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It was his serving, but Novak was extremely flat on ROS too. No explosiveness whatsoever.
I noticed that Djokovic would hit a shot that would normally end a rally against most if not all players, and Medvedev would hit an amazing shot back and Novak was not prepared to answer back again. That and the impeccable serving by Meddy.1. Supreme serve
2. Being clutch in rallies
3. Great passing shots
I agree with this. Medvedev was really solid in rallies and didn't go for too aggressive winners - just waited for his chance.Med's serving which was pretty unreadable for a few patches throughout the match.
Pretty intelligent in the rallies, buckled down and played up the middle often, which made Novak feel like he needed to do more (resulted in fatigued errors). Moved extremely well.
Novak being off his own game, also couldn't win an important point to save his life.
yeah. hard to say what way 'key' when we don't know for certain exactly how much fatigue was an issue, or nerves for that matter. from the list of observable things we can say both things you've pointed out here--clutch serving and smart rallying...going behind novak a LOT, not giving him angles, lots of 'create your own pace' balls. he is the most dangerous pusher on tour, and i don't say that disparagingly.Unpredictability on serve and essentially being able to out-Djokovic Djokovic, which is why he won the majority of long rallies. Medvedev is by far the most intelligent player out there. He varies angles and ball speed, and constantly makes little adjustments to his game on the fly. That's not something casual fans in the stands would notice however.
Basically WTA ranked 50–15 strategy, and I mean that in the Optimal Way to Take On Bigger Hitters Than You way. And it worked when you add a monster service (DJ = 2 points in set one if I heard right during one telecast match stats review).Medvedev was happy to hit medium pace down the middle, putting all the pressure on Novak to attack, and at the same time denying Novak opportunities to hit his blistering DTL shots and changes of direction.
….. and the monster serve.
Because Djoko is good at defense and counter attack when u stretch him out left and right side. Leave it to middle and make Djokovic change direction first, he don't take too much risk on that one.Basically WTA ranked 50–15 strategy, and I mean that in the Optimal Way to Take On Bigger Hitters Than You way. And it worked when you add a monster service (DJ = 2 points in set one if I heard right during one telecast match stats review).
Novak attacked the net out of desperation because of Med's baseline level, which also was very varied. He played heavy in his own service games, while taking off a lot of pace in the return games while retaining depth; a very difficult task. Many of Novak's errors were not forced in the traditional sense, but yet they were because of this change up. He made Novak attack balls with little pace and almost no spin - something Novak really doesn't like. It's a cliche, but he did a lot to prevent Novak from finding his rhythm.Serve and rock solid groundstrokes. Cannot remember the last time Djoko hit so few winners from the baseline.
Still lose i guess. He wasnt in a good shape whole tournament. Med's level is higher than Zverev.Had Novak gotten Medvedev in the semis and Zverev in the finals what do you guys would have think happened? Still loses to Med in semis? Beats Med and loses to Chains, or beats both?