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.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.
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!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
@tenisdecente the guy played beautiful tennis through 2 sets. That 3rd set was ugly. Fourth set was on his way but somehow he found a way to break back. If Federer had been down two sets i would be saying the same thing.
I'm not yet 100% sure if Djokovic really wants his form back or not.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.
Never heard of Cecchinato before this match. Where has he been hiding all these years? He looks like a natural clay courter with his movement.
He hadn't won a GS MD match berobe this tourney.I never heard of this guy but thiem better not take him lightly.
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 setEverything 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
Del Potro vs Thiem US Open 2017, that was a roller coaster.
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.IW 2018 F.....
Your way of thinking sounds very Federer-centric.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.
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.
Match was at Lenglen stadium, BTW. Agree with the restVery 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.
That's what I'm afraid of. It is only Thiem after all. We're not talking about one of the Big 4 in their primes here, but Thiem is a big favourite, rightfully so.I agree that Thiem should win, but if Cecchinato plays like he did today and wins I won't be shocked.
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..Dude, just retire already. You had a nice run but you're done.
Novak was not beating nadal.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...
Those players are just journeymen. I don't care about them.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.
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.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.
He won't be challenging Federer at Wimbledon. FFS, people! It's in two weeks!
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.Never saw this one coming, did ANYBODY???
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!!
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.
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.