I am Novak Djokovic and Tennis fan.
I still think a healthy Nadal struggles against an in form Stan, Del Po, Novak and
Murray. The competition is rough and Rafa's body is breaking down, damn it! By
luck, he won the 2011 FO and he's been bounced out of early RD Wimbledons.
Saying that Nadal is a lock to win tournaments/GSs by facing the field except
Novak... is absolutely insane. On clay, hard court and grass, Stan has the
vicious power, freezing Nadal. Please, let's not even get started with the
weapons Novak Djokovic brings to the table.
Again, Rafa blew another opportunity, winning a slam. I believe he could have
beaten Stan. The proof was Rafa messing up on 3 break point chances on weak
second serves. Clearly, he was mentally corrupted and battered. You cannot
defeat someone like Stan ( playing the best tennis of his life ) with so many
problems and screw ups. Actually, Rafa needs one AO, 2 more USOs, 2 more
Wimbys and 2/3 WTF. That's my opinion for Nadal being the greatest. Time is
running out. Novak cannot possibly catch Roger, so there's no pressure on him.
Nadal must win this year's FO, make the final of Wimbledon ( perhaps winning it )
and retaining his USO championship to erase the painful defeat at the AO. Call
me crazy, but I think Rafa is on the decline, AGAIN!!!!
IW/Miami proves nothing. We already know that Djokovic/Del Po/Wawrinka/
Murray are great on those surfaces. The clay season explains it all.
Stan has done the unthinkable. He has me questioning Nadal/Novak's future.
The good news for Rafa is that he's way ahead in the race. The bad news was
Rafa blowing an opportunity to win the AO... and he has to defend all those
points. I swear, if Nadal sits out this season, I'm done with him, period. The
guy's health is as bad as grandpas. Plus, I'm wondering if this is 2011 all over
again for Nadal. Remember, Rafa was #1 in the world... and got injured against
Ferrer in the QF, ruining the Rafa slam dream. It was also in that same year,
Novak exploded. Now, Nadal has to worry about Stan?????????? Ranked # 3?
Chances are, he'll be in Rafa's section of the draws. That's not good for Nadal.
In fact, if he doesn't dominate the clay season, it's over for him. Djokovic does
need the FO title. You can't be the GOAT conversation without it. Sadly, Novak
at his best cannot beat Rafa at his best... on clay. Monte Carlo, Rome and
Madrid will tell us everything we need to know.
The big four is now the big five ( Rafa, Stan, Novak, Andy and Roger ). I could
careless what Federer's number is. He's a threat and too experienced. Dimitrov
is the ATP's guy once every star legend retires. I know for a fact Nadal never
wants to play him again.
Yeah, I see so many riding the Stan bus now.
Yeah, it was good sight to see Stan lifting his maiden major trophy. I did have some confidence that he could beat Rafa for the first time, he's mentally a different player which showed in his match with Novak, he also had a 14 match losing streak to Novak, but he finally beat him, so I had some confidence on him.
I felt sad for Rafa, a major final is the worst time for a player to be injured.
With that being said, Stan could have pulled it off either way, he played splendid tennis right from the start, throughout the tournament actually.
When are we going to see Big 4, or should I say Big 7-8 in a tournament?
Speaking of Stan, he might have a date with destiny in the next hour. Rafa/Roger
is officially one sided. Dimitrov put up a better fight than Nadal. Then again, Rafa
wasn't at his best on that Sunny day. Djokovic being out doesn't feel right. It's
kinda like Rafa losing before the FO final. Damn, Stan is the man... with the one
hand backhand. Novak is overconfident that he can out duel the likes of Nadals
/Wawrinkas playing variety of shots. In my mind, any shot = gold.
Yeah, I do think he will still be motivated for FO (hopefully). I also expect him to do better than 2012 and 2013, especially in grand slams. But, losing in his own favorite tournament isn't a good start. He's been lacking mental strength which he showed in 2011 and early 2012, and now this loss isn't going to help him either.
He has to win FO (his biggest goal) now to regain some confidence and self belief.
Btw, who are you rooting for in tomorrow's final?
I didn't read the stats of the match, but for the way it looked, Novak was exactly the
same. Missing two simple volleys pretty much clarifies that the Boris project... isn't
really going that well. Engaging in extended rallies is Novak's bread and butter because
he has the stamina to outlast 98% of the guys on tour. I doubt Djokovic fires Becker
like a diva... but soon, he might question... why he even needs him at all?
Revenge is dish better served. I was wondering when the hell Stan the man was gonna
get his W over Novak Djokovic. Sometimes, taking epic losses can kill your spirit. The greatest reward for Stan could be... winning the entire event.
Novak Djokovic has lost the aura of invincibility in Australian. It's over, done. Now,
he must strike fear in the hearts of his opponents on other surfaces like the FO and Wimbledon. I'm not quite sure what Becker is teaching him, but I'm not seeing any changes. In fact, Djokovic was deadlier without a high profiled coach.
I can be difficult for Novak to get back the # 1 ranking. For starters, he's losing
points while Rafa gains them at this year's AO. Secondly, Nadal has the necessary
tools to be consistent in HC master series. Three, clay season, need I say more?
Okay, maybe I will. Nadal can gain a lot of points at Wimbledon, if he stops getting eliminated by scrubs. I think the goal for Djokovic is collecting a FO championship.
That would be his greatest reward.
This loss must be killing Djokovic, especially after coming off of many tough losses from last year.
Borg has knowledge of clay conditions... and it's always helpful to get tips from a man
who originally ruled clay. If there's one weakness to Novak's game, it's the overhead
smashes. Becker is gonna do his best to erase any weakness the man has. Novak
doesn't get worn down. Novak is the second ( arguably the ) best switching defense
to offense. Djokovic is close, very close to Rafa's stamina. He almost lost the AO
final because Rafa refused to go down quietly. I don't see any flaws in Novak's game
except ( some ) overheads, that's it.