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Total games lost leading up to the SFs of his AO runs:

2008: 39
2011: 36
2012: 34
2013: 73
2015: 53
2016: 62
2019: 50
2020: 53
2021: 85
2023: 42

After seeing past 2 demolitions of Rublev and ADM, was interested to see where this one ranks given the context of injury and missed practice sessions, and there you go.

Is this Djokovic's highest level at AO since 2012 ?
 

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While he did get a lot of favorable matchups, I think Djokovic's level has indeed been pretty good, especially the serve and offense. Just been watching highlights of the Djokovic-Wawrinka AO'13 epic, and it seems evident that he's actually playing better in many aspects right now.
 

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The difference is that Djokovic's serve is the best it's ever been, and his return is still like in his prime. When you have these two weapons in Tennis, slight decline in movement and shotmaking is of little importance.
 

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Considering his age. This is his best performance ever at Aus open

Big improvement over his 2021 performance up to the quarters where he lost 5 sets in 4 very tight and completive matches compared to 0 tight matches and 1 set In 2023

His body transformation and increased power since November has been very noticeable. Players like Tsitipas and medvedev were able to hit the ball through him in November in tight matches

Now he is completely overpowering everyone. A big transformstion in a 5 or 6 weeks. It's some feat at his age and with the toll of heavy painkillers, lack of practice etc
 

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Total games lost leading up to the SFs of his AO runs:

2008: 39
2011: 36
2012: 34
2013: 73
2015: 53
2016: 62
2019: 50
2020: 53
2021: 85
2023: 42

After seeing past 2 demolitions of Rublev and ADM, was interested to see where this one ranks given the context of injury and missed practice sessions, and there you go.

Is this Djokovic's highest level at AO since 2012 ?
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Djokovic's serve plus updated net game is massive. Overall he may not be the same player he was in 2012 but he is worse in some ways but better in others. That is what the haters don't want to admit (but fully know). This certainly isn't an example of him peaking in 2012 (or even 15) and then just getting worse and worse since. He has improved multiple facets of his game and it has helped slow down his overall decline.

Also one thing that is not being discussed is if he is taken into deep waters. He has not had a 5 set match since Wimbledon and can't even practice now with the injury. My biggest fear is that he gets taken to a 5th set by Tsitsipas and just gasses hard. Hopefully he takes care of business in 3-4 sets in each of the next two matches.
 

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Enjoy the greatness

We won't see anything like it for decades
 
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While he did get a lot of favorable matchups, I think Djokovic's level has indeed been pretty good, especially the serve and offense. Just been watching highlights of the Djokovic-Wawrinka AO'13 epic, and it seems evident that he's actually playing better in many aspects right now.
No there is a big difference between Wawrinka playing like that and Cucklev who had his ass lubed up before he even walked on court.
 

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WTF is up with the title? Are we still pretending that he is "injured?"

Total games lost leading up to the SFs of his AO runs:

2008: 39
2011: 36
2012: 34
2013: 73
2015: 53
2016: 62
2019: 50
2020: 53
2021: 85
2023: 42

After seeing past 2 demolitions of Rublev and ADM, was interested to see where this one ranks given the context of injury and missed practice sessions, and there you go.

Is this Djokovic's highest level at AO since 2012 ?
 

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Djokovic's serve plus updated net game is massive. Overall he may not be the same player he was in 2012 but he is worse in some ways but better in others. That is what the haters don't want to admit (but fully know). This certainly isn't an example of him peaking in 2012 (or even 15) and then just getting worse and worse since. He has improved multiple facets of his game and it has helped slow down his overall decline.

Also one thing that is not being discussed is if he is taken into deep waters. He has not had a 5 set match since Wimbledon and can't even practice now with the injury. My biggest fear is that he gets taken to a 5th set by Tsitsipas and just gasses hard. Hopefully he takes care of business in 3-4 sets in each of the next two matches.
He practiced yesterday for almost an hour before his match, see photos in the Nole Rublev result thread
 
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