Djokovic is a joke


How did this guy solve the rafa mystery at RG is really very surprising. It was so well planned, well prepared, well executed.
After being 0-5 0-15 down in set 1 & staring down the barrel (or bagel), the serb was 100% dialled in except for game 10 in set 3 when he served for it and failed after 30-0.

Amazing, truly amazing. Djokovic is really a joke. My full respect to him, the strategic master.
 
Exposovic. Master of exposing weaknesses. Unfortunately weaknesses are more abundant than ever these days.
Yes, especially new players have one common weakness and its their return of serve.
Everyone of them fails to control the play with the Forehand and no one possesses elite ballstriking capabilities except for sinner (who doesn't have mind) & zverev (who wants to play like pusher)
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame

How did this guy solve the rafa mystery at RG is really very surprising. It was so well planned, well prepared, well executed.
After being 0-5 0-15 down in set 1 & staring down the barrel (or bagel), the serb was 100% dialled in except for game 10 in set 3 when he served for it and failed after 30-0.

Amazing, truly amazing. Djokovic is really a joke. My full respect to him, the strategic master.
Erm Nadal was not playing at his bounce storming best
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
Nadal wasn't playing that great but was still good enough to beat everyone else. I had Djokovic and Zverev (but only if serving extremely well) who could beat him at RG even in that form.
 

ibbi

Legend
I don't get it. Opening up the court is literally one of Djokovic's go to tactics in his career, it's not some magical thing he cooked up in the heat of the night. It's simply hard to pull off on a court like that in the conditions they normally play in. Those conditions didn't exist in this match, certainly the longer it went on.

It was certainly a hell of a fight, but as he points out, there were opportunities galore for both guys, this wasn't some tactical schooling. That he played so badly back in October just gives this one an extra shine. He returned like a god, bullied Nadal's serve, and the script flipped when it came to bleeding errors.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Everybody thought King Of Clay was going to blow him out after jumping out to 5-0 lead. Read the match thread.

Truly one of the biggest turnarounds in the history of sport.
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
Everybody thought King Of Clay was going to blow him out after jumping out to 5-0 lead. Read the match thread.

Truly one of the biggest turnarounds in the history of sport.
Not exactly, gentleman. Nadal was not playing anything above average and yet he ended up getting closer to a bagel again. Though if he'd closed it out there for a bagel, I think Djokovic's confidence would have been shattered and he'd have lost easily.
That 0-5 game was the match, right there. Rafa should have pressed the foot on the accelerator more there to break for a 6-0 set especially after getting to 0-15.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.

Still playing great tennis! Look at all my match
wins this year! I am actually getting better at match
play too - I will be tough to beat!
 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
He has already outlasted one entire younger generation (albeit the weakest young gen of all time, but still) consisting of Nishikori, Raonic, Thiem, Dimitrov etc
Not really a generation, even though this term is artificial anyway. But Nishikori, Raonic and Dimitrov are all over 30 now, so very close to Djokovic when we consider that careers last 20 years or longer now.
 
And lets also punish Djokovic for being fitter than Rafa on his home surface :-D
In all fairness, rafa is the one to be blamed for this for having played more clay matches in 2021 than 2017 despite being 4 years older & despite a number of the matches being closely contested grinding or slogging encounters.
 
Yeah, playing at midnight sure was not decisive... :unsure:
What do you want to mean, RG God??
So, playing in night helps Djokovic's chances, right?
What about most of their other matches which were played in hot sun? Didn't they all benefit nadal by default?
I'm not saying that I particularly liked Tsitsipas playing basically junior's level after 2 sets in the final, but it was a well deserved win for Djokovic in the SF especially given the tactical adjustment.
 
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