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Old 05-18-2013, 02:10 AM   #34
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TheMusicLover;7423474]Right on the mark, imho.
Top players Do. Not. "Tank", it's not part of their "wanting to win everything"-mindset all of them have, and which is actually an important mental aspect of becoming a top player in the first place.
Well, I don't necessarily agree with that. I think from time to time, all of the top players have tanked. For example Djokovic has tanked in many big events imo, even in his great 2011 year, after the USO, he tanked a few events. But I certainly do not think he would tank two of the big tune-ups prior to the FO this year given the fact that he has stated on many occasions that his big goal for the year is to win the FO. That makes no sense.

Fact is that Djokovic 2013 is no longer the force he was in 2011, at least he hasn't been for quite a long while now, despite his titles at the AO and in MC. Still the #1, still a great player, but like with every top player, the period of indeed "winning everything" is limited and will at a certain point come to an end.
Yep, I agree.

The problem is that the overzealous part of their fandom quite often doesn't want to accept this, and go searching for "explanations". The injury excuse is an obvious rampant major one, but the "he didn't want to meet player X in the next round", or "he doesn't care about these minor tournaments anymore, he's only about the GS now" - aka, TANKING - come as a close second.
I've seen exactly the same excuses with certain overzealous Fed fans when he started to lose ground back in 2008-2009.

Personally I think it's better to accept the fact that all players are mere humans and capable of losing when meeting an inspired opponent having a good day, and that's what happened to Djokovic both at Madrid and now here in Rome. Whether these losses are an indication for his chances at RG remains to be seen - I'd never make the mistake of writing off a big champion prematurely again (I admit I didn't really think Fed would ever come to get GS #17 last year, but so he did), so let's just wait and see what will happen.
Yes, good post.
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