Djokovic wasn't surprised at how easy it was to beat Nadal.

jelle v

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We are focusing way too much on a score of one match. Nadal is the second best player on tour, all the panic is unnecessary.
Ok let's not focus on the score of the match, but on the image of the match..

In my opinion, regardless of the score, there was an image of Nadal having zero chance to win this and I kept waiting for Nadal to fight his way into the match..

Nadal is lucky that the clay season is around the corner, so he can build up his confidence again. If that wasn't the case, I suspect this would be a very long season for Nadal. Although I must say that I have a lot of respect for his fighting spirit and one can never count Nadal out.
 

jelle v

Hall of Fame
What's unsettling is that every time Nadal comes up with a new weapon or a new level of aggression which makes headlines across the tennis world and has people excited and calling him the new Rafa....it all comes back to the same old pattern of play when he meets Djokovic. He can't do anything different. He goes back to the same thing he always does. Defensive clay court tennis from 10 feet behind the baseline and chasing down balls.
Agree with this to some extend.. I was wondering a lot of times why Nadal didn't go for the forehand down the line. He kept hitting his forehand to Djoker's backhand, making himself vulnerable for the backhand down the line.. It's ubelievable how Nadal seems to be not able to break this pattern.

Although I must say, I think that if some almighty being was playing against Djokovic yesterday, Djokovic still would have won.
 
Nadal is two months post op. Djokovic took 5 months after his op to be even competitive. Nadal is playing well to beat most but nowhere near ready to play the best, Federer at the moment would also beat him. As Nadal said he needs time. People forget he had no professional matches since September . He did great making the final although it also shows how utterly woeful the men’s tour is at the moment. Murray finished, Federer past his best, wawrinka nowhere near fit delpotro out, had Nadal faced any of them at their best he would have got the same schooling as today so I wouldn’t read too much into the score line.
Federer today would not beat the Nadal who thrashed Tsitsipas.
 

BeatlesFan

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Rafas box looked devastated already in the 2nd set. Moya was shown on the screen hitting stuff around him, Nadals dad had that look like "f this ****", Xisca looked heartbroken. I mean even Nadal looked like he was beaten once Djokovic started goating from the first point. I've yet to see such scenes from Nadals box that early.
@RF-18 I agree, it was almost like a parody of a devastated box. Sebastian Nadal looked like he was going to walk out of the stadium at one point and Xisca looked like she was about to jump off the Titanic into the frigid Atlantic. Maybe someone can come up with a gif the box because it was dismal scenes. Toni at least would still have been clapping and encouraging.
 
Djokovic was also shown the list of Most Grand Slam titles holders where he is currently sitting at number 3. Courier asked him if this will motivate him to chase the record and win more Slams. Djokovic answered yes absolutely. He is very motivated to break the record.
How long will it take Djoker to reach 21?
 
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Djokovic really knew that he was going to win. There was no doubt in his mind.

Gotta love that confidence. :cool:
 
@RF-18 I agree, it was almost like a parody of a devastated box. Sebastian Nadal looked like he was going to walk out of the stadium at one point and Xisca looked like she was about to jump off the Titanic into the frigid Atlantic. Maybe someone can come up with a gif the box because it was dismal scenes. Toni at least would still have been clapping and encouraging.
Xisca is a strange one. She may as well not bother coming to be honest. If my gf was like that I’d be furious. Poor Rafa was out there fighting like a lion and his box looked like the world had ended.
 
Djokovic really knew that he was going to win. There was no doubt in his mind.

Gotta love that confidence. :cool:
Well I think he did mention Nadal was 2 months post surgery and knew Nadal would not be able to wear him down like he often does as he mentioned this time last year that while Novak was hitting the ball well it took him time to recover from his surgery in terms of physical fitness. It was an obvious tactic, make Nadal hit the extra shot. He did and Nadal missed loads trying to force the pace and shorten points.

Djokovic was very respectful about Nadal and his recovery, and equally Nadal quickly said even at his best he would have lost to Novak playing like that so credit both guys for being honest.
 
He will need two years winning 3 Majors each, or three years two.

Should be easy.



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You should have picked a picture with someone else...

'Laver said: “I think Federer has maybe got another Wimbledon in him, but he is battling a little bit. His age and strokes are not quite the same as they were two years ago. But he is still a force to be fought with. When you look at the others, Novak and Rafa, I would think Novak will certainly. When you look at his age, and form winning the last two, I would say Djokovic can eclipse Roger.” '

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You should have picked a picture with someone else...

'Laver said: “I think Federer has maybe got another Wimbledon in him, but he is battling a little bit. His age and strokes are not quite the same as they were two years ago. But he is still a force to be fought with. When you look at the others, Novak and Rafa, I would think Novak will certainly. When you look at his age, and form winning the last two, I would say Djokovic can eclipse Roger.” '

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I trust myself more than in the Rocket.

No offence to anyone.

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Nadal could use a bit of cockiness as much as I hate it.
Nadal could use a bit of cockiness?

Nadal was too cocky. In the corridor before they entered Rod Laver Arena, he deliberately waited until Novak appeared and stood right behind him before he did this super cocky jumps. This time he remembered to check the height of the corridor though.

 
Here is the head-to-head:

Rafael Nadal 25-28 Novak Djokovic
2006 French Open QF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-4 ret.)
2007 Indian Wells F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-2, 7-5)

2007 Miami QF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-4)
2007 Rome QF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-2, 6-3)
2007 French Open SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (7-5, 6-4, 6-2)
2007 Wimbledon SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (3-6, 6-1, 4-1 ret.)

2007 Montreal SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (7-5, 6-3)
2007 Masters Cup RR: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-4)
2008 Indian Wells SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-2)
2008 Hamburg SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (7-5, 2-6, 6-2)
2008 French Open SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-2, 7-6)
2008 Queen's Club F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (7-6, 7-5)

2008 Cincinnati SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-1, 7-5)
2008 Beijing Olympics SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 1-6, 6-4)
2009 Davis Cup 1R: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-4, 6-1)
2009 Monte Carlo F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-3, 2-6, 6-1)
2009 Rome F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (7-6, 6-2)
2009 Madrid SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (3-6, 7-6, 7-6)

2009 Cincinnati SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-1, 6-4)
2009 Paris Indoor SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-2, 6-3)
2009 World Tour Finals RR: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (7-6, 6-3)

2010 US Open F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2)
2010 World Tour Finals RR: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (7-5, 6-2)

2011 Indian Wells F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (4-6, 6-3, 6-2)
2011 Miami F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (4-6, 6-3, 7-6)
2011 Madrid F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (7-5, 6-4)
2011 Rome F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-4, 6-4)
2011 Wimbledon F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3)
2011 US Open F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1)
2012 Australian Open F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5)

2012 Monte Carlo F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-3, 6-1)
2012 Rome F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (7-5, 6-3)
2012 French Open F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5)

2013 Monte Carlo F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-2, 7-6)
2013 French Open SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7)
2013 Montreal SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 3-6, 7-6)
2013 US Open F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1)

2013 Beijing F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-4)
2013 World Tour Finals F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-4)
2014 Miami F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-3)
2014 Rome F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (4-6, 6-3, 6-3)

2014 French Open F: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4)
2015 Monte Carlo SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-3)
2015 French Open QF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (7-5, 6-3, 6-1)
2015 Beijing F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-2, 6-2)
2015 World Tour Finals SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-3)
2016 Doha F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-1, 6-2)
2016 Indian Wells SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (7-6, 6-2)
2016 Rome QF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (7-5, 7-6)

2017 Madrid SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (6-2, 6-4)
2018 Rome SF: Rafael Nadal def. Novak Djokovic (7-6, 6-3)

2018 Wimbledon SF: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 10-8)
2019 Australian Open F: Novak Djokovic def. Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-2, 6-3)


Hardcourt: 19-7 to Djokovic
Clay: 16-7 to Nadal
Grass: 2-2
Carpet: 0-0
In Majors: 9-6 to Nadal
Great info, judging by the negative posts here, you would think it was totally lopsided. I think Nola was in the zone,
Rafa has been dealing with injuries,
it probably wouldn’t have mattered, but it might have. I would love to see Rafa stay healthy and meet him at the French.
 

Bartelby

Talk Tennis Guru
Over the past five years it is totally lopsided: 11-3. Nadal is ageing fast and only a philandering or injured adversary has kept him in the contest.

Great info, judging by the negative posts here, you would think it was totally lopsided. I think Nola was in the zone,
Rafa has been dealing with injuries,
it probably wouldn’t have mattered, but it might have. I would love to see Rafa stay healthy and meet him at the French.
 
Over the past five years it is totally lopsided: 11-3. Nadal is ageing fast and only a philandering or injured adversary has kept him in the contest.
Okay, good point 11-3 is lopsided, but I would love to see the two meetup at the FO. I don’t know what you mean by “philandering or injured” ?
 
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