AO final...Six time champ v six time champ. You cannot get a better narrative than that. One we have not seen before.
Interesting that Federer and Djokovic have both won this event 6 times and yet have never played each other in the final!Incredible really to think there have been two players in the same era who've won the same Grand Slam tournament six times each.
Strangely enough I'm not really that bothered about him winning the French Open again but I would dearly love to see him triumph in Australia once more, not only to become the outright GOAT of that tournament(still can't quite believe Federer won the last two editions ) but it'd also mean he'd become the first male player to win 3 slams in a row on 3 separate occasions, something not even the great Swiss in his heyday could achieve. If Novak did it by actually defeating Federer in the final, the RF trolls on this forum would go into total meltdown and that's something we should all want to see.Just get the #7 Novak. That and a 2nd RG is all I really want. Pls. You can retire after that
It didn't cross my mind that Djokovic could do it three slams in a row three times.Strangely enough I'm not really that bothered about him winning the French Open again but I would dearly love to see him triumph in Australia once more, not only to become the outright GOAT of that tournament(still can't quite believe Federer won the last two editions ) but it'd also mean he'd become the first male player to win 3 slams in a row on 3 separate occasions, something not even the great Swiss in his heyday could achieve. If Novak did it by actually defeating Federer in the final, the RF trolls on this forum would go into total meltdown and that's something we should all want to see.
Djokovic should get to quarters without too much problems, after that I can see him dropping sets but winning the title at the end of the fortnight.Thoughts on the draw?
Some tricky tests early on but with that amount of match practice he got in Doha, he should be ready for this.
Not that I think he wouldn't be capable of handling both, but I am kinda glad that Fedal both ended up in another half. Very often Novak needed to go through both of them in a projected draw to win the title.
Hey, good on you! I'm trying to get along with other posters on TTW too. Good to see us trying to make friends. All the Big 3 deserve respect.Fine fine Djokovic fans. I’ve been getting along with the Nadal contingent over the year, it’s time to get to know some of you too. I think Lew battering Djokovic relentlessly for half a year convinced me your guy is OK too.
Best of luck with the 2019 season. Of course I’m rooting for Federer but whatever happens may it be a good season for everyone.
Aside from poor Murray I think the draw looks well balanced for all three legends.
I’ve read online that the AO is playing slow this yearThis is not the same surface on which Novak won 5 times in 6 years. Hope he adapts well. While he played well in the warm up events, he wasn't 2016 Doha sharp.
Medvedev in R4 got me concerned.
And if Stan comes out of Zverev's quarter, the semi would be huge.
I hope Djokovic does more for tennis the sport than Federer and Nadal have Seems the type Probably familiar how difficult it is for the majority of players and tournaments to eke out a living One of the reasons he is my favouriteQ. On the prize money debate at Grand Slams, the prize fund has gone up by 14% this year, more than doubled over the course of the last six years. Do you think the players are now getting a big enough slice of the pie?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Of course, we’re satisfied with what has been happening with slams in general, particularly Australian Open, not just prize money but just facilities, all the improvements we get to see and experience. Big credit, positive impressions go to Craig and everyone from organization who have done a great job.
Yeah, we continue to talk to Grand Slams. It’s an ongoing discussion. Fortunately some people, maybe some media as well, just comes across this information as it’s me, as part of the council, some of the top players that are fighting for more money for ourselves, which is not true at all. I have to mention that because we are focused on distribution, equal distribution, and we are focused more on the earlier rounds, last rounds of qualification, first several rounds of Grand Slams, getting more job opportunities and increasing also the number of tennis players that can live out of this sport.
One of the things from yesterday’s general meetings that is kind of echoing in my ear is that there’s this, so to say, conviction of people generally in sport, including us, that only a hundred players can live out of this sport. That’s something that ATP is definitely, us as players, part of the council, are trying to change. We’re trying to increase the number of players that are able to travel around the world, not just cover expenses, have the full team, have a decent living out of the sport that they play.
I think a lot of the attention and the focus is on the top players, how much are the winners of Grand Slams earning, which is a very significant sum of money, absolutely. Last year the US Open has announced obviously huge additional money towards the winner’s sum. But I think it’s important to try to focus more on the earlier rounds, kind of expand that field.
His outfit has already been confirmed as a blue polo with white shorts and a different white polo with blue shortsDjoker's T-shirt for AO (I didn't find the shorts):
I don't think so close to Nadal any more... Way back he explained how Nadal was friendly when they were young, but it kind of stopped when Nole started beating him.^ Novak seems to a friends with most of the top players. Stan Delpotro Andy, even Nadal..
Rivals being good friends, is very rare in any sport.