Djokovic News

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
while Djokovic is planning to play a tournament next week, hoping for a wildcard.
The only two events scheduled for next week at Barcelona or a 250 in Budapest. If he's smart, he plays Budapest. It's a weak field, no Nadal lurking in the draw and maybe he could gain some confidence. If Agassi and Kei could play Challengers during their comeback, Novak can (and should) play 250's.
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
The only two events scheduled for next week at Barcelona or a 250 in Budapest. If he's smart, he plays Budapest. It's a weak field, no Nadal lurking in the draw and maybe he could gain some confidence. If Agassi and Kei could play Challengers during their comeback, Novak can (and should) play 250's.
Yeah. I think he said he will decide tomorrow whether it's Barcelona or Budapest. Both are an option.
 

ND-13

Hall of Fame
I would call the clay season start a success. Winning in 2 sets against a raging Coric and taking the No 2 clay player Thiem to 3 sets , is a fantastic start.

With a few more matches, we can be optimistic about his chances at FO. Should Nadal falter, Novak will find a way to win it just like the GOAT did in 2009.
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
I would call the clay season start a success. Winning in 2 sets against a raging Coric and taking the No 2 clay player Thiem to 3 sets , is a fantastic start.

With a few more matches, we can be optimistic about his chances at FO. Should Nadal falter, Novak will find a way to win it just like the GOAT did in 2009.
He has practically no chance to win the FO even if Nadal is hit by lightning, IMO. He's playing like a top 50 player and is having trouble with the best players. His groundstrokes aren't penetrating for the most part, his serve is below par, his movement seems reduced and his fitness is about 60% off from where it was in 2015. His big worry isn't Nadal at the moment. He needs to worry about beating players like Thiem, Zverev, Kyrgios, etc. Even if he gets back to close to his 2016 form, those younger players with powerful shots may give him trouble.

Don't spout nonsense. He doesn't look anywhere near being able to win the FO. Remember that was his weakest slam even at his very peak.
 

ND-13

Hall of Fame
He has practically no chance to win the FO even if Nadal is hit by lightning, IMO. He's playing like a top 50 player and is having trouble with the best players. His groundstrokes aren't penetrating for the most part, his serve is below par, his movement seems reduced and his fitness is about 60% off from where it was in 2015. His big worry isn't Nadal at the moment. He needs to worry about beating players like Thiem, Zverev, Kyrgios, etc. Even if he gets back to close to his 2016 form, those younger players with powerful shots may give him trouble.

Don't spout nonsense. He doesn't look anywhere near being able to win the FO. Remember that was his weakest slam even at his very peak.
With all due respects, majors are BO5 and Novak will elevate his game . It will need either Nadal or a Stan kind of player who can outhit Nole for over 3 hours. Very few can do it except the GOAT and clay GOAT.
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
Djokovic: "Tomorrow I'll decide where, but I'm playing next week"

Great for him. This is what he needs to get back on top, he needs to play matches. I like the attitude.
How is playing some broken-down field in Budapest going to help him beat the better players in Madrid or Rome?
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
With all due respects, majors are BO5 and Novak will elevate his game . It will need either Nadal or a Stan kind of player who can outhit Nole for over 3 hours. Very few can do it except the GOAT and clay GOAT.
I'm sorry but I disagree 100% with that. His results for the past two years have told us otherwise. We saw how Novak "elevated" his game at the FO 2017 by losing in straights to Thiem. Did you actually watch him play today? Because I did for the first time since IW and to me, he looks like an average top 50 player at the moment. His groundstrokes are often weak and short, his serve is MIA, his fitness is way down, etc.

IMO, unless he improves quite a bit by the FO, many other players will be able to take him down there.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
How is playing some broken-down field in Budapest going to help him beat the better players in Madrid or Rome?
He needs match play, he needs to build up his physique and by that you need to play matches. I mean did you even watch today's match? Thiem is the 2nd best clay courter in the world and Djokovic pushed him to three sets in the shaky form he is in. In the end it was Novaks legs that hurt the outcome of the match. He was simply not able to find energy late in the third, and Thiem pounced on the opportunity.

So, what is the issue with playing Barcelona or Budapest when he needs it? Are you that clueless?
 

aman92

Hall of Fame
With all due respects, majors are BO5 and Novak will elevate his game . It will need either Nadal or a Stan kind of player who can outhit Nole for over 3 hours. Very few can do it except the GOAT and clay GOAT.
Didn't Think obileterate him last year at the French Open? And going by Today's performance Djokovic doesn't have the groundstrokes to challenge any top 5 player currently. Needs to improve massively over the clay court season
 

cc0509

Talk Tennis Guru
He needs match play, he needs to build up his physique and by that you need to play matches. I mean did you even watch today's match? Thiem is the 2nd best clay courter in the world and Djokovic pushed him to three sets in the shaky form he is in. In the end it was Novaks legs that hurt the outcome of the match. He was simply not able to find energy late in the third, and Thiem pounced on the opportunity.

So, what is the issue with playing Barcelona or Budapest when he needs it? Are you that clueless?
Right, it was Novak's legs which hurt the outcome of the match? Did YOU watch the match? Novak's groundstrokes were often not penetrating the court, his serve was off, his fitness has fallen off a cliff, etc.
How many winners did Novak have compared to Thiem?

All I'm asking you is, how will playing in Budapest vs a broken-down field help Novak beat better players in the bigger events? Didn't he try playing a few clown events in 2017 by playing Acapulco and Nottingham to try and do better at the bigger events with loaded fields? It didn't work out too well.

You just have to accept that he likely won't be very competitive for this clay season.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
Right, it was Novak's legs which hurt the outcome of the match? Did YOU watch the match? Novak's groundstrokes were often not penetrating the court, his serve was off, his fitness has fallen off a cliff, etc.
How many winners did Novak have compared to Thiem?

All I'm asking you is, how will playing in Budapest vs a broken-down field help Novak beat better players in the bigger events? Didn't he try playing a few clown events in 2017 by playing Acapulco and Nottingham to try and do better at the bigger events with loaded fields? It didn't work out too well.

You just have to accept that he likely won't be very competitive for this clay season.
He is serving better, and he is hitting the ball much better compared to Miami and IW. As I said, he pushed the match to 3 sets, against the very first top quality opponent since AO. Thiem is one of the best players in the world, especially on clay. Not to shabby to play the way he did today considering the state he is in. Beating Coric in straights who reached QF and SF at IW and Miami where he nearly beat Federer, is not bad either.

It was obvious to everyone Djokovic was running out of energy towards the end of the third set when he got broken. That has an effect on how you play.

And, by adding tournaments to his schedule, he is clearly indicating that match play is important to him, not actually for the reason to beat 'broken down' field. But to get more matches into his legs and build up his stamina. He even said it himself that he is not as fit as he wants to be after the Coric win, he has played too little. That in result, will help him play better in the bigger events and against better players where the physical aspect and length of matches increases, cause being in shape is something that is obvious to anyone if you want your game to work at a desired level throughout matches. For you, that is not understandable obviously.

It is not even official that he is playing Budapest. Barcelona is on the cards aswell. So don't say he is playing budapest when it's not even decided yet.
 
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Federerkblade

Hall of Fame
Agree he needs to put on weight

He needs to improve stamina by playing and also the mental pressure which fatigues you

His minor changes to the racquet also will contribute to him not penetratating the court

Playing with a racquet with such a high swingweight over the years previously has had an effect on his arm elbow

What will be interesting is what is the swingweight now ....

I cannot remember exactly and forum members with a better memory than mine will advise whether his swingweight was 370 before the tweaks to his frame .

I personally think Novak will win a slam when the opportunity arises but he won't be beating top players in a slam the hard way...

If the draw opens up he may well take advantage of one or two if he gets things go his way

Cannot see him beating players in a tough draw and winning ...
 

Federerkblade

Hall of Fame
Just noticed he didn't ..

Surprised at novak

It was Bernades as the umpire ... May have spelt his name incorrectly ....

Is their history .. he was pressuring Novak to hurry up in between points
 

disgruntledamsel

Professional
I agree that his fitness is definitely an issue right now, but hey, his backhand down the line is back! Did anyone catch Leif Shiras’s comment on tennis channel when the camera panned to Djoker’s mom? He said there’s Novak’s mom “That’s my son. I recognize him again”. Lol
 

The Big Kahuna

Hall of Fame
Might be as well with the physical decline, his mental affairs is also gone for a toss :eek:
In watching him so far in 2018, he does not look physically well to me. He appears thinner and more frail to me since his return. I hope there is no underlying health problem behind his struggles. Reminds me of how Venus Williams looked prior to her diagnosis of her autoimmune disorder.


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Any news on why Djokovic didn't shake the umpire's hand after he lost to Thiem?
Just noticed he didn't ..

Surprised at novak

It was Bernades as the umpire ... May have spelt his name incorrectly ....

Is their history .. he was pressuring Novak to hurry up in between points
Yeah im curious too:eek::confused:

Please someone tell
From the match thread
Just looked at twitter and it's possibly because of the code violation he was given for an “audible obscenity” in the second set.
 

van_Loederen

Professional
Presumably Djokovic has lost upper body weight because he couldn't do many weights with an elbow injury.
can't find it now anymore, but someone here stated that he has made some changes to his racquet stringing in order to get more power as the elbow is still weak. don't know if it's true, but seems plausible.

after the resting phase after fracture / surgery putting moderate stress on the body part is often useful.
that may be the reason for his current activity and level.

remember Del Potro at his most recent comeback. it took him months to get into top form.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
He said that the short term-plan is to peak for FO. Changed his racquet to put less pressure on the elbow and is playing pain-free since Miami.
 

kaninfaan

Rookie
I mean he refused a wc for estoril
No wonder he's Finnish if he refuses to go to the toilet!
It is very nice of him, of course, but I wonder why Estoril would even ask for something like that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flush_toilet
A flush toilet (also known as a flushing toilet, flush lavatory or water closet (WC)) is a toilet that disposes of human excreta (urine and feces) by using water to flush it through a drainpipe to another location for disposal, thus maintaining a separation between humans and their excreta. Flush toilets can be designed for sitting (in which case they are also called "Western" toilets) or for squatting, in the case of squat toilets. The opposite of a flush toilet is a dry toilet, which uses no water for flushing
 

Plamen1234

Hall of Fame
Nishikori 1e and goffin 3e round


How Unlucky is that


Because of his ranking but still
My confusion came because you said "You called that unlucky" and I dont remember my comment saying this and this why I was confused.Anyway I agree it is unlucky draw.Novak has to defend 360 points here and this hard draw doesnt help him much.
 
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