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I thought it was a good read :yeah:. Some good comments.

John McEnroe believes World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has "become as mentally tough as you possibly can be on a tennis court - certainly athletically."

Speaking at a tennis academy, in New York, on Wednesday, McEnroe said, "Djokovic has lifted his game to a point where I think maybe his return has now maybe surpassed [Andre] Agassi. It used to be [Jimmy] Connors and Agassi. Now it's like beyond belief, what [Djokovic] can do with the return."

Djokovic captured his fifth Grand Slam championship title as he defeated No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 7-5 in five hours and 53 minutes - the longest major championship final on record - at the Australian Open on Sunday. Read Match Report

"He's much more elastic," said McEnroe. "I noticed years ago, how the flexible he was and how hard he worked on it. I thought to myself, 'This is going to pay off.' I didn't realise to what extent and advantage this would be, but it's certainly proven to be. I think it's something that has to be considered very seriously by other players, because there is lost more balls being hit with an open stance, off the back foot.

"I think his forehand is one of the biggest shots in the game, and his backhand has become better. He doesn't seem like a whole lot of things are going to go wrong."

McEnroe believes men's professional tennis is presently in a golden era, with the Top 4 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings - Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray - all reaching the semi-finals of the past five major championships.

"I think it's an incredible time, actually," said McEnroe. I think we better enjoy it while it lasts. The shots that these guys can come up with ... is phenomenal. They've taken this baseline game to a whole new level.

"Roger is 30 now, and he's still playing pretty amazingly well. Murray played the best match I had ever seen him play even though he lost it [against Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals]. Those guys sort of get into these war of wills where they're just going to sort of break each other until one of them literally falls over."

McEnroe is scheduled to play an exhibition match with Milos Raonic, the defending SAP Open champion, against Gael Monfils and Jack Sock in San Jose on 13 February.

When asked about the next generation of young talent on the ATP World Tour, McEnroe said, "I see Bernard Tomic and I see Milos at the moment with the greatest up side. I think Ryan [Harrison] is going to be an excellent player as well, but these guys have that extra gear it appears.

"Bernard sort of plays his own game, but Milos, to me, has an incredible chance to do something really big in tennis. I feel like he's making some great progress. I think he's definitely going to have a chance to win majors if he can continue to add to his game."

McEnroe won seven Grand Slam championships during his career. The 52-year-old American clinched his 78th doubles title with Jonas Bjorkman at the SAP Open in 2006.

From 13-16 March, McEnroe will play an ATP Champions Tour event in Stockholm.
Link: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Te...McEnroe-Hails-Djokovic-Tennis-Golden-Era.aspx
 

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John McEnroe always had high opinion of Djokovic. I remember in 2009/2010 his comments about Nole were like: Wtf happened to this guy, why he is not winning more slams and why he is not number 1? Almost like Nole let him down.
 

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Pretty spot on from Johnny Mac, especially regarding Djokovic and his flexibility. I recall reading an article a few years ago discussing Djokovic and how he stretches multiple times a day. This is the kind of elasticity that Roger no longer has and Rafa I don't think ever had. Those two and Murray surely have more muscle and power than Nole, but the Serb easily trumps them in flexibility.

Sampras and McEnroe doing some good analysis the past few months.
 

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Quite insightful by McEnroe.. He was spot on regarding Djokovic's return and the state of the mens game. And really Raonic has much better future than Tomic,i thinks.
 

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McEnroe has always been a kind of a hyper.
Even Though I hope the best for Raonic and I really like him, he needs a return and a backhand to do any damage at the big stage. Winning Chennai is not proving anything.
Tomic has the brightest future, not Raonic. Raonic is a great athlete with potential but he doesn't have Tomic's touch and groundstrokes. Tomic has huge variety. McEnroe is not insightful at all.
 

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It's kind crazy how even Berdych is sliding on hardcourts now- the Nole effect.
 

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It's kinda pathetic how these legends are trying to follow trends and say the "right" things. He is right, Djokovic is on an amazing level, but he always sounds like a hyper.
 

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"McEnroe believes men's professional tennis is presently in a golden era, with the Top 4 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings - Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray - all reaching the semi-finals of the past five major championships."

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Pundits say this shit to make people watch the sport- if they said negative stuff, no one would tune in.
 

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Pundits say this shit to make people watch the sport- if they said negative stuff, no one would tune in.
Yeah, this. I like Mac but you have to take everything guys like him, Becker, etc say with a grain of salt.

He's spot on about Nole and the elasticity though.
 

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How long have we known the Djoker is flexible? We have known for years. He must do yoga surely ;). The fountain of youth. I have done yoga, it is kick ass :worship:. Hope to start again soon. Truth be told Johnny Mac has been a fan of the Djoker for maybe 4 or 5 years. He is not hyping the Djoker he has always rated him highly.
 

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Pretty tired of thise nonsense about Djokovic having the best return of all time. I wish people would consult the stats. Staistically, he isn't even in the top 10. And that's despite his dominance from the baseline.
 

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"McEnroe believes men's professional tennis is presently in a golden era, with the Top 4 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings - Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray - all reaching the semi-finals of the past five major championships."

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Golden Era not a fitting title? Is "Platinum Era" more appropriate? :)
 

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Pretty tired of thise nonsense about Djokovic having the best return of all time. I wish people would consult the stats. Staistically, he isn't even in the top 10. And that's despite his dominance from the baseline.
Funny :lol: very funny. You surely know more than guys like Rafa or Murray who are actually 'experiencing' his return of serve.
 

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Pretty tired of thise nonsense about Djokovic having the best return of all time. I wish people would consult the stats. Staistically, he isn't even in the top 10. And that's despite his dominance from the baseline.
He was the best last year, no? Or am I full of shite?
 

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I can't see how Raonic could get anywhere close to the necessary level to win a GS.

There's barely anything he can do to beat an under 30yo Djokovic, Nadal or Murray on a GS and there will be others by that time to break the speed of sound from the baseline.
 

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"McEnroe believes men's professional tennis is presently in a golden era, with the Top 4 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings - Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray - all reaching the semi-finals of the past five major championships."

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He probably sees some parallels with his era against Borg, Connors and Lendl. It's not really an outrageous statement.
 

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He was the best last year, no? Or am I full of shite?
Raw stats are full of it when it is about such a classification.

It's not about how much mugs you broke or how many return winners you made, it's all about When.

Djokovic is by far the best returner in the game, no doubt about that.

He surpassed Agassi, who was the best before.
 
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