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Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
We will see but clay is very taxing and he is not a spring chicken anymore. If he draws Thiem again in the SF I don't like his chances to win it.
Oh, I didn't think that he can go into grinding mode and win easily. It's a recipe for disaster, which he escaped today. Needs a lot of aggression and confidence boosting variety. He was 24/29 today at the net. Should've played it much more (hopefully he and his team will figure it out).
 

joekapa

Legend
I love this player too much for him to hang around like Federer. He should announce retirement soon imho. GO out on top. GO out, keeping them guessing. GO out like a champ. Retirement at the USO.
 

Shaj

Rookie
I really don't know what to say,I am so overwhelmed and I am so happy for Nole..Yessssssssssssssssssssss,we did it again..

On the match,It was a very solid match from Nole.In the first,fourth and fifth he was pretty much unbeatable. HE had his customary second set lapse which costed him a lot and it could have costed him the match.There was no reason for him to play like a mug early on in the second..But I guess,we will have to accept him with all his flaws and by god we do a damn good job at that.And at the end of the second set,he needlessly lost his focus with all that time out controversy,that was plain stupid from Nole.It not only costed him second set but also the third set.

At the end of the third set,I saw that he was coming back and he was coming in his groove but the cause in the third set was lost already. In the fourth he was truly back at 3-2 or 2-1 when he held at love.I went out for buying groceries at that point and after 45 min or so I got delight of my life when e won 4th set and was up a break in the 5th.

On the match, thiem gave his all,as he said in the post match.The match was always on Noles racket though.He bunked and blasted the stupid myth that he struggles against powerful ballbashers like Wawarinka and Thiem.He did it very easily against thiem today.Whenever thiem was trying to wind on his powerful groundstrokes,he easily moved him around or gave it back in equal measure.Problem ****in solved.This was the most pleasing aspect of his game today.The way he diffused Thiem.I was so happy with this.Finally he laid down the ghost of RG 2019, and in some way Wawarinkas wins against him.

I am so happy guys.it feels so god right now.

Now for the more critical aspects.He really has to end the points with volleys.So many times he had thiem on strings today and should have volleyed him off.Also his customary start of 2nd set lapses is just so infuriating.To be honest,prime Nole would have shut out this match in 4 sets max.It wouldn't have gone to 5th set.I guess he has lost some physicality. Can you imagine what 2012 or 2015 Nole would have done to thiem? I am.not even talking about 2011 Novak..But I guess all's well that end well..

Enjoy his victory guys and gals..
 

Shaj

Rookie
I really don't know what to say,I am so overwhelmed and I am so happy for Nole..Yessssssssssssssssssssss,we did it again..

On the match,It was a very solid match from Nole.In the first,fourth and fifth he was pretty much unbeatable. HE had his customary second set lapse which costed him a lot and it could have costed him the match.There was no reason for him to play like a mug early on in the second..But I guess,we will have to accept him with all his flaws and by god we do a damn good job at that.And at the end of the second set,he needlessly lost his focus with all that time out controversy,that was plain stupid from Nole.It not only costed him second set but also the third set.

At the end of the third set,I saw that he was coming back and he was coming in his groove but the cause in the third set was lost already. In the fourth he was truly back at 3-2 or 2-1 when he held at love.I went out for buying groceries at that point and after 45 min or so I got delight of my life when e won 4th set and was up a break in the 5th.

On the match, thiem gave his all,as he said in the post match.The match was always on Noles racket though.He bunked and blasted the stupid myth that he struggles against powerful ballbashers like Wawarinka and Thiem.He did it very easily against thiem today.Whenever thiem was trying to wind on his powerful groundstrokes,he easily moved him around or gave it back in equal measure.Problem ****in solved.This was the most pleasing aspect of his game today.The way he diffused Thiem.I was so happy with this.Finally he laid down the ghost of RG 2019, and in some way Wawarinkas wins against him.

I am so happy guys.it feels so god right now.

Now for the more critical aspects.He really has to end the points with volleys.So many times he had thiem on strings today and should have volleyed him off.Also his customary start of 2nd set lapses is just so infuriating.To be honest,prime Nole would have shut out this match in 4 sets max.It wouldn't have gone to 5th set.I guess he has lost some physicality. Can you imagine what 2012 or 2015 Nole would have done to thiem? I am.not even talking about 2011 Novak..But I guess all's well that end well..

Enjoy his victory guys and gals..
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
Any word on Novak donating at least some of the prize money for bushfire relief?

Honestly expected him to match Zverev...
 

Belgrad13

Rookie
I was also so so nervous today and even think of turning the tv off.
After the 1st set i had a feeling that now Thiem would use everything he had, and that was all he did, while Nole seems off, from his serve to the rallies.
I was expecting Nole to lose the 4th set tbh with how things look but yeah, never ever writes him off.
What a start of a season it has been and wish Nole all the best for the rest of the season.

For all the Nolefans out there, cheers❕
 

Tenacity

Professional
17 stats in celebration of Novak's 17th Grand Slam title

1. He won his eighth Australian Open. Djokovic already set the all-time men’s record for most Australian Open titles when he won his seventh last year, but he’s now upped that mark to eight.
2. He won his 17th Grand Slam title. In addition to his eight Australian Open titles in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020, Djokovic also has one French Open crown (2016), five Wimbledons (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) and three US Opens (2011, 2015 and 2018).
3. He’s now three Grand Slams behind Roger Federer, and two behind Rafael Nadal. Djokovic was within two of Nadal as recently as 2019, but he hasn’t been within three of Federer since 2004, when Federer had three and Djokovic was just starting to play on the tour.
4. He’s back at No. 1. With Nadal losing to Thiem in the quarterfinals, Djokovic is back on top of the ATP rankings. This week will be his 276th career week at No.1.
5. He’s now won five of the last seven Grand Slams. Djokovic won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018, the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2019, and now the Australian Open in 2020.
6. He’s won 43 of his last 45 matches at Grand Slams. His only losses at the majors in the last 19 months have come against Thiem in the semifinals of the 2019 French Open, and to Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round of the 2019 US Open (Djokovic retired down two sets against the Swiss due to a left shoulder injury).
7. He’s the third man in tennis history to win eight or more titles at the same major. The other two are Nadal, who’s won Roland Garros 12 times, and Federer, who’s won Wimbledon eight times.
8. He’s now 8-0 in Australian Open finals. He’s not only undefeated in finals in Melbourne; he’s also 8-0 in semifinals. To sum it up: every time he’s gotten past the quarterfinals in Melbourne, he’s gone on to win the title.
9. He’s won nine of his last 10 Grand Slam finals. At one point 8-8, Djokovic is now 17-9 in Grand Slam finals. He’s 9-1 in his last 10, the loss coming to Wawrinka in the 2016 US Open final.
10. He’s the first man in the Open era to win majors in three different decades. He’s won one in the 2000s, 15 in the 2010s and now one in the 2020s. Only one other man has won majors in three decades, and he did it across Open era and pre-Open era: Ken Rosewall, in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
11. He came back from two sets to one down to win a major final for the first time. He’s the first man to achieve the feat since Juan Martin del Potro did it against Federer in the 2009 US Open final.
12. He turned the tide on a troublesome head-to-head record. Djokovic went into the final with a 6-4 lead over Thiem, but that head-to-head was originally 5-0. Thiem had won four of their last five meetings going into the Australian Open final, including their last two meetings at majors.
13. He’s now 13-0 in 2019. That includes his 6-0 record at the ATP Cup and seven wins in Melbourne. It’s his fourth-longest unbeaten streak to start a year in his career, after going 14-0 to start 2016, 17-0 to start 2013 and—wait for it—41-0 to start 2011. How long will his perfect 2019 start last?
14. He passed John McEnroe with the fifth-most career ATP titles in the Open Era. The 2020 Australian Open title was Djokovic’s 78th career ATP title, passing McEnroe for standalone fifth place. The Serb only trails Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (103), Ivan Lendl (95) and Nadal (84).
15. He kept the Big Three’s winning streak at the majors alive. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have now combined to win the last 13 majors, sweeping them all since the start of 2017. They’ve now won 52 of the last 60 majors, a stretch that began with Nadal’s victory at the 2005 French Open.
16. He kept the Big Three is in 58 of the last 60 major finals. Since the 2005 French Open, the only two majors that didn’t feature any of Djokovic, Nadal or Federer were the 2014 US Open final (Marin Cilic against Kei Nishikori) and the 2016 Wimbledon final (Andy Murray against Milos Raonic).
17. He’s chasing the record for most career weeks at No. 1. Djokovic is in third place on the list for most career weeks at No. 1 on the ATP rankings, and he’s closing in fast on the two men ahead of him. He’s just 10 weeks away from Pete Sampras’ 286, and 34 weeks away from Federer’s 310.

Sorry guys, I know its a lot of text, but this is just amazing what he has achieved so far in his career and he is not done yet.
All from tennis.com

 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
17 stats in celebration of Novak's 17th Grand Slam title

1. He won his eighth Australian Open. Djokovic already set the all-time men’s record for most Australian Open titles when he won his seventh last year, but he’s now upped that mark to eight.
2. He won his 17th Grand Slam title. In addition to his eight Australian Open titles in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2020, Djokovic also has one French Open crown (2016), five Wimbledons (2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019) and three US Opens (2011, 2015 and 2018).
3. He’s now three Grand Slams behind Roger Federer, and two behind Rafael Nadal. Djokovic was within two of Nadal as recently as 2019, but he hasn’t been within three of Federer since 2004, when Federer had three and Djokovic was just starting to play on the tour.
4. He’s back at No. 1. With Nadal losing to Thiem in the quarterfinals, Djokovic is back on top of the ATP rankings. This week will be his 276th career week at No.1.
5. He’s now won five of the last seven Grand Slams. Djokovic won Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018, the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2019, and now the Australian Open in 2020.
6. He’s won 43 of his last 45 matches at Grand Slams. His only losses at the majors in the last 19 months have come against Thiem in the semifinals of the 2019 French Open, and to Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round of the 2019 US Open (Djokovic retired down two sets against the Swiss due to a left shoulder injury).
7. He’s the third man in tennis history to win eight or more titles at the same major. The other two are Nadal, who’s won Roland Garros 12 times, and Federer, who’s won Wimbledon eight times.
8. He’s now 8-0 in Australian Open finals. He’s not only undefeated in finals in Melbourne; he’s also 8-0 in semifinals. To sum it up: every time he’s gotten past the quarterfinals in Melbourne, he’s gone on to win the title.
9. He’s won nine of his last 10 Grand Slam finals. At one point 8-8, Djokovic is now 17-9 in Grand Slam finals. He’s 9-1 in his last 10, the loss coming to Wawrinka in the 2016 US Open final.
10. He’s the first man in the Open era to win majors in three different decades. He’s won one in the 2000s, 15 in the 2010s and now one in the 2020s. Only one other man has won majors in three decades, and he did it across Open era and pre-Open era: Ken Rosewall, in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
11. He came back from two sets to one down to win a major final for the first time. He’s the first man to achieve the feat since Juan Martin del Potro did it against Federer in the 2009 US Open final.
12. He turned the tide on a troublesome head-to-head record. Djokovic went into the final with a 6-4 lead over Thiem, but that head-to-head was originally 5-0. Thiem had won four of their last five meetings going into the Australian Open final, including their last two meetings at majors.
13. He’s now 13-0 in 2019. That includes his 6-0 record at the ATP Cup and seven wins in Melbourne. It’s his fourth-longest unbeaten streak to start a year in his career, after going 14-0 to start 2016, 17-0 to start 2013 and—wait for it—41-0 to start 2011. How long will his perfect 2019 start last?
14. He passed John McEnroe with the fifth-most career ATP titles in the Open Era. The 2020 Australian Open title was Djokovic’s 78th career ATP title, passing McEnroe for standalone fifth place. The Serb only trails Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (103), Ivan Lendl (95) and Nadal (84).
15. He kept the Big Three’s winning streak at the majors alive. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have now combined to win the last 13 majors, sweeping them all since the start of 2017. They’ve now won 52 of the last 60 majors, a stretch that began with Nadal’s victory at the 2005 French Open.
16. He kept the Big Three is in 58 of the last 60 major finals. Since the 2005 French Open, the only two majors that didn’t feature any of Djokovic, Nadal or Federer were the 2014 US Open final (Marin Cilic against Kei Nishikori) and the 2016 Wimbledon final (Andy Murray against Milos Raonic).
17. He’s chasing the record for most career weeks at No. 1. Djokovic is in third place on the list for most career weeks at No. 1 on the ATP rankings, and he’s closing in fast on the two men ahead of him. He’s just 10 weeks away from Pete Sampras’ 286, and 34 weeks away from Federer’s 310.

Sorry guys, I know its a lot of text, but this is just amazing what he has achieved so far in his career and he is not done yet.
All from tennis.com

Bonus: He is once again the reigning, defending, undisputed, heavyweight ATP Mens singles number one player of the world and The Earth's Mightiest Warrior.
 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
Also, I don't know if this has been discussed already but Djokovic has defeated the entire top 5 so far in 2020 (except himself of course) who had ALL beaten him in their last match: Medvedev, Nadal, Federer and Thiem. He has set the stage for a great 2020.
He went though a lot of the younger guys who are meant to be more dangerous for him than for Fedal. Medvedev, Shapovalov, Thiem.
 

S'in-net

Semi-Pro
To all the believers out there...

"The day maybe over,
but the victory's just begun...

Yes, the day, it maybe over
but the victory's just begun"

 

vex

Hall of Fame
Oh, I didn't think that he can go into grinding mode and win easily. It's a recipe for disaster, which he escaped today. Needs a lot of aggression and confidence boosting variety. He was 24/29 today at the net. Should've played it much more (hopefully he and his team will figure it out).
Not gonna lie. It’s extremely frustrating as a fan to see that he hasn’t really devoted himself to evolving his game for his 30s yet. Today should have been a huge flashing red light. But with the win I wonder if he’ll just keep doing what’s he’s been doing.

He has the talent to hit consistently aggressive groundstrokes off neutral balls from both wings similar to Fed. He doesn’t even need to to equal Fed’s aggression, even like 80% of it would be enough. Shorten points. Follow offensive shots to the net. End with volleys.

he CAN do it but he seems to think he doesn’t need to. Unfortunately the time is quickly approaching when he’ll realize he’s wrong on that. His movement is clearly not at his prime level anymore and his stamina today was frankly shocking. I wish he’d start changing NOW rather than lose a whole year in denial. I feel like Agassi tried to convey this to him but he wasn’t ready to hear it. To his credit he was able to defy time and pull these last 5 slams out of his normal game plan... but that time is fading. fast
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
Not gonna lie. It’s extremely frustrating as a fan to see that he hasn’t really devoted himself to evolving his game for his 30s yet. Today should have been a huge flashing red light. But with the win I wonder if he’ll just keep doing what’s he’s been doing.

He has the talent to hit consistently aggressive groundstrokes off neutral balls from both wings similar to Fed. He doesn’t even need to to equal Fed’s aggression, even like 80% of it would be enough. Shorten points. Follow offensive shots to the net. End with volleys.

he CAN do it but he seems to think he doesn’t need to. Unfortunately the time is quickly approaching when he’ll realize he’s wrong on that. His movement is clearly not at his prime level anymore and his stamina today was frankly shocking. I wish he’d start changing NOW rather than lose a whole year in denial. I feel like Agassi tried to convey this to him but he wasn’t ready to hear it. To his credit he was able to defy time and pull these last 5 slams out of his normal game plan... but that time is fading. fast
I think he's changing stuff. I was delighted with his tactics last year in Cincy against Medvedev, for a set and a half. He's definitely developing but when things get tough in the actual match he has a tendency to retreat in his "safe" zone and grind the points. Tennis is all about confidence. If he can get confident enough, we may see much more mixed game from him.
 

Shaj

Rookie
Not gonna lie. It’s extremely frustrating as a fan to see that he hasn’t really devoted himself to evolving his game for his 30s yet. Today should have been a huge flashing red light. But with the win I wonder if he’ll just keep doing what’s he’s been doing.

He has the talent to hit consistently aggressive groundstrokes off neutral balls from both wings similar to Fed. He doesn’t even need to to equal Fed’s aggression, even like 80% of it would be enough. Shorten points. Follow offensive shots to the net. End with volleys.

he CAN do it but he seems to think he doesn’t need to. Unfortunately the time is quickly approaching when he’ll realize he’s wrong on that. His movement is clearly not at his prime level anymore and his stamina today was frankly shocking. I wish he’d start changing NOW rather than lose a whole year in denial. I feel like Agassi tried to convey this to him but he wasn’t ready to hear it. To his credit he was able to defy time and pull these last 5 slams out of his normal game plan... but that time is fading. fast
Well he has improved his serve dramatically now.Its a weapon.

There's only 24 hours in a day,if you want to drastically improve something you are gonna have to compromise on your strengths.we have already seen he is not the baseline monster he used to be.So it's a double edged sword.


But he is absolutely responsible for the poor overheads. It can be improved.Even a lowly ranked player hits a very good overheads.Its the easiest shot in Tennis.He hit a poor overhead in the start of second which basically gave Thiem the break.

But we have come a long way,I remember those frustrating GS final losses or the semis one,FO 14,USO 13,USO 12 where he didn't even give his best and sort of faded away or bullied away..They are long long gone now..
 
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Tennisbg

Semi-Pro
Will he pull out of Dubai, I think it will be a good move. He can get 1 month of rest and try to gain form again in IW/Miami since he does not care so much about Masters. This year will be really tough with Olympics coming.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
Points to defend Novak vs. Nadal
American hardcourt 135 - 405
Clay 2500 - 3900
Grass 2000 - 720
American hardcourt 540 - 3000
Rest of season 1880 - 760

He could lose #1 for a couple weeks in the spring. Wimbledon is a huge test. If Novak stays #1 after Wimbledon, he should be fine the rest of the year.
 

vex

Hall of Fame
I think he's changing stuff. I was delighted with his tactics last year in Cincy against Medvedev, for a set and a half. He's definitely developing but when things get tough in the actual match he has a tendency to retreat in his "safe" zone and grind the points. Tennis is all about confidence. If he can get confident enough, we may see much more mixed game from him.
Well he has improved his serve dramatically now.Its a weapon.

There's only 24 hours in a day,if you want to drastically improve something you are gonna have to compromise on your strengths.we have already seen he is not the baseline monster he used to be.So it's a double edged sword.


But he is absolutely responsible for the poor overheads. It can be improved.Even a lowly ranked player hits a very good overheads.Its the easiest shot in Tennis.He hit a poor overhead in the start of second which basically gave Thiem the break.

But we have come a long way,I remember those frustrating GS final losses or the semis one,FO 14,USO 13,USO 12 where he didn't even give his best and sort of faded away or bullied away..They are long long gone now..
I hope you guys are right. Great point on serve Shaj. Although his double faults forced him to scale his 2nd back too much yesterday. Just a single off day serving I think. Overall he’s pretty maxed out on serving.

I have a hard time judging the final. Both guys played significantly below thier levels coming into the match. Thiem didn’t play nearly as well as say Murray or Rafa did in past finals. Djoker looked completely burnt in the 2nd and 3rd sets. I can’t figure it out. He had two days rest. I don’t think his stamina is that terrible. Thiem just grinded a bit. Maybe Djoker just screwed up his prematch food and water intake. How the heck does that happen tho? I dunno. It wasn’t good tho.

There was one particular point that just killed me. Djoker hit a fantastic corner BH that Thiem has to sprint and lunge to block back. It slowly floats back. Djoker still standing on the baseline waiting for it. Thiem recovered, the point went like 15 more shots and Thiem won it. That has to change in the future.

Anyway. In the end he won 17, that’s fantastic. Hopefully he can win another major or two this year
 
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GabeT

Legend
I hope you guys are right. Great point on serve Shaj. Although his double faults forced him to scale his 2nd back too much yesterday. Just a single off day serving I think. Overall he’s pretty maxed out on serving.

I have a hard time judging the final. Both guys played significantly below thier levels coming into the match. Thiem didn’t play nearly as well as say Murray or Rafa did in past finals. Djoker looked completely burnt in the 2nd and 3rd sets. I can’t figure it out. He had two days rest. I don’t think his stamina is that terrible. Thiem just grinded a bit. Maybe Djoker just screwed up his prematch food and water intake. How the heck does that happen tho? I dunno. It wasn’t good tho.

There was one particular point that just killed me. Djoker hit a fantastic corner BH that Thiem has to sprint and lunge to block back. It slowly floats back. Djoker still standing on the baseline waiting for it. Thiem recovered, the point went like 15 more shots and Thiem won it. That has to change in the future.

Anyway. In the end he won 17, that’s fantastic. Hopefully he can win another major or two this year
From what I read the issue was dehydration. That’s both a big issue for a pro athlete in the middle of a major effort and also relatively easy to solve. It seems that was the case. Once it was diagnosed as such at the end of the third set and he drank much more liquids and replenishment drinks his stamina increased almost immediately.
 
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