I'd like not to like this guy...

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
I've been rooting mostly against him for years.

But I have to have total respect for this:

How many people have ever been more magnanimous in defeat?

I can't even take losing a card game this well. :)

I had to make a screen shot of this. To me this is iconic. If you want to respect someone, see how he handles losing.

EDIT: Dropbox linked my name, so I had to remove this. That was not supposed to happen.
 
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JustMy2Cents

Professional
I've been rooting mostly against him for years.

But I have to have total respect for this:


How many people have ever been more magnanimous in defeat?

I can't even take losing a card game this well. :)

I had to make a screen shot of this. To me this is iconic. If you want to respect someone, see how he handles losing.
This is great but there is a huge BUT... to cancel these good gestures.
I've never yelled at my team the way he does all the time when things go south. And this when they have nothing to do with the situation on the court, whereas in real situations like mine, the team would have dropped the ball.
[just giving out my personal /professional experience since you've touched on yours... :) There are big stakes when assignments are messed up but demeaning the work team is so obnoxious]
 

Dan Lobb

G.O.A.T.
I think that Djokovic really wanted this Gold, this could indicate that the climax for him is passing before our eyes. Olympics proved the beginning of the end for others in the past.
 

The Fedfather

Hall of Fame
Respect to him for being cordial he is when the match is over, but some people tend to exaggerate how gracious Djokovic is in defeat. Novak is no stranger to getting visibly irritated when things don't go well for him in a match. Like, very visibly. Idk, personally I'd prefer having a colder handshake after a win but for my opponent not to act furious during the match when he's losing.
 

Sunny014

Legend
I've been rooting mostly against him for years.

But I have to have total respect for this:


How many people have ever been more magnanimous in defeat?

I can't even take losing a card game this well. :)

I had to make a screen shot of this. To me this is iconic. If you want to respect someone, see how he handles losing.
In the contrast Nadal gives the salty handshakes and weird expressions after losing, Federer is all about crying or disappointment as if what has happened, compared to these 2 Djokovic is a lot classier and accepts defeats graciously.
 

daphne

Hall of Fame
This is great but there is a huge BUT... to cancel these good gestures.
I've never yelled at my team the way he does all the time when things go south. And this when they have nothing to do with the situation on the court, whereas in real situations like mine, the team would have dropped the ball.
[just giving out my personal /professional experience since you've touched on yours... :) There are big stakes when assignments are messed up but demeaning the work team is so obnoxious]
My boyfriend always tells me that I do not kiss him the same way as I do kiss my wife. I guess, with great sadness,, that we can not kiss two people the same way. Perhaps one day Djok may grow into a man, as professional and as experienced as you are, and stops with yelling or moaning in his own way and realise that your way is much more appropriate.
 

Keizer

Hall of Fame
I've been rooting mostly against him for years.

But I have to have total respect for this:


How many people have ever been more magnanimous in defeat?

I can't even take losing a card game this well. :)

I had to make a screen shot of this. To me this is iconic. If you want to respect someone, see how he handles losing.
Can’t think of a more magnanimous loser in the history of sport. How he behaved after the RG 2015 final will always be iconic to me.
 

Jaitock1991

Hall of Fame
If someone hugged me for beating them in a card game I would certainly find that person a little off ;)

But I get your point though. Definitely a great gesture that should teach us all he's not the ***** we're thinking he is.
 

skaj

Legend
I've been rooting mostly against him for years.

But I have to have total respect for this:


How many people have ever been more magnanimous in defeat?

I can't even take losing a card game this well. :)

I had to make a screen shot of this. To me this is iconic. If you want to respect someone, see how he handles losing.
I don't get it, it's just a picture of two players in a hug after a big match, we've seen it many, many times.
 

Kralingen

Legend
Gary I completely agree with you. He is an excellent loser and genuinely congratulates his opponents which is something very few players do. It’s undeniable he’s better than Federer/Nadal in this respect.

that being said he just tossed a racket into the standsafter losing a point lol. The guy is not a saint.
 

tex123

Hall of Fame
I've been rooting mostly against him for years.

But I have to have total respect for this:


How many people have ever been more magnanimous in defeat?

I can't even take losing a card game this well. :)

I had to make a screen shot of this. To me this is iconic. If you want to respect someone, see how he handles losing.
Have you forgotten his animated celebration at the Aus open tearing his shirt after a gruelling 5 set final against Nadal?

That was so disrespectful. You should be respectful - win or lose.

Having said that - I like that he has changed and graciously accepted the loss. I bet Ivanisevic suffered from some bruises and yelling after the match!
 

skaj

Legend
Gary I completely agree with you. He is an excellent loser and genuinely congratulates his opponents which is something very few players do. It’s undeniable he’s better than Federer/Nadal in this respect.

that being said he just tossed a racket into the standsafter losing a point lol. The guy is not a saint.

Undeniable better than Nadal in that respect? :unsure:
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
He's great after the final ball has been struck. Easily better than Fedal in that regard. I think when he's behind in the score his on-court demeanour is the worst of the three but it's swings and roundabouts I guess.
 

Keizer

Hall of Fame
People criticizing Djoker for responding to uncouth spectators that were heckling him but for some reason I never see Medvedev getting any flack here for flipping off the Ashe crowd, throwing coins at an umpire, or insinuating that an umpire’s calls were biased towards Donald Young because he was also black. Let’s also not forget how many sticks TTW darlings like Safin smashed before judging Djoker for his racket smashes.
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
@ForehandCross

Thanks for the heads up. I was getting a link to my name, and that was not supposed to happen. If anyone likes the picture, I'll share it in private and someone else can post it. Dropbox is a bear to share...
 

Spencer Gore

Hall of Fame
Djokovic and Nadal are two of the most gracious players at the end of a match -win or lose- in the history of the sport.
 

Searchlight

New User
I've been rooting mostly against him for years.

But I have to have total respect for this:

How many people have ever been more magnanimous in defeat?

I can't even take losing a card game this well. :)

I had to make a screen shot of this. To me this is iconic. If you want to respect someone, see how he handles losing.

EDIT: Dropbox linked my name, so I had to remove this. That was not supposed to happen.
Exactly why Serena isn't the GOAT in my books - absolutely no class. Novak is getting close to this but at least he hasn't threatened to stuff a ball down a lineswomen's throat - he just tried to asphyxiate one with an errant ball.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Exactly why Serena isn't the GOAT in my books - absolutely no class. Novak is getting close to this but at least he hasn't threatened to stuff a ball down a lineswomen's throat - he just tried to asphyxiate one with an errant ball.
Yes cause a supposed threat is somehow worse than actually hitting a woman with the ball and then continuing to throw his racquet anywhere even after the default. He is worse than Serena. He hasn't learned and he continues to threaten harm on people with his reckless actons.
 

Azure

G.O.A.T.
Really odd thread.

Have these made the rounds at all?

Ouch. Didn't see the match but this is classless. I am appalled at racket throwing behaviour, especially when he has been disqualified from a tournament not too long ago. The ball boy in the second gif seems scared. This behaviour can cause serious harm to someone.

I used to buy the 'classy in defeat' stuff. Not anymore. Perhaps he knows he can't do anything else anyway so he is all nice. Dunno. He doesn't respect the racket that feeds him.
 

Rebel-I.N.S

Professional
Really odd thread.

Have these made the rounds at all?

I don’t mind this.

It’s high stakes sport, it’s adrenaline-fuelled, it’s difficult to operate under that level of tension and anxiety.

That said, it does somewhat undermine Djokovic’s curated zen-like demeanour.

He isn’t the agent of peace and love that he purports himself to be - again, that’s fine…but just be yourself and quit posturing.
 

skaj

Legend
I’m sure you do lmao, I have literally only ever seen you post about something related to him.. or Serbia.. bit of an oddball you are, and this isn’t coming from a Djokovic fan.
It seems to be coming from my fan since you are moving away from the topic to discussing me, or more precisely your bizarre ideas about me. Those are not of my concern, so if you don't have anything else to say about the topic of the thread I advise you not to write at all.
 
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