From 15-40 to 4-0!! Discuss the journey of Djokovic

RaulRamirez

Hall of Fame
Honestly it was one of the best matches I've seen him play because he was hitting with so much velocity yet not making many errors and you are right in how smart he played. Also, his defense and movement was incredible. That is definitely something that has improved drastically in his game and why he is going to be a force it seems in these big tournaments. I did think Djokovic had a terrible day at net, something like 50%, and should have put a lot of those volleys away but credit to Thiem for making him play one more shot.

I think he's better than Wawrinka also and more versatile. I've actually always have believed in this guy's talent when he was being raked across the coals on this site so I can't say I'm surprised he's reached this level.
I find that a lot, but not all, of the vitriol directed toward Thiem - and before them at the Lost Gen guys and behind them at Zverev and company - is led by the staunchest Fedfans who want these guys to rise up to knock off Rafa and Novak. Not all of the harsh criticism, but a lot of it.
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Like Fed in this respect, Thiem can defend well when called upon, and even has that squash shot working, though not quite in Fed's league there. Looking back at the match, in some ways it's hard to believe that Novak was that close to winning. I will say that Novak was starting to read Thiem's serves better in the third set and had some better looks at breaking him. And didn't Thiem fire off two aces in that infamous third-set breaker? Sometimes, you just tip your cap, and say "well done"!
 

travlerajm

G.O.A.T.
Nole has won this event 5 times, and had a 15-1 record in a tie-breaker. For him to lose when he was up 4-0, that is a CHOKER.
It was simply a case of playing the wrong strategy. His natural tendency was to play more conservative to protect his 4-0 lead, when the correct play against this particular opponent was to press on the gas pedal to finish him off.
 

NoleFam

Talk Tennis Guru
I find that a lot, but not all, of the vitriol directed toward Thiem - and before them at the Lost Gen guys and behind them at Zverev and company - is led by the staunchest Fedfans who want these guys to rise up to knock off Rafa and Novak. Not all of the harsh criticism, but a lot of it.
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Like Fed in this respect, Thiem can defend well when called upon, and even has that squash shot working, though not quite in Fed's league there. Looking back at the match, in some ways it's hard to believe that Novak was that close to winning. I will say that Novak was starting to read Thiem's serves better in the third set and had some better looks at breaking him. And didn't Thiem fire off two aces in that infamous third-set breaker? Sometimes, you just tip your cap, and say "well done"!
Well most of the vitrol is because of that reason if we are being honest...lost gen, next gen, weak era, etc., but Thiem got a lot of negativity on this site a few years ago and now they all seem to be in love. Lol. I said it then to give the guy time because he started rather late for a pro tennis player and needs a few years under his belt to get his bearings and reach his top level. He has not disappointed me and is just fantastic. He worries me now as far as Djokovic's future prospects, but at the same time I really like his game and him as a player so I still enjoy watching him in these Djokovic battles, and they have been some battles in the last two years. Every match is going down to the wire.

Yea Djokovic didn't return well yesterday but he definitely started reading the serve better in the 3rd and got deeper into more service games. He seemed to be on the edge of breaking but Thiem served very well the whole match and never got broken once. At 4-0 in the TB, Djokovic blinked and it was the wrong time because Thiem was playing too well for him to give him any chances. Overall, it was a great match although I was disappointed at the end.
 

Wander

Professional
Nole has won this event 5 times, and had a 15-1 record in a tie-breaker. For him to lose when he was up 4-0, that is a CHOKER.
Watch the points. He did not change anything in the way he played or quality. Maybe one or two bad errors in the entire tb. It's just that his tactic was about being solid instead of pushing with riskier shots.
 
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