Originally Posted by teacherling
Yeah, it was an ugly win in a way. What is scary is that all the time I had this feeling that Novak was in second gear. He did accelerate a couple of times and it was so obvious. As he did against Golubev, just a couple of times and then his quality showed. I found his attitude completely ugly though. He actually played cat and mouse with both Golubev and Anderson. He'd catch the mouse (had them under his watchful eye) and let them play a little and just about when they were about to flee (for example, just when Anderson was about to break him) he'd grab and squeeze them into submission. Scary stuff. And I don't think I like Novak all that much any more. He was a much more enjoyable player back in 2008 when he showed passion and wished to win, when he was not so secretive about what he could do. Today he tried only one DTL backhand shot and it didn't go in and he gave up on it, as if it wasn't his favorite winning groundstroke. Regardless one was never in doubt about the score and that's what I find scary and ugly.
True, he may have been firing on all cylinders in 2008/09 in nadaldian fashion, all the time, but we also saw how that pace led to "Gaspovic" as he ran deep into some tournaments. The demands of the tour are such that one has to pace himself. Better a Lethargovic who gets a win instead of a Gaspovic who has to retire. There is only one madman on tour who can fire on all cylinders all the time and we all know who he is...the lawnmower man who hails from spain.