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Old 08-21-2015, 05:47 AM   #1
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Default Suggestions for Djokovic to become an even better player

Novak is the #1 player by far. And he has reached a very high level of playing strength. But even he can improve. There are some easy pickings for him which are easy to implement IMHO and will significantly improve his game. He will win even more matches, and with more ease. If he does these, then most tennis followers will agree that he is the GOAT even in playing skill and strength.

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Important:
1. More aggression in Return of serve:
(a) First serve: For returning first serves, try to just redirect the ball to the sides of the court, instead of returning towards the center of the court. These are typically more effective. You dont have to aim for the lines, even just near the sides is enough since the speed is high automatically for first serves. There's a lot more chance of a return winner this way.
(b) Second serve: For returning second serves, try to be more aggressive than what you are now. You just hit straight to the opponent at his feet. You can do better. Try to come in, and aggressively hit the return to the sides of the court with power. No need to aim for the lines, but near the side lines is good enough if hit with some power. Look at Murray for inspiration. His second serve returns are often more aggressive than yours. Even Federer's. I think these returns will have a lower risk and a higher chance of a winner straightaway.
2. Reduce passive play in baseline rallies: Dont rally too much and keep giving the ball back to your opponent. Try to go for your trademark aggressive baseline play earlier in rallies instead of waiting for later. Try to move them from side to side immediately and go for deep angles. I have never seen any other player having such an ability to hit deep angles as yours. Dont wait for the opponent to make a mistake. Go for winners yourself.
3. More flat shots: Try hitting balls flat without spin and more power more often to mix up the gameplay. They travel faster. Look at Del Potro or Wawrinka for inspiration. This will give you the advantages of a ball basher, while maintaining your existing advantages of point construction and finesse.
4. More consistent backhand-down-the-line: Backhand down the line is your favorite shot, but you hit it less often than you should. And you make more mistakes in that than you should. Many top players can hit that shot with more frequency and venom than you do these days. For example, Wawrinka, and even Murray and Federer. In fact, even Gofin was hitting the shot for 1.5 sets today very well, when he caused you a lot of problems. You really need to practice and nail this shot down, you were better at it before; you should be able to hit this shot with accuracy in *every* match you play.
5. Better lobs: Improve your lobbing skills. Dont always go above the players head like you do. Try to lob away from him too. For example, if the player is at the net on the left, hit the lob on the right side, so that he cannot just jump and hit an overhead shot, he has to cover some court distance too. That way he will have a harder time reaching the ball.

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6. Better drop shots: Become even more effective in drop shots. You know how to do backhand down-the-line drop shots well, but need to practice on forehand drop shots as well. Federer is a good player to look to, there are others as well. Always be on the lookout for a chance to play drop shot to mix your play. You have a good opportunities to hit them since your depth of baseline shots makes your opponents always play from far behind the baseline.
7. Improve overheads
8. Looping forehand down-the-line pass: Try Nadal's looping forehand down-the-line pass, which loops from outside and still falls in the court. They are almost impossible for the opponent at the net to reach them. They leave it thinking they are going out, and anyway they are too far to reach. I don't remember you playing that shot. I think you should be able to master this shot without much difficulty. In fact, when passing practice both down-the-line and cross court. I think you go cross court more often than down the line.
9. Specific shots:
(a) When running hard to the net wide on the backhand side to retrieve a drop shot, you always hit a cross court drop shot. It has become predictable. Sometimes hit down the line as well.
(b) When the ball bounces very high after a lob in the back of the court, hit more aggressively, just like how you "serve". Dont just curve the ball in with medium speed.
(c) When running back from the net to the baseline to retrieve a ball and you turn around and hit at normal height, dont try to pass the opponent who will be at the net at this time. Try to lob them instead. Easier shot with more success chances. Your passes almost always fail and the opponent hits a simple volley and wins the point.

Strategy:
1. Skip Canada Masters every year so that you can focus on Cincinnati and USO and try to win both of them. Right now, with 3 tournaments, you become confused as to how hard you should play because you will be #1 regardless.
2. If you are unmotivated for a tournament, just skip it. Dont play because ATP asks you to. Fake an injury and withdraw.
3. Focus *only* on slams. Skip whatever you feel like -- only focus on slams, and try to win each slam you play. Only play a few masters tournaments... probably one before each slam. And win them. Enjoy the rest of the year with family and practice, and recharge your batteries. You have reached the stage of life where you want to avoid wear-and-tear and increase your slam count, and masters titles count dont matter at all. My suggestion for the masters you should play are: Indian Wells, Miami (both are good for hard court practice), Monte Carlo, Rome, Cincinnati, Shanghai. Thats it. Total six.
4. Practice a lot in the heat and sun
5. When playing bad in a match, shout and scream and wake yourself up.
6. Always try for getting bagels and breadsticks against weak opponents instead of loosening yourself up. Remember yourself from 2011.

What do you think of these?

What are your suggestions for him?
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Old 08-21-2015, 05:48 AM   #2
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Improve his smash. Stop playing warmup events.

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Default Re: Suggestions for Djokovic to become an even better player

Lol you want him to be more like Federer, Murray, Wawrinka, Del Potro, Janowicz, Nishikori and Nadal. Agree about needing to take command earlier and those improving those overheads.

But boo at 'faking injury for tournaments he doesn't feel like' business.
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Nole is perfect. Da best.

He does not need to change anything .
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Nole is perfect. Da best.



He does not need to change anything .

Really? There's nothing he can improve?


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He's pretty much maxed out his game.

The next level is like perfection tennis but it will be too risky playing aggressive.
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He's not going to improve anymore, he's 28. He's going to start declining in the next year.
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Default Re: Suggestions for Djokovic to become an even better player

Needs to learn to hit a damn overhead and stop pushing when things get bad. Playing that style will win you masters but not USO as evidenced by his last few performances there.
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Nole is perfect. Da best.

He does not need to change anything .

Has Chico hacked your account?
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If he could get his returns, lobs, volleys, backhand and slice to Murray's level he'd be some player.
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Learn to smash, volley and slice. That would be a start.
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Become Federer. /endthread.
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Become Federer. /endthread.
So he can only win one slam in 5.5+ years? No thank you.

Djokovic is the perfect and best ever modern game player. Federer was a product of a game that doesn't even exist anymore sorry to tell you.

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7. Start doping
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He can't improve at this stage of his career, all he can hope to do is practice, eat and train professionally, and hope to maintain his existing level as long as possible before the inevitable decline kicks in.
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