Djokovic plays points vs fan

FiReFTW

Legend
Maybe some of you heard this story or some of you haven't, basically this japanese guy made a youtube video asking Djokovic to play 5 minutes with him, he saw the vid and accepted.

Good video for those who used to claim how pro players would lose alot of points even against 4.0 players lol

This japanese guy is 20yo and is around a UTR11-12 based on his myutr profile and results, yet Djokovic seems to be playing at 50%, extremely lazy and casual and won.

Anyway fun to watch


Hitting and points start after like 3 minutes
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
Maybe some of you heard this story or some of you haven't, basically this japanese guy made a youtube video asking Djokovic to play 5 minutes with him, he saw the vid and accepted.

Good video for those who used to claim how pro players would lose alot of points even against 4.0 players lol

This japanese guy is 20yo and is around a UTR11-12 based on his myutr profile and results, yet Djokovic seems to be playing at 50%, extremely lazy and casual and won.

Anyway fun to watch


Hitting and points start after like 3 minutes
This is just joking around. UTR may be ok-ish for rec players, but it's pointless applied to pros. Pouille, whom Novak blew away, could beat this Japanese guy 7-0 in a tiebreak.
 

pencilcheck

Semi-Pro
In my perspective, Novak is not even doing 50% he is playing like playing a child to be honest, a lot of serves, forehand, backhand he is not even trying to hit his normal shot. That's why he play a lot of spin lobs, slices, drops because that is enough to force error from the japanese guy.

That japanese guy is very nervous, he arm too much :p If he stay more relaxed, there could be more interesting 1-2 more ball rally instead of hitting the net all the time.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
In my perspective, Novak is not even doing 50% he is playing like playing a child to be honest, a lot of serves, forehand, backhand he is not even trying to hit his normal shot. That's why he play a lot of spin lobs, slices, drops because that is enough to force error from the japanese guy.
Yes and the japanese guy is actually quite good, his rating is around UTR11-12 so thats like 5.5ntrp
And someone was saying a 4.0 player could get quite a few points in a set against the top atp players haha.
 

denoted

Rookie
You might not think it, if you've played high levels of tennis like Texas 3.5/4.0, but Djokovic and other top pros are very talented and tough to play against.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
That guy is very entertaining.

Was he trying to imitate Nadal or someone else? I suspect that he can play quite a bit better but seemed to be exaggerating his shots.
 

HunterST

Hall of Fame
Maybe some of you heard this story or some of you haven't, basically this japanese guy made a youtube video asking Djokovic to play 5 minutes with him, he saw the vid and accepted.

Good video for those who used to claim how pro players would lose alot of points even against 4.0 players lol

This japanese guy is 20yo and is around a UTR11-12 based on his myutr profile and results, yet Djokovic seems to be playing at 50%, extremely lazy and casual and won.

Anyway fun to watch


Hitting and points start after like 3 minutes
I just skimmed the first line before watching the video, and I was afraid it was going to be someone saying this proved amateurs could win points against pros. Thank goodness you weren't! Like you said, the fan is pretty dang high level and Djokovic was putting about the same effort in that I would against a 12 year old girl.

I would love to see what would happen if someone asked Djokovic to play a tie breaker and play at 100 percent.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I would love to see what would happen if someone asked Djokovic to play a tie breaker and play at 100 percent.
The rec player would win 0 points. I was in Vegas and happened to see Dimitrov practicing 1 on 2 against 2 UNLV players. The 2 college players couldn’t even keep up with him in a training session. They kept making errors because they couldn’t handle his pace and penetration. The difference in level between a not top level d1 player vs a top 100 pro is huge.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I just skimmed the first line before watching the video, and I was afraid it was going to be someone saying this proved amateurs could win points against pros. Thank goodness you weren't! Like you said, the fan is pretty dang high level and Djokovic was putting about the same effort in that I would against a 12 year old girl.

I would love to see what would happen if someone asked Djokovic to play a tie breaker and play at 100 percent.
 

HunterST

Hall of Fame
The rec player would win 0 points. I was in Vegas and happened to see Dimitrov practicing 1 on 2 against 2 UNLV players. The 2 college players couldn’t even keep up with him in a training session. They kept making errors because they couldn’t handle his pace and penetration. The difference in level between a not top level d1 player vs a top 100 pro is huge.
Totally agree. I'd just like to see what Djokovic vs. a 4.5 actually looked like.
 

Johnr

Rookie
Totally agree. I'd just like to see what Djokovic vs. a 4.5 actually looked like.
It would be very anticlimactic, 4.5 would be lucky to even get serve back or in, if they did it would be short and slammed past them for a winner.
 

beltsman

Legend
Maybe some of you heard this story or some of you haven't, basically this japanese guy made a youtube video asking Djokovic to play 5 minutes with him, he saw the vid and accepted.

Good video for those who used to claim how pro players would lose alot of points even against 4.0 players lol

This japanese guy is 20yo and is around a UTR11-12 based on his myutr profile and results, yet Djokovic seems to be playing at 50%, extremely lazy and casual and won.

Anyway fun to watch


Hitting and points start after like 3 minutes
Fun video for a bit. But that was not even 50% Novak. Maybe 1% lol.
 
An amateur would not win a single point even in two full sets against Djokovic. A D1 college player probably could win a game only if he had a big serve.
 

zaph

Semi-Pro
A nationally (UK) ranked player came to a coaching succession I was at. While the other four there played doubles, he knocked up with me and played a few lazy points.

Then he asked if I would like to play properly, OK, how hard could it be? The answer was very. He had a huge serve which rocketed past me and even if I got into a point and managed to reach the ball, the weight of his shot knocked me backwards. It made me realise us rec players are playing a different sport to the pros and bare in mind, the guy I played would struggle against an international class player.
 

FiReFTW

Legend
A nationally (UK) ranked player came to a coaching succession I was at. While the other four there played doubles, he knocked up with me and played a few lazy points.

Then he asked if I would like to play properly, OK, how hard could it be? The answer was very. He had a huge serve which rocketed past me and even if I got into a point and managed to reach the ball, the weight of his shot knocked me backwards. It made me realise us rec players are playing a different sport to the pros and bare in mind, the guy I played would struggle against an international class player.
Yes the difference is insane.

I can get how there can be such a massive difference between a very good rec tennis player say UTR8-9 vs a junior of like a UTR11-12ish, since they play since 5yo and play everyday for 4 hours, no rec player does that.

But how there can be such big jumps even beyond that, like UTR14 being able to almost double bagel a UTR12, and then a UTR16 being able to almost double bagel a UTR14, such massive leaps, even on such massive high levels, thats just insane.
 

Born_to_slice

Hall of Fame
But how there can be such big jumps even beyond that, like UTR14 being able to almost double bagel a UTR12, and then a UTR16 being able to almost double bagel a UTR14, such massive leaps, even on such massive high levels, thats just insane.
Because UTR's short scale and it's arithmetic progression is meaningless when you start to measure pros and especially cream of the crop players with it.
 

MarinaHighTennis

Professional
It would be very anticlimactic, 4.5 would be lucky to even get serve back or in, if they did it would be short and slammed past them for a winner.
the serves & consistency of a pro makes it even easier for a 4.5 to play against & rise in level of play vs when a 4.5 plays a 4.5. You just end up mirroring their stroke and pace
 

FiReFTW

Legend
i played him and held my serve with some trickery
If he played for real you wouldnt sniff a chance to hold, even tho ur a good player.

Big 3 like novak, roger and rafa, they bagel top 200 pros very often, and theres a huge difference between a top 200 pro vs even a 5.5 player yet alone 4.5
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Proof that LeeD should beat this joker 0 and 1 if it weren't for the fact that he legally qualifies as a living fossil, parts of him hurt, and that he'd rather surf
 

Kobble

Hall of Fame
The rec player would win 0 points. I was in Vegas and happened to see Dimitrov practicing 1 on 2 against 2 UNLV players. The 2 college players couldn’t even keep up with him in a training session. They kept making errors because they couldn’t handle his pace and penetration. The difference in level between a not top level d1 player vs a top 100 pro is huge.
I remember top D1 players doing pretty well. Todd Widom and Wayne Odesnik were pretty good.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I remember top D1 players doing pretty well. Todd Widom and Wayne Odesnik were pretty good.
My post said NOT top level D1 and these UNLV players were not top level D1 players. I imagine if Dimitrov were hitting with D1 guys of Mackie and Stevie Johnson’s college level, it would have been a little different. I would be surprised if these UNLV players end up going pro after college.
 

WestboroChe

Hall of Fame
This reminds me of when the pro at your club plays with you to determine your level. You’ll win a couple of points off their UEs and might even get a lucky shot. But they are just giving you different stuff to see what you can do. If they actually try the only points you win are the ones they miss.
 
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