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08-05-2008 03:44 PM
arm
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

Thanks, Alex! It's soo true. I just hope he could read this.
08-05-2008 03:35 PM
Alex999
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

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Originally Posted by kalisita View Post
I agree. He lets his emotions get the best of him. I thought Steve Tignor wrote a good article wrapping up Cincy that disscussed how it impairs his play. Here's the link in case you want to check it out: http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewr...he-pigeon.html
Good analysis by Tignor. Thanks Kalista. Here are some parts of the article I agree.

Djokovic had been scintillating the night before in beating Nadal. But there had been something a little too flashy about the way he went about it. The down-the-line forehand winners he kept firing past the Spaniard from outside of the court were not shots that anyone, including Djokovic, can keep hitting on a regular basisóas someone once said of the way Jimmy Connors hit backhand winners, the Serb seemed to think his shots were worth two points each. By the middle of the second set the next day, Djokovic had traveled 180 degrees in the other direction. As in Toronto, he couldnít keep two consecutive forehands in the court against Murray. He spent the rest of the set fighting himself, his racquet, and even his normally trusty backhand, which he began to spray almost in imitation of his forehand. Only his serve allowed him to remain anywhere near Murray.

Part of this was physical. Djokovic was breathing hard early in the match and looked exhausted by the end. But I donít think that was the decisive factor. Iíve said in the past that he carries a dangerous amount of frustration with him during his matchesóthink of it as a debt load that, on occasion, he canít pay off. On Sunday ESPNís Darren Cahill took this observation one step further. He noted during the second set that Djokovic had let his frustration overwhelm him to the point where he had checked out competitively and conceded that it wasnít his day. Iíd never thought of it quite that way, but itís a trend with the Serb when things arenít going well. The dissatisfaction gets to be too much, and he pulls a mental trigger. Sometimes he calls it a day completely (see his match against Federer in Monte Carlo), sometimes he chucks in his now obligatory drop shot when heís down match point. Djokovic did that again on Sunday, except that the ball skimmed the tape and ended up winning him the point and eventually the game. Thatís how the entire second set went for Djokovic; as Cahill noted, the more the Serb conceded, the more relaxed his shots became, and the better he played. Djokovic saved four match points at 3-5 and extended the final tiebreaker all the way to 7-5. Looking desperate to lose the set most of the time, he very nearly ended up winning it.

This is a different version of the Djokovic that I was writing about as recently as May. Regarding his recently-erratic forehand, maybe itís Murrayís defensive speed that forces him to try for too much, or maybe that little flourish at the top of his backswing really does hurt its consistency. Djokovic can hit flashy winners from that side, but now we know that it can go off and bring down his entire game. More important was his mental approach to Sundayís final. This wasnít the same guy who was so uncannily confident, organized, and psychologically uncluttered at the U.S. and Australian Opens. Whatís changed? Iíd chalk it up to the expectations game. At those events, Djokovic was still the hunter; he had encountered almost no resistance on his shockingly smooth ride up to No. 3 in the world and a Grand Slam title. But that ended when he couldnít pass Nadal this spring; since then heís had to deal with defending his own position rather than hunting anyone down. He hasn't been quite the same player, first at Wimbledon and now against Murray. Maybe this is the downside of having such innate and uncanny confidence. When Djokovicís game doesnít match his own very high expectations for it, he reacts with an unsustainable and unproductive frustration.

08-05-2008 06:06 AM
kalisita
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

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Nole's attitude was pretty awful. I don't like him much when he's like that.

He also almost never wins when he's pouty on court like he was in the final. He seriously needs to cut that crap out.
I agree. He lets his emotions get the best of him. I thought Steve Tignor wrote a good article wrapping up Cincy that disscussed how it impairs his play. Here's the link in case you want to check it out: http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewr...he-pigeon.html
08-05-2008 06:01 AM
Scotso
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

Nole's attitude was pretty awful. I don't like him much when he's like that.

He also almost never wins when he's pouty on court like he was in the final. He seriously needs to cut that crap out.
08-05-2008 03:01 AM
Alex999
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

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What a shame for Novak. Did he play well though? I startled an old couple at the bar I work in when I checked the final score on my phone and shouted. Oh well, hopefully he will play as well as he has done of late at the US Open. Guess I should be a little proud of my fellow Scot!
He didn't .
08-05-2008 12:13 AM
zaineb
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

What a shame for Novak. Did he play well though? I startled an old couple at the bar I work in when I checked the final score on my phone and shouted. Oh well, hopefully he will play as well as he has done of late at the US Open. Guess I should be a little proud of my fellow Scot!
08-04-2008 06:37 PM
savesthedizzle
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

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Howdy- not one normally to visit here, but I thought Novak was very graceful yesterday in defeat and the match was played in a very good spirit. Cheers to all Novak fans for the congratulations
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I came to do exactly the same thing! I used to dislike Nole, but recently have been coming around to him, and last night I found myself quite liking him for the first time.

Good luck to both our lads in Olympics and USO.
Thanks Joey and decrepitude

I'm seriously just hoping Andy is on the other side of both draws I don't want to mess with him while he's playing so well Give me Federer! Give me Nadal! But do NOT give me Andy Murray!
08-04-2008 03:58 PM
*Ljubica*
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

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Originally Posted by decrepitude View Post
I came to do exactly the same thing! I used to dislike Nole, but recently have been coming around to him, and last night I found myself quite liking him for the first time.

Good luck to both our lads in Olympics and USO.
Thanks to you as well There are always two sides to every story
08-04-2008 03:11 PM
decrepitude
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

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Originally Posted by rocketassist View Post
Howdy- not one normally to visit here, but I thought Novak was very graceful yesterday in defeat and the match was played in a very good spirit. Cheers to all Novak fans for the congratulations
I came to do exactly the same thing! I used to dislike Nole, but recently have been coming around to him, and last night I found myself quite liking him for the first time.

Good luck to both our lads in Olympics and USO.
08-04-2008 12:48 PM
*Ljubica*
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

Thank you - much appreciated - and congrats again to Andy.
08-04-2008 12:47 PM
rocketassist
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

Howdy- not one normally to visit here, but I thought Novak was very graceful yesterday in defeat and the match was played in a very good spirit. Cheers to all Novak fans for the congratulations
08-04-2008 10:33 AM
*Ljubica*
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

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I felt a little bit lonely on the other board, I need some good company so I'll try to participate here more often although I don't think I'll go anywhere close to GM .
Alex Nice to have you back As for GM - not worth your time
08-04-2008 09:00 AM
*Raine
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

On to Olympics and US OPEN then..

It was also cute when Nole tried to take the trophy away from Andy.

Funny speech as well.
08-04-2008 07:03 AM
but-it's-ok
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

Nole. I loved the hug and chats they shared too A good tournament,giving him confidence for the Olympics Adje Nole
08-04-2008 04:42 AM
*Raine
Re: Good luck to Nole in Cinci - just relax and have some fun:-))

I love the hug they shared, the little chats and the good luck they said to each other

I was like "awww"
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