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I have my eyes on Zverev. He joined the elite few who can beat Novak from the baseline, i. e. Nadal, Murray, Stan.
And Federer never beat Novak from the baseline? :-D Let's just restrict it to slams. Fed was barely venturing to the net in any of the matches listed below, yet he was soundly beating him from the baseline:

2007 AO
2007 USO
2008 USO
2009 USO
2011 FO
2012 Wimbledon
 
After a brilliant performance against Dzumhur in round one, Djokovic has been un-exceptional and vulnerable in Doha. His struggles aren't because of too many errors/lack of sharpness, an occasional problem he has remedied time and time again for the majors, but because his shots don't have any zip.
 
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I think playing doubles with his brother, while in itself is not much, disrupted Novak's post-match routines. His recovery from day to day is clearly subpar.
Even if he falls to RBA or in final, he is battle tested here in Doha.
 

Hitman

Bionic Poster
I would have been annoyed if Djokovic pulled out the win, when it went to the third than the other way round. He has played as many sets as he needs between Abu Dhabi and Doha. He does not need anymore. Time to get down to Melbourne, get used to the faster conditions there and concentrate on court positioning. The game is there, it is just about court positioning.
 
I would have been annoyed if Djokovic pulled out the win, when it went to the third than the other way round. He has played as many sets as he needs between Abu Dhabi and Doha. He does not need anymore. Time to get down to Melbourne, get used to the faster conditions there and concentrate on court positioning. The game is there, it is just about court positioning.
Naturally I have always wanted him to win. But he's had more than enough practice already so I am not disappointed much. Played three inspired singles opponents this week and went far in doubles as well. He should be up for the challenge now, just got to take a bit more initiative which he is more than capable of and fix that positioning.
 

Hitman

Bionic Poster
Naturally I have always wanted him to win. But he's had more than enough practice already so I am not disappointed much. Played three inspired singles opponents this week and went far in doubles as well. He should be up for the challenge now, just got to take a bit more initiative which he is more than capable of and fix that positioning.
Yes, he doesn't need anymore actual match play now heading into AO.
 
This would be a pretty normal loss even for prime Novak. Windy conditions, a though opponent who took a set off him twice during the Novak Slam run. Now add the fatigue from playing doubles. He seemed to be pretty frustrated but it may have been due to start of the season and some hunger for are emotions. He got some good practice this tournament with 3 really good baseliners and some doubles action as a bonus. The worst thing from this loss is probably a new wave of brillant "the tour evolved" jokes that comes here every Novak's loss. Now's the time for some rest before the 15th.
 
How powerful can you imagine him?
So he will for sure be even more powerful than that?

That’s incredible.
Well, let me put it this way.

Have you ever heard of the tragedy of Rodney Laver the Rocket? I thought not. It's not a story the ATP would tell you. He's a tennis legend. Rod Laver was an ATG of the early ages of pro tennis, so powerful and so skilled he could use his racquet to beat his opponents and win slams. He had such a knowledge of the grass courts, he could win all 4 of the slams in a single year.

Is it possible to learn this power? Only if Djokovic embraces his dark side.
 
Well, let me put it this way.

Have you ever heard of the tragedy of Rodney Laver the Rocket? I thought not. It's not a story the ATP would tell you. He's a tennis legend. Rod Laver was an ATG of the early ages of pro tennis, so powerful and so skilled he could use his racquet to beat his opponents and win slams. He had such a knowledge of the grass courts, he could win all 4 of the slams in a single year.

Is it possible to learn this power? Only if Djokovic embraces his dark side.
I think Novak already embraced his dark sides and he has been playing like a Jedi for many years already.
 
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