2022 ATP Finals SF: [7] Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz [8]

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DSH

G.O.A.T.
Just another day at the office

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Sampras vs Djokovic, 10 matches under indoor conditions, who wins?
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roysid

Hall of Fame
When fritz goes for shots he misses, when he plays defensive , novak plays him around.

And he has the unique ability to choke at right moment like the service game at 5-4
 

Krish0608

Legend
Except for Novak and Rafa, everybody must pose with that Lavazza mug in the Billboards because that’s what these guys are.
 

Djokovic_is_the_best#1

Talk Tennis Guru
That was the worst match Djokovic played here but somehow pulls it out in 2 tiebreaks. Clearly, he was physically off after that match yesterday but he has more time to recover now for the final.
I agree. He won on sheer will and never going up. It reminded me of the Wimbledon 2019 final against at times. He’s a mentality giant though. I’m glad he proved me wrong as I worried today. Good news though that was less physical and he has more time to recover for final. First final since 2018! Idemo!!
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
I didn't know the oldest WTF champion is Fed (2011, 30 years old). If Djokovic wins tomorrow he'll break the record by 5 years lol.

But I'm surprised that no 30+ year old won the tournament with the exception of Fed who was just 3 months past 30.
 

Tiki-Taka

Semi-Pro
So much for him being there for the taking due to yesterday's marathon. Fritz is a great player but the gap between him and Novak was and still is significant.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
I agree. He won on sheer will and never going up. It reminded me of the Wimbledon 2019 final against at times. He’s a mentality giant though. I’m glad he proved me wrong as I worried today. Good news though that was less physical and he has more time to recover for final. First final since 2018! Idemo!!
He looked low energy most of that 2nd set until he got that break back and then seemed to get a second wind. Before that, I thought it was going a 3rd and that was worrying indeed. Yes the match today was a lot less physical and being that the match is tomorrow evening, that should be enough time to recover. He won't get a better chance than now to win this title again.
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Finally now that his season is over, must salute Fritz. He was a true hero in certain moments this year, when nobody else wanted to take responsibility. Wink wink.
 

Mivic

Hall of Fame
Djokovic earned an easy semi by going 3-0 in the stacked group. He better step it up for the final though.
Djokovic started looking fresher towards the end of the match. I think it was just a case of stiff legs for the first set and a half. Once he shook the rust off he still looked OK physically. Since he'll be playing in the evening tomorrow too I don't think recovery will be too much of an issue. Really big that he managed to pull this one out in straights as well. Would have been tough otherwise but as of now I'm confident he gets the job done.
 

AO13

Professional
for what its worth,,, even if taylor took novak to 3rd set, i can't seen taylor winning this match. novak probably would have drank some more of magic juice and won this match.

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Imagine if anyone had this juice...

For example you, I believe if you would drink this juice, you would play the same tennis as Novak for sure, the shotmaking, service, backhand, the mental aspect,...

Too good Novak only has the formula, or likes of Paires or Bubliks would be Grand Slam champions.
 

Djokovic_is_the_best#1

Talk Tennis Guru
He looked low energy most of that 2nd set until he got that break back and then seemed to get a second wind. Before that, I thought it was going a 3rd and that was worring indeed. Yes the match today was a lot less physical and being that the match is tomorrow evening, that should be enough time to recover. He won't get a better chance than now to win this title again.
I agree. Considering he got it done in 2 sets and he know has over a day to recover. This is the best scenario we could hope for.
 

The Guru

Legend
He looked low energy most of that 2nd set until he got that break back and then seemed to get a second wind. Before that, I thought it was going a 3rd and that was worring indeed. Yes the match today was a lot less physical and being that the match is tomorrow evening, that should be enough time to recover. He won't get a better chance than now to win this title again.
Yeah especially cuz it'll be Ruud or Rublev in the final tomorrow. I'd rather have tired Novak against those dudes than fresh Novak against in form Med/Zed/Tim (the guys who've taken him out the last 4 years)
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah especially cuz it'll be Ruud or Rublev in the final tomorrow. I'd rather have tired Novak against those dudes than fresh Novak against in form Med/Zed/Tim (the guys who've taken him out the last 4 years)
Yea there is no Zverev or Thiem this year who can take the racket of your hand. Even if he isn't that fresh, there is no better chance than now.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Imagine if anyone had this juice...

For example you, I believe if you would drink this juice, you would play the same tennis as Novak for sure, the shotmaking, service, backhand, the mental aspect,...

Too good Novak only has the formula, or likes of Paires or Bubliks would be Grand Slam champions.
unfortunately for you, only novak's team knows the recipe :cry:
 

paolo2143

Semi-Pro
I am taking nothing for granted especially after Novak's last couple of finals at this tournament.

However, Novak will know himself that given the fact he has more rest for final and his H2H record against both Ruud and Rublev, he will never ever get a better chance than this to equal Roger'as total of six titles.

I will be surprised if he doesn't turn up tomorrow and i think that if either Ruud or Rublev want to win they will have to play out of their skin.
 

D.Nalby12

G.O.A.T.
Djokovic still can win any tournament that he wants. It's all about putting efforts and enough focus - he gets it. It will be a record (tough to break!) If he wins tomorrow.
 

Tennis Fan States63

Hall of Fame
Djokovic really should be studied by athletes of other disciplines though. The ability to phone it in 90% of the time and then just pull out your best in pressure situations.. it’s unfathomable sometimes

Very few in any sport can match his mental fortitude.....and it was not his strong suit when he first started out. Credit to him.
 

NeutralFan

Legend
Ruud or Rublev too limited players to beat Djokovic here. Give him trophy. I'm sleeping now.

Ruud's serve will be liability to compete against Djokovic. Even Fritz has more weapon to trouble big guys. He should have won the second serve with Ruud's mentality though .
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
I didn't know the oldest WTF champion is Fed (2011, 30 years old). If Djokovic wins tomorrow he'll break the record by 5 years lol.

But I'm surprised that no 30+ year old won the tournament with the exception of Fed who was just 3 months past 30.
For all the “this is just an exho” from the usual crowd the reality is that every player you face here is a top 10. It’s not like a slam where you may not even face a top 20 until the SFs, allowing a player to ramp up their game.
 
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