2021 US Open QF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs [6] Matteo Berrettini

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tudwell

Legend
I'm not necessarily talking about his body language. Physically he's looking slightly jaded to me.
He does seem to be committing to one direction awfully early. Even a down-the-line slice from Big Berr wrong-footed him, though obviously he had time to recover and get to the ball.
 

Zardoz7/12

Professional
Djokovic is nowhere near his best, nowhere at all but he keeps finding a way.

Djokovic is like a pestle and mortar he just grinds people down.
 

Fedeonic

Hall of Fame
Juan was patient so percentage wise his FH was better but Matteo has more velocity on average
as this was noted in stats comparing past FH beasts including Gonzo. Mentally Matteo likes to
dominate more on that side so takes more risks than Delpo and way more errors.
Id rather have Delpos FH for it was better at winning matches just Matteos FH is more like Gonzo
where it often decided the point as a winner or error.
Feña's FH was very flashy, but also was much heavier than Matteo's and Juan's. Trust me, I've seen González thrice in Chile and it was so powerful and heavy that I just didn't know what to think.
But yeah, Delpo's FH is much more lethal because of how high percentage he hit, and if you go back to 2007-2008, you could say that current del Potro's forehand is learned, not natural.
 

SeeingDusk

Hall of Fame
what a hold by djoker. that point on bp was insane, but too bad matteo missed that inside in forehand winner. good match so far.
 

racquetreligion

Hall of Fame
43 minutes in this match and it’s 3-3. How slow has the surface been this year?
Specially at night but even during the day matches a player like Rublev hit most FHs
on the service lines and very slow vs Tiafoe who had more time to muscle whip the ball
using his super strong wrists.
Those that can produce their own power will more chance to cause damage as long as they
have good defence have a chance to win on this miserable ATP drone approved conditions.

Im thinking Zev vs Meds final atm the way this mugfest is developing
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
If you think about he hasn’t played a particularly strong GS ever since then. All the ones he played, even those he won, he was unconvincing for most of the tournament.
What? He destroyed Med at AO and had one of the most epic runs ever at FO, beating Nadal and coming back twice from 2 sets down. Wimby he just dominated, probably his best slam at this stage of his career
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
Djokovic's energy throughout this tournament has just been so low. Really struggling to see how he beats Zverev and Medvedev back to back in this lethargic state.
He will beat Medvedev for sure. Zverev is the main obstable.
 

Ace of Aces

Semi-Pro
Don’t know if it’s age or just wearing down over the season but Djokovic has looked fatigued way more often than normal this tournament. Usually it takes a 5 hour match with Nadal to get to his lungs
 

racquetreligion

Hall of Fame
Berrettini has too many weaknesses, he'd need Djokovic to totally lose it and mess up badly to take this.
It has happened before like losing to Evans on Clay
but Zev is going to punish Matteo is he gets through
Its seems the more trouble Zev creates off the court
his tennis improves exponentially

I knew the biggest mistake was to even consider the Tokyo Olympics
just after winning Wimby and wished his team would stop him from going
so he could just rest then focus on the USO. The lead up to the USO
was definitely not the best and hence will have to just win in Mugmode
or Mury style droning which is rewarding in these slow night conditions.
 

James P

G.O.A.T.
Is this match as good as it appears digitally? Looks like a dogfight following the score. Unfortunately not able to sit in front of a TV right now :cry:
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
It really is crazy how many of Berrettini's errors go into the net instead of long/wide.

Would love it if we had some sort of stats on that one day.
 

guga_fan

Semi-Pro
What? He destroyed Med at AO and had one of the most epic runs ever at FO, beating Nadal and coming back twice from 2 sets down. Wimby he just dominated, probably his best slam at this stage of his career
I meant that for most of the tournaments he played his tennis was not special. Beating Nadal and Medvedev are the only very good matches I remember from him lately, in his comebacks he played very weak tennis to go down 0-2
 
Djokovic has wasted too many chances.

There is no reason to play a 1hour+ set against someone who has only serve and FH and can do nothing past 4th ball of the rally.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
It really doesn't matter when you get to a BP against players such as Berrettini. It's still out of your control facing missiles coming at you. That's what is so dangerous playing against these dudes. Amd Berrettini isn't just serve, he is dangerous off the ground once he gets a grip of the ball.
 

Aabye5

Hall of Fame
Is this match as good as it appears digitally? Looks like a dogfight following the score. Unfortunately not able to sit in front of a TV right now :cry:
You're not missing the best match, if that's any consolation. Some doubles from Djokovic, and some missed opportunities from the Big Brown Bear.
 
I just can't help myself here lol.

Berretini was like, does this slice go over the net? Okay let's try that again, does this slice go over the net? Both went over the net ???? Let's hit one even more riskier.
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
I meant that for most of the tournaments he played his tennis was not special. Beating Nadal and Medvedev are the only very good matches I remember from him lately, in his comebacks he played very weak tennis to go down 0-2
I get it but he’s 34. are we really expecting 2015 type of domination? i think those days are gone
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
Matteo backhands into the net, Cilic forehands into the net, Anderson forehands landing five feet long, what else is there?
He has been incredible off the ground so far. Winning many rallies. I don't know what this fuss is about. He is challenging Novak in every aspect so far.
 
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