QF RG 18: Novak Djokovic vs Marco C

challenger winner

  • nole in 3

    Votes: 21 35.0%
  • marco c in 3, 4 or 5

    Votes: 19 31.7%
  • NADAL WINZ LOL

    Votes: 13 21.7%
  • zverev in 5

    Votes: 7 11.7%

  • Total voters
    60

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
Thiem can never be totally counted on winning a match late in a tournament. The man is capable of phenomenal tennis but can he also be bageled by Verdasco at any given moment. I wouldn't bet against Cecchinato.
The Italian played well but i think most would prefer thiem vs nadal in the final. That would have been the second best option after Novak vs nadal.
 

Feather

Legend
I did but when you’re up two sets a player should not wilt mentally. Thanks goodness Marco didn’t. Novak does not need any free rides
Everything is mental for you! You forget that the guy across the net is a 12 slam winner called Novak Djokovic. He has some say in the proceedings of the match. It's not like Marco is playing some journeyman to have all the points go his way!

No offense but I always used to get irritated with your comments in Roger Federer match threads. Not that it matters, but just said. It's nice to respect the opponents of your favourite player once in a while
 

I Am Finnish

Talk Tennis Guru
Cecchinato oh wow insane

Djokovic serverd for the 4th set but he failed and
Cecchinato fought back:eek:

He has never won a rg match before? and now he is in the sf beating Busta, Goffin and Djokovic back 2 back:eek:

His run is even better then from sandgren no doubt
 

Service Ace

Hall of Fame
Thiem is STUPIDLY OVERRATED on this site. Never has a mug with absolutely no shot of winning been talked up this much as a possible threat to Big 3 in all of my time on this forum. Del Potro is the ONLY player left with a shot at stopping Nadal and even he has less than a 10% chance so...
 
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Deleted member 744633

Guest
Utterly disappointed. The only highlight for me was the thread that predicted it. Besides that, I don't know if there is a single positive to take out of this loss. Failed again to reach a semi-final and lost to a practically unheard of player.

Djokovic's prospects of ever winning another slam don't look too bright at the moment.
 
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Tiki-Taka

Guest
Really wanted Novak to go all the way to the final but Marco has played some fantastic tennis today. Congratulations to him.

The match was very fun, especially the 2nd and 4th set so thanks to both for the entertainment.

Expecting better play from Djokovic as season progresses and that would be great.
 

ultradr

Legend
I was 100% convinced of it, but he showed fight and some good form at RG. Compare his level today (both mentally and physically) to the pathetic, anorexic version at IW, Miami and MC. Maybe he could defend Eastbourne and winning a title might help him with confidence, even though it's a "weak" tournament.
I'm not yet 100% sure if Djokovic really wants his form back or not.
Does he have now different approach to the game or not.
Or simply need more time?
A bit confused it looks to me.

But looking at his current scrawny physique and the comments he makes regarding suffering and happiness etc.,
He probably has slightly different priorities now...
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
Everything is mental for you! You forget that the guy across the net is a 12 slam winner called Novak Djokovic. He has some say in the proceedings of the match. It's not like Marco is playing some journeyman to have all the points go his way!

No offense but I always used to get irritated with your comments in Roger Federer match threads. Not that it matters, but just said. It's nice to respect the opponents of your favourite player once in a while
You don’t get it don’t you? I am not knocking the legend but when someone’s up two sets you wanna see that player get up mentally for the challenge. I would said the same thing if it was Federer. We talk about a weak era and this is one of the reasons why. If Novak had pulled off that fourth set you tip your cap. The Italian made him earn it. Doesn’t matter what happens in the 5th set
 

Tennisgods

Hall of Fame
What a fantastic match. Nothing wrong with Djokovic today, this was the best he’s played all RG, held a decent level too, notable that the only time the match looked like a dull procession was when Cecchinato was going through a lull.

All the plaudits to Cecchinato though...
 

hugobosstachini

Professional
Del Potro vs Thiem US Open 2017, that was a roller coaster.
IW 2018 F.....
Mmmm... Perhaps, I don't watch enough. Matches just feel lame nowadays to put money into and buy tickets when you can just stream them free.

I was taunting myself for a ticket for Zverev/Thiem, but had a nasty feeling about this match considering Zverev's 3 consectutive 5 set matches so did not buy. I was thinking about this Djokovic match too but thought it'd be a blowout. Massive regrets now lol
 

ultradr

Legend
I'm comparing Novak's decline to Federer's.

In order to understand why Novak is experiencing problems, you have to kinda, you know, compare his decline to the decline of past tennis players. Shouldn't be a difficult concept to grasp.

Regarding Novak, he hasn't been injured for 2 years now. And, unlike Federer and Nadal, I don't see what changes he could make to offset his athletic decline.
Your way of thinking sounds very Federer-centric.
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
Utterly disappointed. The only highlight for me was the thread that predicted it. Besides that, I don't know if there is a single positive to take out of this loss. Failed again to reach a semi-final and lost to a practically unheard of player.

Djokovic's prospects of ever winning another slam don't look too bright at the moment.

Really? That’s ridiculous to say. If anything this gives joker fans reason to think he win another couple of slams. He can do damage on grass and the summer hardcourt season.
 

tenisdecente

Hall of Fame
Very disappointed at that shank on set point for Novak...

That said, all the credit to Cecchinato, to comeback in the 4th set on Chatrier against an ATG and play the way he did in the tiebreak was highly impressive. I can't think of a single match point he had that he didn't play and execute well even if took 4 tries, took some serious balls to play the way he did, well done to Marco and good luck against Thiem.
Match was at Lenglen stadium, BTW. Agree with the rest
 

NBP

Hall of Fame
Honestly all over twitter journos saying how p*ssed Djokovic was in press, didn't want to move from the interview room 2 to the main one, barely answered questions, etc. This is what I'm just seeing, would have to see the actual presser on youtube later though.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Dude, just retire already. You had a nice run but you're done.
You shouldn't be wishing retirement for one of the best players the world has ever seen. Tennis will be poorer without him. Djokovic still should have several years left to play and entertain all the fans. Are you really a tennis fan? Because someone who likes the sport, will never wish something like this..

Anyway, I don't think Djokovic is done. Far from it. This is typical overreaction from TTW. He'll be back to winning slams soon..
 

ACE of Hearts

Bionic Poster
Thiem is STUPIDLY OVERRATED on this site. Never has a mug with absolutely no shot of winning been talked up this much as a possible threat to Big 3 in all of my time on this forum. Del Potro is the ONLY player left with a shot at stopping Nadal and even he has less than a 10% chance so...
Novak was not beating nadal.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Lots of players peaking early to mid 30s nowadays.
Lots of people said Rafa would never win another slam a few years back.

To me, Novak's case is about whether he really wants tennis or not.
Those players are just journeymen. I don't care about them.

The guys who had played many years throughout their 20's declined in their 30's: Tsonga, Berdych, Murray etc.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Never saw this one coming, did ANYBODY??? :eek:

But kudos to Cecchinato on making his first Slam semi-final after never winning a single match at a Slam until he entered Roland Garros last week! I believe he is the first Italian man to make the semis of Roland Garros since Corrado Barazutti at the 1978 tournament, exactly 40 years ago!!
 

mightyrick

Legend
Well, see you at Wimbledon. I'm off of tennis and this place till then. Djokovic gave his all and reached another QF in a slam but going out like this..

Never been this hurt by any loss, not just tennis but in all of sports. Just Wow, words cannot describe this at the moment.

See you guys.
LOL, so dramatic. It doesn't matter if Djokovic or Cecchinato won today. With a match like that, tennis wins. If Djokovic won, it would have been a great comeback story. Instead, Cecchinato won and we have a fantastic Cinderella story.

Tennis wins. Be happy.

You fanboys need to learn to nut-hug the entire sport instead of just one guy.
 

N01E

Hall of Fame
No one commented on Novak smiling before the final match point? That was the worst sign he could have given. He always does that when feeling helpless and not able to do anything (mental stuff, for an example look at his match against Edmund). And then the S&V... Just like against Stan in AO14 (except in that match Djokovic was way too in serbian warrior mode, first and last time he did it in his prime). I'd call this S&V a bit childish (although I do it myself on match points from time to time when ABSOLUTELY nothing works, but then again I'm not an atp pro, not to mention double digit slam winner) and I think that description works better here than USO11.

On the positive site: he was practically playing "just" for 360 points, since there was zero chance he'd stop Thiem.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
Never saw this one coming, did ANYBODY??? :eek:

But kudos to Cecchinato on making his first Slam semi-final after never winning a single match at a Slam until he entered Roland Garros last week! I believe he is the first Italian man to make the semis of Roland Garros since Corrado Barazutti at the 1978 tournament, exactly 40 years ago!!
Didn't expect an easy win for Novak. But learning that they often practice together in MC, I thought there would be no surprise. That familiarity appears to have played in Cecchinato's favor.
 

Sudacafan

Bionic Poster
Marco Cecchinato. Turning 26 years old in September, ATP record 12-32, won only one ATP tournament this year in Budapest, basically a Challengers player until recently, who’s been in the talk of match fixing.. Best ranking #59.
Ranked #72 before the start of RG, and reaching #27 with the points accumulated until today’s win...
W T F
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Really? That’s ridiculous to say. If anything this gives joker fans reason to think he win another couple of slams. He can do damage on grass and the summer hardcourt season.
Are you sure? That doesn't make any sense. He is so good on grass. I think he was the only one who could potentially challenge Federer.
I think Wimb is still too soon for him. You don't go from losing to no.72 in a slam to beating Federer at Wimb. Novak doesn't have the confidence yet.
 
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