Djokovic Must Express his emotions on court to play his best

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  1. rallyjunkie

    rallyjunkie Banned

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    When he tries to play the stoic, like he did in US Open SF vs. Federer, after being inhibited by the crowd from the Roddick match, he is nothing. He must show emotions, he must turn it into the Djokovic show. the crowd loves it when he does his thing, the total intensity, like the head nods, the fist pumps, pointing to himself with #1 fingers, banging his chest and heart like King Kong, the eyes popping out of his head almost to the point of insanity, the strutting around the court with arrogance, the smiles, the roaring to the crowd and his box, Djokovic must lay his emotions on the line.

    When he acts like a machine he loses his passion, he loses that fifth gear. No tennis player in history can play a crowd like Djokovic who turned the US Open Ashe Stadium into a comedy show with his imitations with Michael Barkann. The crowd ate it up, they loved it, they love this character. and he feeds off it. it makes him stronger, it helps him play better, to own the crowd like that. No man in the hsitory of tennis has brought fun and laughter and comedy to the tennis court battlefield like Djokovic, he is an amazing special champion who has exceded the likes of Fed, Sampras, Laver, Macenroe, COnnors, with his magical ability to entertain on the court.

    Cesar Romero without the Joker makeup is unrecognizable. Djokovic without his playful attitude and intensity and freedom to let his emotions flow, is like a walking zombie of himself.

    I personally think he should do a Willy Wonka at this year's US Open, walk out to centre court for his first match with a very slow limp, then suddenly do a tumble somersault and show he was just faking the injury. The crowd would GO BANANAS. they would be in the palm of his hand. he would play incredible tennis. This spirit is the kind of spirit Djokovic needs to play his very best tennis.
     
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  2. Tempyst

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    McEnroe is much more fun to watch as a personality than Djokovic imo.
     
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    Djokovic should only really show emotion when he needs to rally. If he does it over the course of a match, he'll go on a roller coaster ride of adrenaline when he scores and anger when he loses. He'll exhaust himself by the semi's.
     
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    Imho, Djokovic is still trying to find the proper balance between being 'a respected top tennis player', and being 'a well-liked clown'.

    I'm sure he'll find that balance, but it isn't easy, as he's still very young - he appears to be a rather outgoing guy and I think he has a bit of trouble in deciding which of the both aforementioned roles to play in which situation.
     
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    Lol not gonna work at US Open anymore.
     
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    Well, I hope the USO crowd will be able to give him a break in the (near) future, when he's further matured. He's indeed made a major mistake there to react to Roddick's 'jokes' (which might well have been a bit out-of-line as well), but I trust Djoko will learn from that experience.
     
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  7. rallyjunkie

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    I understand why Djokovic acted like that after the Roddick match. He was still feisty still fired up from the heat of the battle. dont' forget, Roddick was a jerk to Djokovic at Ashe Kids day, he actually tried to hit Djokovic at net during their TB DURING Kids day. Djokovic, they were miked up, said, So that's how you want to play today Andy?

    Then Djokovic was beating him and Roddick kept changing the score in his favor, it was really intensem Roddick was being a full throttle a****** to Djokovic who was nice. THen when they played in the tourney a week later in the night match it was a grudge match, with all the doubting of Djoko's injuries. WHen Djoko KOed A-rod out of the tourney, talkig to Barkann, you could tell Djokovic was still in KILL MODE and unleashed his fury on the fans. I understnad why he was pissed. Roddick can be a major *****.

    then vs. ROger in SF Djoko had no fire, no emotion, he was totally stoic like a zombie. Watch the tape of him destroying Fed in Australia, he was all fire, emotion, passion. he can't play like a robot, he is half the player he can be. he has to turn it into the Djokovic Show, he's the king of the court, the court jester, the greatest showtime performer tennis ever had.

    They talk about Agassi as a showman, what did he ever really do besides blow kisses and bow to the four corners afterwinning? Agassi had nothing compared to the showman qualities Djokvoic has.
     
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    Djokovic back in the race...

    There has certainly been question marks raised over Djokovics current form and the 'alleged' racquet changing affecting his performances. The match against Chardy seems to have expelled any doubt that he is not ready to defend his title. For the first time, Djokovic was showing the postive emotion and body language that helped him capture the title last year. In the second 2 sets particulary he looked like a man on a mission, converting all 5 bps and serving well over 65% serves in.

    I think as the defending champion, Djokovic was abit subdued coming into the tournament as he suffered losses to Gilbis and Niemenen. I would expect the confident swagger to return once he gets a few matches under his belt.

    He has been quoted in saying (After the Chardy match) that Murray is not the favourite for Australia and is behind the top 3.
     
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    Here it is http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7841806.stm

    Interviewer was a jerk and Djok had the the right reaction IMO.

    Remember Muscles Murray opening his yap about Davydenko beating Djok at TMC.
     
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    Yea, I think its ok reaction, Fed said same thing aswell.
     
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    If you guys watched Roddick's little joke at Djokovic, it was very obvious Roddick was playing around and when the interviewer pressed him on it, Roddick says that he simply believes Djokovic is a player that uses injury-timeouts liberally.
     
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  12. Objective Danny

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    'King' Djokovic ( he dethroned Federer) is the type athlete who excell in the role of the foil. His best bet during a tournament is to turn villian, get the crowd against him and then he's at his best.
     
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    agassi's rep as a showman was cemented prolly before you were born!

    in his teenage years, agassi was quite a cutup/ showman/ heel/ whatever. during one of his matches during his teenage years, there was a baby crying in the stands somewhere. agassi stopped play, looked in the direction of the baby and said, "quit hitting that kid!" he was always good for a between the legs shot during the match too. then there's the infamous 5 setter with jimmy connors at the 89 uso which agassi allegedly tanked the fourth set of just so he could beat connors in the fifth set for the sake of winning a five set match! agassi was seen holding up 5 fingers to his box during the fourth set.

    agassi was responsible for making tennis almost mainstream in the late 80s and 90s. ask ppl in there 30s (if you know any) who got them into tennis and a good number of them will probably say agassi.

    apparently, the only agassi you are aware of is the kinder, gentler, "elder spokesman" agassi but before you start spouting off about things you don't understand you should know there was an entirely different agassi before that.

    djoker wishes he was agassi! :twisted:
     
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    Agassi was the ultimate showman (even though he calmed down a lot in his later years)
     
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