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Old 09-07-2010, 11:19 AM   #3181
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I don't like his style at all...to predictive preacher, but he is right I think.
I don't know, but I can't chew this American style of writing...judging just the style. I have an impression that all of them are writing the same shit everyday...with some book of foreign phrases on his knees...take, rinse, spill it out..like that phrase on Heraclitis) I mean what a crap)).

But in general I think he is right. Fish was passive, and my impression in general is that it was more Fish being bad, than Novak being that great. I wouldn't read too much in his performance over Fish. He did what he had to do, he is simply better player. He should pass Gael too...but it will be a test for his stamina. The match against Federer will show if he learned something from his previous matches... If he starts slow, he'll be set down in 20 minutes. I don't expect him to win US open...but I expect him to change his previous attitude in GS matches against Federer.
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:56 PM   #3182
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I don't like his style at all...to predictive preacher, but he is right I think.
I don't know, but I can't chew this American style of writing...judging just the style. I have an impression that all of them are writing the same shit everyday...with some book of foreign phrases on his knees...take, rinse, spill it out..like that phrase on Heraclitis) I mean what a crap)).

But in general I think he is right. Fish was passive, and my impression in general is that it was more Fish being bad, than Novak being that great. I wouldn't read too much in his performance over Fish. He did what he had to do, he is simply better player. He should pass Gael too...but it will be a test for his stamina. The match against Federer will show if he learned something from his previous matches... If he starts slow, he'll be set down in 20 minutes. I don't expect him to win US open...but I expect him to change his previous attitude in GS matches against Federer.
Didn't read the article though, I totally agree with you about the second part. While reading the match result thread on GM, I was like "Did I miss something? or my standard is that unrealistically high?" Have to admit I alomost forgot how his play looked in his top form back then, so I hope they are right.

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Old 09-07-2010, 03:38 PM   #3183
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Didn't read the article though, I totally agree with you about the second part. While reading the match result thread on GM, I was like "Did I miss something? or my standard is that unrealistically high?" Have to admit I alomost forgot how his play looked in his top form back then, so I hope they are right.
No need to look any further...just watch the third set TB with Petchner...German choked really. That don't mean he would turn that match around...but I don't need reminders like that match against Meltzer in France.
Any top 10 opponent would grab that set easily.
I heard Fish conference, and I do believe him when he says that he had problems with windy conditions...cause it was his first match on Ash. Fish is a good guy really... I really like him, but he's not a threat. Gael could be a threat...but, I have never seen a guy with so much upside, and so brainless. Federer should be a first real test.
I hope that Troicki match was Novak's only regular "switch off" match on this tournament....(someone should say those comms that Troicki should be read as Troitsky...like Wozniacki...is Wozniatsky, or Wozhniatsky, as I recently heard, but I'm no expert on Polish names)
I have my doubts...when he is winning in straights, and when I see emotionless expression on his face. I still can't swallow that Meltzer and Berdych matches performances.
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Old 09-07-2010, 04:51 PM   #3184
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No need to look any further...just watch the third set TB with Petchner...German choked really. That don't mean he would turn that match around...but I don't need reminders like that match against Meltzer in France.
Any top 10 opponent would grab that set easily.
I heard Fish conference, and I do believe him when he says that he had problems with windy conditions...cause it was his first match on Ash. Fish is a good guy really... I really like him, but he's not a threat. Gael could be a threat...but, I have never seen a guy with so much upside, and so brainless. Federer should be a first real test.
I hope that Troicki match was Novak's only regular "switch off" match on this tournament....(someone should say those comms that Troicki should be read as Troitsky...like Wozniacki...is Wozniatsky, or Wozhniatsky, as I recently heard, but I'm no expert on Polish names)
I have my doubts...when he is winning in straights, and when I see emotionless expression on his face. I still can't swallow that Meltzer and Berdych matches performances.
Many players commented the same thing. AA is so big that the wind ended up whirling in different directions on court than from the top of the stadium. It's almost unpredictable.

I also agree Fish made it easy for Nole to look/play good in that match. Nole has the right strategy to pin Fish at the baseline and he has a much better ability to do this compare to Fish previous opponents but Fish really did not have the gas in his tank to even try turning things around.
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Bodo has lost my respect long time ago. I don't bother to read it.
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Wow! A war is ensuing at Bodo's blog... people getting really angry at him and saying all imaginable things because of what he has written about Novak. Bodo even felt obliged to give some sort of explanation (apology) for his writing:

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Thank you, Tina, for pointing out that I'm anything but a NOvak hater. I did dub him the "Perfect Player" when I first wrote long post about him. And in the big picture, I hate or love no player, not emotionally, anyway. I watch and try to figure out what I think. Pretty simple. Also, I like to have a little fun, and poke a little fun. Falses idols and all that. . .
Whatever, the war is still going on... some of what has been said after his blog:

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I liked this comment from a certain John Smith

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Yeah, Novak has lost 3 GS matches this year to players who he should have beaten on the paper, but we all know sports don't work that way. Otherwise, it wouldn't be sport. Even on the highest level there is a margin of error that determines who wins and who loses.

Only once ever, there was a guy who could win almost all as expected. We know who he is and we also know he is past his prime. Nevertheless, go back and check Sampras, Becker, Agassi, Courier and the rest of that great generation of 90's, and try to measure their consistency. These guys have won more than 25GS between them and yet it can't be compared to what we ask from the best today, not even to the standard most of people want from Novak. The guy is 23 and he has played at least a QF on 14 out of last 16 GS events.

Yeah, he is hell good. Its probably pity that he doesn't have already at least 2 or 3 GS titles, but c'mon, his effort is still formidable. I don't remember Sampras being a constant treat on all 4 GS, in fact the only guy who was, and it was in the later stage of his career, it was Agassi. But between his big wins, there were many ups and downs... many painful exits, and people tend to forget that.

Now, today we expect from no. 3 to get at least SF of each GS. We expect titles and big matches. We expect a HOF career. NO mistakes are allowed.

I think that surely, as the game changes so do our expectations. New paradigms are being created. Everyone now expects a perfect player with auto-pilot, who can create a routine out of sports. In part, we may say, Federer has some fault in this, but still it takes once in a century talent and extraordinary conditions to create one.

And yes, we always want better. Federer is still there, but we are already thinking and subconsciously calling for a guy who can smash his records. We want, Lebrons, Kobes and Dwaynes to be as great and even greater than Michaels and Magics... that's a normal thing...

I say, if Djoko stays around for enough time and keeps playing consistently as he has been, he still can end up with 4-6 GS. It's just the matter of using the opportunities and sticking to it for long time. Ask Agassi.
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Hello Pete,

if you read Tina's comment more carefully, will see that she never mentioned that you are anything but a Novak hater. She just expressed her doubt - you are giving yourself too much credit, poking is one thing and biased unrprofessional writing something totally different. In your text you insulted both Fish and Djokovic for a no apparent reason and, consequently, exposed yourself to people questioning your true motives.
Your definition of poking exceeds all social norms and NObodo thinks you are funny.
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I cannot believe how bias you are against one of the best players of our time, he is number 3, yes Novak Djokovic. What is it about him, that you HATE
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People are really overreacting. He wrote much bigger crap than this. Actually they are doing him an favor...just by reading it, they are putting his name as a writer bit higher...than he really deserves.

What I read actually is an American sport journalist writing his opinion on why American tennis player failed (if that's failure, but I guess American journalists and public are desperate for new Sampras as much as Brits are desperate about slamless Murray) which is his right, and I think he was right saying that Fish was passive. The rest...like that - I want fat Mardy back - is actually crap, but I read it as, that he wants old aggressive Fish...not "fat"fat

Part about Novak,
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In tennis, one man's issues are another man's meal ticket, so give Djokovic credit for taking advantage of the complications in Fish's situation. The No. 3 seed appears to be hitting the ball as well as ever, but you could have said that about him at the French Open, as well as Wimbledon, and all he did at those tournaments was sprinkle water on the growing theme that his game arcs upwards but begins to descend at exactly the wrong time. If he were a basketball player, he'd be throwing up three-pointers at the buzzer, only to watch them glance off the front of the rim as a collective groan rises from the "home" side of the gym.

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"Well, thanks for the tutorial on the importance of playing well, Novak, but aren't you a teensy-weensy bit concerned about the fact that your wheels have a puzzling, unsatisfying way of falling off when you most need to put the pedal to the metal?
I agree completely with this...don't you?

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Someone remind this guy of Albert Einstein's famous remark: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But let's withhold judgment on this one; the happy Serb played excellent tennis today and only a fool would write him off as a contender for the title.
What I found funny is that stupid "famous remark"...and thats all. It's more Bodo's limitation or simply pompousness, if thats the right word. He should buy book of famous latin phrases...and start using them...like - per aspera ad astra...or sine qua non). That would be a joke to read.


That "John Smith" guy really said it all.
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People are really overreacting. He wrote much bigger crap than this. Actually they are doing him an favor...just by reading it, they are putting his name as a writer bit higher...than he really deserves.

What I read actually is an American sport journalist writing his opinion on why American tennis player failed (if that's failure, but I guess American journalists and public are desperate for new Sampras as much as Brits are desperate about slamless Murray) which is his right, and I think he was right saying that Fish was passive. The rest...like that - I want fat Mardy back - is actually crap, but I read it as, that he wants old aggressive Fish...not "fat"fat

Part about Novak,


I agree completely with this...don't you?



What I found funny is that stupid "famous remark"...and thats all. It's more Bodo's limitation or simply pompousness, if thats the right word. He should buy book of famous latin phrases...and start using them...like - per aspera ad astra...or sine qua non). That would be a joke to read.


That "John Smith" guy really said it all.
I think what gets people angry with him is not what he said but more of the "tone" he used. I have no problem with people pointing out what's wrong with Novak. He needs to hear the truth but the truth should be given in a sincere way, not condescending way and that's what I feel from Bodo's blog. May be that's not really what Bodo tried to do. May be it's just like Novak's impersonation. He was not poking fun at his fellow players in a negative way but was perceived as such.
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mmm..Everyone is entitled to their opinion,it's okay if Bodo has a different view on Novak than some
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http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/int...258182612.html
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An Interview With: Novak Djokovic
Saturday, September 11, 2010
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. First of all. That was an absolutely remarkable match.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Thank you.

Q. You should be extremely proud of yourself. I imagine you are. The emotions on the court after the match, can you just talk about that moment and reflect?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: As I said on the post‑match interview, it's one of those matches that you will remember for the rest of your life, not just because you won against one of the best players that ever played this game at that occasion, but as well, you know, coming back from match points down and under the circumstances playing good tennis and winning in the end, the thriller, you know.

So I am. I am very proud of myself. There are a lot of emotions involved. Of course I was too exhausted to show them in the end. But it's been a fantastic semifinal.

Q. Do you have any gas in the tank?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I have to, you know. It's finals of the Grand Slam. I've been in this situation before in 2007, so I'm more experienced than Rafa. (Laughter.)

But it's gonna be definitely a tough one. Rafa is just playing fantastic tennis. He's gonna be very motivated to win this title because it's the only title he hasn't won in majors.

Q. No one's ever gonna forget your victory in the Australian Open, but do you think this match today, the way you played, is almost as important to you as winning a Grand Slam?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I can compare. I think I can compare the feeling with winning a major after I have won this kind of match. Still one match to come. I have to try to stay stable and calm as much as I can.

After such a big win it's hard, because you're so happy. But, you know, you're playing tomorrow finals of a major against the best player in the world. You want to give your best, and anything I have left I will leave to the court tomorrow. I hope luck will be on my side.

Q. You say you're exhausted. How tired are you?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I am. I am tired, you know. There's no secret about that.

For four sets I've been quite okay. Fifth set was very intensive mentally and physically and took a lot out of me. But, you know, in the end it's just a remarkable win, and I'm sure I will find the strength to give my best tomorrow in the court.

Q. You were beaten by Roger the last three years, semis and finals. What did you learn from those matches that you applied tonight?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I had to take the chances when I was down match points. I don't know. To be honest, every match we have played was so close, and that's why, you know, he's best player that ever played this game, because he always plays his best tennis in the most important moments.

It was almost the case again today. I got a little bit nervous end of the first and third set, and that's why I lost those sets. But anything except that, I think I played overall a great game, fighting really and being aggressive when I had chance, and defending well.

I just knew I have to be patient and not lose my emotions too much, because that was the case in the past where I was losing the momentum with him. He uses that nervousness of the opponent. He feels it.

Today, I kind of closed my eyes on the forehands in the match points and just went for the shots. I was lucky. This is the edge that you always have when you're playing a top player. Two top guys are playing against each other, and there is not much difference, to be honest.

I knew that before the match very few points will decide the winner.

Q. The crowd seemed to bother you a bit I think in the third set when you were serving 5‑6. How difficult was it to concentrate, keep your focus?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: The crowd was okay, actually, throughout the whole match. They were enjoying. For me, being a part of such a great match is of course even more pleasing. Entertainment‑wise I think they had a lot of fun, as well, aside great tennis.

You know, there are these moments when they support one guy and then support the other guy, so there were ups and downs. You know, you feel a ‑‑ you feel stress when you're 5‑6 down and serving. You know, they wanted Roger to win this set. Then I got more support towards the end of the match.

So it's normal, you know. You get some people on your side, some people on your opponent's side.

Q. Can you just walk us through what you think you'll do for the next few hours? I mean, do you have massage, ice bath, food?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No. Popcorn, watching TV, relaxing. (Laughter.)

Yeah, I will do anything that comes up to your mind legally recovery‑wise. (Laughter.) I will do it. You know, I cannot go to the details too much.

Emotional recovery with my girlfriend, and a couple of things that I cannot talk about. (Laughter.)

It's not what you think. I know what you're thinking.

Q. No, but seriously, I mean, is it your don't want to talk about it because you don't want to give away your training secrets or...

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah. Well, you know, everyone has his own private things he does off the court. Just not for public, I guess. But definitely I will have to do a lot of recovery, because it's been exhausting match. I have to be ready in less than 20 hours.

Q. You mentioned that Federer is the greatest player ever. Nadal is going also for a career Grand Slam. He's younger than Federer. He has a better head‑to‑head record than Federer. In your mind, what are the chances that some day Nadal will be the greatest player ever?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I give him a big chance. I think already he's one of the best ever because he has won Olympic gold medal, he has won Davis Cup, he has won every major except this one, and so many tournaments. He has the records of 1000 events as well, and he's still only 24 years old. So it's just incredible what he has done so far in his career. He's still a great champion and a great person off the court.

So, you know, it's a big challenge for both of us, obviously, you know. There is a lot at stake for him to win a career slam and for me to win another Grand Slam title.

In finals, you know, it's very unpredictable. You never know what's gonna happen.

Q. Follow‑up on the question about atmosphere here. How hard is it when people are screaming between the points and also after you missed your first serve?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it's hard, you know, but you just have to adjust to it. You just have to accept it the way it is. It's the semifinals of a Grand Slam. You're playing, you know, a fan favorite here, and a player that has been so successful.

You know, if you are under pressure, obviously it's not easy coping with all these things. But to be able to overcome that in the end, it's thrilling.

Q. How do you think it will be tomorrow playing against Nadal on that subject?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I can expect a full stadium. It's definitely gonna be fantastic feeling, you know, regardless who they support. Just being part of the final and the biggest stadium of the sport is amazing.

Q. Rain in the forecast for tomorrow.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Oh.

Q. Do you think that's gonna help you?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Really? (Laughter.)

I don't know the rituals how to invite the rain, but... (Laughter.)

Yeah, I don't know. An extra day would be great, actually.

Q. Were you surprised to see Federer losing the sets two and four so easily?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think it was me playing well more, you know. I was making him play a lot of shots and making mistakes, but I was playing really well in those two sets.

Q. Late in the fifth you're facing match points; you're at the edge. Once again you survive and manage to go on. Take us through that game? And then did that somehow give you some kind of momentum or confidence deep into...

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I just ‑‑ after I saved the match points ‑‑ which I explained to you already, just closing my eyes and hitting as hard as I can ‑‑ I really tried to stay calm and not let my emotions take over and just hold. You know, hold the serve. That game, it was very important, you know.

Against a player like that, you know, you don't want to give him another chance, another match point, because he's gonna use it. So I managed to serve out well and play some good shots. When I held that game, then I felt big relief.

Even though it's 5‑All in the fifth, I still felt relief, because I was 15‑40 down.

Q. You say that Federer is the best player ever, greatest player ever. I'd like to know what do you think about the fact that he lost match points many times with Safin in Australia, with Gasquet in Monte‑Carlo, with Nadal in Rome, with you today, with Berdych.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: In juniors. (Laughter.) Come on. You know, really.

Q. No. I just want to know if you think that he's playing a little too safe ‑‑

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No.

Q. ‑‑ in those moments?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, no, no, I don't think so, because these are just only ‑‑ it's a minority of the matches that he has lost comparing to the matches that he has won, you know, in those situations.

I mean, he's the player that is mentally very, very strong, and he plays aggressive tennis. He takes the risk. He risks a lot and he takes the chances.

Okay, maybe it hasn't been the case today, but generally, I mean, come on. 16, 17, I don't know how many majors. Definitely has been playing well when he needed to.

Q. You won over the crowd clearly by the end of the performance.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah.

Q. You're going against the greatest player and against your own record with Roger here. Is there any way that you're sort of fighting also this feeling from the crowd and everyone wanting Rafa and Fed in the final? Was that an extra opponent for you today? Did you have to fight against that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: To be honest with you, I haven't thought about that too much, because my priority is to perform as best as I can and find a way to beat my opponent. And in that case, today I was really doing well tactics‑wise and just holding my nerves.

I did have some emotional flaws here and there, but, you know, generally I was very stable and focused. Even though I was set down and two sets to one down, I was coming back and playing some good tennis.

So, you know, I'm sorry for all the ones who didn't ‑‑ who wanted to see Roger and Rafa in the final. But, you know, I really didn't think about that too much. I'm sure we gonna have a great final tomorrow, as well.

Q. After you saved those two match points, you hit your heart with your racquet. Is that the best you've ever played when match point down?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Under the circumstances in that stage of the tournament, probably, yeah, one of the most memorable and best moments I had on match points, yeah.

Q. What's the difference between the Novak Djokovic of the Wimbledon semifinal and the one today?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Djokovic at Wimbledon was too defensive and stupid on the court, and the one today was just playing the way he should: aggressive and serving well and taking the chances.

In Wimbledon I wasn't taking the chances, you know. Of course, credit to my opponent, Berdych. He has played remarkably well the whole tournament. But I just ‑‑ when I had the chances I had I was too passive, and that's why lost the match.

Q. Your coach couldn't be here. Strangely, a lot of players have won tournaments without coach. Does it change anything for you, the state of mind on the court not having a coach watching you from the stands?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it's unfortunate, to be honest, because I always want him to be a part of my team regardless which tournament I play. His support is great. We been not just player/coach relations. We didn't have the relationship of player/coach. We had father/son relationship in years that we worked together.

Because of the private problems he had to go back. But still, you know, we are in touch every day, and he's so happy to see me doing well.

Q. Can you describe the combination of facing Roger Federer in the semifinal and then Rafa Nadal in the final and what winning those two matches would signify to you?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, it's still far for me to say that, you know, I can put myself in a thought as a champion here, because I have Nadal across my net who is extremely motivated and playing great tennis this year and serving really well.

Just hasn't, I think, lost the set all tournament. So definitely he's gonna give his best, and we are gonna have a lot of long rallies. Physically it's gonna, you know, be very requiring for me to be on the court, to be fit in order to have some chances.

I mean, it would be such a big success and achievement beating Roger in semis and then Nadal in finals. I cannot even describe it. You know, still not thinking about victory. I want to, you know, take one point at a time and see how it goes.

Q. In all your head‑to‑head with Nadal, you're down 14 to 7, but all your 7 wins came on hard courts. Do you consider yourself normally favorite when you play Nadal on hard court if you are more tired? Is this going to be the first final for the Barbadillo Giorgio Di Palermo company?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, it's true that on hard court I do have my best chances against Rafa. But still, he's No. 1 of the world, and he is the one that is playing great tennis. So definitely rankings‑wise or any other way looking at it, he is the favorite?

So I cannot put myself in that spot even though I have won many matches against him on hard courts. That is going to give me maybe some mental advantage a little bit, you know, to be able to play as well as I did against him when we played on hard courts.

Q. Roger obviously has the 16 slams and 23 straight semis, and is widely accepted as the best of all time. Yet Rafa has a 14‑7 record, great wins in finals, and great wins recently. Where do you think the head‑to‑head rivalry plays into the discussion of who is the greatest of all time?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think it's a very complicated question for me, to be honest, at this time. Sorry if I cannot answer really well. But, you know, stats and results tell you everything, you know. I can say in one hand, as I told you, Roger results‑wise is the best ever.

Then you have Rafa who has won Davis Cup and Olympic gold medal and all these things and still very young and still having a lot of time to come. He has a big chance to overcome any of the best‑ever players that play this game.

Q. When you were asked earlier about Rafa possibly becoming the greatest ever, and spoke quite reverently about his accomplishments and so forth. It's occurring to me that at 23 years of age, you yourself are somebody that ‑‑ there's a lot of great championships to be played. With a victory tomorrow, your name belongs in there, you know, in this conversation about Roger and Rafa. Roger himself said in the press conference that people that overlook you just don't know that much about tennis. Your thoughts on sort of all these questions.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, well, it's normal. There are two best players in the world at this moment. They are the two most dominant players in last five, six years, so it's logical that people talk about them mostly and they want to see them playing in the finals and everybody talks about their rivalry, their, you know, matchups, the greatness of each player.

It's normal. For me, I don't think I've done bad last three or four years. I don't think I've done bad with my achievements. But I am not, you know, kind of disappointed that people are not talking about me more. It's just waiting for my moment to come.

You know, I mean, I'm competing in an era of two, you know, great‑greats, two players winning most of the majors. It's not easy, if you know what I mean.

Q. It's true. But you're not 28, 29, you know, in the twilight of your career. You're 23. There's still so much tennis to be played.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Definitely, yeah, many, many more years to come. I look forward to it. I'm working hard on my game. I'm getting some things together, and hopefully on the court it's gonna pay off.
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Denied! Djokovic wins classic to prevent Federer-Nadal final

The dream U.S. Open final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer was ever-so-close to becoming a reality. Federer held double match point at 5-4 in the fifth set in his Saturday semifinal against Novak Djokovic and it appeared that he was set to make his seventh straight final in New York and first against his archrival Nadal, who had won his match earlier in the day.

But then Djokovic held at 15-40. And then he did it again at 30-40 en route to a match-saving hold. He broke Federer in the next game and then served out the match, denying what was set to be a storybook final Sunday. It's not Fedal, it's Djokadal. And you know what? Tennis might end up being better for it.

There's long been talk that Federer and Nadal are bad for the game, in that their dominance makes any match not involving them a bore for general audiences. It's always sounded like the complaint of people who need something to complain about -- two legends are better than none -- but there's some truth behind it. Non-tennis fans don't want to watch Tomas Berdych vs. Nadal, they want stars. Maybe with this epic win and another possible one Sunday, Djokovic can become one of those.

He's affable, funny, self-deprecating and plays an exciting brand of tennis. He's got the everyman quality we hear so much about. Federer and Nadal, for all their greatness, don't have that. Roger has positioned himself as a high-class, luxury item and Nadal doesn't speak the language well enough to relate to American audiences. Djokovic has "it". The fact that he's flawed -- he struggles with some health issues and succumbs to pressure -- makes him more likable. He could be a star in a sport that desperately needs a new one.

First he has to beat Nadal, a tall order given that Nadal is playing some of the best tennis of his life and is fresher owing to his quick win in his semifinal. But Djokovic beat the best Saturday. Who's to say he can't do the same Sunday?

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/...urn=ten-268980
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Great read...

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/13/sp...er=rss&emc=rss
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Djokovic and Nadal mingled in the players’ entrance with Benito Pérez Barbadillo, the publicist for both, who organized a photograph of Nadal and his girlfriend, Xisca Perello, with Djokovic and his girlfriend, Jelena Ristic.
I would really like to see the pictures!

I don't know Xisca is in NYC too. Looks like she and Jelena both prefer to hide from the public. Or they went shopping together when their men were working hard.
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Nice article from si.com

Brave run at Open redefines Djokovic’s career

It was gut-check time for Novak Djokovic.

Already down two sets to one, the 23-year-old Serb found himself behind an early break in the fourth, staring down elimination against a dogged opponent in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

That was 14 days ago.

Of course, he’d escape with a 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Viktor Troicki, a first-round scare that nearly aborted Djokovic’s career-defining tournament before it could really begin. More important, he was able to defeat the elements: defying the triple-digit temperatures widely thought to be his Kryptonite long enough for a blanket of late-afternoon shade to arrive over Ashe. “It was like a sleeping-with-my-girlfriend kind of feeling,” Djokovic quipped afterward during the on-court interview, an impromptu remark that became the tournament’s most-replayed sound bite.

Djokovic entered this year’s U.S. Open a somewhat forgotten presence, termed as “under the radar” by pundits and fans as late as the quarterfinals. He crept quietly through the draw after surviving Troicki — clinically dispensing of Philipp Petzschner, James Blake, Mardy Fish and Gael Monfils (the latter three crowd favorites) in straight sets — and turned in the match of his life Saturday with a cathartic five-set triumph over Roger Federer. “It turned everything in my favor,” said Djokovic of the Troicki win. “[After the first round] I was playing great tennis all the way, even in tonight’s match.”

Two weeks later, he leaves this year’s U.S. Open a permanently changed player. The book on Djokovic had always been indisputable talent with glaring questions about stamina and guts, particularly in extreme weather conditions. (The 2008 Australian Open champion, he famously quit on his stool during his ’09 defense when the heat became unbearable.) For years, the third seed was tennis’ third man, best-known as a capable foil for the greatness of Federer and Nadal. It’s time to reconsider. He leaves Queens with the No. 2 ranking (having overtaken Federer with Saturday’s scalp) and, likely, a place opposite Rafa in the premier tennis rivalry of the nascent decade. The Troicki and Federer wins lifted his career record in five-set matches (3-2) from the red into the black — and both should put to rest any lingering questions regarding his nerve.

As should Monday’s final.

Less than 48 hours after the physically and emotionally taxing victory over Federer, Djokovic met Nadal in a just-as-grueling match for the title. For 3 hours and 43 minutes — just one minute less than Saturday’s marathon — Nadal punished Djokovic with a never-been-better serve and flat, angled groundstrokes, pushing him along the baseline like a frantic Pong paddle. But Djokovic wouldn’t give. After earning a rare break of Nadal in the final game of the second to level the match at one set apiece, he pumped his fist and sounded a barbaric yawp. Even the sizable contingent of Nadal supporters had little choice but to applaud his valor. In the CBS-turned-ESPN2 booth, John McEnroe dropped enough boxing metaphors to owe A.J. Liebling’s family royalties.

Fatigue began to catch up with the Serb in the third, but he seemed to deliver his finest play with his back up against it — another direct counter to the Djokovic myth. Remarkably, he saved 10 of 11 break points in that set before an awestruck Ashe crowd, but fell 6-4. “In order to win against him tonight, I had to be on the top of my game,” he said. “I was playing really well for most of the match, but then there were some moments in the third and fourth set where I dropped my focus a little bit. I dropped the level of my game and just a little bit on service games.

“He took it away, and he never gave me a chance to go back.”

Even when defeat became inevitable late in the fourth, Djokovic played to the crowd and frequently raised his hands in good-hearted resignation at Rafa’s brilliance. As Nadal closed in on history, with a dazzling array of line-painting winners and passing shots that seemed to cheat space-time, Djokovic remained positive. When Rafa laced a forehand that kissed the baseline to give him match point, Djokovic’s incredulous expression (followed by a toothy grin) mirrored the crowd’s emotions. As Nadal raised the trophy following the 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory, it was Djokovic who held the winner’s check for him … again, with a smile. A long way back for a player who was pilloried by the New York crowd just two years ago for belaboring a feud with Andy Roddick.

In 2010, Djokovic reached the quarterfinals or better at each of the four majors — but the first three weren’t nearly as transformative as the last.

“I wanted that trophy and I know I gave my maximum to get it,” Djokovic said. “But when I sleep over the night, tomorrow I will wake up as a new man.”

Too late, Novak. It’s already happened.
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Brave run at Open redefines Djokovic’s career

It was gut-check time for Novak Djokovic.

Already down two sets to one, the 23-year-old Serb found himself behind an early break in the fourth, staring down elimination against a dogged opponent in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

That was 14 days ago.

Of course, he’d escape with a 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Viktor Troicki, a first-round scare that nearly aborted Djokovic’s career-defining tournament before it could really begin. More important, he was able to defeat the elements: defying the triple-digit temperatures widely thought to be his Kryptonite long enough for a blanket of late-afternoon shade to arrive over Ashe. “It was like a sleeping-with-my-girlfriend kind of feeling,” Djokovic quipped afterward during the on-court interview, an impromptu remark that became the tournament’s most-replayed sound bite.

Djokovic entered this year’s U.S. Open a somewhat forgotten presence, termed as “under the radar” by pundits and fans as late as the quarterfinals. He crept quietly through the draw after surviving Troicki — clinically dispensing of Philipp Petzschner, James Blake, Mardy Fish and Gael Monfils (the latter three crowd favorites) in straight sets — and turned in the match of his life Saturday with a cathartic five-set triumph over Roger Federer. “It turned everything in my favor,” said Djokovic of the Troicki win. “[After the first round] I was playing great tennis all the way, even in tonight’s match.”

Two weeks later, he leaves this year’s U.S. Open a permanently changed player. The book on Djokovic had always been indisputable talent with glaring questions about stamina and guts, particularly in extreme weather conditions. (The 2008 Australian Open champion, he famously quit on his stool during his ’09 defense when the heat became unbearable.) For years, the third seed was tennis’ third man, best-known as a capable foil for the greatness of Federer and Nadal. It’s time to reconsider. He leaves Queens with the No. 2 ranking (having overtaken Federer with Saturday’s scalp) and, likely, a place opposite Rafa in the premier tennis rivalry of the nascent decade. The Troicki and Federer wins lifted his career record in five-set matches (3-2) from the red into the black — and both should put to rest any lingering questions regarding his nerve.

As should Monday’s final.

Less than 48 hours after the physically and emotionally taxing victory over Federer, Djokovic met Nadal in a just-as-grueling match for the title. For 3 hours and 43 minutes — just one minute less than Saturday’s marathon — Nadal punished Djokovic with a never-been-better serve and flat, angled groundstrokes, pushing him along the baseline like a frantic Pong paddle. But Djokovic wouldn’t give. After earning a rare break of Nadal in the final game of the second to level the match at one set apiece, he pumped his fist and sounded a barbaric yawp. Even the sizable contingent of Nadal supporters had little choice but to applaud his valor. In the CBS-turned-ESPN2 booth, John McEnroe dropped enough boxing metaphors to owe A.J. Liebling’s family royalties.

Fatigue began to catch up with the Serb in the third, but he seemed to deliver his finest play with his back up against it — another direct counter to the Djokovic myth. Remarkably, he saved 10 of 11 break points in that set before an awestruck Ashe crowd, but fell 6-4. “In order to win against him tonight, I had to be on the top of my game,” he said. “I was playing really well for most of the match, but then there were some moments in the third and fourth set where I dropped my focus a little bit. I dropped the level of my game and just a little bit on service games.

“He took it away, and he never gave me a chance to go back.”

Even when defeat became inevitable late in the fourth, Djokovic played to the crowd and frequently raised his hands in good-hearted resignation at Rafa’s brilliance. As Nadal closed in on history, with a dazzling array of line-painting winners and passing shots that seemed to cheat space-time, Djokovic remained positive. When Rafa laced a forehand that kissed the baseline to give him match point, Djokovic’s incredulous expression (followed by a toothy grin) mirrored the crowd’s emotions. As Nadal raised the trophy following the 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory, it was Djokovic who held the winner’s check for him … again, with a smile. A long way back for a player who was pilloried by the New York crowd just two years ago for belaboring a feud with Andy Roddick.

In 2010, Djokovic reached the quarterfinals or better at each of the four majors — but the first three weren’t nearly as transformative as the last.

“I wanted that trophy and I know I gave my maximum to get it,” Djokovic said. “But when I sleep over the night, tomorrow I will wake up as a new man.”

Too late, Novak. It’s already happened.
BEAUTIFUL.

However, I'm not so confident about him being a new man after this. He had the chance of his life yesterday to prove he's not a one slam wonder. Now I don't really know what to think. Maybe it's the down feeling I have, the loss is still too close and hurting.
I really don't know if Novak will have a chance like this again in the near future. I see Nadal too strong, invincible. And there are other players in the mix: Murray, Delpo, Berdych, Sod and Federer, who's not yet on the decline. It will be very difficult indeed. I hope Novak is not too content with these results. He has to aim for better.
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