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Old 01-28-2013, 11:47 PM   #1246
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We are all getting nostalgic going down memory lane. Admit it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:50 PM   #1247
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Well, it´s difficult not to. Because we have got to realise (and I do not want to be the buzzkill here) that he is on the halfway point of his career. It won´t last forever and we´ve already had so many bittersweet moments over the years. And I kinda miss those days of innocence as you said when he was not as famous and accomplished and you could support him in a so much more relaxed fashion, without having to worry about his results that much and taking every match as it comes.
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Well, it´s difficult not to. Because we have got to realise (and I do not want to be the buzzkill here) that he is on the halfway point of his career. It won´t last forever and we´ve already had so many bittersweet moments over the years. And I kinda miss those days of innocence as you said when he was not as famous and accomplished and you could support him in a so much more relaxed fashion, without having to worry about his results that much and taking every match as it comes.
This is exaclty why I promised myself that I would make the effort to watch him play live once every year until the end. It won't last forever.

But the good news is: like you said, it's only the halfway point, we still have many years to come, many wins, many losses, many MPs to be saved and some others to be wasted. He still has a lot to do, and a lot of history to write, I am pretty sure of that.

Another thing that makes me less worried is his love for the game. I feel like even when he retires, he will somehow always stay close and connected to tennis. I'd like to believe that.

During Slam finals and important matches I often get a lot of text messages from friends and family. But right after he beat AO 2012, I got one that I'll never forget. Something in the lines of "I see a lot of people supporting and chanting Djokovic now, but I'll never forget you were the first one, right from the start." It made that day even more special.

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Beautifully said. And he will stay connected to tennis somehow, I´m sure of it. That promise of you reminded me that I should go watch him play live again, it´s been three years

That´s a great text message.

BTW, I´ve realised that this is the second time in a couple days I´ve managed to make a thread depressing with my nostalgia/wistfulness, I´ll ease up on it, I promise
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No worries , you're studying for exams, we all understand you.

You should absolutely go watch him play this year. Paris is right next to you, do RG or the Masters! Also he is playing in Belgium next weekend and I know for a fact there are still tickets for sale.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:09 AM   #1251
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Believe it or not, RG was/is on the programme. Depends on the summer round of exams, but I might make it. Though I´m not sure, whenever I watch Nole I jinx him, so I might just go to his matches blindfolded.

No Davis Cup for me I fear, I´m already going to Berlin this weekend. But there will be another opportunity.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:43 AM   #1252
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Well, it´s difficult not to. Because we have got to realise (and I do not want to be the buzzkill here) that he is on the halfway point of his career. It won´t last forever and we´ve already had so many bittersweet moments over the years. And I kinda miss those days of innocence as you said when he was not as famous and accomplished and you could support him in a so much more relaxed fashion, without having to worry about his results that much and taking every match as it comes.
Yeah, i think that it is. We miss the old days and we still have to process all his tremendous success, as it happened so quickly. I honestly thought after he lost the USO 2010 final that he had squadered the opportunity of his life because I knew how hard it was to break through Fedal again and win another slam. Glad that I was so wrong.
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At least I don't feel that bad now,knowing his defeat to Meltzer was the turning point.I started my first ever thread,only for him and Rafa to crash out earlySo I would like to say my jinxing thread helped him to where he is now

Loved reading through your posts guys,first match I saw was Amersfoort final 2006,but it was his match against Rafa and the post match interview that same year that really got me interested in himHe was feisty and confidentI was waiting for a player like him,cause I was bored of Fedal

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Excellent article, best points in bold (my choice )

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/opinion...eserved-credit

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OPINION: The moment before David Ferrer hit his last serve of the Australian Open, he let out a howl of anguish. It was almost primeval.

Machismo is important in Spain and the fifth best tennis player in the world had just been emasculated. David's slingshot didn't have so much as a peanut left in the sack.

And still Novak Djokovic does not get the credit he deserves. The world No 1 has won five of the last nine grand slam titles. He has been in eight of the last 10 finals. He has dominated Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray during the past two years, leading each of their head-to-heads 7-3 (barring one retirement against Murray). But the greatest? Nah.

No-one disputes that Djokovic is playing in perhaps the supreme era of men's tennis, but you would have to travel to the outskirts of Belgrade to find more than the odd person who would even consider giving Djokovic the ultimate ranking. It is odd, but there is a peculiarly human reason for this oddness.

Djokovic ain't pretty. He is a jarhead in many people's eyes - although the man speaks four languages and has a great deal going on in that elongated skull - and an ugly tennis player. He crushes the ball, just as he crushed Ferrer's manhood. "Inhuman" is an adjective oft used to describe Djokovic's play.

Impossibly, he led Serbia to a Davis Cup triumph. He is the rise of the machine. And we are threatened by it. We have always liked our sportsmen and women to play the beautiful game. That is why Federer is so beloved. His tennis is a thing of beauty. He evokes adjectives and passages from the world of arts.

Germany's Stern magazine once said of Federer, "Watching him play tennis is like watching Michelangelo at work on the Sistine Chapel." It is a ludicrous comparison. Watching Michelangelo at work would have been like watching paint dry. And besides, a lot of the daubing was done by assistants. But you take the point. Federer is a great artist.

Simon Barnes, of The Times, has always been particularly enamoured of Federer and that is by no means a criticism. Sport needs true believers such as Barnes. The columnist has described Federer as the Harry Potter of tennis and wrote "beauty was the art with which he destroyed his opponent".

Barnes has also invoked Shakespeare, saying Federer's matches are no more boring than Hamlet just because you know how it will all end. But then "there are actually people who believe that art no longer exists in tennis. That was modern art."

Unfortunately, Djokovic is biomechanics or some such other "boring" science. Tiger Woods lived on the edge of both worlds, the biomechanic freak and the artistic genius, but he had enough of those fist-pumping moments of supernatural magic to enchant us all. Besides, he was black and beautiful, big pluses in the largely white media world. In comparison, Djokovic looks to some like a white East European immigrant worker and their brains are screaming warning, warning.

The great Dutch football team of the 1970s is still revered because of the way it played the game. Beautiful orange. Even the colour of their shirts made a difference, just like the sunny yellow of Brazil. But Germany, black and white, the footballing machine, beat the Netherlands in the end. And we are still grieving for such an outcome.

We crave a beautiful frailty in our athletes. We even elevated Muhammad Ali to the status of greatest athlete of the 20th century. He wasn't even the greatest boxer. But Ali beat bigger and stronger men with words and grace and cunning and movement. And he was beautiful. And he spouted revolutionary nonsense. So all good then. Or make that, "The greatest".

It is not true, but then beauty has always blurred the truth. And it makes it harder to see Djokovic for who he really is. Nick Bollettieri, the innovative tennis coach, calls Federer "a magician". In contrast, Bollettieri describes Djokovic as "the most complete player of all time. Strength, speed, technique - no-one has ever had such a package like Djokovic. The longer the point goes, the longer the match goes, the stronger will be Djokovic. But no-one but God wins all the time."

Even the man who spent a career building tennis machines - Agassi, Sharapova, Courier, Seles - reaches for the supernatural word "magician" to describe Federer and the prosaic "package" to sum up Djokovic. Maybe Bollettieri is wary of a man who plays sport in dark socks.

The Serb has also been smeared by smartly phrased articles on drug use. But if one points the finger at Djokovic, why not Federer, who never seems to be injured and hails from a country that once specialised in murky over-the-border administrations, or Nadal, who was a physical phenomenon, or Murray, who gets stronger year by year.

I do not say that Djokovic has yet exceeded Nadal as the greatest, just that he deserves a great deal more consideration than he receives. It would help his cause if the Serb completed the career slam by winning the French Open, although he has a better clay court record than Federer and the absence of the French never seemed to harm the Swiss's claims.

But more than anything "Nole" needs to win beautiful. The third set of tennis that he played against Ferrer was the best that I have ever seen. No man could have lived with it. It was almost ... inhuman.

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Sorry, I like your posts but this article is seriously worthy.
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Lol, why, let's hear? I think it does have some good points, and Nole is definitely underestimated most of the times
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It may be just me reading too much beyond the line but there is something with this author that makes me not liking what he writes.

First, this is not a very professional article. There is no structure in it and the writer has no coherent thought throughout. Anyway, I believe this is more a blog and he is not really a journalist.

Second, I keep seeing the writer had a smirk on his face whenever he praised anyone in the article. Again, this is my perception. I even feel there is a racist undertone to it.

Finally, after I read the article with all these feelings, I google this guy on internet.

btw, I read this article before you post it here and I comment it without reference to the highlighted parts by you.
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That article is so insulting, unless his purpose was solely to "throw Nole a bone," crudely speaking.

"Djokovic ain't pretty. He is a jarhead in many people's eyes - although the man speaks four languages and has a great deal going on in that elongated skull - and an ugly tennis player. He crushes the ball, just as he crushed Ferrer's manhood. "Inhuman" is an adjective oft used to describe Djokovic's play."

Is this paragraph really necessary? Why mention Nole's elongated skull and not Roger's enormous nose? Is it because Federer is an artist, thus it would be wrong to criticize anything he does? How is Novak's play "inhuman" when Federer is the magician? I thought magicians were the ones who made the impossible, possible?

I acknowledge Federer's unique style of play and obvious talent of the game; he's clearly the best ever. But, why is it that I never hear about the countless forehand mishits and backhand shanks that end up being winners? .... Oh wait, that must be the art.
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Second, I keep seeing the writer had a smirk on his face whenever he praised anyone in the article. Again, this is my perception. I even feel there is a racist undertone to it.
Well, I never got anything like that out of it, but I'm not a native speaker, just took it on the face value
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I remember thinking he did look noticeably improved, both gamewise and confidence in Wimbledon 2010. Hewitt was ranked low 20s/early 30s, but still felt like a massive match in the 4R. I was pretty tense throughout the match, even after Nole went 2 sets up (memories of the month before, obvs ) - and you could see how much it meant to him too, with the original (half) shirt ripping celebration...

it was after the Rochus match I feel - he'd lost to X-Man in Queens, and then his old nemesis Rochus awaited him in the 1R. after that - can't remember his 2R, but he looked great against Montanes in 3R and against Lu in the QF. shame he was rubbish in the semis that tiebreak was epic until the DF...


and being a tennis fan, a big reason for supporting Nole is that I love to watch him play tennis (esp. when he's aggressive) - he has lovely clean groundstrokes, and now, a good looking service motion again. so obviously, I think that article is mostly completely subjective bollocks - "he needs to win beautiful" - in your eyes, clearly. he does a lot of the time in mine (that's the point).
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