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I am surprised nobody has started a thread!!!! He is on court as we speak warming up with Dodig!!!!! I feel that we need to respect his decision and cheer for the 2011 Tennis King!!!!:worship:

Where are all the fans????? I am not a regular poster, but a HUGE NOVAK FAN!!!!!! I enjoy reading your posts and I look forward to reading some more in this thread!!!!!! HAJDE NOLE!!!!! Greeting from South Florida - Miami!!!!!:wavey:
 

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We are here and Nole up a set and up a break in the 2nd!!!!!!! He is here to continue on winning!!!!!! Of course he is a professional tennis player and he plays for money, appearance fees, etc., but he is also a true competitor and plays for points and dignity!!!!! He is World #1 tennis player and is sure acting like one!!!!!
As far as injury is concerned, I am sure he will not risk his health completely just to collect money from appearance fee...... I believe the shoulder problem he had in Basel was from overpracticing (inflamation). He is OK!!!!! He just needs to get his fitness back and playing matches will help him with that considering that there is not a lot of time left for in-depth conditioning.

Today, except from a few hick-ups at the net (missed volleys) and a few UE he was good. Even finished the match with an ACE!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Nole for your win!!!!! A Champion always a champion!!!!!!!

Common fans, where are you???????
 

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he was good but his serve wasn't that good , i think his injury was from overplaying in Basel after along break anyway he should be ready for the WTF, and it is time for Nole to tank one match to his close friend Vik .
 

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Weird situation..whatever you do you're not doing it exactly right. Troicki next :lol:, and probably Tsonga. Maybe this is the time to give Viktor a present...or not...
Fuck it...you're 1,6 mil richer.
Somehow I do care what he'll do in London.
 

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He said that he felt good right after the match. Spent a couple of days at home without any training, before coming here. Didn't know what to expect and wasn't really confident that he would be able to compete. The pain wasn't that strong today. Also gave a gentle smile on the comment about the bonus prize money.


Pheww, I started to watch with mixed feelings and was so anxious throughout the match. Actually missed the majority of it intentionally. Good to hear he looked fine.

Hope you're having fun there, Raquel! :wavey:
 

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Well, I'm not sure how fine he was...I think it was more Dodig's errors...but reverse backhand..or it was a forehand DTL...was a beauty, something I saw only done by Janko against Safin and Hewit.
 

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Catched the second set:yeah:Some entertaining shots,but i think i'm happy with his performance today:)Troicki next:hug:His record is actually good,whenever he had to play him in past tournaments:devil::p

Think his back/shoulder is still sore:hug:

Dodig,is a grinder:eek:

I'm happy for Raquel:hug:I'm sure she's having fun times.:D
 

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he looked surprisingly good, at least much better than my expectation. one more win and prize money, gooood for him. :devil:
 

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:bigclap:

Put a lot of money in his pocket with that match. :lol: :lol:
was probably just beaming away inside after gaining 1.6 mill :lol:
Fuck it...you're 1,6 mil richer.
one more win and prize money, gooood for him. :devil:
:lol: at everyone mentioning the bonus money. I don't blame him for playing for that reason. It would be hard to turn away that much money.

Anyway, it's nice to hear that he looks good. :D
 

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Post match presser...
Thanks to Clare M.
http://nolesnews.blogspot.com/2011/11/novak-djokovic-post-match-press.html

WEDNESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2011

Novak Djokovic - Post Match Press Conference


N. DJOKOVIC/I. Dodig


6 4, 6 3

An interview with:

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

​THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

​Q. I think most of us want to know what is the state of your physical fitness first with the back and now also the shoulder?
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: The back? The back wasn't...

​Q. It's totally okay?
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, no, the back wasn't in any kind of injury state. So it was only the shoulder that was a little bit troubling me in Basel, and I took the necessary measures, you know, in the last couple of days in order to recover in order to play in this tournament.
​So, I mean, I'm very happy to be able to play and to win. I mean, I'm feeling good on the court, and that's what matters.

​Q. Could you just talk us through now where you went and what you did between Switzerland or why did you not come...
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I cannot say everything. I mean, something is private. But I have been back home in Monaco, and then I have been trying to recover there with a team of people.
​I took a couple of days off and I came here yesterday, you know, because I wanted to take time in recovery rather than just going out on the court the sooner the better to prepare for the conditions.
​I think I have played already couple weeks indoors, so, you know, I don't need to I didn't need to come before than I did actually here in Paris.
​I think that the conditions this year are much slower than they were last year. So, you know, I think, you know, I've served good enough, and I feel from the back of the court well enough to be competing. That's what matters actually for this week.

​Q. Given your shoulder problem, though, would you have competed here if this was not a mandatory event?
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I mean, depends, you know, really. At this situation, you know, I really wanted to come, because, you know, I played Basel a couple matches, but, you know, I need more matches before London.
​I really like playing in Bercy. I think it's one of the most entertaining indoor tournaments, and people are coming in numbers here to watch matches. I like playing it.
​So this is the last, you know, last big, you know, 1000 tournament and obviously the best players in the world are playing here. And I want to compete, and that's the reason I came here.

​Q. In terms of your full level, though, your full fitness, your full ability to compete, where would you put your status right now?
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I think it's obvious that I'm still not top of my game. But I'm taking things quite slowly, you know, and taking step by step, knowing that the form will improve each day that I play.
​I believe in that. I have been working quite hard in last couple of weeks after my injury, and, you know, I think things are going in the right direction.
​So I want to play well here. I want to get as far as possible, and then London, you know, which is the most important tournament of this part of the year for all of us.

​Q. The issue here, when I think of the bonus pool, even for someone like yourself, it's still an awful lot of money that you would have had to...
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, yeah. Sorry.

​Q. Well, you wouldn't be human if that wasn't a bit of an incentive.
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, to be honest, it was really somehow funny for me to see how, you know, people are coming up with that story and discussing about you know, I even heard that I would get on the court and play a game, you know, just to get this money.
​I mean, this is ridiculous, you know. Look, we are all athletes. This is our job. We are all playing to be paid at one stage, of course. This is normal. I don't see what's unusual in that.
​On the other hand, I came here because I want to compete; I want to play a tournament. Then if I know that I'm physically good enough, in good condition to be competing, I will compete.
​If I don't, I will not compete. It's as simple as that. There is nothing else that can affect my decision.

​Q. Obviously you had a great year; had some problems with the body the last couple of months. Do you think you are kind of maybe just focused on 2012 already, or do you feel motivated to finish the season as strong as you started?
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, well, I'm definitely intending to finish the season strong.
​You know, maybe I'm physically paying dividends for the long season that I had, and, you know, the unfortunate injury after US Open, the Davis Cup, and everything. So I think everything is kind of catching up with me now.
​But it's somehow expected, you know, after amount of the matches I played and the season length that I had.
​But it's okay. You know, it's not the first time that I played this many matches. I know how to behave in these situations, and I know how to, you know I know how to have the right approach with my team, the preparation for each tournament.
​Each match that I play, I really try to prepare myself 100% to win it. You know, regardless if it's a 250 event or Grand Slam, I really try to get my maximum on the court, because no one likes to lose.
​Definitely I want to do well, take every day one day at a time here in Paris. I don't want to think about London or you know, it's still two very important tournaments coming up.

​Q. Is it frustrating for you not to be playing your best at this point, considering how well you were playing earlier in the year?
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I guess, you know, it's always frustrating, you know, when you're not playing your best.
​But on the other hand, what is helping me is being realistic and being aware of the fact that I had a six weeks' break, that it takes times getting used to the indoor conditions.
​I haven't been playing indoor first tournament in Basel was after Davis Cup final in 2010, so it's quite a long time.
​As I said, I'm gradually increasing the level and hopefully every day will be better.

​Q. Can you talk again about the surface? Is it for you an issue that it's much slower than last year, or do you think it's well, do you have to adjust and that's all?
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, to be honest, talking with a lot of players, we all, I think, agree especially the top players on the fact that the tournaments prior to the World Tour Finals should have, if not the same, then very similar speed of the surface and surface itself, as in London, you know.
​Because, you know, you're preparing, playing this tournament, and last year was very tricky. You know, we came from Basel where it's, you know, medium speed; came here, which was extra, extra fast speed of the court; and then went to London, which is a bit slower than both of the tournaments.
​And so that's something that can be a little bit dangerous for the player for the injury and everything, because it's a change of the pace of the ball and change of the balls and surfaces as well.
​From a personal perspective, I like the court being this way rather than super fast like last year.

​Q. Obviously you've got the year end world No. 1 ranking wrapped up. How much pressure has that taken off you now with this tournament and London around the corner? And tell us how you feel about that now, being year end world No. 1.
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it's a dream come true, I think, for every athlete. You know, when you dream of becoming a professional athlete I think I'm not just talking for tennis I think for every sport you dream of being the best in what you do.
​That dream came true for me this year winning Wimbledon; now having the year end No. 1 ranking, it's amazing, really. I'm enjoying it.
​But I know that on the other hand, I do have responsibility that is increased by this position that I have. It's a new experience for me, so I'm still getting used to everything. Hopefully I can keep it as long as I can.

​Q. There are some good rules in tennis and there are some rather silly ones at times. As the No. 1 player, if you can kind of almost take yourself out of this situation, Novak, the number of matches you played this year, number of titles and Masters you won, do you think it was fair to put you in a position where people were questioning whether you were actually going out on court to actually play a match or going out for the money?
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, there are a lot of stories around. It's normal, I think, when you are one of the top players that you get some attention, and things that you do on and off the court are being watched. It's normal to kind of follow that up.
​But I don't want to say if it's fair or not fair. I leave it to the people. Everybody has right to and freedom to say what they want and everybody has a right for their own opinion.
​But, you know, as I said before, it's you know, I came here because I'm professional tennis player and I want to compete. That's all about that is.

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:lol: at everyone mentioning the bonus money. I don't blame him for playing for that reason. It would be hard to turn away that much money.

Anyway, it's nice to hear that he looks good. :D
I think it’s hilarious that people fault him for playing for money. He’s a professional tennis player. Of course, he plays for money.

Every pro is thinking about money. I guess when you’ve made 1 zillion dollars already in your career you can afford to shrug off money concerns, but Nole (as well as every other player) should be making as much money as they reasonably can in the short years of their tennis careers.
 

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I could make a drinking game out of the number of times he said 'You know' during sentences :p
 

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Q. Could you just talk us through now where you went and what you did between Switzerland or why did you not come...
​NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I cannot say everything. I mean, something is private. But I have been back home in Monaco, and then I have been trying to recover there with a team of people.
​I took a couple of days off and I came here yesterday, you know, because I wanted to take time in recovery rather than just going out on the court the sooner the better to prepare for the conditions.
​I think I have played already couple weeks indoors, so, you know, I don't need to I didn't need to come before than I did actually here in Paris.
​I think that the conditions this year are much slower than they were last year. So, you know, I think, you know, I've served good enough, and I feel from the back of the court well enough to be competing. That's what matters actually for this week.
I.E - mandatory hair cut :rolleyes:
 

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Report coming up! :D I'm iverson the moon.

I arrived in Bercy for Ferrer's 2nd set but instead went to court 1 to watch Janko. He won easily looks in form and his recent good run in the ladt tournaments is understandable. BUT he is not very nice. He has none of the charms of his other 2 countrymen, Nole and Viktor... I watched a few people asked first autographs, he gave about 4 and went away leaving dozens of kids begging for his attention. But worse, a man encouraged him "win it all and go to london" and he seemed to be talking to himself angrily like he hated what the man had said.. I was really disappointed at his posture and behavior. :mad:

The I went to central court to watch Murray vs Chardy. I must say that chardy has a great potential.... He has it in him to become a GS winner someday imo, he is just a bit erratic and impatient. :lol: lets hope he matures. Usual pushing from Andy but looking good at the pushing thing. But boy is he awkward. I had this idea of him from my 2 times in madrid znd he hasnt changed a tiny bit. He is unresponsive to the crowd, doesn't care and gets mad at himself for the most ridiculous stuff! :eek: but despite of all this he doesn't come across as arrogant or mean, just as awkward. He needs to figure out soon that big champions don't pretend like the crowd isn't there at all! Don't exaggerate like nole but please remember that there are people watching you and cheering for you.

Then came nole. :hearts: I know I'm a fangirl but he is by far the nicest player center court has seen yesterday and today. There are no words to describe how kind he is to the crowds and the opponent. NOBODY, I mean nobody from yesterday iraq today showed half the affection and respect he did. :worship: He doesn't look fully recovered... Eventhough I liked what I saw in the second set. Kept stenching the shoulder between games. :scared: but no MTO and no drama. :D Dodig put up a good fight.
As soon as the match ended he dropped his racket and went immediately to the stands to give autographs... Before packing, before the interview... First player I saw in 2 days who did this. Then gave a quick interview, spoke french for a couple of minutes (only non french player who bothered to do that, except roger) but had to continue in english when he run out of french words to explain his feelings :lol: Said he doesnt feel fully fit but hopes to have a good run here and then be ready for London. Also talked about next season and how great the first six months of this year were.
After the interview her hit some balls with a guy who won some contest, always in style and entertaining the crowd. Finally got ready to leave the court but took him another 5 minutes to sign autographs for everybody, it didn't matter how long it would take, he would sign everybody. Then just before going into the tunnel I could see that he was being interviewed and put some headphones on his ears for something :confused: there must be a video with this online now...
:shrug: Wonder what that was for! after the interview signed a few more autographs, :lol: they were already starting the videos and music for roger's match and I could still see him from the stands by the tunnel entrance.
BTW, Jelena was in the house, wearing orange. Why is she everywhere now? Not working anymore? So much for independent woman. :lol: Don't mind me, I'm just jealous. :lol::eek:

Roger was :yawn: nothing special... The usual stuff, did enough to win the match.

Then along came the night session. Gael vs lopez was highly entertaini. Eventhough gael really is a clown :rolls: there us interacting with the crowd and then there's what he does. A bit too much, but he is cool.

Only stayed for Gillou's first set, but was enough to realize that the french crowd supports tsonga and gael way more than gillous! But why if he is the sweetest of them all? :awww:

It was a good day :bounce:
 

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I arrived in Bercy for Ferrer's 2nd set but instead went to court 1 to watch Janko. He won easily looks in form and his recent good run in the ladt tournaments is understandable. BUT he is a prick. He has none of the charms of his other 2 countrymen, Nole and Viktor... I watched a few people asked first autographs, he gave about 4 and went away leaving dozens of kids begging for his attention. But worse, a man encouraged him "win it all and good to london" and he seemed to be talking to himself angrily like he hated what the man had said.. I was really disappointed at his posture and behavior. :mad:
:eek: well, this is awkward, I'd have to see it for myself one day (I'm allowed to dream :angel:), but I don't think he's all bad, I think he's someone who's not as open or prone to be sociable to everyone, like Nole and Vik are. I'm not saying that what he did was correct, I'm just saying he may be someone who's not that sociable around strangers (I can understand him perfectly, I've been called rude for having that kind of behavior when someone I barely know says something to me, but it depends on the day, really). You can see the difference through their twitter accounts, it might be shallow, but you can tell for instance, that Nole's account is for him to share with the fans, because he absolutely loves being the center of attention, and loves being loved :hearts:, and barely talks or references his personal life / family, Janko's account on the other hand, is all the opposite, yes, on very rare occasions he answers/ RT's for fans, but mostly he uses to communicate his comings, goings, and interact with the people he knows, there's been times where has twitted about how much he misses / loves Biljana (wich I adore) how he's learning spanish, or how he's bored watching tv :lol:

On his interaction in general with fans, I've seen pics of other minor events and he seems rather nice, and whilst he doesn't answer every single tweet he receives, I've seen that a few times he's given responses to the fans over there (not just RT's). However, It could be just who he is, or he's just not in the mood, I remember an interview of him saying that he had no problems with autographs but that one day he got kinda pissed because one of the guys that asked for his signature and then asked to put his name underneath, like if he didn't know who the hell he was, so he felt like :facepalm: and decided to leave, and there were children around waiting for him, I don't remember the whole extent of that at the moment.

About the autograph thing, sad indeed, a mistake I hope he corrects if his goal is to be top 10, because on the top spots, you get more attention for what you do / don't do.

I'll keep supporting him no matter what ;) I've been mistaken for a rude person too, I hope one day I can see it for myself :wavey:
 
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