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Old 12-10-2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default Djokovic: Offensive or Defensive Player?

After observing many of the threads when it comes to classifying Djokovic's style of tennis.

I see a lot of people inferring that Djokovic is either a defensive player or a counter-puncher.

Is this really true?

When I look at his game, I see the opposite. He's an offensive-minded player who tries to knock his opponent off the court. Take for example the match he had against Andy Murray at the Australian Open, Murray was relying on counter punching and defense, while Djokovic was dictating play. He wasn't giving the ball back to him and on most occasions chose to his the ball to the open court to make Murray run around and eventually force an error out of him. He's done the same to Nadal and Federer, really putting them off balance. He goes for plenty of high risk winners while conservative/defensive players try to keep the ball in play. Even in his interviews he's mentioned to defeat a player like Federer, you really have to go for your shots and never hold back. You can't play conservative or defensively against a player like Federer who is quick to go for the kill.

The only thing I will add is that he's become a complete player in the last few years. He started his career offensively, but from 2010 and on, he's developed one of the finest defensive games as well. But this doesn't mean he's a defensive-minded player. He's still an offensive player like Federer and both have great footwork and defense as well.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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I hope this is a joke thread.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:51 PM   #3
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I hope this is a joke thread.
No I just want people's opinions. Because what I find a joke is people labeling Djokovic as a "defensive" minded player, when he's clearly an offensive minded player.

Care to elaborate on what you think?
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:54 PM   #4
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Default Re: Djokovic: Offensive or Defensive Player?

You can't win if you're not offensive to some extent. Look at how many winners Djokovic hit in matches he won this year. That sums it up.
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Default Re: Djokovic: Offensive or Defensive Player?

I think he's more defensive than offensive this year, but sure he can show a decent attack game at times. He's found a balance then lets him win.
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he somewhere between ...
More offensive than Ferrer and More defensive than Davydenko
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Default Re: Djokovic: Offensive or Defensive Player?

In the WTF match vs Ferrer, Novak was the less aggressive player for many instances of that match. Especially the end of the first set, where he got totally outhit by Ferrer.
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In the WTF match vs Ferrer, Novak was the less aggressive player for many instances of that match. Especially the end of the first set, where he got totally outhit by Ferrer.
He came back from injury though. Wouldn't this affect his style though for the time being?
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More defensive than he was in 2007-08, yet more successful.
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Default Re: Djokovic: Offensive or Defensive Player?

defense is a key to success these days in tennis
he is patient and he wants to attack, but waits for the moment, and his newly found stamina allows him this patience
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Totally agree with you, shiaben. Good thread.
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Default Re: Djokovic: Offensive or Defensive Player?

He and Ferrer are both tough calls, good at both pretty equally. They dictate most matches, but against better aggressive opponents push a bit.
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He came back from injury though. Wouldn't this affect his style though for the time being?
he wasn't injured in that match, just playing badly. stated himself in conference that injury had nothing to do with the loss.
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Totally agree with you, shiaben. Good thread.
damn you, when i reopened this thread i thought it was my post
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Default Re: Djokovic: Offensive or Defensive Player?

and obviously he is quite a defensive player. he doesn't win matches by hitting extreme angles or past the opponent but through them.

his game is based on athleticism and just repeatedly hitting the ball back to the baseline. he definitely has great offensive moments but just watching him play someone like even Davydenko in 2011, it was obvious that Djokovic is the defensive of the two.

he is so CONSISTANT however that aggressive players in 2011 had little chance against him; they have to be on fire and hit all their balls in because Djokovic is such a great mover.

defensive player based on movement and ability to consistantly hit the ball deep
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