2013 Indian Wells SF: [1] Novak DJOKOVIC vs. [7] Juan Martin DEL POTRO

Who moves on to the 2013 Indian Wells final?


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eliars

Hall of Fame
I havn't seen Djokovic miss an overhead for a long time. Has he finally improved on that shot?

Djokovic with another SP..
 

eliars

Hall of Fame
Oh my god. Delpo hitting HUGE on that setpoint and Novak just plucking those lol. Djokovic takes the first set 6-4
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
Djoker's defense is insane to the point it gets annoying. I mean Delpo hammered at least 6 or 7 FHs are absolutely full speed and still couldn't win the point.
 

ledwix

Hall of Fame
Delpo has the sickest forehand ever...unfortunately the court is slow enough for Djokovic to perform some of the sickest defensive stretches ever. Amazing how Djoke doesn't even have to slice on the run, he just bends down and punches the ball straight back.
 

Sid_Vicious

G.O.A.T.
Great defence but Del Potro should have come into net earlier in that rally.

Agreed. Del Potro will never learn that lesson. If you watch highlights from their US Open match last year, there were at least 10 points where Del Potro crushed forehand after forehand and Djokovic easily scooped everything back. Pace=/=agression. Del Potro is not an offensive player.
 

jjermann

Hall of Fame
Boring and predictable, really.

It was similar **** in US open, Nole retrieved everything, thats because Delpo shots are too predictable.
 

mattennis

Hall of Fame
Agreed. Del Potro will never learn that lesson. If you watch highlights from their US Open match last year, there were at least 10 points where Del Potro crushed forehand after forehand and Djokovic easily scooped everything back. Pace=/=agression. Del Potro is not an offensive player.

Yes, but these slow courts reward too much the defensive players.

On the US OPEN hard courts of the 80s, any of those forehand bombs from Del Potro would have been winners (against Djokovic or any other player, no matter how quick).
 

Ignatius

New User
Nole deals so well with power hitters. Its almost impossible to hit through him. What's crazy Nole has not even played all that well in the first set, especially on breakpoints. He can sleep walk against most of these guys it seems.
 

ledwix

Hall of Fame
Agreed. Del Potro will never learn that lesson. If you watch highlights from their US Open match last year, there were at least 10 points where Del Potro crushed forehand after forehand and Djokovic easily scooped everything back. Pace=/=agression. Del Potro is not an offensive player.

Pace is part of aggression...so yes Delpo hitting bombs is offensive because Djokovic is clearly playing defense, not being neutral. Sure, angle, depth, and placement variety are other aspects, but pace shouldn't be totally overlooked.

If Djokovic gets by Delpo, I hope he goes all out tomorrow and deals some breadsticks.
 
Agreed. Del Potro will never learn that lesson. If you watch highlights from their US Open match last year, there were at least 10 points where Del Potro crushed forehand after forehand and Djokovic easily scooped everything back. Pace=/=agression. Del Potro is not an offensive player.

He's not even that bad at the net, he's not a natural there but he can put the volley away.
 

djokovic2008

Hall of Fame
Yes, but these slow courts reward too much the defensive players.

On the US OPEN hard courts of the 80s, any of those forehand bombs from Del Potro would have been winners (against Djokovic or any other player, no matter how quick).

The courts of the 80s were artificially quick even rochus would hit bombs in that era.
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
It's funny how Djokovic bounces the racket like 3 times when you thought he threw it enough amount of times already. :lol:

VAMOS DELPO!
 

jjermann

Hall of Fame
Thats discusting from Del ****ro, but its predictable, he is that bad of a player. Cant win against In form top players who aint gifting him points.
 

mattennis

Hall of Fame
The courts of the 80s were artificially quick even rochus would hit bombs in that era.

What do you mean by "artificially quick"?

In the 80s and beginning of the 90s there were hard courts as slow as this one (this same tournament, Indian Wells, or Miami or the Rebound Ace of Melbourne) but there were also very fast and skidding hard courts like the US OPEN.

That made it possible for a varied range of players with different set skills to shine at least in some parts of the season.

Today the unique slow hard court type makes that the best one at that (currently Djokovic) wins almost every hard court tournament.

It is unfair to other players. Only one unique type of game is rewarded on hard courts everywhere in the current era, and it is the "Djokovic type of game".
 

Sid_Vicious

G.O.A.T.
Pace is part of aggression...so yes Delpo hitting bombs is offensive because Djokovic is clearly playing defense, not being neutral. Sure, angle, depth, and placement variety are other aspects, but pace shouldn't be totally overlooked.

If Djokovic gets by Delpo, I hope he goes all out tomorrow and deals some breadsticks.

I think Djokovic is neutral. He is just so unafraid of Del Potro's game. Djokovic tempts Del Potro to hit some huge forehands and he returns them so easily that it discourages Del Potro.

The pattern is simple. Djokovic can return Del Potro's forehands all day. Del Potro cannot hit huge forehands all day.

Djokovic has mentioned that Federer is the most attacking player on tour. Federer does not have the pace of Delpo, but he takes the ball early, hits with more variety on forehands (heavy topspin to very flat) and cleans up nicely at net. Del Potro has to resort to ball bashing to win points.
 
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