All the pressure on Djokovic

Curtennis

Semi-Pro
I’d be shocked if Novak retired before 22. As far as I’m concerned he’s the favorite for the next two Wimbledon, US, Austrailians.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Oh come on.
It is hard to get serious replies but think about it.
1. Not a final so less pressure as the trophy not on the line
2. He already has 20 Majors and he has already said these days he is more relaxed
3. Conditions should help him albeit im not totally sure on that
4. Djokovic is the one playing catch up
5. Nadal just beat Djokovic in Rome
Obviously he will be tense to an extent but like before any match.
Djokovic reaction after his QF was a massive error. It shows he is very wound up.
 

Phoenix1983

G.O.A.T.
Yes, the pressure is on the slimy Serb, and he shall buckle as he always does when facing the boisterous Bull on Philippe Chatrier.

'Twill be a pleasure to watch.
 

Sunny014

Legend
Joker fan, but to say he does not feel pressure is crazy. Did you see the venting at the end of the match yesterday. He was about to boil over. On a serious note, which is probably a waste of time here, but it may have been Sampras who said he felt like puking before each match, and he missed that excitement. I may have the athlete wrong, but they all get nervous.
That was not venting.
That was some unique way of celebrating, like a ritual :p
 

Djokinho

Rookie
I think it's amazing how they associate yesterday's celebration with Nadal's game.

Djokovic was upset that he let the game go to the third set and also that Berrettini got everything right on breaks and match points.

He screamed, took the pressure off there and that was it. He left it there.

Tomorrow is another game.
 

duaneeo

Legend
It is hard to get serious replies...
Your post wasn't serious. You said Nadal "should be ultra relaxed", but later, you (correctly) state:

Nobody is a lock for anything.
Exactly, and this includes Nadal at Roland Garros...more so considering the 35 year old has greatly declined, and for the first time is attempting to achieve the stand-alone record of slam wins. He knows all three remaining players have the physical game to beat him, and just might unexpectedly bring the mental game as well. He'll be feeling tremendous pressure tomorrow.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Your post wasn't serious. You said Nadal "should be ultra relaxed", but later, you (correctly) state:



Exactly, and this includes Nadal at Roland Garros...more so considering the 35 year old has greatly declined, and for the first time is attempting to achieve the stand-alone record of slam wins. He knows all three remaining players have the physical game to beat him, and just might unexpectedly bring the mental game as well. He'll be feeling tremendous pressure tomorrow.
I really disagree as i think getting 20 was a big deal. I dont think he feels it as much in semi finals. I do think he may well lose the final though especially if Zverev is there. The conditions will be more like Madrid in this heat.
I am fine with 20 Majors never thought he would do it. Only way i will be nervous is if Djokovic wins the event. And i think the mindset extends to the players. Djokovic needs it more than Nadal.
 

Sunny014

Legend
Nadal.worse could only be 2nd wheel. RG2020 was massive :love:
Naaa

1 Trick Ponies can never be the GOAT, thats why even Federer isn't worried about Nadal crossing 20 because he knows even 25 won't change the fact that Nadal is claydal.

But Novak is someone whom even Federer is afraid of because he knows, Novak has the overall balanced records to claim the GOAT throne.

So if Novak crosses Federer then it is Nadal who will remain the 3rd wheel, plus Nadal has always been 2nd in his career, he was 2nd in the 00s behind Federer and 2nd in the 2010s behind Djokovic, so you throughout your career when you are rank 2 to 2 champs then people remember you are the 3rd wheel.
 

Beckerserve

Legend
He would break the tie with 1 slam and would lead by himself. How do you not comprehend that?

That is immense pressure whether you care to admit to it or not.
Honestly i dont think Nadal feels it as much. His body language is way more relaxed than RG2020 and in particular USO 2019
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Naaa

1 Trick Ponies can never be the GOAT, thats why even Federer isn't worried about Nadal crossing 20 because he knows even 25 won't change the fact that Nadal is claydal.

But Novak is someone whom even Federer is afraid of because he knows, Novak has the overall balanced records to claim the GOAT throne.

So if Novak crosses Federer then it is Nadal who will remain the 3rd wheel, plus Nadal has always been 2nd in his career, he was 2nd in the 00s behind Federer and 2nd in the 2010s behind Djokovic, so you throughout your career when you are rank 2 to 2 champs then people remember you are the 3rd wheel.
Bud Nadal has the career of Mcenroe off clay. That is why he is GOAT. Add clay on top and well only Federer is close but W2008 probably the decider between them
 

Sunny014

Legend
Bud Nadal has the career of Mcenroe off clay. That is why he is GOAT. Add clay on top and well only Federer is close but W2008 probably the decider between them
hahahahahahah, r u joking?

Outside Clay before Sampras it was John Mcenroe who was the freaking GOAT, there is no one like him even today outside of Federer & Djokovic.

Outside clay only 3 people are ahead of Mcenroe ...... Freddy, Novak and Peter.

Mcenroe had 3 wimbledon titles and 4 US opens at a time when players were nearly done and dusted at 26-27 years of age.

In the modern when players play till 35-38 ..... that would be 5 Wimbledons (like Novak) and 6-7 US opens, plus he skipped the AOs in his time or else he would be having some AOs too

Plus he had 8 WTF Wins (best of 5) while your Claydal has a royal 0

Please do no insult John Mcenroe by saying that outside Clay Nadal is in his league.....
 

Sunny014

Legend
Mcenroe at his peak on Grass and HCs would have obliterated Nadal on the fast courts with his SNV

Nadal would be clueless as to what was happening...

Just remove the poly from Nadal's hands he would be humiliated by many people....
 

Beckerserve

Legend
hahahahahahah, r u joking?

Outside Clay before Sampras it was John Mcenroe who was the freaking GOAT, there is no one like him even today outside of Federer & Djokovic.

Outside clay only 3 people are ahead of Mcenroe ...... Freddy, Novak and Peter.

Mcenroe had 3 wimbledon titles and 4 US opens at a time when players were nearly done and dusted at 26-27 years of age.

In the modern when players play till 35-38 ..... that would be 5 Wimbledons (like Novak) and 6-7 US opens, plus he skipped the AOs in his time or else he would be having some AOs too

Plus he had 8 WTF Wins (best of 5) while your Claydal has a royal 0

Please do no insult John Mcenroe by saying that outside Clay Nadal is in his league.....
Nadal 7 Majors outside clay Mcenroe 7. You just destroyed your own argument.
I repeat the fact Nadal therefore where it mattered had the career of Mcenroe off clay. Add in clay. Nadal is GOAT. So obvious.
 

Sunny014

Legend
Nadal 7 Majors outside clay Mcenroe 7. You just destroyed your own argument.
I repeat the fact Nadal therefore where it mattered had the career of Mcenroe off clay. Add in clay. Nadal is GOAT. So obvious.
Mcenroe played in an era when 26-27 was old for Tennis unlike now when 34-35 can be maybe considered old

27 then is 34 now, so don't be silly.

To beat Mcenroe's 7 Nadal needs at least 12 outside clay, so don't use your silly logics
 

Sunny014

Legend
^^^ Nd that is not taking into account 8 WTFs (unofficial+official)..... Nadal needs to take a different birth to beat that
 

Beckerserve

Legend
Mcenroe played in an era when 26-27 was old for Tennis unlike now when 34-35 can be maybe considered old

27 then is 34 now, so don't be silly.

To beat Mcenroe's 7 Nadal needs at least 12 outside clay, so don't use your silly logics
Not Nadal or federer or djokovic problem guys in the 80s were not as professional. 7 is equal to 7
 

Devtennis01

G.O.A.T.
They are both under huge pressure. Maybe more for Nole was wants the calendar slam double. Nadal can probably have a couple more shots at the title. This is it for Nole.
 

DjokoLand

Professional
All pressure is on Nadal surely if he loses he is level with Fed and 1 ahead of Djokovic with W, USO and AO which you would expect Djokovic to win at least 1. Also it doesn’t bode well for him winning any more slams if he was to lose this FO as if he not good enough to win there I don’t think he wins anywhere else
 

Beckerserve

Legend
You kidding right? Sole record > sharing it with fedex. But it looks like its their destiny to be equal on 20 while Djoker gets the sole record spot
Not sure about Djokovic. Croft sort have had a point about djokovic mental state. Nobody can keep that up. He is on the edge
 

Mayank Pahuja

New User
Leads 7-1 at his preferred court. Too bad he barely makes it deep at AO, Would have been 8-0 there.

Rafa can hope to make merry here, but will be in for a shock. Rekon 5 setter in favour of Djokovic
 

sredna42

Hall of Fame
As a Nadal and Roddick fan, I gotta admit that the whole pressure is on Nadal.

It is RG. Nadal is the God of clay and is expected to destroy Djokovic at RG (as usual).
I feel dizzy. What sorcery is this? One of the Vamos being reasonable?
I smell a rat, probably some kind of counter-jinxmanship going on.
 

Realfan

New User
At the end of the day, because this isn’t a final, these guys will come out and play as they usually do. I think Nadal needs this more than Djokovic as I see Nole playing for a longer time given his focus on health and the style of his game - i.e., he will have more chances to gain GS titles versus Nadal who I think won’t be around as long (and I hope I’m wrong because I love watching him). So in my mind, Nadal will feel more pressure today versus Djokovic to win this match.
 

blablavla

G.O.A.T.
Tomorrow a free hit for Nadal. He is leader of Slams with Federer and GOAT it seems in locker room now judging by player comments.
This is where being on 20 Majors is a big advantage. If Nadal loses and Djokovic wins the event he is still one ahead.
If Djokovic does not win the event then the result is meaningless.
For Djokovic he has to win. Last chance saloon. If Rafa gets 21 Majors game over.
Rafa should be ultra relaxed tomorrow. Semi final also a massive advantage for Nadal as well. If it goes over 4 hours Djokovic will be a sitting duck in the final anyway.
All the pressure on Djokovic
are you that insecure?
 

itrium84

Professional
Tomorrow a free hit for Nadal. He is leader of Slams with Federer and GOAT it seems in locker room now judging by player comments.
This is where being on 20 Majors is a big advantage. If Nadal loses and Djokovic wins the event he is still one ahead.
If Djokovic does not win the event then the result is meaningless.
For Djokovic he has to win. Last chance saloon. If Rafa gets 21 Majors game over.
Rafa should be ultra relaxed tomorrow. Semi final also a massive advantage for Nadal as well. If it goes over 4 hours Djokovic will be a sitting duck in the final anyway.
All the pressure on Djokovic
Novak is a pretty clutch guy, I believe he can handle the pressure.
 
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