How should Djokovic approach Cincinnati?

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  1. 5555

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    If Novak wins Cincy he'll become the only player in history to have won all 9 Masters in his career. However, slams are much more important for legacy and US Open starts just one week later.
     
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  2. uncooling

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    who cares about this pointless stats?
     
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  3. Mainad

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    We all care about the stats. Otherwise we wouldn't all be here discussing them, pointing them out and arguing about them.
     
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    He should approach down the line
     
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    As a player in his prime he should aim to do what the prime Federer did - win both Cincy and the USO. The stats will take care of themselves.
     
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    He should hope he wouldn't have to play Nadal.
     
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    He should try his very best to win it. Having 6 slams is all very interesting but until he wins The Real Slam TM then he'll always have a gaping hole in his CV.

    He needs to join that select group of only 2 current players who can call themselves Real Slam TM Champions.
     
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    With the aim not to be bagelled in the final this year.
     
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  9. 6-3 6-0

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    Are you for real? I am no NDjokovic fan, but do you really think RNadal will beat him in Cincinnati (perhaps the fastest HC on tour, not sure though)?
     
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    Why?

    :roll:
     
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    You sound butthurt.
     
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    Like he always does. I doubt he ever went in not wanting to win. Why is this a thread?
     
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    Because Djoker and Fed are in the race to be the first to lose to Nadal 21 times. It's a myth that Nadal can't play on fast h/c.
     
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    Tell that to N.S.K.

    Oh there you are.

    :)
     
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    Is that a FACT or just an opinion?
     
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    It's a fact. FACT.
     
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    :lol: He destroys Nadal there.
     
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    And as a Murray fan, you do hope Murray destroys Novak..right? :)
     
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    Djokovic should put everything he has into winning Cincy, because that could be the catalyst he needs going into USO. After all, since the Aussie Open, Djokovic has not been the most dominant player on tour (most consistent, but not most dominant).

    By winning Cincy and achieving a record that no other player holds, it would be the perfect confident boost he needs to make him enter the USO on cloud 9.
     
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  20. Towser83

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    He's lost 4 finals there and if i were him i would be dying to win it. I really done think it will negatively effect his chances at the uso unless maybe if he also wins Canada.
     
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    What are you talking about :confused:

    Every top 10 player plays at Cincy and most likely Roger's Cup. I don't think hes going to be taking that off. Nobody really has besides Nadal last year, but what a weird thing to write to suggest that he should take it off and if he does so, it's somehow some magic ticket to winning the US Open.

    This thread is delusional and stupid.

    Of course he's going to play cincy. And what do you mean "how should he approach it?" Um he should eat 2 eggs the morning before, finish with a lap around the pool, he should limit himself to 24 g carbs a day... What a dumbass thread.
     
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    He'll approach it to win it, of course. He's played the finals there 4 times, it's not much of a stretch for him. It won't be like Monte Carlo where he's up against some titanic obstacle, and you feel he might have a mental block in his path. I know Murray has beaten him twice in Cincy, but I don't think it's that big a deal for him.

    I think it's more likely he'll put less into the Rogers Cup if anything. I know he's two time defending champion there, but he is a goal orientated guy, and you have to believe completing the set of titles would mean more than winning the Rogers Cup 3 times in a row.
     
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    Nole is 0-4 in US Open Series events against Murray, maybe it's just coincidence that they all occurred on quick hardcourts.
     
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    Is that why he has such an awesome record there, compared to the other top 3 players?

    Oh, wait ....

    :roll:
     
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    Murray certainly seems to have one up on him at this time of year, that's for sure, but I don't think it's that big a gulf that it can't be overcome.
     
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    Yeah, I edited:oops:
     
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    And his confidence is sky high after taking Wimbledon.

    Murray will sweep the american hard season.
     
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    Judging from that 2011 run he had, he doesn't get tired that quickly from overplaying (*cough* PEDs), so anyway, I get the feeling that it's very important for his confidence to keep winning matches. When he's on a winning streak, you feel he's unbeatable. But then he loses to Haas one time and he just looks shaky and unstable on the court, losing to Dimitrov and Berdych after that. I say, just go all out in Cincy, get that record of being the first guy to win all masters (which is a huge record by the way, shouldn't be overlooked) and continue playing with that good form in the US Open and kick Murray's butt in the final.

    Ha
     
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    I think Murray has the edge on fast surfaces, Novak on slower ones. Just an edge though.
     
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    With his seatbelt fastened and his electronic devices turned off.
     
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    That place is too freakin' hot. LOL
    I think he should try but not jeopardize his USO chances. He can try to win Cincy the next two years.
     
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    Maybe approach by attempting approach shots and going to the net
     
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    From the North.
     
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  36. Murrayfan31

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    It is possible to like 2 players. Murray and Djokovic are good friends btw. And Murray will probably beat Djokovic. But it will be close. Nadal will get destroyed though. His game just doesn't suit Cincinnati.
     
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    He should just win them both. Plain and simple.
     
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  38. 5555

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    Why is that pointless stat?

    Your post is delusional and stupid. How you came to conclusion that I've said Djokovic should not play Cincy?
     
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    That would be impressive. Patrick Rafter and Andy Roddick are the only players in the open era to win Canada, Cincy, and USO in the same year. Agassi came close in 1995 but was stopped by Sampras in the final of the USO.
     
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    As a real slam, how else?

    Depending on the way you look at it, you could say Fed was even closer than Agassi, he lost the decider to Novak in a tiebreak in 2007 Canada final then went on to win Cinci (had a very tight match against Hewitt there though) and USO.

    Of course had he won Canada that year he might not have put much effort into winning Cinci.

    Regardless. I agree it's a very impressive achievement, people tend to forget Roddick pulled that off in 2003 when they claim Fed was the "real" #1 already then.
     
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  41. 5555

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    cork_screw, if you do not reply you will lose the argument.
     
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    LOL, WTF, what argument?
     
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  43. monfed

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    He should approach it just like any other tournament, but yes Novak's on the cusp of achieving something special so goodluck to him! :)
     
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  44. JRAJ1988

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    Is there a mental block regarding Cinci? or it's who he faces in the final?

    I hope he wins it and that's another stat to add to his resume.

    btw do you win more money for winning the US Open series?
     
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    ^You do win more money based on your placing during the US Open series. They add it to their US Open paycheck.
     
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    Via Newark airport, preferably not on a Boeing 787. :)
     
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    He should pray hard for both Fed and Murray to be on the other side of the draw! And then pray for a miracle to happen and someone else making the final ( Delpo, Nadal or an American). He's lost his 4 Cincy finals vs Fed or Murray (2 to each). I believe he wouldn't lose to anyone else and maybe he could even get current version of Fed, who knows.
     
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    He should approach Cincinnati from the east and avoid the gusty headwinds.
     
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    cork_screw has made the claim that this thread is delusional and stupid because I've said Novak should not play Cincy. I've attacked his proposition and asked him how he came to conclusion that I've said Djokovic should skip Cincinnati.

    cork_screw, you lost the argument.
     
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  50. Eragon

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    This thread is pointless. What does it even mean? He's always tried to win it. Do you mean to say he should try even harder to win? How do you suppose he should do that?
     
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