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Tenacity

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Since we are talking about weeks at #1, Novak is closing in on Jimmy Connors, 5 weeks away. Next is Ivan Lendl with 7 weeks in front. Sampras and Federer have a bit larger lead, but we believe in Novak. :) (Sampras 23 weeks, Fed 47 weeks away) All this as of August 5th, when Novak started his 263rd week as #1.

So in July 2020, if Novak stays at the top, he will overtake Federer's record. (y)


 

Imperator

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Since we are talking about weeks at #1, Novak is closing in on Jimmy Connors, 5 weeks away. Next is Ivan Lendl with 7 weeks in front. Sampras and Federer have a bit larger lead, but we believe in Novak. :) (Sampras 23 weeks, Fed 47 weeks away) All this as of August 5th, when Novak started his 263rd week as #1.

So in July 2020, if Novak stays at the top, he will overtake Federer's record. (y)


That's a big if but he can do it. He's already almost guaranteed to pass Connors and Lendl to become number 3 in history, that's huge.
 
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It should. He just needs to keep his eye on the prize. One good omen is he's always won the USO after winning AO and Wim in the same season.
I don't think his eye is on anything but the USO. In fact immediately after the Wimbledon final, while others spent all their time dissecting that match, Novak was probably already thinking about USO, he sort of mentioned it in his speech in that he is going for the record. Novak will be ready for USO, and it plays even 90 percent of his best, he will win the title.
 

NoleFam

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I don't think his eye is on anything but the USO. In fact immediately after the Wimbledon final, while others spent all their time dissecting that match, Novak was probably already thinking about USO, he sort of mentioned it in his speech in that he is going for the record. Novak will be ready for USO, and it plays even 90 percent of his best, he will win the title.
He should be extremely confident right now. He has to keep his eye on the main goal now, and if he does he has a solid chance to reach it. He's back to hardcourt which is his strongest surface as well.
 
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He should be extremely confident right now. He has to keep his eye on the main goal now, and if he does he has a solid chance to reach it. He's back to hardcourt which is his strongest surface as well.
The guy is at his mentally strongest right now, that win against Nadal at Wimbledon 2018 and then the one against Federer at Wimbledon 2019, he has got to be feeling the wind in his back heading into the big one in NYC. He knows fully well that history beckons should he win the Open, he will almost certainly pass Nadal then and will then lock his sights on the biggest prize, Federer.
 

TheAssassin

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It will be interesting. Last year Djokovic was strong but the draw was kinder than the one that was projected. Federer, Cilic and Nadal all went out a round before the potential meeting. But I believe he will be up for it again.

Hopefully he gets some matches under his belt in Cincy. Doesn't have to win it, just to shake off the rust. It's been a while since Wimbledon, and a whole lot longer since last hard court tournaments, where he didn't do well.
 
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It will be interesting. Last year Djokovic was strong but the draw was kinder than the one that was projected. Federer, Cilic and Nadal all went out a round before the potential meeting. But I believe he will be up for it again.

Hopefully he gets some matches under his belt in Cincy. Doesn't have to win it, just to shake off the rust. It's been a while since Wimbledon, and a whole lot longer since last hard court tournaments, where he didn't do well.
I don't think he was too bothered about IW and Miami to be honest. You could see his mind was thinking about RG at that time.
 

NoleFam

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The guy is at his mentally strongest right now, that win against Nadal at Wimbledon 2018 and then the one against Federer at Wimbledon 2019, he has got to be feeling the wind in his back heading into the big one in NYC. He knows fully well that history beckons should he win the Open, he will almost certainly pass Nadal then and will then lock his sights on the biggest prize, Federer.
Yes that last win has to have him feeling really strong right now. I think Cincy will be interesting though. I expect Federer to play really well. That will be a tough one for him to defend.
 

NoleFam

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I don't think he was too bothered about IW and Miami to be honest. You could see his mind was thinking about RG at that time.
Looking back, he was playing us. He clearly didn't give his best at either tournament like he just played around. Wasn't really training because he looked nothing like those pics above. Now he looks like iron man and ready to conquer everytbing. Maybe he was just really saving himself for the Slams.
 
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Yes that last win has to have him feeling really strong right now. I think Cincy will be interesting though. I expect Federer to play really well. That will be a tough one for him to defend.
Cincy is the one I will be most curious about. Does he go all out to defend, or does he go in with mindset of getting in a couple of good quality matches, but not to push too hard either, saving it for USO. I know he will be fully ready for USO, Cincy is the question mark, because honestly he doesn't need it now.
 
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Looking back, he was playing us. He clearly didn't give his best at either tournament like he just played around. Wasn't really training because he looked nothing like those pics above. Now he looks like iron man and ready to conquer everytbing. Maybe he was just really saving himself for the Slams.
He was having more fun and enjoying the doubles with Fognini there. He looked disinterested, I didn't see his game face return until Madrid, when you could that look in his eyes, the same one he had against Nadal in AO. Now, he will keep it through this key period at least.
 

NoleFam

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Cincy is the one I will be most curious about. Does he go all out to defend, or does he go in with mindset of getting in a couple of good quality matches, but not to push too hard either, saving it for USO. I know he will be fully ready for USO, Cincy is the question mark, because honestly he doesn't need it now.
I think he will really go for Cincy. The prospect of the double golden Masters is just too enticing for him to turn down. It be tough though.
 
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TheAssassin

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He is looking so much better now than even at the last US Open. Remember that one moment when he took his shirt off and relaxing during the break? :oops:Was never concerned much by it especially then as he started to ascend again anyway, but I am glad he got himself in better shape.
I don't think he was too bothered about IW and Miami to be honest. You could see his mind was thinking about RG at that time.
I don't doubt it, he used to go all out at those events too because he could afford it and probably didn't look at Slams as the only important tournaments as he wasn't close in the race. Just saying it's been a while since his last quality hard court match, which was in the AO final. I am looking forward to that wait ending soon.
 

NoleFam

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He was having more fun and enjoying the doubles with Fognini there. He looked disinterested, I didn't see his game face return until Madrid, when you could that look in his eyes, the same one he had against Nadal in AO. Now, he will keep it through this key period at least.
I saw the game face in MC but it took him a tournament to snap back into it. At least that's what I looked like from my end. That's why I thought, he will be hell in Madrid and Rome.
 
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I think he will really go for Cincy. The prospect of the double golden Masters is just talk enticing for him to turn down. It be tough though.
I will agree with you to a certain extent. He will go for it, but I don't think he will go all out for it. I don't think he will do anything to hurt his chances at the USO, and I am talking about any physical exertion that requires more than what he should put out there so close to the open. Last year was a bit different, he was fresh, had hardly played, his body was ready, this year, he has already had several tough battles, the crazy run in Rome, the epic with Thiem in RG, the epic with Federer at W, situation is a little different this time round IMO. If he can win it without reaching top gear, he will, but I think he wants to save his best for NYC.
 
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He is looking so much better now than even at the last US Open. Remember that one moment when he took his shirt off and relaxing during the break? :oops:Was never concerned much by it especially then as he started to ascend again anyway, but I am glad he got himself in better shape.

I don't doubt it, he used to go all out at those events too because he could afford it and probably didn't look at Slams as the only important tournaments as he wasn't close in the race. Just saying it's been a while since his last quality hard court match, which was in the AO final. I am looking forward to that wait ending soon.
He is looking at longevity now, and it is about winning as many slams as possible, and honestly, I don't even think he is looking at 21 as the ultimate goal. I think he wants to set it as high as he possibly can, while he still can. That is the real objective now. He has done fantastic outside of the slams, and his legacy there is now locked in platinum after getting that Cincy title last year, now, while all these titles still mean a lot, he knows what he really needs at this stage in career.
 
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I saw the game face in MC but it took him a tournament to snap back into it. At least that's what I looked like from my end. That's why I thought, he will be hell in Madrid and Rome.
Agree. You knew he was thinking four in a row at that point. But that is gone for now. If he gets USO in a few weeks, he will be in a super position to again go for four in a row IMO, especially when AO being the next one.
 

uscwang

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I think Novak is physically and mentally in a better state than he was last year at this time. He was really skinny last fall. And he was mentally exhausted going through all those ups and downs earlier in the year.
Right now, he is just enjoying life and rejuvenating himself. On hardcourt, BO5, I mean who can beat this guy?
 

uscwang

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He is looking at longevity now, and it is about winning as many slams as possible, and honestly, I don't even think he is looking at 21 as the ultimate goal. I think he wants to set it as high as he possibly can, while he still can. That is the real objective now. He has done fantastic outside of the slams, and his legacy there is now locked in platinum after getting that Cincy title last year, now, while all these titles still mean a lot, he knows what he really needs at this stage in career.
I honestly think that if Jelena asks Novak to win 25 GS for her and their kids, he will do it. My only concern is they may call it a career to pursue, you know, higher order of meaning/pleasure of life - like Novak walking their kids to and from school. I won't be surprised if Novak stops with a combined career of Hewitt, Safin, and Roddick still left in him.
 

NoleFam

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I will agree with you to a certain extent. He will go for it, but I don't think he will go all out for it. I don't think he will do anything to hurt his chances at the USO, and I am talking about any physical exertion that requires more than what he should put out there so close to the open. Last year was a bit different, he was fresh, had hardly played, his body was ready, this year, he has already had several tough battles, the crazy run in Rome, the epic with Thiem in RG, the epic with Federer at W, situation is a little different this time round IMO. If he can win it without reaching top gear, he will, but I think he wants to save his best for NYC.
True. Yea he has had a lot of long matches during the clay season and of course that Wimbledon final. I would agree with that in that he won't do anything to mess up his chances of another USO so he will go for it in Cincy but not overdo it. This is kind of where crashing out in IW and Miami may benefit him a bit compared to 2015 and 2016 though when he had already played much more tennis.
 

onyxrose81

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The draw for Novak (and Fed) is ridiculous. I just had to laugh. If he could come through that to at least the SF, at least he’s be battle-hardened.
 

Tenacity

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Well, that draw looks chaotic. Has to play against two big servers on his return since Wimbledon, lets see how much Novak has rested and prepared himself for hard courts. I'm optimistic. :)
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

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"Wimbledon had a movie script, I will always be proud of what I have done"

The best player in the world Novak Djokovic claims that he will arrive fully ready to the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the season, where he defends the title.



Novak is in Cincinnati, where he is also defending the title, and in his statement for Sport Klub he talked about the upcoming tournaments, as well as the Wimbledon final and the eternal race with Federer and Nadal.

Djokovic says it wasn't easy for him to make a decision to skip the Rogers Cup in Canada.

"I played a lot of tennis even though I wasn't at the tournament in Canada. It was a difficult decision for me considering I love playing in Canada, I had a lot of success there and it's a big tournament we are talking about. However it was a team decision for us to skip that tournament in order to spend one more week on training and preparations for Cincinnati and US Open, I hope to be fresh and fully ready there because that's the goal in this part of the season", says Djokovic for SK.

On the legendary Wimbledon final where he defeated Roger Federer in five sets after nearly five hours, Novak said that it was one of the matches he will remember for the rest of his life.

"It was a movie script, one of the most exciting matches I have played in my life. Probably the only match that can be compared with is the one in Australia against Nadal in 2012 which lasted nearly six hours. Mentally, probably the most demanding match because of the whole atmosphere and everything that was happening, because of Federer who played the Wimbledon final very well"

"Now, I am not thinking much about that match, because my thoughts are on the present moments and what is coming. Tennis season is the way it is that you don't even have much time to look back at everything you experienced. That one additional week without tournaments allowed me to spend more quality time with family and to train, to look back at everything that happened in London. I am very proud and filled, it's something that I will carry with myself, but it's time to keep going",
says Novak.



The world number one is currently sitting on 16 Grand Slam trophies, he has two less than Nadal and four less than Federer.

Every next Grand Slam can be of big significance in the final tallies, so the Big 3 race for the final place in the history of sport is something that really attracts the attention of tennis fans.

"For Nadal, Federer and me it's already a race. Especially in this phase of our careers, when we are, according to some tennis standards in older years, especially Roger, but we still occupy the top three spots in the world. As far as I am concerned, I always valued Grand Slams as the most important tournaments, especially in these last few years because I am aware that they are what counts the most, besides, of course, the historic number one which I am approaching as well. That's why I definitely have to give my maximum at other tournaments", added Novak.

That's why Cincinnati, which he failed to win before last season, will be very important for him.

"I don't know to play any differently. Any tournament, any match, I try to give my best, although you always try to time your form to be the best at Grand Slams, which is the highest goal", concluded Djokovic.
 

swordtennis

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Rewatched the wimbledon final again. Greater match than i first thought! Fed came out with the best game plan against djokovic that he has in years. The power shots they both were hitting was unreal. Feds bh is better now than ever. He was hitting that with a nice compact motion. Djokovic just went into lock down. What match. Mad full props to the AO Goat! I could see 6 wimbledons before he is done maybe 7! A nadal vs djokovic us open would be nice. We need rrvenge for 2013!
 

NoleFam

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Rewatched the wimbledon final again. Greater match than i first thought! Fed came out with the best game plan against djokovic that he has in years. The power shots they both were hitting was unreal. Feds bh is better now than ever. He was hitting that with a nice compact motion. Djokovic just went into lock down. What match. Mad full props to the AO Goat! I could see 6 wimbledons before he is done maybe 7! A nadal vs djokovic us open would be nice. We need rrvenge for 2013!
Fed's backhand was the best I have ever seen it in that tournament. He has never been able to go backhand to backhand with Djokovic before but he did it that day.
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Fed's backhand was the best I have ever seen it in that tournament. He has never been able to go backhand to backhand with Djokovic before but he did it that day.
I was trying to figure out what was going on differently and rewatching the match i really was able to see the nuances and details with much more clarity. Watching it live is far more emotional than technical!
 
Novak played doubles yesterday with Tipsarevic. They lost to No.2 seeds Kubot/Melo.




This is a little bit worrisome. Novak didn't win a tournament when he applied for doubles in ages. Does this mean he just needed some time on court or that he doesn't have intention of going all out in Cinci?
 
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