Wow Novak What A Racquet Smash!!

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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkRKd_Ujkw Perfect technique...Knees bent,Loose wrist generating whipping action and great racquet head speed. He is gradually moving his way around the hoop of the frame after every swing, planting his right foot, pivotting and swivelling onto the left foot. Good distance between his body and the contact point where the racquet meets the court. Good use of upper body rotation when releasing the racquet and lifts left leg to maintain balance.
     
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  2. hoodjem

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    Ouch! Did he get called for racquet abuse?
     
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  3. Dont know actually...Surely he did...That was destruction!
     
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  4. hoodjem

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    Mega-destruction.
     
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  5. JamieSafe

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    Greatest racket smashing of all time.
     
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  6. Rozroz

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    i must add that besides the racquet smash, this time Novak behaved extremely nice.
    his smile after the tweener and dropshot was great to see, and there was another moment when he kudosed Murray for a touch shot.
    very nice to see.
     
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  7. smoledman

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    Yes now Nole-tards can stop talking about the 2009 Miami Federer racquet smash. That was a complete smashing all in on stroke. Nole needed at least 4.
     
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  8. Prisoner of Birth

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    Rog is the GOAT of racquet-smashes.
     
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  9. Bergboy123

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    Remember sometime at Wimby when Novak failed to smash his racket? :D
     
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  10. cho1220

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    this is hilarious added commentary.

    thumbs up to the OP. made me LOL
     
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  11. TheMusicLover

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    Shows his true fantastic sportsmanship, as Djokotards claim, such is sure. :rolleyes:
    Message: Djok isn't a better sportsman than any of his predecessors, so stop saying he is.

    That said: GREAT racket smash, a score of 8/10 I think. :)
     
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  12. BauerAlmeida

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    That would make Safin proud. Great job.

    Murray also did it when he lost the 2nd set, although I didn't see it. Just saw the racquet destroyed after.
     
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  13. veroniquem

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    Sportsmanship does not JUST consist in not breaking racquets. (otherwise the ONLY sportsman on the tour is Rafa!) IMO, acknowledging opponents' good shots during the match, not sulking as soon as something goes wrong or grumbling endlessly and being a graceful loser after a match (taking the loss with dignity) or a generous winner (acknowledging the opponent's effort) are WAY more important.
    Breaking racquets is just a way to release negativity and be done with it. All players know that if they let angry (or defeatist) feelings overwhelm them, they will lose the match. Breaking a racquet is a quick and efficient way (if not economical!) to let the anger out and get a fresh start. It sure beats ruminating it and botching the match. As far as I know, all (pro) players do it, except for Rafa and I've sometimes felt that this imposition (from Toni) made Rafa's task on the court unnecessarily more complicated and more stressful (another added pressure: never lose control no matter what) for the only sake of grandmas marvelling over Rafa being "a good boy". Sometimes fast release is required in order to move on and I'd rather it happened to the racquet than to a spectator or to the ump or just letting things fester within oneself.
     
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  14. JustBob

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    I think that commentator said:

    "He went Kung Fu tiger claw on that racket!"
     
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    I would love to follow thru on one of my racquet destroying urges. But sadly, they cost $.
     
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    I'm afraid racquet breaking is a luxury not afforded to economically challenged amateurs like us lol. Then again, we're not facing the same kind of pressure pros have to deal with!
     
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  18. RF20Lennon

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    Couldnt have said it better myself!! so true!! :)
     
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    This is the first time I think I've ever seen you post something logical and well reasoned! Good job!

    I have no problem with this kind of racket smash either. Like they say...if you're going to do it, do it right. Then forget about it and move on.
     
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  20. veroniquem

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    You must have missed a lot of my posts then ;-)
     
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  21. TennisLovaLova

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    We need Nathaniel Near to provide us with the greatest racquet smashing compilation ever made.
    1 episode of brutal display of power and rage
     
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  22. tata

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    Novak is probably one of the few players that shows his emotions but still manages to pull off some really clutch play.
     
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  23. vive le beau jeu !

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    "Novak Djokovic Smashes His Racquet Against Murray"... that was a promising title on youtube. ;)

    still, nice destruction with a quick and well-paced succession of smashes. my only critic would be about the final throwing that was lacking a bit of conviction.
     
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  24. hoodjem

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    Or the pampering.
     
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  25. PSNELKE

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    --would make Safin proud??

    He smashed that thing like 5 times and it didn't even appear that destructed at all.

    If Safin smashed it like Novak the racket head would fall off the grip after the second stroke. :lol:
     
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  26. Racquet Daddy

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    Did he get the shock absorber back or just get a new one? If your shock absorber stays on during the smashing, you haven't done a good enough job.
     
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  27. Vlad_C

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    Loved that racquet smash!!!

    IMO, we should see a good racquet smash / match - if done properly, it can be very entertaining.

    Baghdatis comes to mind as a true artist, and takes the top spot.
    But Nole just climbed to #2 with this one... Well done!!
     
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  28. luishcorreia

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    They should start defaulting players for that
     
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  29. Lemoned

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    If not, the broken racquet could have cracked the electronic signboard. Remember what happened to the Perrier bench. :(

    Nope. http://yhoo.it/QocSe1
     
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  30. Clarky21

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    I agree. These guys are acting like bratty children. The racket smashing has gotten out of hand.
     
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  31. kaku

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    I liked the final throw; the little left leg lift made the throw 10 times cooler
     
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  32. paulorenzo

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    even his racquet smash displays good flexibility
     
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  33. Haha yeah!! I would love someone to pull a muscle smashing a racquet
     
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  34. Vlad_C

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    This thread will not be complete until we get a Ned Flanders-type of churchboy to come and remind us all that the children in Africa have no tennis racquets to eat, and that Novak should have donated that racquet to charity instead of smashing it as nicely as he did.
     
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  35. librarysteg

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    Ha! Yes, this was my favorite part too! I love a good racket smash and don't agree with it making them look like bratty children, but that little leg kick reminded me so much of something my 4 year-old would do during a tantrum :)
     
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  36. norbac

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    Hmmm broke a Swiffer Swift this weekend. Not even close to being as clean as a hit as Novak's. Perfect technique.
     
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  37. IsnerFan

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    the backswing was a little busy for me, but i'm a little more traditional :)
     
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  38. xanctus

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    That's quite full on, but no one beat Bagdhatis on smashing rackets during OZ open :D
     
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    10 out of 10 for hilarity.
    "great racquet head speed..."
    Classic post.
     
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  40. El Nino

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    Racket Smashing Rankings 2012
    1-Bagdhatis---30points
    2- Murray--- 23points
    3- Djokovic--- 20points
    4- Tomic ---12 points
    4- Isner---12 points
     
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  41. El Nino

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    6-Harrison---8points
    7-Tipsarevic---5points
    8-Zvonareva--2points
     
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  42. sepidoel

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    How about Murray's technique? AFAIK he did that twice in the tournament (against Djokovic and Dolgopolov).
     
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