Novak (overly) confident?

powerangle

Legend
But what about his serve, Djokovic was asked.

"He has improved his serve. I see he has a slightly different service motion that has worked very well. With everything he possesses, adding to that also a lot of free points on the serve makes him much tougher to play against."

Then the now-15 time Grand Slam champion paused ever so briefly.

"At the same time," Djokovic continued, "it's quite different playing against me."

He proved his point Sunday night.


http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/25861455/so-much-hype-australian-open-final-was-novak-djokovic-best-rafael-nadal

Novak is my favorite player but I was a little surprised how candid (even though he may truly feel this) he was on this topic? Does Novak really look at Rafa blitzing through the draw (albeit against weaker players) with a "stronger" serve and more "aggression" and then think to himself "yeah whatever, I'll take care of that" :)

Maybe he's also trying to send a mental message to Rafa and/or play mind games with him?
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
Couple of comments before and after match were quite arrogant and unlike usual Novak

It doesn’t matter now as he backed up what he claimed instead of being like Medvedev
 

Rabe87

Professional
But what about his serve, Djokovic was asked.

"He has improved his serve. I see he has a slightly different service motion that has worked very well. With everything he possesses, adding to that also a lot of free points on the serve makes him much tougher to play against."

Then the now-15 time Grand Slam champion paused ever so briefly.

"At the same time," Djokovic continued, "it's quite different playing against me."

He proved his point Sunday night.


http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/25861455/so-much-hype-australian-open-final-was-novak-djokovic-best-rafael-nadal

Novak is my favorite player but I was a little surprised how candid (even though he may truly feel this) he was on this topic? Does Novak really look at Rafa blitzing through the draw (albeit against weaker players) with a "stronger" serve and more "aggression" and then think to himself "yeah whatever, I'll take care of that" :)

Maybe he's also trying to send a mental message to Rafa and/or play mind games with him?
He's always held back and been very gracious when he wins Slams, I guess now at 15 and now realising he's 7 matches away from GOAT-ism at this years RG he's probably feeling like he's freed up to talk honestly. He knows he's better than everyone else right now, why not state the obvious. He has the silverware to back it up.
 

Luka888

Hall of Fame
He should try to be as humble as Zverev.
lol, good one.
Anyways, he just claims the obvious and I don't see it as 'being overly confident' or cocky. It's not the same playing against him or 'the others' ... Big deal. Had I won a one single little major, heck even the masters, I'd take my shorts off and yell 'LOOOOOOOK AT ME', lol :laughing::laughing::laughing:. kidding, I wouldn't but still, it's kinda funny (y).
 

jm1980

G.O.A.T.
Between this comment and his admission that the beatdown at his semi against Pouille was at least in part to send Nadal a message, you can see Novak was playing mind games with Nadal

It's only fair since Rafa does the same all the time
 

-NN-

G.O.A.T.
Between this comment and his admission that the beatdown at his semi against Pouille was at least in part to send Nadal a message, you can see Novak was playing mind games with Nadal

It's only fair since Rafa does the same all the time

Except Djokovic was transparent and direct with his games, and backed it up emphatically in the final. Most impressive, I'd say.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
Djokovic has incredible belief. He knows that he has out-worked everybody on the circuit. This a great attribute. Novak doesn't get nervous. Novak does not choke. I think that he's milked every single ounce of his ability. And I also believe that Novak is very intelligent as well.

I find nothing wrong with Djokovic making these statements. They aren't disrespectful at all. Novak respects his opponents. But at the same time, he knows that he will present an incredibly tough challenge because he knows that he won't crack under pressure and he knows that he's in great shape.
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
Djokovic has incredible belief. He knows that he has out-worked everybody on the circuit. This a great attribute. Novak doesn't get nervous. Novak does not choke. I think that he's milked every single ounce of his ability. And I also believe that Novak is very intelligent as well.

I find nothing wrong with Djokovic making these statements. They aren't disrespectful at all. Novak respects his opponents. But at the same time, he knows that he will present an incredibly tough challenge because he knows that he won't crack under pressure and he knows that he's in great shape.
Im pretty sure he choked RG 15 and USO 16 at the very least.
 

kevaninho

Hall of Fame
As for the OP, I believe Novak feels slightly annoyed that any interviewer is asking him whether HE can handle another player, when he rightfully feels like he should be favourite, given that he had won the last 2 slams.
 

Federev

Hall of Fame
Novak is the best right now. And everything he said was objectively true.

So, no. Just realistic.

Many of us were saying the same thing on this forum before the final: essentially that Nadal had not faced someone of Novak’s caliber and so his serve had not really been tested.
 

Jaitock1991

Hall of Fame
Well. What he said proved to be exactly what happened. Nothing wrong with being honest, especially when your honesty is fully justified.
 

Alexrb

Semi-Pro
But what about his serve, Djokovic was asked.

"He has improved his serve. I see he has a slightly different service motion that has worked very well. With everything he possesses, adding to that also a lot of free points on the serve makes him much tougher to play against."

Then the now-15 time Grand Slam champion paused ever so briefly.

"At the same time," Djokovic continued, "it's quite different playing against me."

He proved his point Sunday night.


http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/25861455/so-much-hype-australian-open-final-was-novak-djokovic-best-rafael-nadal

Novak is my favorite player but I was a little surprised how candid (even though he may truly feel this) he was on this topic? Does Novak really look at Rafa blitzing through the draw (albeit against weaker players) with a "stronger" serve and more "aggression" and then think to himself "yeah whatever, I'll take care of that" :)

Maybe he's also trying to send a mental message to Rafa and/or play mind games with him?
Rafa's serve even improved isn't a GOAT level serve, and seeing what Novak does to those makes it understandable why he felt confident.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
But what about his serve, Djokovic was asked.

"He has improved his serve. I see he has a slightly different service motion that has worked very well. With everything he possesses, adding to that also a lot of free points on the serve makes him much tougher to play against."

Then the now-15 time Grand Slam champion paused ever so briefly.

"At the same time," Djokovic continued, "it's quite different playing against me."

He proved his point Sunday night.


http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/25861455/so-much-hype-australian-open-final-was-novak-djokovic-best-rafael-nadal

Novak is my favorite player but I was a little surprised how candid (even though he may truly feel this) he was on this topic? Does Novak really look at Rafa blitzing through the draw (albeit against weaker players) with a "stronger" serve and more "aggression" and then think to himself "yeah whatever, I'll take care of that" :)

Maybe he's also trying to send a mental message to Rafa and/or play mind games with him?
I think it is quite obvious that improving serve during a few months of injury-surgery break is unlikely to reach the level of Federer or Isner, much less challenging Novak in a game-changing way. Nadal saved himself much play time in previous rounds, sure. But Novak is called the best returner of serve ever for a reason. I mean, meet Novak's 3rd serve.
 
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