Djokovic News

Milanez82

Hall of Fame
Let's assume Djokovic will take part in the olympic final next Sunday.
Then he has been playing 32 professional matches over 83 days span (between May 11th and August 1st) including 20 must-win matches.



Some extended rest period is definitely needed before the US Open (week 35 and 36).
He should skip Cincy too
Play W Salem
Get the rust out and some regular folks get a chance to see him live, that usually would never had the opportunity
 
He is frustrating me really, prepare for cygs, history is on the line
The thing is Novak thinks differently to us. If he has a great Olympics think of all the positive energy he will take to New York for us open. I can see your point though as we worried he could get daft injury or suffer burnout so why risk it in these brutal conditions?

However, these type of competitions should he do well can inspire him to more success. Like the Davis cup helped set up his 2011 break through year. The atp cup helped him win Australia in past. When he won Belgrade this year it give him the springboard for the french and then Wimbledon triumphs. It’s worked out for him well, he thrives on pressure and using it to his advantage.

These type of tournaments when he’s playing for his country always motivate him a lot. The fact he’s never won gold in singles or doubles is obviously a big reason he’s competing. He’s very patriotic for Serbia as we know. It’s also the one thing missing from his pretty perfect cv.

The us open after this tournament is still 4 weeks away so he has plenty of time to recover. He can get plenty of rest but again he may still play cincy just to get last minute prep in before it but that’s up in air for now.

I have thought at times why is he playing that event but he seems to know what he’s doing especially now as like he said he’s older and wiser these days. I trust his judgment and how can you not after his year so far? Haha

Djokovic does seem extremely fit this year and has clearly worked even harder to get him into even better shape compared to last year and even 2019. I mean it could all change but so far he’s not suffered any niggling injuries and his stamina is peak again right now. He didn’t play too much after Australia this year and didn’t properly get his season going again till Rome which was clever.
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
The thing is Novak thinks differently to us. If he has a great Olympics think of all the positive energy he will take to New York for us open. I can see your point though as we worried he could get daft injury or suffer burnout so why risk it in these brutal conditions?

However, these type of competitions should he do well can inspire him to more success. Like the Davis cup helped set up his 2011 break through year. The atp cup helped him win Australia in past. When he won Belgrade this year it give him the springboard for the french and then Wimbledon triumphs. It’s worked out for him well, he thrives on pressure and using it to his advantage.

These type of tournaments when he’s playing for his country always motivate him a lot. The fact he’s never won gold in singles or doubles is obviously a big reason he’s competing. He’s very patriotic for Serbia as we know. It’s also the one thing missing from his pretty perfect cv.

The us open after this tournament is still 4 weeks away so he has plenty of time to recover. He can get plenty of rest but again he may still play cincy just to get last minute prep in before it but that’s up in air for now.

I have thought at times why is he playing that event but he seems to know what he’s doing especially now as like he said he’s older and wiser these days. I trust his judgment and how can you not after his year so far? Haha

Djokovic does seem extremely fit this year and has clearly worked even harder to get him into even better shape compared to last year and even 2019. I mean it could all change but so far he’s not suffered any niggling injuries and his stamina is peak again right now. He didn’t play too much after Australia this year and didn’t properly get his season going again till Rome which was clever.
I am not a spiritual person and I don't understand his thinking. We might say he should be more rational and focus on one thing and that's CYGS. But like you said, the positive vibes he is getting from Olympics may even boost his confidence and make him play four years of top tennis and may yield 5+ slams. We don't know the future. The guy is smart enough to understand his priorities.

It's good to prioritize which historical achievement he can go for on weekly basis now.
 
I am not a spiritual person and I don't understand his thinking. We might say he should be more rational and focus on one thing and that's CYGS. But like you said, the positive vibes he is getting from Olympics may even boost his confidence and make him play four years of top tennis and may yield 5+ slams. We don't know the future. The guy is smart enough to understand his priorities.

It's good to prioritize which historical achievement he can go for on weekly basis now.
Exactly right. Djokovic is a guy who tends to win big all at once too. He goes on a tear when his confidence is high. Right after the first 3 slams of the year his confidence is sky high. If he wins again in Tokyo his confidence level will be on another planet. He will head to New York feeling invincible even though we know no one is. However, my point is his confidence and self belief will be at really high levels.

Djokovic pattern over the years has been he tends to strike whil the iron is hot. He has a few hot streaks and then other years where he slowed down a bit going cold and then came back with more bursts of energy and success. He’s currently in another purple patch of momentum where he’s the no1 player and the man of the moment who is looking to keep his grip on the men’s game going till at least past the us open this year maybe till end of 2021.
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
I must say tennis in the Olympics sounds like a joke. The draw for mixed doubles is decided when, like during breakfast on the day of matches?
I can honestly say I haven't watched a single point from this year's event so far and I'm not sure I will. As much as I hope Novak goes on to win the gold medal, tennis in the Olympics just doesn't do anything for me at all.
 
Yeah, I'm concerned about him overplaying also with mixed. But maybe playing mixed is his way of practicing. I'm sure if he encounters a grueling singles match, he will pull out of mixed in order to recover properly.
 

threehandedbackhand

Hall of Fame
Yeah, I'm concerned about him overplaying also with mixed. But maybe playing mixed is his way of practicing. I'm sure if he encounters a grueling singles match, he will pull out of mixed in order to recover properly.
It happened in ATP Mallorca five weeks ago in a diplomatic form.
As Wimbledon was approaching Djokovic doubles partner became 'unable to play due to minor injury'.
 

maupp

Semi-Pro
At times I just feel like you guys sound like broken records. I know everyone here is a Nole fan and only wish the best for him but these constant questioning about his decisions prior to big tournaments are eyeroll worthy.

People were similarly dumbfounded by Nole's decision to play Belgrade 2 the week before RG and questioned his decision citing overplaying before RG. He played the tournament which was important to him being a home one and won it followed by winning RG 2 weeks later.

Comes Wimbledon, the week before it started people were once again questioning Nole's decision to play some double on grass and predicted fatigue and whatsnot. He played doubles, reached the final and went on to win Wimbledon 2 weeks later.

Here we are once again with people questioning the man's decision to play the Olympics because it's apparently could jeopardize his chances for the US Open. I mean a tournament 3 weeks apart from the us open will somehow cause him enough fatigue to make him unable to play the us open in optimal form. I mean come on.

I mean I get people are fans here and wish him the best but if you truly feel that way then one would hope to see Djokovic do what makes him feel happy and in this particular case it's representing his country and winning a gold medal. The Olympics isn't just some meaningless thing for Djokovic unlike what it is for the fans GOAT debates and gloating.

Sometimes I get the impression that people want Nole to achieve what makes them happy(CYGS) then what makes him happy(Gold at this particular time). It doesn't matter how important Gold is to Djokovic, what matters is the prospect of CYGS not being threatened even if Gold has to be sacrificed despite it being of such importance to their favorite player.

I simply don't get it.
 

Milanez82

Hall of Fame

upchuck

Hall of Fame
I can honestly say I haven't watched a single point from this year's event so far and I'm not sure I will. As much as I hope Novak goes on to win the gold medal, tennis in the Olympics just doesn't do anything for me at all.
Difficult watching matches played at 3 and 4 in the morning but I did watch the entirety of the Struff match and have to say he played really well, better than he ever did during Wimbledon (save for maybe the Anderson match). And Struff was at his very best.
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
Hopefully people who don't get the meaning of Gold for your country(which says more about those people anyway) can see the emotion by Djokovic(and rest of the Serbians) for a fellow athlete at getting the gold and why it would mean getting that gold for him more then any $hite slam.

Or to put things into perspective 1 chance at a gold for 16 chances at a slam
This new world looks at nationalism like it's a bad thing. Very unfortunate.
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
And yet Tsits said on Tuesday that he could still win the final over Djok!
Well that can't happen now! Stef's trying to salvage something w/ the MxD's playing w/ Sakkari! It's like the old days when top players did the doubles for spending $$! ;)
 
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upchuck

Hall of Fame
The question is: isn't it too early?
He needs to find his peak form in New York, not now.
The Olympics is a super valuable tournament for his legacy: he would be the first male player ever who has won *every* event of significance in tennis. Even the great female tennis players can't quite boast of the same since they don't prioritise Tier 1 WTA events the way the men prioritise Masters 1000 events. Furthermore, this is Djokovic: Ten years after he began dominating the sport, we know by now that peaking in July doesn't mean he won't peak again in September.
 

upchuck

Hall of Fame
Do you think he was bluffing saying 'don't know, it's 50/50' after Wimbledon when asked about his Olympics participation?
Doesn't matter: he showed up and you can see through his comments how much it means to him. It's also true that the Olympics is valuable to his legacy regardless of what he thinks.
 

threehandedbackhand

Hall of Fame
Doesn't matter: he showed up and you can see through his comments how much it means to him. It's also true that the Olympics is valuable to his legacy regardless of what he thinks.
But you must admit he is risking a bit. He put himself in a must-win position, there will be a trouble if he loses gold in Tokyo.

Absence in Tokyo and completing CYGS would be perceived as a flawless GS run, but losing gold in Tokyo and US Open win would be remembered as a missed chance.
Another scenarios?
Tokyo win and US Open loss: people will blame Olympics for a New York failure. "He shouldn't have wasted energy for Olympics"
Tokyo loss and US Open loss: the same. People will blame Olympics for a New York failure. "He shouldn't have wasted energy for Olympics"
Absence in Tokyo and US Open loss: nobody will blame lack of Olympics for CYGS fail.
 

GabeT

G.O.A.T.
But you must admit he is risking a bit. He put himself in a must-win position, there will be a trouble if he loses gold in Tokyo.

Absence in Tokyo and completing CYGS would be perceived as a flawless GS run, but losing gold in Tokyo and US Open win would be remembered as a missed chance.
Another scenarios?
Tokyo win and US Open loss: people will blame Olympics for a New York failure. "He shouldn't have wasted energy for Olympics"
Tokyo loss and US Open loss: the same. People will blame Olympics for a New York failure. "He shouldn't have wasted energy for Olympics"
Absence in Tokyo and US Open loss: nobody will blame lack of Olympics for CYGS fail.
Aren’t we demanding way too much? He has a 3 slam year at 34. Neither Fed nor Nadal came even close to that. If he just went home today this would still be remembered among the great seasons in tennis history
 

upchuck

Hall of Fame
But you must admit he is risking a bit. He put himself in a must-win position, there will be a trouble if he loses gold in Tokyo.

Absence in Tokyo and completing CYGS would be perceived as a flawless GS run, but losing gold in Tokyo and US Open win would be remembered as a missed chance.
Nah, absence from Tokyo while completing the CYGS will still be seen as a missed chance, maybe even moreso than if he wins the Open and loses the Gold.
Tokyo win and US Open loss: people will blame Olympics for a New York failure. "He shouldn't have wasted energy for Olympics"
I don't get that at all. Djokovic always plays tournaments between Wimbledon and the US Open, usually two tournaments. He will either do that again or not play after the Olympics until the Open.
Absence in Tokyo and US Open loss: nobody will blame lack of Olympics for CYGS fail.
What they may say is that he missed a chance to get at least one of the two.
 

InsideOut900

Hall of Fame
Nah, absence from Tokyo while completing the CYGS will still be seen as a missed chance, maybe even moreso than if he wins the Open and loses the Gold.
I don't get that at all. Djokovic always plays tournaments between Wimbledon and the US Open, usually two tournaments. He will either do that again or not play after the Olympics until the Open.
What they may say is that he missed a chance to get at least one of the two.
Olympics years can be hard on the body, considering his age and the fact he played Rome, RG, 2 Belgrades, Mallorca and Wimbledon.

But I guess he still looks fresh enough, so imma have to trust his calls on this one.
 

daphne

Hall of Fame
The question is: isn't it too early?
He needs to find his peak form in New York, not now.
The question is - do you think his 2 coaches do not know when the USO is?

Apart from that - an annual peak can be manipulated and maintained anywhere from 4-8 weeks. These guys are not bodybuilders to peak for their Mr Universe competition over 2 weeks. This is a totally different sport.

Take Charlie Francis for instance (and I have posted this on TTW already in the past)




Follow the competition periods (yellow) and see how there are winter competition period, early summer period, and then the peak performance over July and August with recovery and an absolute peak for the WC.

This is the basic stuff that every good coach knows and is ALWAYS worked backwards from the most important day of the year all the way to GPP.
 
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