match. But thus far we are deprived of Nole in black :sad:

Right now it's Go Ljuba!!! Please!

zsanika
01-22-2009, 08:43 AM
Tsonga's today match is good!!!his back is not 100% but he play/played well.:-(

Jelena_78
01-22-2009, 08:43 AM
So far, haven't had to wake up at ungodly hours :yeah: The OOP's have been working well in favour :p

Same here but the ladies in Europe won't like it :lol: It's really bad that the Serbians always play in the middle of the night in their own country.

:hysteric: Instead of being :crazy: :dance: during day, all I do is :yawn: and :zzz:
Feel so tired :awww:

:armed: :boxing: for OOP :lol:

I think he has to reach the semis so we can see him in black.
Not sure he'll play evening match before that.

zsanika
01-22-2009, 08:45 AM
Tsonga won:-( 67 76 76 62

*Ljubica*
01-22-2009, 09:59 AM
:lol: No - you're right - the ladies from Europe are not happy :spit: And neither are the men from Europe, because they get disturbed when we get up in the middle of the night too. Ajde Nole :rocker:

:hysteric: Instead of being :crazy: :dance: during day, all I do is :yawn: and :zzz:
Feel so tired :awww:

:armed: :boxing: for OOP :lol:

I think he has to reach the semis so we can see him in black.
Not sure he'll play evening match before that.

:hug: I feel your pain :hug: Thank God I'm not working this week!

savesthedizzle
01-22-2009, 12:05 PM
Omg I haven't updated the title :smash:

aeronatasha
01-22-2009, 02:20 PM
Hello everyone!

I've been soooo busy lately (started my first job woohoo), I haven't had the time to watch any of the AO matches!

Wishing a fast win for Nole tonight!

Hopefully I'll manage to catch a glimpse on some of the action..

Stay positive girls and boys!

Greeting from Belgrade :)

*Ljubica*
01-22-2009, 02:29 PM
Hello everyone!

I've been soooo busy lately (started my first job woohoo), I haven't had the time to watch any of the AO matches!

Wishing a fast win for Nole tonight!

Hopefully I'll manage to catch a glimpse on some of the action..

Stay positive girls and boys!

Greeting from Belgrade :)

Natasha :hug: Nice to see you, and congrats on the job :) I am hoping for a fast win too - these nights are killing me :yawn:

Take care :hug:

Spes
01-22-2009, 03:34 PM
I am going to try and stay up all night tonight to see Kleybanova kick some ass. Davai Alisa! :armed:

But to the point, if Novak is returning like he was against Chardy this won't be a tough one but I know he and Delic seemed like pretty good friends when they played at Wimbledon so hopefully he has that killer instinct going.

Lee
01-22-2009, 07:06 PM
I am looking at the rerun of last night's match on ESPN and Richard Williams claimed that Venue would win this year. :tape:

I like Venus but Richard :rolls:

Lee
01-22-2009, 07:06 PM
And the odds for Nole for today's match in vbetting is just way off. He's favour to win but not 1/33 odd :rolleyes:

jeahhh!
01-22-2009, 07:35 PM
I don't like this match :( :awww:

Jelena_78
01-22-2009, 07:39 PM
I don't like this match :( :awww:

:hug:

savesthedizzle
01-22-2009, 07:39 PM
I am going to try and stay up all night tonight to see Kleybanova kick some ass. Davai Alisa! :armed:

But to the point, if Novak is returning like he was against Chardy this won't be a tough one but I know he and Delic seemed like pretty good friends when they played at Wimbledon so hopefully he has that killer instinct going.


Alisa :rocker2:

I don't like this match :( :awww:

:hug:

PennyThePenguin
01-22-2009, 07:49 PM
I don't like this match :( :awww:

:hug:

Lee
01-22-2009, 07:59 PM
I don't like this match :( :awww:

:hug: :hug: :hug:

kalisita
01-22-2009, 08:01 PM
And the odds for Nole for today's match in vbetting is just way off. He's favour to win but not 1/33 odd :rolleyes:

I don't like this. :( Especially since I feel like I should make the same bet I normally make, which would result in crap back. I know betting on the favorite never has a the huge payout, but that's ridiculous considering I don't think it's that sure of a bet.

Lee
01-22-2009, 08:03 PM
I don't like this. :( Especially since I feel like I should make the same bet I normally make, which would result in crap back. I know betting on the favorite never has a the huge payout, but that's ridiculous considering I don't think it's that sure of a bet.

I probably will put 33 vcash there :lol:

jeahhh!
01-22-2009, 08:04 PM
:hug:





:hug:

:hug:

:hug: :hug: :hug:

:lol: Thanks guys :hug:

MagicMilan
01-23-2009, 12:28 AM
OK, Safina has just defeated Kanepi so it's time for McNoleo :D

*Ljubica*
01-23-2009, 12:32 AM
OK, Safina has just defeated Kanepi so it's time for McNoleo :D

:D

Lee
01-23-2009, 12:44 AM
Ajde Nole.

Lee
01-23-2009, 12:55 AM
Nole is a bit tentative but Delic is even worse. :tape:

kalisita
01-23-2009, 12:57 AM
0-40!

Early break! :)

Running:Free
01-23-2009, 12:57 AM
Nole is reading Delic's serve well, or at least he hasn't gotten into rhythm with it yet.

Hopefully he keep this break and builds on it. Better to shut it down fast.

kalisita
01-23-2009, 12:58 AM
Nole is a bit tentative but Delic is even worse. :tape:

Let's hope Nole calms down as the match progresses(and that Delic doesn't :devil:).

Lee
01-23-2009, 01:02 AM
Delic changes game plan and starts serve and volley. So far, Nole missed one passing shot and one lob. :p

Lee
01-23-2009, 01:03 AM
Not a quality match so far. :p

jeahhh!
01-23-2009, 01:06 AM
do you have a stream?

Lee
01-23-2009, 01:06 AM
2 bps :help:

saved one with a good first serve

:armed:

kalisita
01-23-2009, 01:06 AM
0-30 now. :unsure:

15-40
30-40
Ajde Nole! Great serve! Deuce!

Running:Free
01-23-2009, 01:07 AM
Good serves, Nole. Ajde.

Lee
01-23-2009, 01:07 AM
do you have a stream?

http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2512.html

Lee
01-23-2009, 01:08 AM
or this
http://www.channelsurfing.net/watch-austrailian-open-3.html

jeahhh!
01-23-2009, 01:08 AM
http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2512.html

Thank you!! :kiss:

SwedSerbia
01-23-2009, 01:08 AM
Bravo Nole!

kalisita
01-23-2009, 01:10 AM
And the hold! Good, but no more of that crap!

I'm watching on a stream since no tv coverage, but it's a little bit behind. I keep checking the scoreboard to see if he gets out of trouble, but then I'm afraid I'll miss something good. :lol: