Djokovic News

Bambooman

Rookie
There is no doubt he tends to play his best or at least better than his opponent in GS finals. Still the risk is always there that he will just deliver a sub par match like he tends to a few times a year at least. It was just not his day like it wasn't when he lost to Evans and Karatsev.

It doesn't have to be age or fitness.
 
This wasnt because of fitness. This was Novaks Head which was spining all match long. Any other Major he would have creamed Med who had actualy pretty average to bad stats . That said im happy that Daniil was the one who did it and that he finaly got his first slam.
I just think also Meddy outplayed Novak. Sometimes the opponent is just superior and thats it.
 

pasta

Semi-Pro
Back here ... had some time to reflect and dispel my mostly negative feelings on Djokovic ...

And amazingly, I am still standing of opinion that he killed himself (if/when Tsitsipas gets there this would be a definition of "Greek Tragedy" ) ...

I have never seen this great tennis warrior so nervous, so scared, so confused and ... so defeated !!!

I was expecting Muhammad Ali moment ... Michael Jordan moment ... Jesse Owens ... and he produced nothing ...
 

nachiket nolefam

Hall of Fame
What a year it has been.

9th Australian Open, just 1 away from his double digit.
Record broken for weeks at number 1.
Rafael Nadal beaten in RG. Highlight of the season. Stopping his 21.
DCGS - First in open era.
Winning 6th Wimbledon - a threepeat there. Tying Federer at 20. And he is 6 years younger.
Olympics star celebrity
Reaching 9th us open final after playing 18 hrs before the final. Winning 27 straight matches.

This has been the best year for Djokovic.

 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
What a year it has been.

9th Australian Open, just 1 away from his double digit.
Record broken for weeks at number 1.
Rafael Nadal beaten in RG. Highlight of the season. Stopping his 21.
DCGS - First in open era.
Winning 6th Wimbledon - a threepeat there. Tying Federer at 20. And he is 6 years younger.
Olympics star celebrity
Reaching 9th us open final after playing 18 hrs before the final. Winning 27 straight matches.

This has been the best year for Djokovic.

What a year it has been.

9th Australian Open, just 1 away from his double digit.
Record broken for weeks at number 1.
Rafael Nadal beaten in RG. Highlight of the season. Stopping his 21.
DCGS - First in open era.
Winning 6th Wimbledon - a threepeat there. Tying Federer at 20. And he is 6 years younger.
Olympics star celebrity
Reaching 9th us open final after playing 18 hrs before the final. Winning 27 straight matches.

This has been the best year for Djokovic.

It is absolutely a great season. Hope he finishes YE#1.
Thiem's struggle and Nadal's injury were big factors this season. The CYGS was once in a lifetime or half century opportunity.
 

BlueB

Legend
The word is pronouced Molodets, which means Well done or Good job. I use this word often, when I train Russian speaking clients in the gym.
I looked into it a bit further... Seems we are both right:

There are two pretty close but nevertheless different meanings:
1. Молоде́ц means attaboy!, attagirl!, well done!
2. Мо́лодец means a young man. This one a bit old fashioned. Both of them can be used in polite conversation, but they are informal.
 

Shaj

Rookie
It cannot be he was physically empty, just two days ago he hardly looked gassed in 5th set against Sacha..And that wasnt even a long match just 3.5 hour match..If it was a 4.5 5 hour long battle then I would have understood...The way he beaten Berretini,Zverer, I know he his wasnt prime Novak but still good enough to beat Medvedev..All he had to do was slog out for first 1.5 hours against Med and he would have wilted away later.. These lanky guys dont have much in tank anyways..Just move them around for couple of hours and they are done....The way Thiem disposed off Medevedev in last years semi finals..

Something like 7-6 on first set and maybe a lost set at worst down the line for Novak..This was a mental choke more than anything..
 

Tenacity

Hall of Fame
Novak in Belgrade, Serbia, with racket in his hands and smiling, two days after that historic and heartbreaking match.

Stay strong Nole, it was a great season, that is still not over and glory and YE#1 yet awaits.

 
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Ducky Lucky

New User
Novak in Belgrade, Serbia, with racket in his hands and smiling, two days after that historic and heartbreaking match.

Stay strong Nole, it was a great season, that is still not ever and glory and YE#1 yet await.

Good for him but I think he should take the rest of the year off. Novak must be terribly disappointed, it will take some getting over.
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
A few days late but got to say, so proud of him. Obviously prior to the final I was picturing a best case scenario, but this is the next best one. Several comebacks, fighting constantly, winning more people over than ever. I can't even begin to imagine what kind of pressure he was under since Wimbledon, glad that's something he won't be going through again. Remarkable what he's done this season especially after all the crap that happened in 2020 post covid break. Can't wait to watch him again as he should be more loosened up going forward. And hopefully last Sunday was just a small delay as far as the totals are concerned...
 
You can tell Nole loves playing for his country. The passion and intensity he shows in both single and mixed double is almost palpable. The guy is desperate to bring home medals.

Serbians are quite lucky to have a top athlete that passionate about his country and representing it.

Did we ever find out what the injury was? I can only find a vague reference to a left shoulder injury and to "multiple injuries." I really like Nole but I cant help but wonder if he let his team mate and country down when he withdrew from the Olympics. If he was only interested in the singles medal (and the US open) he should have let someone else have the spot.

“I am dealing with multiple injuries,” he told reporters. “That's why I have withdrawn from the mixed. I hope it will not put my appearance at the U.S. Open in danger."
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamza...l-and-with-a-shoulder-injury/?sh=5df7d182a358
 

Red Rick

Bionic Poster
A few days late but got to say, so proud of him. Obviously prior to the final I was picturing a best case scenario, but this is the next best one. Several comebacks, fighting constantly, winning more people over than ever. I can't even begin to imagine what kind of pressure he was under since Wimbledon, glad that's something he won't be going through again. Remarkable what he's done this season especially after all the crap that happened in 2020 post covid break. Can't wait to watch him again as he should be more loosened up going forward. And hopefully last Sunday was just a small delay as far as the totals are concerned...
Imagine going back in time to after RG 2020 and saying "bruh next year you'll be so disappointed cause he doesn't win the CYGS".

Huge loss obviously, but still an amazing year and I don't really doubt Djokovic can back from this one. I don't think he should take a huge amount of time off cause that basically only makes the loss bigger.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
Imagine going back in time to after RG 2020 and saying "bruh next year you'll be so disappointed cause he doesn't win the CYGS".

Huge loss obviously, but still an amazing year and I don't really doubt Djokovic can back from this one. I don't think he should take a huge amount of time off cause that basically only makes the loss bigger.
No reason he doesn't play IW, Paris, and WTF. He won the most or next to the most in all three events. Hope he finishes 2021 strong with a YE#1.
 

K-H

Hall of Fame
A bit late myself. But I actually wanted to see Novak win the whole thing this year.
Never seen a Calendar grand slam in my lifetime, and even though I'm a rafa fan, I can accept it when someone really deserves it.

He beat rafa at the French, won the Aussie and Wimbledon comfortably, and I was hoping for him to do it at the US.

Heartbreaking loss. It got to me when he was crying on the changeover. Never actually seen him tired like this before. Whether it physical or emotional or combo of both. Wouldn't have minded seeing him lift that trophy that night.

Maybe because I've already accepted him as the most accomplished ever, and this would've been the icing on the cake. Don't think we'll see this sort of chance again, but look forward to seeing him dominate the remainder of the season especially now that Fedal are not playing.

For the rest of the tour, good luck, think we'll see a free swinging, fresh djokovic when he comes back from this little break
 

Imperator

Hall of Fame
This loss might be a bless in disguise. Although he's been stunning the whole year, the more he won, the more his level of play declined throughout the year, probably because of the pressure growing stronger after each win. I mean there was a lot of things to be nervous about : weeks at #1 record, winning AO to stay in the slam race, playing for DCGS + 19th slam, trying to equal Fedal's slam record, going for the GCS, going for the CYGS... That's too much for one man, even for Djokovic.

Now all this accumulated pressure is off his shoulders and he has nothing to lose anymore, everything ahead of him would only be the icing on the cake if he could win. This will allow him to play more freely which might cause him to reach an insanely high level of play, maybe he will be even better than this year.
 

Shaj

Rookie
This time he should have taken a queue from Nadal or Mourinho.Look at how Nadal downplays any important match. he says it just another normal game, keeps his cerebral bearings on the ground. Even Mourinho downplayed his 1000th match in charge like a crime and then ran like a child when he actually won it. Thats the way to do it.. Novak was approaching it all wrong. Was nervous even in French Open, against Nadal,tsisipas but luckily he got in his rhtym soon. Was so nervous against Berretini in Wimbledon too. This time it became a bridge too far. But even in the final, if he had got on board in the final in the first game, it could have been different and even if he gotten a break in the 2nd set, he would have won in 4. But not meant to be.
 

N01E

Hall of Fame
This time he should have taken a queue from Nadal or Mourinho.Look at how Nadal downplays any important match. he says it just another normal game, keeps his cerebral bearings on the ground. Even Mourinho downplayed his 1000th match in charge like a crime and then ran like a child when he actually won it. Thats the way to do it.. Novak was approaching it all wrong. Was nervous even in French Open, against Nadal,tsisipas but luckily he got in his rhtym soon. Was so nervous against Berretini in Wimbledon too. This time it became a bridge too far. But even in the final, if he had got on board in the final in the first game, it could have been different and even if he gotten a break in the 2nd set, he would have won in 4. But not meant to be.
There's only so much you can do with the media presence. Also what you're saying and what's going inside your head are 2 completely different things. Nadal failed at getting DCGS (l. to Wawrinka, Federer and Djokovic) and NCYGS as well (l. to Ferrer), so I don't think it's worth mentioning him without getting results. I think that being nervous in some moments, especially at the start of the match is pretty normal for Novak in the finals. Happened more often than not (2011, W'18, AO'16, AO'19 and AO'21 were the best from him for sure). Pretty much everything was going wrong for him in New York this year though. CYGS pressure, bad draw, almost 17 hrs spent on court before the final and fresh Medvedevbot who almost didn't face a top 20 player and was obviously in a great form and ready to rally. I was surprised that "outlasting the opponent" approach was working so well thus far, but it felt like he really needed too much time to get into rhythm each match. Daniil did a great job, especially with his serve in the first set and managed to do just enough to keep it in the second. That set would be massive for Novak, but there's no point in thinking about it now. Had it been closer on the board like all of those 2012-2014 loses I would be worried, but now that all of that CYGS talk is off we can go back to one slam at a time.
 

One

Rookie
There is a 7 weeks between USO and Paris. A lot time to rest. Meanwhile, looks like Med will fight for no1. He is commited to play Moscow and said he would play St Pet instead of Vienna. If he travels to IW thats 1500 points. Novak really needs to play his best in order to get YE1.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
Looks like this is going along the lines of 2016 & 2019 .
Novak will have to work too hard in the end to finish as Seventh Year End No1 ,if he skips IW .
He should try to secure this Unique record , why isn't he serious about this ? :unsure:
My guess: Novak is happy tying for the YE#1 record with his idol Sampras, unless Medvedev falls on his face.
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
It was both. Afterward Novak himself said that his legs weren't all there. He had the far harder draw, spent 5+ more hours on court than Medvedev and ran a dozen miles more in his matches. Add the pressure of winning a Grand Slam, which clearly affected Novak's nerves, and all credit to Medvedev for playing really well and very strategically, and you get Djokovic losing in straights.
It wasn’t Meddy’s fault that guys who potentially could have troubled him were knocked out before they got to him.
 

Shaj

Rookie
Looks like this is going along the lines of 2016 & 2019 .
Novak will have to work too hard in the end to finish as Seventh Year End No1 ,if he skips IW .
He should try to secure this Unique record , why isn't he serious about this ? :unsure:
Although its not confirmed yet that he skips IW, but looks he is..


This season again he is becoming lax come the end of the season, worked hard the whole season now he is chilling and he may lose the seventh YE1, Wonder why he has this knack of kicking feet. He needs to clean up, finish the task.
 

Fiero425

Hall of Fame
Although its not confirmed yet that he skips IW, but looks he is..


This season again he is becoming lax come the end of the season, worked hard the whole season now he is chilling and he may lose the seventh YE1, Wonder why he has this knack of kicking feet. He needs to clean up, finish the task.
Like 2016, this makes no sense for this race to be even close! How do you win 3 majors, make final of a 4th, but still not be a clear leader for YE #1? I didn't think any season could be better than 2015 with 3 majors, another major final, 6 Masters wins, a YEC, and finalist in the 2 other Masters he played! It made it tough to defend in 2016, but Djokovic still won 2 majors, was a finalist in a 3rd, and won 4 Masters events! It came down to the YEC Final where Murray snatched the #1 for YE honors! I thought that obscene, but if it were to happen again this year, I might be done! Watching the game I love turn into a bash-fest of the ball over real skill is hard enough, but seeing these kind of ranking issues really irks my soul! Federer hasn't played much in over a year, but remains in the top 10! WTF? I know how with their ridiculous rules governing this period of a p@ndemic, but it's still nauseating to see! If Med winds up YE #1, I'm not sure why I need to pay tennis any attention after that! I still only have-heartedly watch the women since Hingis and Henin retired! At least there was some kind of stability with the men, but the Big 3 era is slowly coming to an end! :unsure: :(:cautious::sneaky:(n)
 
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