Of course it's gamesmanship. He's read the Nadal playbook and is even more proficient than Nadal as far as applying it is concerned (Nadal has actually been having less and less 'questionable injuries' as time goes on, while Djokovic is having more and more).
The guy is just doing what Nadal has been doing his whole career. The main difference being that Nadal has been doing it less and less as time goes by, while Djokovic has been doing more and more (probably because he can't deal with the fact that anyone could dare challenge his #1 status, and is...
The Nadal fans were the only ones who did, tbh. The only tough quarter in this draw was the third one, with Thiem, Schwartzman, and other possible threats such as Wawrinka, Ruud, or FAA. The three other quarters were just jokes from the start.
And his draw was the tougher one compared with Djokovic's, too. The cake competition is heating up between these two.
Strong era really living up to its name. Again.
You sure never saw such brutal draws in the weak era of 2004-2007.
That's okay if you don't believe it. Won't change a thing, though. I just hope for your sake that the reality of things won't make you "suffer", as it's not important at all anyway. It's what you think that counts, who cares about the rest?
Seriously, who cares? Assuming this happens, it won't change a thing about how the three of them are perceived by the world at large, anyway. Whatever their final tally, it will be Federer > Nadal > Dojokovic for the current crop of players, that's all there is to it. Most people don't know what...
Amazing how they take everything, and I mean absolutely *everything*, that is not totally sucking up to their fav as a mortal insult that must met with excommunication, dismemberment, and other assorted fun stuff. :laughing:
These people must really live a fun life... :oops:
They don't tell the whole story, though. Laver and Borg are definitely greater than Emerson, although they have less slams. And even with only two slams to his name, Pancho Gonzales is one of the greatest tennis players ever, possibly top 5, and greater than Sampras, for example.