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Easier to hit through him
Agree with this, and Cincy/USO courts reduce Novak's ability to play within his comfort zone which is to grind points out.

Also lets look at the players that have beaten Novak at Cincy/USO for the last few years.

2008 - lost to Murray at Cincy/Federer at USO
2009 - lost to Federer at both Cincy and USO
2010 - lost to Roddick at Cincy/Nadal at USO
2011 - lost to Murray at Cincy/won USO against Nadal
2012 - lost to Federer at Cincy/lost to Murray at USO
2013 - lost to Isner at Cincy/Nadal at USO

So, in the last 6 years, the players to beat Novak at Cincy/USO have either been players who are rather big servers having a good serving day (Isner and Roddick) and this results in Novak being unable to put enough returns into court to extend the point. This then puts that much more pressure on Novak's service games - and Novak can really get tight and then he ends up getting broken.

Federer and Murray are just better players than Novak on the Cincy/USO courts. Novak has always struggled against Federer's variety and tendency to take the ball so early on all surfaces but especially on these courts, and against Murray, Novak just doesn't play well due to hitting too many UE's, Murray is a tough match-up as he is craftier and knows how to make Novak play out of his comfort zone.

As for Nadal, he just mentally and physically outplayed Novak in both 2010 and 2013 USO finals, those 2 matches were the best HC matches I have ever seen Nadal play against Novak even though Novak clearly still has Nadal's number (14-7) on HC.
In 2010, Nadal had that monster serve which helped him, and he was playing aggressive tennis which in turn, gave him so much confidence.
In 2013, full credit to Nadal - he was so full of confidence going into the USO after sweeping Canada and Cincy, and that was the last time he played great HC tennis.
 

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Limited success at his second best slam. What a clown.
 

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I have fond memories of USO on 1 single match - 2011 SF - nothing has yet to top, nor will anything top that moment for me in all of sports, that was special.
 

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not this again......... :shrug:
 

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Agree with this, and Cincy/USO courts reduce Novak's ability to play within his comfort zone which is to grind points out.

Also lets look at the players that have beaten Novak at Cincy/USO for the last few years.

2008 - lost to Murray at Cincy/Federer at USO
2009 - lost to Federer at both Cincy and USO
2010 - lost to Roddick at Cincy/Nadal at USO
2011 - lost to Murray at Cincy/won USO against Nadal
2012 - lost to Federer at Cincy/lost to Murray at USO
2013 - lost to Isner at Cincy/Nadal at USO

So, in the last 6 years, the players to beat Novak at Cincy/USO have either been players who are rather big servers having a good serving day (Isner and Roddick) and this results in Novak being unable to put enough returns into court to extend the point. This then puts that much more pressure on Novak's service games - and Novak can really get tight and then he ends up getting broken.

Federer and Murray are just better players than Novak on the Cincy/USO courts. Novak has always struggled against Federer's variety and tendency to take the ball so early on all surfaces but especially on these courts, and against Murray, Novak just doesn't play well due to hitting too many UE's, Murray is a tough match-up as he is craftier and knows how to make Novak play out of his comfort zone.

As for Nadal, he just mentally and physically outplayed Novak in both 2010 and 2013 USO finals, those 2 matches were the best HC matches I have ever seen Nadal play against Novak even though Novak clearly still has Nadal's number (14-7) on HC.
In 2010, Nadal had that monster serve which helped him, and he was playing aggressive tennis which in turn, gave him so much confidence.
In 2013, full credit to Nadal - he was so full of confidence going into the USO after sweeping Canada and Cincy, and that was the last time he played great HC tennis.
Why not include 2007? Djoker reached the USO final
 

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Djoker would probably already had 3 US Open titles if the lopsided artificial draws in 2010 and 2013 were not made.
 
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