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Nadal,Federer,Murray and Del Potro in the same half of the draw...

Yet Djokovic did not make final.

Was there a better scenario of not taking advantage ?
 

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Rogie should've taken advantage because Rafa in the SF had a blister on his hand that was huge and Rogie should've won that match!! That match ate away at me for a long time...
 

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Nadal,Federer,Murray and Del Potro in the same half of the draw...

Yet Djokovic did not make final.

Was there a better scenario of not taking advantage ?
Well Wawrinka was beast in that semi so not really a missed chance for Djokovic.
 

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Without even mentioning Stan who is anything except a good "date" for Djoko in slam, his 8 titles hide the fact that he was paradoxically much less regular at the AO than at the US Open.
Djokovic is untouchable in the final, but not during the rest of the tournament.
 

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Rogie and Potro were in no form anyway.

Djok got the next best thing with Stan
 
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Once he finally (after losing in every H2H HC major encounter) overcame Novak in the 2014 QF, Stanimal knew the title was his to lose.
 

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He was the only one to know, then ... because the tournament had brought Sampras from the USA to hand Norman, 14th slam to Nadal. And Stan was 0-12 vs Nadal .. 0 set to 26
Djokovic was also 14:0 vs Wawrinka 2007-2014 (9 Masters + 3 HC slam rubbers), and Djokovic is also 5:0 at Masters (zero sets for Wawrinka) since the emergence of Stanimal, but Djokovic is just 4:3 at HC slams currently and every HC rubber he won since 2013 was pretty tough affair, because Stanimal was the second best HC slam player in the period and the only one capable of taking Djokovic into the fifth set or to beat him there.
 

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It was a really good opportunity for Ferrer and Berdych as well. Ferrer’s form had been a bit lacklustre for a while then, Berdych was professionally effective then but would have higher levels at other AOs. There were still mental doubts over Stan going into that SF & Final, especially given his Nadal h2h.

Nadal’s draw was Tomic-Kokk-Monfils-Niskikori-Dimitrov-Fed-Wawa. Those Nishi-Dimi encounters were tests.

that 5th set of Wawa-Novak was highly intense viewing. That last net approach...can’t forget it.
 

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Rogie should've taken advantage because Rafa in the SF had a blister on his hand that was huge and Rogie should've won that match!! That match ate away at me for a long time...
Federer was still adjusting to his new racquet, so he was never beating Nadal at Aus Open 2014.
 

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Least we forget....

Djokovic's match with Wawrinka was decided by a few points. Djokovic's Roddick like Net rush in the 5th set was the difference between a potential win and #18 or the loss that is sort of forgotten.
 
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or the loss that is sort of forgotten.
It wasn't at the time though. It was the first time since Godovic that Novak didn't hold a slam, something beneath his 10s capabilities. Coming off a sensational but Nadal-rattled '13, he had gone SF (overhead), F, F, QF (net rush). Wimbledon was back-on-track relief for him that year, as it was four years later in '18. It was also his first slam loss to a non-big 4 since Berdych at '10 Wimbledon.
 

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Djokovic was also 14:0 vs Wawrinka 2007-2014 (9 Masters + 3 HC slam rubbers), and Djokovic is also 5:0 at Masters (zero sets for Wawrinka) since the emergence of Stanimal, but Djokovic is just 4:3 at HC slams currently and every HC rubber he won since 2013 was pretty tough affair, because Stanimal was the second best HC slam player in the period and the only one capable of taking Djokovic into the fifth set or to beat him there.
Yes, of course, beating Djoko, 4 times champion and defending chmp since 2011, was a milestone for Stan, but it still had to survive, always tricky, to play his first slam final, against an experienced player like Nadal.
That the organization of the tournament invites Sampras at the last moment to hand over the trophy gave the tendency, not even masked .. even if Stan was closer during the Masters 2013 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6 )

"American great Sampras will present the winner's trophy, with the Spanish marvel an overwhelming favourite to vanquish the popular and constantly improving Swiss for the year's opening Slam title."
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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal bids to tie Pete Sampras, Stanislas Wawrinka in the way | Tennis News
 

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Nobody could've predicted Rafa's injury in the final or Djoker's underperformance vs Stan.
 
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