What is wrong with Djokovic?

#1
He seems to be in and out, it's not the Djokovic who had the fire in his belly vs Kyle Edmund at Wimbledon last year, he seems like he's going through motions. "It's age brotha" I'm not sure, I guess he's doing the Ron Jeremy of Tennis, rising to the occasion when it matters most. Is he carrying any issues? I read on a thread that he could have a thigh issue. Is he in that post French Open 2016 emotional limbo? Where a Cecchinato or Querrey come along and a poster on this forum manages to predict the future?.

Is it a case of reading too much into things?
 
#6
Didn't watch it, but match stats and score reflect that he struggled. That said, it's wayyyy too early to write him off for the clay swing. There could be some player council hangover, and feeling some weight of going for four-in-a-row again?
 

Tennis_Hands

Talk Tennis Guru
#7
It is his first singles match after a long break, and Kohli has been playing very well lately. He will speed up soon, but don't expect him to bulldoze his way through the draw (or draws in the future, for that matter). He is going to pick up several upsets along the way. If he gets upset in MC it will be bad though, especially after stating his intentions regarding the outcome from the clay court season. He needs to make a statement.

:cool:
 
#9
Didn't watch it, but match stats and score reflect that he struggled. That said, it's wayyyy too early to write him off for the clay swing. There could be some player council hangover, and feeling some weight of going for four-in-a-row again?
This player council thing affecting his play is BS. It's no different from having to deal with a gazillion media interviews and sponsor events that the top stars do on a daily basis. He's had early exits in the sunshine double he had plenty of time to sort whatever off court issues he has.
 
#12
This player council thing affecting his play is BS. It's no different from having to deal with a gazillion media interviews and sponsor events that the top stars do on a daily basis. He's had early exits in the sunshine double he had plenty of time to sort whatever off court issues he has.
I don't know man. Fed and Rafa had coffee and Stan made a joke the other day in an exhibition about Djokovic being the boss of the ATP.
 
#17
Let's be honest here, at this point he only cares about Grand slams, whether that is the calendar slam or passing 20. I think he is realizing he only has enough motivation and energy to bring his best at slams. What else does he need to do to build his greatness... win more slams.
 
#27
He is mostly motivated in Grand Slams or in matches against Federer or Nadal atm. He isn't very motivated for R2 in a masters 1000. He can win but he really has to want to.
This it's funny how fedfans are predicting his fall even if he hold last 3 slams and hit the form in second week in style in all 3 of them.
 
#32
Let's be honest here, at this point he only cares about Grand slams, whether that is the calendar slam or passing 20. I think he is realizing he only has enough motivation and energy to bring his best at slams. What else does he need to do to build his greatness... win more slams.
True, but anyone who has played tennis knows that you can't just flick a switch at will when playing matches (this match I'll hold back, this match I'll give it all etc.)
You need match experience leading up to slams. That means winning and winning convincingly each time you step on court.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
#34
Djoker is doing great. Let’ put this into perspective. Djokovic is coming off a lay-off while playing on his worst surface. He still beat a quality opponent, despite hitting just 1 ace against 8 double faults. Djoker will not have a serving performance nearly this bad again during the clay season.

Djoker will scrape off the rust. And he will serve much better. He will show us why he won the last 3 slam events.

With that being said, I have him as the #3 guy to win RG.

1. Nadal
2. Thiem
3. Djokovic

Djokovic winning RG wouldn’t surprise me, despite being my #3 pick. Beating this guy in a best of 5 setup is a much difference challenge. Best of 5=marathon mentality. Best of 3=tune up event.
 

TMF

Talk Tennis Guru
#35
Why, you paying for them ?
Djokovic has 15 slams. Remember that people.
Just because you win slams doesn't mean you have the privilege to break rackets. Unless if Nole don't care about his image and getting boo every time then feel free to break another 200 rackets. However don't start to complain about why he's not likable as the Fedal and fans root against him.
 
#37
Joe Kovic fans should be optimistic about M-C...in 2013, after watching a Laker game he did not win IW or Miami but won a final at M-C vs The Nadal. Now, in 2019 he has a chance to duplicate that scenario. The bad news is he may win M-C but he will lose finals at RG and Wimby.

2013:


2019:

 
#38
Fake news/questions on 'Kermode' by itself is not relevant. But getting/being tired of the industry built on sport he loves, and his obligations due to his stature in it, shows more and more. There might be some personal issues, but this seems the most obvious suspect.

Hence the long time off, early loses. If you would like to avoid it as much as possible, this is exactly the way to do it. However, he needs some serious competitive matches to get all the engines (physical and mental) up and running for RG. We shall see if he finds the way to play them enough but not too much.

However, racket smashing is childish. Audience is not booing him enough, so instead he needs/tries to raise his adrenalin by provoking some booing. Funny.
 
#41
Funny how some Fed fans are supporting Djokovic this RG as they wish/predict him to win RG.

The anti-Nadal feeling is so strong that they put Djokovic as the main favorite to win RG.
Think about it from our perspective though. Why would anyone other than the Bamos folks want Nadal to win yet again? It's a tired storyline now. Like I was saying a few weeks ago, does Nadal's position in the sport or anyone's opinon of him change at all when he wins RG and Rome etc. now? He's already the clay GOAT by a massive margin and unless he wins another 5+ RGs he's not getting his hands on the overall GOAT mantle from doing this, so what difference does it make? He's at the point of very diminished returns with it now. What is 12 wins vs. 11? Okay so he beat the same guys he beat last year yet again. Even with Federer, and I'm a Fed fan, what is 9 Wimbledons compared to 8? It's already the all time record. It doesn't tell us anything new really.
 
#42
Think about it from our perspective though. Why would anyone other than the Bamos folks want Nadal to win yet again? It's a tired storyline now. Like I was saying a few weeks ago, does Nadal's position in the sport or anyone's opinon of him change at all when he wins RG and Rome etc. now? He's already the clay GOAT by a massive margin and unless he wins another 5+ RGs he's not getting his hands on the overall GOAT mantle from doing this, so what difference does it make? He's at the point of very diminished returns with it now. What is 12 wins vs. 11? Okay so he beat the same guys he beat last year yet again. Even with Federer, and I'm a Fed fan, what is 9 Wimbledons compared to 8? It's already the all time record. It doesn't tell us anything new really.
You know you're my boy but come on...... just because he's done it so many times, it doesn't lessen just how AMAZING a feat it is. There's nothing NOT amazing about a 33yo winning the FO (if it was his first one it would be crazy enough) let alone someone who is winning the most physical tournament on tour for the twelth time. Nadal is literally so epic on clay, we pass it off as something easy. It would be one of the most amazing feats ever if the man wins a 12th french open at 33, no other way to slice it. Same with fed winning another Wimbledon, let's not get too relaxed with how amazing they are.

 
#43
Funny how some Fed fans are supporting Djokovic this RG as they wish/predict him to win RG.

The anti-Nadal feeling is so strong that they put Djokovic as the main favorite to win RG.
Supporting someone and making them favourite are 2 different things. I support Djokovic at RG but Nadal is definitely the favourite and at this point there is a big question mark over Novak. At his best he'd have a chance and at the clay masters I'd say it would be 50/50 between him and Nadal, but I don't think Djokovic has shown anything to suggest he's playing his best since the AO (and even there he only played will in a few matches and Nadal never pushed him) so Nadal is favourite everywhere on clay for the moment. If Djokovic can make it to Nadal it might bring out the best in him, but he's got a fairly tricky draw so it's a big ask for him to even get there with enough in the tank to challenge Nadal.
 
#46
Is anything wrong? Right before W18 this was a real question. Canada raised the question again (was Wimbledon a fluke) but Cincy and the USO put a lid on that. After Shanghai (with losses in Paris, WTF, and Qatar) the question once again came up. And then the AO happened.

If Nole hadn’t just won his third slam in a row one could ask if his head was still in the game. But he does hold 3 of the 4 slams. It really seems he is prioritizing slams above all. Question is, can he do that while not winning much at the rest of the tour?
 
#47
Supporting someone and making them favourite are 2 different things. I support Djokovic at RG but Nadal is definitely the favourite and at this point there is a big question mark over Novak. At his best he'd have a chance and at the clay masters I'd say it would be 50/50 between him and Nadal, but I don't think Djokovic has shown anything to suggest he's playing his best since the AO (and even there he only played will in a few matches and Nadal never pushed him) so Nadal is favourite everywhere on clay for the moment. If Djokovic can make it to Nadal it might bring out the best in him, but he's got a fairly tricky draw so it's a big ask for him to even get there with enough in the tank to challenge Nadal.
Because you are a very objective tennis fan. That's why you make a distinction between "support" and "favorite". Anyhow, it is good to have you back as you always make very deep and rational tennis analyses.
 
#48
Think about it from our perspective though. Why would anyone other than the Bamos folks want Nadal to win yet again? It's a tired storyline now. Like I was saying a few weeks ago, does Nadal's position in the sport or anyone's opinon of him change at all when he wins RG and Rome etc. now? He's already the clay GOAT by a massive margin and unless he wins another 5+ RGs he's not getting his hands on the overall GOAT mantle from doing this, so what difference does it make? He's at the point of very diminished returns with it now. What is 12 wins vs. 11? Okay so he beat the same guys he beat last year yet again. Even with Federer, and I'm a Fed fan, what is 9 Wimbledons compared to 8? It's already the all time record. It doesn't tell us anything new really.
I understand that for Fed fans the clay season is frustrating but for Nadal fans is the best part of the season. Nothing boring for me.
 
#50
Because you are a very objective tennis fan. That's why you make a distinction between "support" and "favorite". Anyhow, it is good to have you back as you always make very deep and rational tennis analyses.
Thank you, looking forward to the clay/grass.

You are right though, people post what they wish instead of using objectivity. Even I have at times, but try not to
 
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