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Old 08-17-2015, 03:10 PM   #1
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Default Djokovic shouldn't play Cincinnati

He got his match play this past week. He gave up a L to Murray heading into New York, which was not wise. He's been battling pain in his elbow and should be resting it, particularly after the singles/doubles combo in Canada.

What does he gain by playing Cincinnati? If he wins, at best, he expends a ton of mental and physical energy just to snatch another Masters title, which really does nothing for his legacy or status at this point. At worst, he risks losing in Bo3 to Wawrinka, Murray or potentially Federer.

As the best player in the world, Djokovic should be taking more of the Serena stance to warm ups. Get your match play but don't let it drain you before the big ones. Djokovic has admitted how taxing each and every tournament can be.
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:14 PM   #2
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Default Re: Djokovic shouldn't play Cincinnati

It seems crazy but I agree. US Open is the ultimate goal and Novak would have more chance of winning it if he skips Cincy, heal his arm injury, rest, clear his mind and come back focused.

Playing this far in Montreal was a huge mistake.

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Default Re: Djokovic shouldn't play Cincinnati

Agree completely!

He made the mistake of Montreal, so now he should withdraw, rest and get ready for the US.

His dislike of Cincy is also so obvious.

Go home spend a few days with his family and then on to New York!
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Default Re: Djokovic shouldn't play Cincinnati

So you will let him not play in the only Masters he's still missing in the list in one of his best Masters year ever? Yeah...
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Playing this far in Montreal was a huge mistake.
Hey, he tried his best to lose it, it just wasn't meant to be.
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It seems crazy but I agree. US Open is the ultimate goal and Novak would have more chance of winning is if he skips Cincy, heal his arm injury, rest, clear his mind and come back focused.

Playing this far in Montreal was a huge mistake.
When did the elbow thingy start? He looked great against Sock then struggled with Gulbis. And is he still playing doubles in Cincy? I get Kei's concern having won Washington before coming into Montreal but find it odd Novak would be drained here having not had a previous warmup tournament. But it is what it is.
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Of course he should play Cincinnati. Being runner up there for a 5th time will be perfect preparation for being runner up a 5th time at the US Open.
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Of course he should play Cincinnati. Being runner up there for a 5th time will be perfect preparation for being runner up a 5th time at the US Open.
And Murraytards are complaining about Novak fans being cocky.

At least we have something to base our cockyness on.

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And Murraytards are complaining about Novak fans being cocky.

At leass we have something to base our cockyness on.


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Apparently the dummy flew private to Cincinnati last night.
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These Masters are too close to the US Open. They should push it to a week later

But he should play Cincy. Looked rusty in Montreal
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As the best player in the world, Djokovic should be taking more of the Serena stance to warm ups. Get your match play but don't let it drain you before the big ones. Djokovic has admitted how taxing each and every tournament can be.
Why do you think such a fast court like Cincy could be taxing physically (it's obviously NOT) or mentally (if the matches are rather short, then not really)??
Last year when his wrist needed rest after MC he just skipped Madrid. Cincy is faster than USO though still getting some more HC practice wouldn't do him any harm.
Though I fully trust his medical team to make the best decision, based on all factors, weighing in that his peak form must be in the USO final.

Apart from Doha/RG final he was at all other tournaments well prepared, Montreal was the first when the longer break affected him. He needs to collect himself mentally. That would be the most important thing, whether he plays Cincy or not.
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IF the arm isn't hurting him anymore, I think he should play, but not taxing himself too much, if you know what I mean.
Maybe even focus on doubles, and shoring up his volleys and overheads.

IF his arm is still hurting him, he should exit as soon as possible.

To sum up, he needs only a bit of match play to be relevant for the US Open.

He generally plays well fresh.

But if he expects to do well at the US Open, he needs to completely acclimatize to brutal USA summer conditions, heat, T-storms, tornadoes, etc.

Get outside with some kind of strenuous activity other than tennis to make him more relaxed, yet prepared in body and spirits.
Beach Volleyball with Jelena, some Charity Football,that kind of thing.


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Default Re: Djokovic shouldn't play Cincinnati

He cares too much about his stat line to drop a tank. He'll either withdraw or go FTW.
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