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Old 09-25-2011, 08:41 PM   #136
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I'm sorry, Novak Djokovic
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Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, well, shame on you again. But fool me 64 times and send me swiftly to the shrink.
We're all searching to unearth the Novak Djokovic secret. How did this jokester-turned juggernaut transform himself into the game's best? The diet details and this spaceship-like pressurized egg thingy that purportedly simulates high altitude and production of red blood cells are well-known. (By the way, it's been reported that side effects may include headaches, vomiting and fatigue -- not exactly a tennis player's winning formula. Also, odd that this form of oxygen therapy, which, in this case, is ultimately used for endurance can cause languish. Kind of counterintuitive, no? Maybe try something less involved -- you know, like a bed.)

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Anyway, where were we? Yes, Djokovic and the butt-kicking cog he is. Event after event. Match by match. Set by set. He simply never succumbed to the rigors of the job. He never once failed the Rafael Nadal test (6-0 in 2011). He refused to let a couple of meager match points against Roger Federer come between him and his third Slam of the season. But now that the results of event after event, match by match and set by set are in, there's no choice but to confess the ugly truth: I was not a believer. Never once did I look to you in our (so-called) experts' picks. Heck, you weren't even my second choice. Once, I even had a fleeting thought of (gasp!) taking Andy Murray. Oh my goodness, how did it all go so wrong? (Another pressurized chamber tidbit: No tangible evidence, to this point, that it aids in making smart choices.)

So, Novak Djokovic, you of the absurd 64-3 record, a heartfelt apology is long overdue. I'm sorry for not being a true believer, from your mastery in Melbourne, to your beloved Wimbledon crown, to the trifecta in Flushing.

Through all those wins, titles (10), trophies (10, too) and accolades (a whole lot), I didn't have confidence in the man oozing with confidence, the force who singlehandedly ripped apart the dynamic duopoly of Nadal and Federer. And you accomplished all these feats by gracefully assimilating to each new environment, court surface and a new arrangement of fidgety foes just waiting to thwart the indomitable Djoker. They all failed. You did not.

But lest we forget, you defied the detractors in all those non-Slam events, too. Five Masters Series titles -- an ATP World Tour record. From Indian Wells to Montreal you were too good, too focused. And these were not flimsy opponents by any stretch. At the Rogers Cup, when so many of us foolishly predicted a post-Wimbledon letdown, your victims, in order, were Nikolay Davydenko, Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish. Not exactly cupcakes. But the total number of sets you lost: one.

I'm especially regretful for not buying into your clay-court prowess (actually, awesomeness). In Rome, I vividly remember watching you scrap with Murray in a three-hour instant classic. The next day that clay creature known as Nadal was waiting -- ready to snap that insane streak of yours. But he couldn't even squeeze a set out of you.

And this coming a week after bullying around the Spaniard on his home turf in Madrid.

Sure, there was that slight hiccup at the French Open. Hey, a 16-time Grand Slam champ (that's a record) will do that to you -- once in a while. But you rebounded so eloquently on the lush lawns of Wimbledon, where Jo-Willy and Rafa could each muster only a solitary set against you in the final two rounds. That's where you finally captured your dream.

Novak, there are a few noteworthy tournaments left into which we know you'll sink your teeth. But at this point, even lackluster outcomes won't soil a mighty season that's challenging the very best in tennis lore. All those confounding results from a guy who was the scorn of the sport seem like ages ago. You've found the precise balance of goofiness off the court and gravitas on it. You've convinced us that fitness is no longer an impediment (please note, no hyperbaric chamber jibber-jabber here). Whatever your routine is, it's proved to be a panacea to all those problems of yesterday.

You've converted me; I only wish it didn't take so long to put my faith in your profound ability to make the rest of the tour look so darn pedestrian. It took 64 times, but I now genuflect to your tennis genius. I believe.
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:21 PM   #138
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Jelena was more casual, he's all like in "SOOKEH IS MINE" mode xD

Aw, but they're adorable together and he looks awesome in those clothes
I agree...Jelena's hand is more casual, whereas Nole's hands are wrapped round her! But...awwwwwwwww...they are just so adorkable
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Just re-watched the USO final, god it really does change the spectator experience when you know the score!
I enjoyed it a lot more than the first time, plus I could fully concentrate on the beauty of the shots and the rallies rather than biting my nails all the time. It's actually refreshing.
I must say, even though a bit late, that the match was glorious, amazing. And what surprised me the most... in the fourth Nole even played better than in the three previous sets. He flatten out his shots a lot more and they had more sting, impressive to see. Can he surpass ever that level? or can anyone else for that matter? With that game I don't see how 2012 is going to be any different. Only the end of the world would derail Nole from achieving eternal glory. I'm astonished and more in love with him than ever.
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Novak said he will know on Friday whether he's going to play Beijing and Shanghai (from the Serbian news).
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The content of that announcement is NID...
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Let's hear it then, better than waiting Friday
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He will play both and vindicate some of the nicknames...
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I'm not so sure. We shall see
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I hope he skips Beijing and plays Shanghai personally
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That was the pick of some people who know him and have watched the post-retirement press conference. The moment they saw the sidekick, their reaction was 'he is overreacting'...
Skipping Beijing should be a no-brainer even if he were 100% fit. For the past week or so he is partying and having gluten fun in Serbia.
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The moment they saw the sidekick, their reaction was 'he is overreacting'...
Err... not sure I got this part, who or what is the sidekick? Anyway, overreacting is still far better than acting tough and playing through injury
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His physio (sidekick) was next to him at the presser in order to heighten the drama.
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Tennis-ball-rebound-1a How much can we learn from observing other tennis players? Part of me suspects that it’s the only way we learn the sport, and that all of the tennis lessons in the world, all of the “racquet back”s and “ move your feet”s put together, won’t help you as much as a few glances at a pro’s service toss or forehand stance. When I began to go to clinics when I was 10 or 11, it wasn’t our club’s teaching pro who taught me my Western grip and low-to-high swing. It was two players whom I watched from a distance: one was Bjorn Borg, the other was an older kid from my local courts, the best young player in town. If today’s No. 1 men’s player, Novak Djokovic, is any indication, athletic talent begins with the ability, and the desire, to mimic what you see.

In my case, that desire, because it's automatic and unconscious, didn’t end when I was 12. It has stayed with me and is still with me today. So much so that sometimes I don’t notice it myself. Six or seven years ago, during that brief window in time when Andy Roddick was at the top of the game, and his forehand seemed to be the state of the art, I heard someone on the next court who was watching me say something like, “He tries to smack his forehand like Roddick.” I hadn’t realized it, but he was right; the idea of Roddick’s inside-out forehand, which was once a weapon for him, and which I’d watched countless times during that period, had seeped into my motion, my footwork, my mindset.

As Roddick descended and Roger Federer ascended, I tried to follow in the Swiss’s footsteps as well. This time it was more of a conscious effort, which may explain why it was mostly a failure. None of my shots remotely resemble Federer’s, but when he was at his best, there was no way not to be influenced by him. Mid-match, I would try to get myself to move like him, with an easy flow around the court and an easy, loose swing into the ball. The trick was to stay relaxed, but at the same time to be more aggressive with your feet. It typically worked, until it didn’t. I found that it was much easier to get myself into this mode when I was winning than it was when things started to go south. After a few misses, I would tense back up. I guess it’s not surprising that Federer, until very recently, has been one of the game’s great front-runners. He’s at his best when he’s at his easiest.

As a lefty, though, the player who has influenced me the most in recent years has been my fellow sinister-sider, Rafael Nadal. The many hours of watching him construct rallies have been well spent. Without thinking about it, I now play to a lefty’s natural strengths more than I ever have. I swing my forehand more sharply into my opponent’s backhand corner. As Nadal has shown against Federer and many others, it’s not a shot that needs to be a winner to be very effective; by adding sidespin to it, you can get the ball to tail away from the other guy’s backhand in a hurry. It’s also a play that leads to the type of easy volleys that we see Nadal hit so often. I’ve started to imitate Rafa on those shots as well. He hits them the way a good clay-courter should hit them, by angling them off and not relying on pace to get them past his opponent. When I do the same thing, by carving around my crosscourt backhand volley, the ball will bounce a little wider and shorter than normal, and often just out of reach of a surprised opponent. It helps, I suppose, that I play almost exclusively on clay.

How about the latest No. 1? I’ve switched to Novak Djokovic’s racquet this summer, but the game has yet to follow. As with Federer, I don’t hit the ball like Djokovic, and defense will never be my specialty the way it is his. We’ll see what happens; judging from the past, one of these days, I’ll find myself doing, or attempting, something Nole-esque without even realizing it. Hopefully I won’t try to copy his sliding open-stance backhand dig on asphalt. That might be the last thing I do on any type of court.

From this evidence—and I can't be the only one who keeps internalizing this stuff—we're always learning from other, better tennis players. What I wondered during this year’s U.S. Open was whether all of that exposure would give my game any kind of temporary bump upward in quality. This used to happen when I was a junior, though for some reason it was never as noticeable on a tennis court as it was on a pool table. I owned a copy of The Color of Money in high school, and it never failed to help when I got on the tables at the bowling alley in town. (Of course, it could also have been the ear-splitting Bon Jovi and the deep stench of cigarette smoke embedded in the green felt that put me in the mood.) A few minutes of watching the sharks in that movie were enough to raise my own level for an hour or two. I think, as much as anything, it was the simple sight of seeing their shots drop in the pockets over and over that gave me an unconscious feeling of confidence.

(Aside: I should also note that The Color of Money has lived on in my mind when I play tennis as well. If nothing is going right, a phrase from one of those sharks, Grady Seasons, comes back to me: “It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it? It just keeps getting worse and worse.” Tom Cruise says those words back to him in this scene (Seasons comes back with one of the all-time great retorts: “Ya got lucky, ya lucky [so-and-so]”). The scene also contains another immortal line, when Paul Newman, after putting the 1 and 9 balls in the corner, gives a bearded John Turturro this friendly piece of advice: “Wipe your nose, will ya, junior?” Tennis could use some more of that, don’t you think? Maybe from Federer to Djokovic on a changeover?)

This year, after nearly three weeks of watching, I finally got out to play on the Wednesday after the Open. Visions of Rafa and Nole still danced in my head. But as I waited for my partner to show up, I started to watch a decent-looking local junior on the next court. The kid, who might have been 16, was warming up. Or, I guess that’s what you would call it. He stood flat-footed as he slapped at his ground strokes. He practiced a tweener as often as he did his forehand. He loafed through the early drills that his coach did with him. He didn’t appear to get to full speed until half an hour into it. At first I shook my head, until I remembered that on a lot of days when I was 16, I hadn’t looked a whole lot different when I was practicing.

By the time my partner got there and we started to hit, all the visions of tennis greatness I had witnessed at Flushing Meadows had been replaced by the image of this loafing teen. It worked like a charm. I went out with one simple plan: Not to be like him, or like my own teenage self. If I was going to take the time to play, I might as well give myself the best chance to do it well. I had one goal, not to be lazy, and I achieved it. I played with a clear mind from start to finish, and may have had my best day of the season so far.

Knowing who to imitate is part of being a good tennis player. But it seems that knowing how not to act on a court can come in handy, too. Plus, it’s a whole lot easier not to look like a lazy junior than it is to look like Novak Djokovic. Maybe I’ve been watching the wrong people all this time.

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