Djokovic-"I was born to win."

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  1. Moose Malloy

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    Djokovic advanced Saturday when top-seeded Guillermo Coria of Argentina retired with a neck injury. Djokovic was leading 6-2, 1-0 with Coria double-faulting five times in the first set.

    "I was born to win," Djokovic said. "I am very happy to play the first final of my career."

    "I am going to play against a player who has won here before and who enjoys this surface," Djokovic said. "I think it's going to be tough out there, but I don't really believe in losing."

    http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/5805554
     
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    Hahahaha, I really look forward to hearing more memorable quotes from this guy.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if a "Djokovic at his best would..."-thread was started by Djokovic himself.

    Born to win? Don't know, but he was born to entertain, no doubt.
     
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    besides taking advantage of injury time outs, what exactly makes him so great? mary carillo said that he had one of the biggest forehands shes seen, but i think its mediocre.
     
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    Feisty guy, good stuff. Lessee if he can live up to the talk and walk the walk at USO.
     
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    I think he also said positive talking/thinking helped him to make
    a break thru. As I recall, he sounded like he had some experiences
    of some kind of mental break-thru in the past. So As I understand,
    he is talking this way at least half-intensionally (psychic-ing himself...)


     
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  7. callitout

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    People always compare young guys to Nadal and think every other guy on the tour is mediocre who isnt challenging Fed for titles.
    This guy is 19 and is ranked in the 20's. Think about some of the young Americans who were hyped, where are they ranking: At best in the low 200s. So this guys ranking is better than Gasquet and Murray, and he's just behind Monfils. Not too shabby.
     
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    haha Djokovic is a real character.

    Remember at the French when he wrote "Vamos" and "Nole" on his shoes when he played Nadal. Then after he retired after being totally outplayed he said he thought he would of gone on to win the match lol.

    I'm not sure if he was being serious but its funny non the less, I saw him up close against Goldstein on the second day of Wimbledon on an outside court, wow this kid has talent.
     
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    Djokovic is soon going to be one of the most hated guys on the tour.
     
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    Djokovic is a definite talent, but I don't know what planet he's on.
     
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    i think he is the new safin - character wise, of the new generation
     
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    this guy does not seem to lacking in confidence, that's for sure.

    I can see how he may turn a lot fans off, and his sportsmanship has been questionable thus far.

    But I've said it before, and I'll say it again....I think he will be a top 10 player very soon, with top 5 potential. He needs to improve his conditioning to make a strong statement at a slam...and he needs to fill out his gangly frame with some more muscle...but the raw goods are all there : power and accuracy off of both wing from the backcourt, a big serve, excellent court sense, excellent transition game and nice hands to back it up, an aggressive/attacking mentality, good footworka dn movement for a long guy, and apparently an unwavering sense of self-belief. Also, he seems comfortable and potent on all surfaces. As off-putting as he may seem, to me, he has all the ingredients to be a champion.
     
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    Entertain?
    Entertaining us with 15-20 bounces of the ball before each serve. I can do without that entertainment thank you.
     
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    mmm now i cant wait to see him lose :D
     
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    djokovic is way too cocky...after his loss to nadal at RG he said something like 'i dont really need to play that well to beat nadal. he's not that good. i dont think hes that hard to beat' . i saw the press conference. how could he say that when he just lost? wow
     
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    pick your poison. 15-20 bounces from this guy or watch Nadal pick his bumb, towel off and pull his socks between every point in the entire match
     
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    That match had to be 20-30 minutes longer then it needed to be from all of that.



    Djokovic has talent, but his overconfidence could certainly be his downfall.
     
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  18. Nadal-inator

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    I think he better watch that ego of his...when he wins a slam, then he can talk...but right now, hes nowhere close to winning one
     
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    His confidence will serve him well.

    I am very high on him after watching him in person at last year US Open. I think he is the top 2 guys talent wise among all young guys. He only played on tour for about 2 years, hadn't played many events. But generally doing quite well at slams consider he doesn't have much experience.

    All players are very high in praise of his talent.
     
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    Born to win, until he loses, such is life.
     
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  21. tnig469

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    Djokovic....ha....funny thread guys.....ok maybe he is a great player...but lets not forget...the other guys on the tour will kill him because he talks so much trash....that is the only problem i see
     
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  22. monologuist

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    I'm not sure how "overconfidence" will hurt Djokovic....in a sport where 90% of the players fail due to wavering of confidence, and the ones that do break through cite "finding their confidence" as the reason why, I would bet that Djokovic will be served well by his self-belief. It is not as if you see the guy going for broke on shots that are beyond him all the time like a Verdasco, the old Gonzalez He actually plays with impressive poise and control for a guy his age.
     
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    I think he has a great sense of humour!Judging by his...ehm..fashion sense!lol
    I mean..come on!:mrgreen:
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    Haha I saw him at the Aussie Open just walking around. I was about to say Hi but i was on the servy thing
     
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    I'm looking forward to his hc-season! ;)
     
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    Likely is already....he sounds like a pompous ass to me.
     
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    wow nice outfit
     
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    oh, i can't stand him!
    at wimbledon, ancic-đoković match, when he realised he's losing the match-he started to pretend he couldn't see coz of the dust
     
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  29. The Grand Slam

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    You gotta admire his strong desire to win.
     
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  30. The tennis guy

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    Maybe because he is a serb?

    How the hell do you know he was pretending or he couldn't actually see?
     
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    Djokovic: here today, gone....later today.
     
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    It's fun when players start talking trash.... I mean come on, I'm sure it's half in jest.
     
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    the weird thing is I got to talk to him for about 5 minutes at last years US open, and he didnt come off that way at all, in fact, he was by far the nicest player I had met (we were goin on a tour inside the building but the guy giving the tour got stuck on the subway so we ended up outside the players entrance for about 40 minutes) he was really humble and was saying that he would be happy just to win his first match.
     
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  34. monologuist

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    well...he has come a long way since a year ago. He was merely a qualifier at the USO last year. I could see a 4th round run for him this year, if not better. Of course, the heat may come into play again...toughness in the face of such conditions does not seem to be one of his strong suits as of yet...kind of Safin-esque in that way.
     
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    In an interview for Sportweek (during the Dutch Open), he said the following:

    (they threw Djokovic a couple of lines and asked him to react to them)

    Ik ben hier in Amersfoort om te winnen.
    Djokovic: “Klopt. Ik ben geboren om te winnen. Ik accepteer geen verlies. Ik heb ook de kwaliteiten om hier te winnen. Dat klinkt zelfverzekerd, maar dat ben ik ook. Negatief denken brengt je niet verder, positief denken wel.”

    Translated:
    I am here in Amersfoort to win
    Djokovic: "That's correct. I was born to win. I don't accept losses. I have the qualities to win here. This may sound self-confident but I am. Negative thinking won't get you any further, positive thinking will"


    The rest of the interview (in Dutch) is here:
    http://www.sportweek.nl/detail.asp?groupid=3&newsid=15551
     
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    Seems very smart to be supremely confident to me. BUT, keep your mouth shut. I'll bet you someone like Graf or Sampras felt the exact same way, even from the beginning, but you never heard them say it. Smart.
     
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    In the same sportweek, but a day later, they did an interview with the coach of Jong Oranje (= Young Orange, young Dutch talent) Rohan Goetzke.

    The same kind of interview: they threw Goetzke a couple of lines and they ask him to react.

    One quote from it:
    Djokovic is het grootste tennistalent in de wereld.
    “Nee. Hij is heel goed, ja. Maar hij is niet de beste. Nadal is jonger dus is hij het grootste talent. En Berdych is ook vrij goed. Dat is Nadal. Maar ik mag Djokovic wel. Hij heeft zelfvertrouwen. Gisteren zei hij op deze plaats dat hij geboren is om te winnen. Goede tekst. Niets mis mee. Zolang hij het maar waar maakt.”

    Translated:
    Djokovic is the biggest tennis talent in the world.
    "No. He's very good, yes. But he's not the best. Nadal is younger so he's the biggest talent*. And Berdych is pretty good as well. It's Nadal. But I do like Djokovic. He has self-confidence. Yesterday, he said here that he's born to win. That's a good line. Nothing wrong with it. As long as he backs it up."


    Rest of the article (again, in Dutch):
    http://www.sportweek.nl/detail.asp?groupid=3&newsid=15595



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    * I think that Djokovic is younger than Nadal but I don't quite see the relevance of that little age difference in this debate
     
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  38. Moose Malloy

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    looks like he walks the walk, is the youngest winner of the Lipton/Nasdaq/Ericson/whatever in history(beat Agassi in '90 by a few days)
     
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    the match was long because of that ONE GAME that last what? 25 minutes? That was just a bit shy of how long the entire first set lasted.

    I like the kid's arrogance. I think Tennis needs personality whether it be good or bad. It's definitely kind of bland at the moment. Too bad the kid's english isn't great otherwise he might just be marketable. Okay too bad he's not american.

    The kid has a pretty impressive arsenal though. Variety of spins on both sides. Great touch and solid volleys and I like his aggressive style. He kept going for that forehand down the line even though he missed it several times in a row. It didn't phase him.

    He actually reminds me of what Murray could be if he was more aggressive. Murray when he plays offensively can really control the court but he opts to play passive. They both like dropshots but Novak's seems to be more effective because he's attempting initially to dictate the point and then pops the dropper out of nowhere.
     
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    Was it necessary to bring this thread back from the dead?
     
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    Djokovic is a Borat fan and after his win in Miami he said the following when a guy hi 5ed him:

    "Very nice! I like! Great success!" (Borat style ;) )

    A tennis player who says that in front of the camera after winning a Masters series event is destined to be loved by fans eventually :D
     
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    I like Djokovic a lot. After the match he was very gracious to Canas and they had a nice moment together. I know that he's made some smart ass remarks in the past but he was 18/19 years old. I know I wasn't an angel at 18, nor am I now. I think Djoko will be a slam winner sometime soon and will be a fan favorite at tournaments. He has the game, the attitude, the desire to win, etc. I hope for his success in the future.
     
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    He has the swagger and he has the game too. I said months ago that I had gradualy reached the conclusion he and Murray are the 2 most promising of all the young pups of that group they are put into. The last few events they are certainly showing that to be so, although Murray is a bit behind Djoko for the moment.
     
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    Looks like someone's off to a gay bar
     
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    Maybe that's why women are never around him!
     
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    djokovic and hewitt are like those guys who never got a big asswhooping thats why they talk a lot.
     
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    Joker seems like a funny bugger though, and he probably doesn't take a lot of things he says seriously.

    His shirt oddly matches the carpet on which he's standing. Huh.
     
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    Um, it's not like his English is that bad.
     
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    Looks like someone's insecure about their sexuality!
     
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