Djokovic to not play REST OF THE SEASON

D.Nalby12

Legend
I think Nole has some term plans in his mind taking this decision. Also don't think he is severely injured. He just needs to rest his body and mind after 6 years of consistent Tennis. Nothing to worry about. He still has 2-3 years left.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
I think Nole has some term plans in his mind taking this decision. Also don't think he is severely injured. He just needs to rest his body and mind after 6 years of consistent Tennis. Nothing to worry about. He still has 2-3 years left.
Make that 11 years of consistent tennis. 2007 was his first year as a top 3 player.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
The Fedfan in me says the tour is just fine as it is :p But the tennis fan says the tour is missing a spark right now. I'm sure Djokovic will be back playing some incredible ball in 2018, mentally and physically he'll be refreshed.
I think Nole will need to improve his net game and somehow bring back his 2007 aggressiveness.
 
Nadal took most of 2012 off and then we know what he did in 2013. Fed took a lot of 2016 off and we can all see what he's doing now.

If I were a gambling man, which of course I'm not cause I don't want to throw money away. But I would seriously consider putting some on Novak winning AO and another slam in 2018.

I mean "rest" is what get's you in prime condition for winning slams, not "match play" and "form".
 

tenisdecente

Hall of Fame
Nadal took most of 2012 off and then we know what he did in 2013. Fed took a lot of 2016 off and we can all see what he's doing now.

If I were a gambling man, which of course I'm not cause I don't want to throw money away. But I would seriously consider putting some on Novak winning AO and another slam in 2018.

I mean "rest" is what get's you in prime condition for winning slams, not "match play" and "form".
Both are needed, but these guys are so good (we are talking about ATG in fact) that without a lot of match time he can get to a high tennis level. Let's see in 2018
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
I think Nole will need to improve his net game and somehow bring back his 2007 aggressiveness.
That's if he doesn't have the same athletic ability. I think working with Agassi they'll be aiming to take the ball early and be aggressive. Novak's game has always been about insane ground game, in 2015-2016 he did attack the net as much as any other top player - I don't think we'll see him do much more than that. He needs his 2015 serve back most of all.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
That's if he doesn't have the same athletic ability. I think working with Agassi they'll be aiming to take the ball early and be aggressive. Novak's game has always been about insane ground game, in 2015-2016 he did attack the net as much as any other top player - I don't think we'll see him do much more than that. He needs his 2015 serve back most of all.
He cannot rely on grinding down his opponents. That was his go to strategy when not playing well.
 

TheMaestro1990

Hall of Fame
Not that surprising but still can't help feeling a bit gutted tbh. Oh well, better for it to be this news than an announcement of the dreaded "R". :oops: Now rest up Novak and take that well deserved break, all the best to you and Jelena on the birth of your second child and please come back healthy and fully fit in 2018 mate - the tour is in desperate need of you back at your best!
I know how you're feeling man. But to judge by Federer's break, glorius things may wait in 2018. I think Djokovic has taken the right decision, he is still not old.
 

Jackuar

Hall of Fame
Roger was at 17 slams, he dropped to 17... You gotta resume from where you left, no going off-track. And then got 18th.

Same logic, Novak needs to be exactly at 12. Nothing more, nothing less. He ain't winning otherwise.
 
Both are needed, but these guys are so good (we are talking about ATG in fact) that without a lot of match time he can get to a high tennis level. Let's see in 2018
So good that they can reach peak fitness and form against common sense and what human biology says?

If you believe that, then I'm sure somewhere in your back garden you have a family unicorns with little green fairies flying around them right?
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
He cannot rely on grinding down his opponents. That was his go to strategy when not playing well.
That depends what on shape his game is in when he comes back. I'm not assuming anything. He's not going to start S&V'ing. I expect him to play with more aggression off the ground again, he'll still move better than most of the tour even if his movement declines over his break.
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
Not easy to do what he did, but it was the right thing. Tennis will miss him.

I am saying it right now - 2018 will be known as the year that saw the return of The Legendary Earth's Mightiest Warrior.

He will return.
 

Newcomer

Hall of Fame
Not easy to do what he did, but it was the right thing. Tennis will miss him.

I am saying it right now - 2018 will be known as the year that saw the return of The Legendary Earth's Mightiest Warrior.

He will return.
Not sure. In 2014-2016 most tennis fans dreamed about him taking a break. There was no reason to watch tournaments, you just knew who was going to win. This year it's not much different of course, now Federer is winning every big tournament he enters. Weak era starting from 2014...
 

SinjinCooper

Hall of Fame
Nole's done.

This is the furthest thing in the world from Federer's 2016 shutdown. Fed shut down right after an injury proved to be the only thing that stopped him from steamrolling to a Wimbledon he was in full command of. Nole's shutting down in desperation after sucking for a year and a half and losing his credence as an elite tennis player altogether.

He's not on sabbatical; he's washed up. And good riddance, says I. He played ugly junk tennis that could only be appreciated by peasant stock.
 

Djokovic2011

Bionic Poster
Nole's done.

This is the furthest thing in the world from Federer's 2016 shutdown. Fed shut down right after an injury proved to be the only thing that stopped him from steamrolling to a Wimbledon he was in full command of. Nole's shutting down in desperation after sucking for a year and a half and losing his credence as an elite tennis player altogether.

He's not on sabbatical; he's washed up. And good riddance, says I. He played ugly junk tennis that could only be appreciated by peasant stock.
Oh dear oh dear. :oops::oops:
 

Newcomer

Hall of Fame
Nole's done.

This is the furthest thing in the world from Federer's 2016 shutdown. Fed shut down right after an injury proved to be the only thing that stopped him from steamrolling to a Wimbledon he was in full command of. Nole's shutting down in desperation after sucking for a year and a half and losing his credence as an elite tennis player altogether.

He's not on sabbatical; he's washed up. And good riddance, says I. He played ugly junk tennis that could only be appreciated by peasant stock.
Sucking for a year and a half? Seriously? :rolleyes:
 

TheAssassin

Legend
Nole's done.

This is the furthest thing in the world from Federer's 2016 shutdown. Fed shut down right after an injury proved to be the only thing that stopped him from steamrolling to a Wimbledon he was in full command of. Nole's shutting down in desperation after sucking for a year and a half and losing his credence as an elite tennis player altogether.

He's not on sabbatical; he's washed up. And good riddance, says I. He played ugly junk tennis that could only be appreciated by peasant stock.
Yes, Federer only had an injury at Wimbledon, not the most of 2016. :rolleyes:

Well done. Compared to yourself you've made peasants look like biggest role models. Don't know how you did it but kudos.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
Not that surprising but still can't help feeling a bit gutted tbh. Oh well, better for it to be this news than an announcement of the dreaded "R". :oops: Now rest up Novak and take that well deserved break, all the best to you and Jelena on the birth of your second child and please come back healthy and fully fit in 2018 mate - the tour is in desperate need of you back at your best!
Novak has seem a bit off mentally too. So to heal that and his injury same time is a good use of time. Also to get another child.
He is saying he wants to play 5 more years. Means he will come back with new batteries. Fedal came back stronger than ever and so will Novak. Better he come back strong and winning slams again that being half good.
Its probably boring without the fav playing, but there is a lot of other fun and young players to cheer for in the meanwhile ;)
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I hope so. He's really awkward at the net.

He was good enough at net last year to Clean up and win 2 majors and Dominate. So his netgame is very capable.....it is not a weakness. but he does suck in Doubles netgame. he just gets lost with Positioning in doubles because he plays so little of it.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Not that surprising but still can't help feeling a bit gutted tbh. Oh well, better for it to be this news than an announcement of the dreaded "R". :oops: Now rest up Novak and take that well deserved break, all the best to you and Jelena on the birth of your second child and please come back healthy and fully fit in 2018 mate - the tour is in desperate need of you back at your best!
At least you can now sit back and enjoy watching the rest of the guys slug it out for the remainder of the season (just like Fedfans did last year) while waiting patiently for his return in 2018. Do you have anybody you will sets your sights on in the meantime eg. Prince Dominic or Prince Sasha for instance? :cool:
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
He was good enough at net last year to Clean up and win 2 majors and Dominate. So his netgame is very capable.....it is not a weakness. but he does suck in Doubles netgame. he just gets lost with Positioning in doubles because he plays so little of it.
He net game is fine. He doesn't look natural but he's effective, he actually comes to net more than Murray and Nadal do despite them being more natural up there.
 

Roddick85

Hall of Fame
I think he made the right decision. No point to keep playing if you're hurting and can't give your best, all you're doing is extending your misery and then you have to deal with the press/pressure every time you don't perform up to the insane expectations people have on the big 4.
If it leads to Novak returning next year in great form and allows him to resume his legendary rivalries, I'm all for it.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
but it will take a humongous job to start playing more age appropriately.
That's the crux of it right there. After 30, he simply cannot continue to grind away at the back of the court and play 30 shot rallies. This is where Agassi won't help him at all since Andre's volleys were pretty painful. Whether Novak can actually become a more aggressive player and end points quicker is a big "if." Boris would be the better coach in the last stage of his career.
 

BringBackWood

Professional
Good riddance to this adulation seeking creep & his even creepier companions. It was unlikely anyway but we can all breathe a sigh of relief the US open final won't be Novak vs Andy.
 

70後

Hall of Fame
maybe he should play only USO. It would be a pity to miss a slam as a usual rule. Fed/RG in 2017 specifically is the exception.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Well, it was what most of us had been anticipating so no great surprise there. As they get older, the top players can't keep up the same level of play as consistently as they used to. They start to need breaks to let their bodies recover. Federer and Nadal were forced to do that last year and it paid amazing dividends for them this season, especially in Federer's case. Djokovic has enjoyed an amazing injury-free run in the last few years but even he isn't invincible forever. I don't doubt the long break is just what Djokovic needs after playing so much over the last few years. I'm sure he will come back next year refreshed and fit and raring to go again just like Fed and Rafa have done!

Speedy recovery Novak and see ya next year!!!
 
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