2020 Australian Open Round of 128 (1R) :- [2] Novak Djokovic v/s [37]Jan-Lennard Struff

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Chronos

New User
Bautista Agut or Tsitsipas have more chances against Djokovic than Federer and Nadal combined, imo.
In the last 3 matches they played,Djokovic could not even take a set by breaking Federer.He was very lucky to win wimby and was not even close to wining at WTF.
Even though Djokovic is still favorite,I think Fed is the only player who can threat Djokovic.If not for Fed,Djokovic definitely will win this.
This is also Nadal's only chance imho.If Fed is in final, Nadal can take it.
 

GabeT

Legend
In the last 3 matches they played,Djokovic could not even take a set by breaking Federer.He was very lucky to win wimby and was not even close to wining at WTF.
Even though Djokovic is still favorite,I think Fed is the only player who can threat Djokovic.If not for Fed,Djokovic definitely will win this.
This is also Nadal's only chance imho.If Fed is in final, Nadal can take it.
Are you really looking at results from 2018(!) to gauge a potential Fed-Novak match?
 

Chronos

New User
Are you really looking at results from 2018(!) to gauge a potential Fed-Novak match?
Are you really consider these 3 matches played in 2018? Which the last one was played just 2 months ago and the other was played in summer 2019! Actually the last match Djokovic won considerably easily was indeed played in 2018 at Cincy.
 

NoleFam

G.O.A.T.
In the last 3 matches they played,Djokovic could not even take a set by breaking Federer.He was very lucky to win wimby and was not even close to wining at WTF.
Even though Djokovic is still favorite,I think Fed is the only player who can threat Djokovic.If not for Fed,Djokovic definitely will win this.
This is also Nadal's only chance imho.If Fed is in final, Nadal can take it.
None of those matches will mean a hill of beans shall they meet here.
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Good solid win against a really strong 1st round opponent. Battle hardened. Hope he goes back to that phase where he is doing that breadstick bagel deciding set thing again. Love it when he just blows em out in the final set! Fingers crossed the elbow holds up!
 

TennisFan3

Legend
The way Djokovic played in the final set, I don't think anyone can challenge him.

Maybe Medvedev could win a set or two - if the Russian gets mad and plays the match of his life. But really he's the only one who could "live" with this Djokovic.

For other players, I don't see much of a chance to even stretch Novak. It will be a title like AO 2019 where he barely lost games in the SF and the Final.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
I have a feeling Federer will be out in early rounds. Might not even come to semis.
What are these feelings based on? Are you a psychic? Or are you a fan, freaking out? Or a hater and you trying to create fear for the Fed fans?

I never understood these “feelings” about what will happen many posters write about is, what’s the point.
 

FedIsBoat

Rookie
Djokovic is the greatest player in the history of the game.


With the possible exception of Federer, Nadal, Sampras, Borg, Laver and others.
 

Rina

Professional
What are these feelings based on? Are you a psychic? Or are you a fan, freaking out? Or a hater and you trying to create fear for the Fed fans?

I never understood these “feelings” about what will happen many posters write about is, what’s the point.
Fans have these feelings, most fans do. What are you T 1000?
 

Rina

Professional
Lol
Not all fans have those feelings.
T1000? What are you accusing me for?
Dude! Clearly, that you are a robot?! I have these feelings about everyday things. I am superstitious! Once I had a feeling about my brother in law flying back and flights being cancelled, and the flight was cancelled twice! Once bird flew in, the next time it was some engine issue and they had to fly in another plane. He left two days late. I am not saying anything will come to fruition! I think Fed didn't play that much ahead of AO. I am not certain about Djokovic either, he played too much ahead of AO. I am a bit worried about Nadal's recent loss to Djokovic. Still, I think final is one of the big three against someone not big three. But, it would be great to have Novak vs Nadal, or Fed vs Nadal, a true fight for 20 or 21 titles!
 
Where is Goran? Didn't see him in the box and the commentators didn't mention him once during the whole match.
Good riddance. Nothing good came out of working with him.
No more double coaching.

That's the schedule:
AO - Vajda
RG - Vajda
WIM - Ivanisevic
USO - Ivanisevic



Goran Ivanisevic also said that there will be no overlap in coaching duties.“Novak wants to have only one coach with him. So Marian and I agreed that he would be there at Australian Open and Roland Garros and I at Wimbledon and US Open.”

https://www.essentiallysports.com/novak-djokovic-makes-surprise-changes-to-coaching-arrangements-in-2020/
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
No more double coaching.

That's the schedule:
AO - Vajda
RG - Vajda
WIM - Ivanisevic
USO - Ivanisevic




https://www.essentiallysports.com/novak-djokovic-makes-surprise-changes-to-coaching-arrangements-in-2020/
That's really bad. Every single W was won with Vajda (maybe one with only Becker?) in his booth. OTOH, zero tournaments won with Ivanisevic. He gives him no energy, nothing. Just sits there looking gloomy all the time. Imagine if he somehow wins RG and then sends Vajda...
 

Belgrad13

Rookie
How good was it to see Nole back on the blue Plexicushion of Melbourne!
It's amazing how comfortable he looks on these courts. It just suits his game to the T.
I'm sure Nadal fans feel the same when he steps on the clay of Paris and Federer fans when he steps onto the grass of Wimbledon.
First of all, it was a very tough first round because Struff is #37 in the world and can play lights out tennis at times.
So even though Nole dropped a set I thought he did well to win 7-6(5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. In the opening set, Nole led 5-2* but tried a silly Kyrgios-type shot between the legs and in the next game he got broken back. It went to the tiebreak where Nole was rock solid as usual.
In the second set, Nole got the break in the opening game and got the second break at 4-2* with an incredible passing shot on the stretch.
In the third set, Struff raised his game while Nole slumped but Struff is good enough to win a set off of Nole.
He is a bit of a ball basher with a big serve and fh and when he runs hot he is difficult to deal with.
But in the end, Nole owns these courts and his consistency from the baseline is too much to cope with for most.
In the fourth set, he brought the heat again and emphatically closed the deal with a breadstick after another blistering return.
The match stats are very good for Nole and he had another very good serving day. From the highlights, I also noticed that he played some terrific reflex volleys which I'm sure is another thing he is working with Ivanisevic on. He was also 17/25 at the net which is another great stat.
Together with the improved serve and fh, the net game is another thing that will help him with longevity and staying ahead of the pack.
He is just so talented that he can make these changes and it is already paying off.
I heard during the match a commentator mentioning that Nole may still have some fatigue in his body from the ATP Cup.
In all honesty, it was an energy-sapping event for Nole because he played some brutal singles matches and
doubles as well but at the same time the fact that Serbia won it would have given him a boost.
So hopefully, it won't have any negative effect going forward. Either way,
I am satisfied with how things went today and Nole will play the winner of a qualifier and a lucky loser in the next round so he should have it much easier and hopefully he can win in easily in straight sets so he can get some more rest.
I'm just glad Nole got through a tough first-round unscathed and that he is continuing his great form.
There were some amazing points like the passing shot he hit to go up 3-0 in the tiebreak and the one I mentioned earlier.

Congrats to Nole on the 900 career wins.
 
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