Streaking Djokovic Dumps Federer a Third Straight Time, Faces Nadal for Indian Wells Title
by Sean Randall | March 20th, 2011, 10:09 am
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Roger Federer may be in denial but the majority of the tennis population isn’t. Right now Novak Djokovic is better than Roger Federer. Djokovic proved it for a third time yesterday in a patchy three set 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Federer in the Indian Wells Tennis Masters semifinals.

Djokovic, who has now won his 19 straight matches including all 17 this year, will play Rafael Nadal in today’s first Tennis Masters final of the season. Nadal overcome an early 3-0 deficit to deny Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4, 6-4.

“It was a very close match, so up to the last point you really couldn’t say who’s gonna take the win out of today’s match,” said Djokovic who had lost just 12 games entering the semifinal. “A lot of emotions. You could feel the intensity and I guess the pressure with both of us. I made some double faults on break points, as well as he did in the next game. I guess that fifth game in the third set was crucial to make a break, and then I played very solid.”

While Federer still has a sizable edge in their series 13-9, Djokovic has won the last three meetings – all this year – losing just one set.

“I had my chances today in the singles,” said Federer. “I thought it was a good match, played at a high level. I know I wasn’t far away at all today, because I really had him going. But look, I guess he escaped. I guess confidence is a big thing for him at the moment. I’m sure it’s gonna be a good final tomorrow.”

Escaped? Sorry Roger, I disagree. Novak didn’t escape. He’s just that much better than you. And what’s scary is that I thought Djokovic didn’t play that great while you played pretty well! Yet you still lost.

“I don’t know if I’d rather lose against three multiple different guys ranked outside of the top 50,” the Swiss added. “I guess not. I’d rather lose against a guy that’s ranked very high so I know I’m controlling the rest of the field against top guys. If I’m playing well, I know I can beat them, too. So that’s what it is. At the end of the day I can’t change it, and I’m happy with my game.”

As I said Roger, you were playing well but you still lost. Maybe your best isn’t good enough anymore?

To add further insult, Federer and partner Stan Wawrinka lost in the doubles final to Xavier Malisse and Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-7. So Fed loses not once but twice on the day and he surrenders his No. 2 ranking to Djokovic.

As for the final, Djokovic and Nadal have played some incredible matches through the years. And rightfully many suggest that Nadal v. Djokovic is the this decade’s tennis rivalry. The two play long, grinding, physical matches and I expect Sunday’s showdown to be no different.

“I have played Nadal many times, and many times in the late stages of the tournaments, especially in the semis and finals of the major events,” Novak said. “I know how it feels like to be in the big stand or how it feels like to play him, so I will be prepared. I want this trophy as much as he wants it, so we’ll both step into the court tomorrow wanting that win.”

Nadal leads 16-7 (winning last two) and is a perfect 5-0 in finals against Novak. And like Djokovic, the Spaniard has his own streak – he’s 16-0 in odd years at Indian Wells.

“It was really important for me,” Nadal said after beating Delpo. “I think I played my best match here at Indian Wells. To come back and play the final in this tournament is fantastic for me. I needed a match like this to get the right rhythm and right feeling.”

And while Novak has been playing near-untouchable tennis all season, there are some signs that he’s coming back down to earth. We saw cracks against Richard Gasquet on Friday and more evidence of erosion yesterday. But I think the Serb will have just enough “magic pixie dust” left to squeeze one more title out of this career run he’s on and beat Rafa.

While I’ve taking shots at Djokovic for many years, I’ve always said the kid’s had an incredible game with unlimited potential, that is if he could only put his physical issues behind him and get it right between the ears. Well, he has.

For two-time Indian Wells champ Nadal, in my mind he’s been more the beneficiary of a cushy draw than strong play. He did indeed play his best tennis of the week yesterday beating Del Potro, but I don’t think he’s at the level we saw him at the last year when he beat Djokovic in the US Open final. Rafa’s serve isn’t what it was during his NY run and that lethal forehand is producing far too many errors.

So I’m staying with Djokovic to win today in straight sets.

There will be little time for celebration today as both players are scheduled to play again Monday in a special exhibition in Bogota, Colombia.

The match begins at 4pm ET after the women’s final between Caroline Wozniacki vs. Marion Bartoli. ABC will have coverage of both matches live starting at 2pm ET.

SUNDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [15] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA – SINGLES FINAL
Not Before 1:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP – SINGLES FINAL


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361 Comments for Streaking Djokovic Dumps Federer a Third Straight Time, Faces Nadal for Indian Wells Title

ckr Says:

Sean…I agree with you analysis. I think we shouldn’t read too much into Nadal’s win yesterday. Delpo is not yet ready to play big 5. I am hoping he will be ready by US Open 2011. He was very inconsistent yesterday.

Having said that, Djoker was not great either. I was getting a feeling old /bad Djoker was coming out in phases yesterday. Serve was not great and many balls he was leaving in the middle of the court.

If Djoker plays to his full potential, he can always beat Nadal on hard courts.

Let’s see how it goes in few hours…


farley Says:

Yeah, Sean I do agree with you, Nole will beat Nadal easily.


Alex Says:

Who are you? Do you play tenis? Where were you on the last 7 years to talk about Federer like this?

I think you should show more respect.


blank Says:

Sean,
What cushy draw for Nadal? If Murray got busted out early, that’s not his fault. Other than the Fed-Djoko match-up, all other matches were ‘cushy’ for them as well.

I’d be surprised if Djoko wins as easily in 2 sets as you have predicted. But this is his best chance yet. Yes, it goes without saying now that Djoko’s best is better than Fed’s best. But is it better than Rafa’s best? Only a win in a GS will tell us that. If the current ranking holds, that may very well be in another GS final. And I have to give the edge to Nadal there.


Ajde Nole Says:

As a Djoko fan I must say that I do not understand your bashing of Roger. He is still a great player, won it all numerous times – in a row! At least you should appreciate that he still finds some motivation to play. He is clearly pass the mental hunger to accomplish big tropheys for the sake of tropheys but rather enjoys playing tennis at a high level and spending time with family. I am not saying that he doesn’t won’t to win against Nole and Nadal, but is not as important to him as might have been 2 years earlier. Hence I found your “Maybe your best isn’t good enough anymore?” a bit too pushy and disrespectful of such a great champion.
As for Novak, he’s really “in the zone” the last 3 months and playes his best tennis consistently! I hope both him and Nadal stay healthy and avoid any injuries the next 5-6 years ’cause I agree that they would make it a great rivalry.


patzin Says:

If Nole is still ‘in the zone’ he will probably win the final. Yesterday’s match v. Fed had a lot of ups and downs for both players. So as for the final, it should be interesting. I would like to see Rafa win his 1st tournie of yr, but it could go either way.


margot Says:

Well, if Andole can’t be there, this is the final I wanted! Nole, Nole, Nole!
Ike nice to c u :) I’m good thankyou. Getting used to Andy’s “spring Slump” his “Summer Surge” his “Autumn Uncertainty” and his “Winter Walkabout.”!
Glad u and jane liked the “Outnumbered” skit. I loved it when the teenager’s friends didn’t recognise Andy cos he was smiling:)
kimmi, I’m posting link again for you it’s “Andy Murray Comic Relief Outnumbered Youtube.”
But what’s this?? You’ve gone off Andy and are supporting Rafa???? This must be the most shocking tennisx headlines of the year… ;)
grendel: hi! R u watching “The killing” it’s brilliant the best thing since I don’t know when. Can’t believe Myers is dead though, he’s much too good a character :)


skeezerweezer Says:

It’s intersting sometimes our observations coming who your a fan of. Trying to look at that match objectivelyt as I can, Fed had a lot of strategy he implemented causing Nole’s errors. As the match wore on, he kept hitting the ball up the middle, taking away Nole’s angles he uses so well from the baseline, as well as changing the pace but keepin the ball deep. On Nole’s side, he already had the recipe to handle Fed, and knew if he got him going to side to side with long rallies he would come out on top of most points. Nole’s return game is always a factor, and the pressure from it took it’s toll on the Fed game in the middle of the third. Sometimes it’s not what each player is missing or not doing but the mental battle the other player is imposing. Just sayin…


blank Says:

Skeeze,
You are right. Physically he is just fine, but I think Federer has simply lost his mental edge, he’s just not able to keep the level up in such tough matches long enough to win the match. That’s what he has been able to do so successfully over so many years, but when you age, it’s inevitable your mind is not fresh, it’s worn out from years of use and experience…the edge is not sharp enough. And that’s the difference I think. Had he played in the 3rd as well as the 2nd, I am sure he could have had real good chances to win (and may have still likely lost today)…rather than go down 0-40 in service games and put himself in impossible situations against the best returner in the game.

Now all I hope for is he has one final act left…maybe Wimbledon or the USO? Even if that doesn’t happen, I am happy for all the joys of watching him over the last 8 years! It will remain unmatched :-)


jane Says:

I have no idea who will win. Nadal has the mental edge in this rivalry with 5-0 final mark. But I do know that I want to see Nole start to change that around. It is a totally different match up for him than versus Fed of course. As skeeze says, Nole deliberately runs Fed side to side and extends the rallies if he can. Here, he has to end points quickly. This will require an aboutface in tactics to a degree. If Nole serves well and Rafa serves as was yesterday then Nole has a bettee chance than when he was serving poorly at the USO and Rafa’s serve was outrageously good.

Come on Nole! GO – let Rafa have the plate today! :)


madmax Says:

blank Says:
Sean,
What cushy draw for Nadal? If Murray got busted out early, that’s not his fault. Other than the Fed-Djoko match-up, all other matches were ‘cushy’ for them as well.

blank,

nadal did have a cup cake draw, it really cant be argued with. He didnt face anyone in his draw who was in the top 100. He played all qualifiers leading up the final. I think the highest seed was delpo at 90.

you can check this out on the atp site, but fed’s first round was Andreev, who as you know was a former top 20 player only 18 months ago. Now 52 I think? and even though Harrison was a WC, this kid is brilliant – the next best thing.

Rafa has done well to draw easy players this tournament which is why any rafa cannot complain ever again about rafa ‘always having a hard draw’. That’s just not true.
That look pretty cupcake to me!


blank Says:

jane,
You are insatiable, aren’t you? You had Fed on the plate yesterday, and today you want Rafa. Sure you can handle that :-)

Well, you may as well get it again! If there is a time for Novak to turn things around, it is now! Having said that, this is a beautiful match-up…I am not even sure if one is a favourite over the other! It’s brilliantly poised 50-50. Hope these two produce a superb quality match!


blank Says:

@jane: I meant to add a “?” after “Sure you can handle that”…lol


jane Says:

Blank, lol. Insaitable is relative. Fed has 16 slams; you want more yes? I just want Nole to have his day in the desert and get the trophy for once over Rafa in a final. If he does, it may help if they one day meet in another slam final. Confidence is crucial.

Yeah, I can handle it! :)


RFFaN Says:

“Escaped? Sorry Roger, I disagree. Novak didn’t escape. He’s just that much better than you. And what’s scary is that I thought Djokovic didn’t play that great while you played pretty well! Yet you still lost.”

Well if Djoko played below his best and beat a Fed playing well, that sounds like a bit of an escape.
Djoko was mentally down after being broken back in the third, was tossing his racket disgustedly, and then Fed after building a 40-15 lead on serve lost concentration and imploded completely handing Djokovic the match.

As Fed pointed out, the end of the match came down to confidence; that’s what I saw too.

So you think Fed’s delusional because he says he “can” beat Djoko when playing well??


RFFaN Says:

“Escaped? Sorry Roger, I disagree. Novak didn’t escape. He’s just that much better than you. And what’s scary is that I thought Djokovic didn’t play that great while you played pretty well! Yet you still lost.”

Well if Djoko played below his best and beat a Fed playing well, that sounds like a bit of an escape.
Djoko was mentally down after being broken back in the third, was tossing his racket disgustedly, and then Fed after building a 40-15 lead on serve lost concentration and imploded completely handing Djokovic the match.

As Fed pointed out, the end of the match came down to confidence; that’s what I saw too.

So you think Fed’s delusional because he says he “can” beat Djoko when playing well??


Dory Says:

What an insulting article on any player. Mommy, mommy, look I dug dirt on today.


RFFaN Says:

And it’s an “insult” that Fed and partner lost in the dubs finals to a great team who’d already taken out the Bryans and the Murrays?
He was more successful in the dubs than any of other top players.


blank Says:

jane,
I am now satiated! Wouldn’t mind another Wimbledon or USO though ;-)
I hope for you Djoko gets it today although like Kimmi and for the same reasons, I will be rooting slightly for Nadal.
Whatever it is, I hope it is a tight 3 setter! Enjoy the game jane.


didi Says:

I want to know if there is any other player that has stayed in the top 3 as long as Roger has?
29 vs 23/24 big difference for all the players Roger is losing against. I forever will appreciate Roger getting out there and fighting to win day in and day out. How many SF in a row has he made now? Pretty good for anyone but we always want more from Fed.


Skeezerweezer Says:

@didi

Agreed. I don’t think anyone here is ditzing Fed’s achievements. Problem for a lot of the Fed fans, including yours truly is that he has played all these years like a tennis God ( pardon the phrasing ), so anything less than spectacular is criticized, and sometimes I agree it is unwarranted. Being #3 in the world, there is 997 guys beneath him in the rankings…..not bad.

For today I hope Nole continues his winning ways, no so much because he beat Fed, but as a poster said earlier, he has “earned” his position. How many tough draws has Nole had to go through to get to this position? Many. It will be a tough hill as Rafa has gotten better through the tourney, a great sighn if your a Rafa fan. Hope its a great match :)


The fighter Says:

Go Rafa go…


The fighter Says:

btw caro won the frst set 6 1 bt is 2-4 down in the 2nd….i hope she cums bck


The fighter Says:

excited fr the match…cnt sleep


sheila Says:

4 djokovic 2get #1 ranking he needs 2start winning nadal consistently, until then he is definitely #2 player in world. federer, until he starts winning djokovic consistently is #3 player. i am a federer fan & he is almost 6 yrs older than these other guys. he really has nothing 2prove & i simply hope, w/all my heart, he wins wimbledon. djokovic is playing @ a very high level, but 2 catch nadal, 1 must play @ this level week after week, month after month, etc. nadal being 5 yrs younger than federer finally did catch up w/him because of his consistency. this article totally dismissed federer & all of his accomplishments. until ic djokovic win nadal, especially in majors, he will not get #1 ranking. i hope fed holds on to #3 ranking. my concern, however, is now roger will be facing either nadal or djokovic in semis as opposed 2just djokovic or murray.


dari Says:

Bartoli is putting up a great fight after tough first set. Good ladies tennis this set, and Marion is moving great for being known as a less fit player. They’re playing some long points, too.
Woz will fight though.
As for the men, beating #1 at masters 1000 would be a great stop on the awesome train novak is drivimg right now. Buen suerte to him, I know he would be so proud of it, and worthy of it, too.
Bartoli takes set 2!


steve-o Says:

I was asked to write something about my experience at Indian Wells, so here is my report.

When I arrived for the Nadal-Del Potro semi I passed by the practice courts and saw a crowd of people watching a man hitting. By coincidence a canopy blocked my view of his face, but there was no way I could mistake that forehand–it was perfect. When I managed to get a better view, I saw that it was indeed Roger Federer.

He’s much taller than he appears on TV, but his proportions are such that you don’t notice unless you’re up close.

After a few minutes Djokovic arrived with his team to practice right beside him. I watched them for a few minutes, then went in to see the Nadal-Del Potro semi.

I was in the nosebleed seats so it was hard to observe the players very closely, but I was still able to get some impressions.

Nadal was as hyper-energetic as he appears on television, and he never stops fidgeting even when he’s just standing around. His intensity never drops.

Del Potro was an imposing presence, tall and stolid. He also showed a little bit of humor–at one point, after he had missed a shot, he headed the ball as if it were a soccer ball, drawing some laughs from the audience.

The Nadal fans were very vocal, though the Argentinean contingent was well-represented. There was a well-dressed gentleman, who appeared to be in his fifties, sitting a few rows below me who loudly bellowed “Vamos Rrrrrrafa!” at regular intervals, rolling the “r”.

The Federer-Djokovic semi was a very different experience. Federer’s court presence is remarkable. It’s not any one thing about him that draws the eye; it’s everything.

Like Federer Djokovic is taller than he seems. When you see him live, you realize he hits the ball very, very hard–much harder than is apparent on TV. He also showed his famous emotional volatility, tossing his racket on the ground in frustration at one point.

The atmosphere was remarkable. There’s a huge sense of anticipation when Federer attempts to construct a point–everyone holds their breath. When he succeeded, the stadium cheered, and when he missed, everyone groaned. It’s a communal experience.

The magical sensation created by Federer’s shotmaking is far stronger up close–it’s light and intoxicating, like champagne. You feel it once and you immediately want it again.

Up close there is a ferocity to Djokovic’s tennis that TV fails to convey. Like I said he hits the ball hard and very cleanly–it’s quite something to see him at work.

The audience became very involved and emotional as the match went on, with fans of both players cheering and applauding vocally after nearly every point, even as the outcome became clear.

Even though neither of my favorites won, I still enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to trying this again.


blank Says:

madmax,
I was trying to make a greater point, there is no such things as a cupcake draw. I hated it when people used to complain that Federer had a cupcake draw. This is just the same. The top 3 or 4 are always expected to beat everyone else up until the SF. Having Andreev and Harrison is not a big threat at this point in time, all of the top 3 would have safely negotiated their advance past them.


blank Says:

Thanks for the report steve-o. I camped out at IW in 2006 (when Fed won!) and it was an amazing experience. Over a period of 2 days, it went from sunny and warm to breezy and snowy! Hope to visit there again one day. Awesome location!


Swiss Maestro Says:

Ok, Sean! Fed is deluded. more like you are STUPID. Fed is never going to say – “Oh yes, djokovic is a better player than me” No active player worth a dime in any sport will ever believe so at the depth of their hearts. They may spout it for the press, so lesser people like you can make some bucks off it ( i guess people like you will try to sensationalize irrespective of what federer says) but deep down even the 12323th ranked player playing the no.1 player on earth in a real match will say “fcuk that guy, i am a better player than him and i will show him”

People without such an attitude end up as wannabe’s like you who will call athletes delusion with the superficial understanding of human psychology that you have.


Skeezerweezer Says:

Steve-o

Great read tx for sharing, I had a simular experience. My fav time is watching them practice up close.


dari Says:

bravo, Steve-o. Thanks for the report.
I’ve seen a lot of the top guys, but not Rog or novak, so your affirmation and those of many others that fed is a must-see really is gonna get me to IW next year!
No-doubt novak’s groundies are clean as heck, cant wait to see them live.
Bartoli tiring out, but it was a great second set. this is why woz wins, she can outlast physically.


jane Says:

steve-o, thanks so much for the firsthand view; it’s great to hear about atmosphere, and how things appear when not filtered via the cathode ray tube. Glad for you that you had the “champagne” experience of seeing your fave. Hope I can get to a tourney (likely, Canada, IW, or LA would be the easiest) and see it all “live” one day. Nevous for Nole. Hope he can do something he hasn’t today – beat Rrrrrrafa in a final.


blank Says:

Anyone playing double handed backhand and forehand when volleying deserves to lose the point!


blank Says:

And a double handed dropshot!


margot Says:

jane, sar, stu, duro, nina: have read somewhere, the bookies are seldom wrong :)
steve-o cheers for that, sounds brilliant.


dari Says:

Yeah, blank its bizarre to see that two hands on a drop! But it worked some of.the time!


blank Says:

dari,
I am glad it didn’t work in that last game. That would have been an insult to the dropper :-)


dari Says:

And THAT’S a trophy ceremony! Lovely and.professional- until cutting off the champ. That’s network tv.
Congrats to woz! Next, get a slam.


Ike Says:

Rafa didn’t know he had such a great record (5-0)against Nole in the finals!…LOL!!!


Ike Says:

Anyways, Nole WILL win this one!


stu Says:

Here’s hoping
1) Both players are fit
2) It is a long, 3-set battle
3) The best man wins
4) Our streams work :)


jane Says:

The tape on Nole’s knee seems to be getting bigger; a little break would be good. He doesn’t have a lot to defend in Miami so I hope he has a shorter run at that event, and then can take a break and prep for clay.

Anyhow, hope the match is good today. Looks breezy.


jane Says:

stu – it’s on ABC if you have it! :]


Kimmi Says:

aaah, i thought i missed it..didn’t. here we go!


dari Says:

Stu- agree with your list, I hope novak is the neat man, and even if he isn’t, I kinda hope for a little luck for him, really want him to cap off this early run in the year with a final win over nadal.
And we’re off!


stu Says:

thanks, jane. I’m at a coffee shop in NYC tho..the one day espn3 decides not to show it x-(


stu Says:

i agree, dari. if novak really did have some magic dust, i’m pretty sure he’d save it all for today..


thark Says:

sometimes i think people look at the words players say in interviews without looking at the person who is saying them. if you love someone you accept their particular combination of strengths and weaknesses, and being a true fan is similar.

there is no question that roger federer has a much more fragile ego than djokovic or nadal. it is fact. he wears it on his sleeve. for nadal to say someone is better than him is not particularly difficult. his ego does not crumble. anyone who has watched federer in interviews year after year will intuitively understand that he can’t make similar statements. his ego cannot tolerate a clear statement that someone is better than him – and so he is forced to qualify his statements by saying that “today” they were the better player or by rapidly following a compliment to another player by pointing out that his own performance was strong, or pointing out some of his achievements in the past.

but for federer this fragility has been a tremendous driving force. much of the greatness we have witnessed from him this past decade would not have been possible without it. nothing is one-sided and no two great players have the same reasons for being great. nadal’s underlying competitive spirit comes from different roots than fed’s, and so of course he reflects much differently when the presser arrives.

those of you who are waiting for roger to stand in front of a microphone and say “i used to be good but now i’m not” fail to understand his nature. we have to accept him as he is and brush aside the words his ego can’t help but use as protection.


stu Says:

beasts.


dari Says:

thark, nice points. But I’m gonna take the fed route and choose not to think of it as “fragility” of the ego. I think its very strong, and very much worth protecting.


dari Says:

Rafa is such a bad a$$, geeze


stu Says:

Nole might still be a little intimidated by Rafa…he hesitates and doesn’t go for as many shots…

like that overhead – are you KIDDING me?!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Uh, oh, Djoker!


jane Says:

Man, why does Rafa always have to play his uber-best when he faces Nole? Yesterday Nole was serving much better versus Fed, and Nadal was serving way worse; he is at nearly 80% first serves now whereas Nole’s at 54%. :(

Rafa will win. Again.


stu Says:

jane, because he usually faces Nole in the final.


stu Says:

very nicely saved, Nole. but i still have a bad feeling about this…


blank Says:

Unbelievable hands!


Dory Says:

Djoker back to his 2010 serve?


stu Says:

uhoh. body language weakening…


jane Says:

Nole now down to 47% firsts – no way that’s gonna get it done against a returner of Rafa’s caliber. It’s just not. I think Nole’s emptied the tank getting #2. Maybe not. But that’s my gut feeling.


jane Says:

Make that 45% Ugh, so sad. Can’t watch.


stu Says:

Nadal is a different animal. I cant watch him lose to Rafa again. Will be back if Nole manages to break back!

Enjoy the match, guys!


Thangs Says:

/*Man, why does Rafa always have to play his uber-best when he faces Nole? */

Jane, I do think the same about Murray playing best against Rafa…Hope Rafa wins today!


Kimmi Says:

vintage rafa!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Jane @4:14 post

Yes, why? It shows u its so mental this game of tennid


Skeezerweezer Says:

Another big question why is Novak feeding most balls to Rafa’ s FH?


sar Says:

Well for starters Nole needs a first serve which I’m not seeing yet


Skeezerweezer Says:

Pound the BH, then the FH opens up…


dari Says:

Djoko with a Rafa-like angle. It’s early, yet folks


Skeezerweezer Says:

Like that!


Dory Says:

Wow if he can make up his bad serving with strong return game I will be very happy.


Kimmi Says:

wow! great BH djoko


Dory Says:

YES YES YES!!!!


Ike Says:

great fightback from Nole…..


blank Says:

This is where it helps to have a return like Djokovic’s. Beautiful return off a very good 1st serve got him right into the point which he won to get the break back. Good stuff!


Kimo Says:

the level of play is phenomenal by both players!!!


Kimmi Says:

Break back! wow!


Duro Says:

What a tennis, man! what a tennis…


Lulu Iberica Says:

Darn! I think Novak catching fire now!


Kimo Says:

The tennis is crazy!!!!


Kimberly Says:

grrr nadal losing that break. super high quality so far.


jane Says:

Nole will not win without a first serve, I repeat. : / if he can make first serves, he has a shot the beat the numero uno bull.

Thang – it’s true: Murray does always save his best for Fed and Rafa. Nole goes through Fed and is wonked by the time he gets Rafa.


Dory Says:

One thing’s clear. Djoker’s fuel is a bit low. Isn’t running as fast as yesterday.


jane Says:

^i mean zonked not wonked. ha ha


jane Says:

Dory he’s won 19 matches running, no doubt his tank is on fumes. Plus you could tell how emotional he was for that win yesterday. But today he cannot find first serves to serve him some easy points AND he can’t run as fast – bad news.


blank Says:

It’s going to be hard for Novak to win this now.


Swiss Maestro Says:

this is just pathetic from novak. his game matches up so well with nadal’s, yet he just doesn’t bring it mentally as often as a man with his talent should. Fed, murray, delpotro all are better than novak, when standing up against nadal. nadal’s the most competitive player – yes, but with novak’s game he should be killing nadal everytime they play on hardcourts.

His 1st serve percentage is just inexcusable when you are playing a champion like nadal in a final. I can understand if he does that in the 3rd set or so – he maybe tired (though, as an athlete of the highest calibre he shouldn’t be) but in the 1st few games in the 1st set? that is just mental ineptitude.


Thangs Says:

Vamos Rafa! Please keep holding serve..


Dory Says:

No I think yesterday’s match again took out the fuel in him.


dari Says:

nothing pathetic about this match, maestro!
Novak may be a little tired and a little intimidated, but he is playing well besides serve.
You can see that hes trying to keep away from Rafa fh, but Rafa in final bulldoze mode.


blank Says:

I am glad it is not Federer playing Nadal today.


Kimmi Says:

i was on the wrong thread..

if nole cannot beat nadal on hard courts, it will be very difficult on clay, no?


Dory Says:

Serve back=confidence back and possibly fuel=back.


jane Says:

agree dari – Nole is trying. It’s just too bad he is not serving as well. Sometimes it happens to the best guys; they have an off serving day even in a final.

I do think Rafa’s in Nole’s head though. No doubt. Nole doesn’t have that same confidence that he does versus others. Look at the H2H – no wonder. Lost so many close ones.

Nice hold Nole!


Kimmi Says:

130 mph..USO here we come!


Swiss Maestro Says:

This guy is the next no.1? I think federer has a better chance of an extended run at no.1 than novak. Maybe he will get there for a few weeks, but he will never be a long serving (pun intended) no.1

Djokovic cannot beat nadal in a big match.

0-5 in finals, 0-5 in Grandslams 0-1 in olympics.


dari Says:

Rafa has not served like this all tournament. Wth?
Please give us three sets!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa came to play today. Serve, FH, ominous.


Daniel Says:

I am starting to get sick of Djoko. He beata Fed only tinhosa to Nadal. You can seenin his face He is not going to win. 3 return mistakes in this last game. Always te same thing. Federer at least can beat Nadal in a final.


Dory Says:

Monster serving agreed from Rafa. Scary angles as well.


tennisfansince76 Says:

congratulations to Novak for beating the GOAT 3 straight times and ascending to world #2. your reward: Rafa putting a dark alley rusty pipe beat down on him.


Kimmi Says:

nadal changing a shirt..ladies! ha-ha


margot Says:

hey folks good match! Rafa has come out really aggressive, commentators are talking about his “low trajectory” over the net and I’m impressed by his net play, terrific. He’s threatening Nole’s first serve all the time, I think that may be a reason Nole’s serving isn’t working.
Let’s hope Nole lifts his game and we get 2 more gr8 sets!


Kimmi Says:

nole is probably now feeling the tiredness, the knee and rafa…


topspin Says:

When nadal plays Djoko, his best tennis comes out, it’s incredible.


Swiss Maestro Says:

dari – excuses and more excuses. I wouldn’t blame novak if this was clay, but this is hardcourts.

With novak’s game on hardcourts, how can he keep losing these big matches? I am sorry, but that is pathetic.


dari Says:

I think I just had my first Rafa fan girl moment- awesome serve game followed by cute jog back to court followed by shirt change. ;)
Still rooting for nole, especially if it gives a thirs set!


Daniel Says:

Blank, Nadal was beber able to crush Fed on a hardcourt. Their matches has that aura and Nadal doesn’t feels as confidant as playing Djoko, even with the HxH. You see Nadal and Fed start nervous.


tennisfansince76 Says:

the heaviness of Rafa’s ball is overwhelming Djoker today.


aleish17 Says:

Just woke up from a good sleep, tuned in and saw that Rafa got the 1st set. Yohoo!

Looks like Rafa brought his best game today.


jane Says:

margot, good point – pressure on serve = a weaker serve, and Rafa is one of the best returners in the game.

Yes, Fed can and has beaten Rafa in finals; however, for the 6 finals he’s won against Nadal, he’s lost 12!!! Rafa has an INCREDIBLE finals win/loss percentage.

Listen, i am disappointed in Nole’s form too but sheesh people; he’s been on an incredible run. If he lets down a bit it’s not THAT surprising. Disappointing, but not surprising.


dari Says:

No excuses, maestro, just observations. I dont make many excuses for my own favorite, let alone for my fourth or fifth favorite player! Ease up.


Kimmi Says:

swiss maestro – the match is not over..nole is not losing yet, until the fat lady sings!


Daniel Says:

Djoko seems to have a biches mental thing against Nadal than Fed. I really thought this match was his to lose. But his form decrease as te tourney went by. Even though he player perfect for stratches yssterday.


Dory Says:

Yes exactly, the heaviness of Nadal’s shots is something Novak has found tough to handle.


jane Says:

True Daniel, Fed has usually won on hard, though in 04 it was 6-3, 6-3 and in Dubai 06 it was 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, Nadal winning. I would argue, however, that Nadal is a much improved hardcourt player – really from 2008 onward he started to win more on hard.


Kimmi Says:

anyone reaching a slam final they have to hope they don’t meet rafa on the other side of the net


jane Says:

Also true Daniel that Nole’s form has been decreasing, since Gasquet, you could see it. And as you say, while he played great for stretches yesterday, he also had some bad patches in that match. Anyhow, whatever people say, I still root for him and I hope he’ll turn around his belief and learn to play Nadal more effectively – mentally and tactically. If he were better at net and if he were having a strong serving day, it would truly help him out.

Come on Nole!! Don’t give up.


dari Says:

Oh, geeze, Rafa and nole getting in plane together after this for an exho?! The things you learn when you turn up the volume


aleish17 Says:

Rafa coming to the net. Nice!


aleish17 Says:

On fire!


aleish17 Says:

Long rally by both guys. Djoko got the best of it in the end.


Kimmi Says:

nole serving better here!


aleish17 Says:

Good hold by Djoko.


Dory Says:

I think “tough” should be defined in the dictionary as “Rafael Nadal”.


Daniel Says:

Yes Jane,
Tactics indeed. Sometimes instead of continuing hamering Nadal’s backhand He goes for his forehand with a so so shot and Nadal imediatly takes control of the offensiveness of the point.


Swiss Maestro Says:

I can cut novak slack on one issue though. Playing a left-handed player is like playing an entirely different game. even players of average skill can give you a headache, so you can imagine the disadvantage of playing an absolutely great player like nadal.

nadal gets the same righty looks from murray, djokovic, delpotro, federer. but for each of these guys nadal is the only lefty of GS caliber.
who is the greatest left-hand player besides nadal in the past decade?

verdasco comes to mind (made 1 GS semi-final). mariano puerta made a french open final (but he had some doping ban, if i remember correctly)
who else? since ivanisevic winning GS in wimbledon 2001? if we go even back, marcelo rios, petr korda? ( 1slam) and thomas muster? (1slam). who else? do we have to go to mcenroe and connors for multiple GS winners?

I hope nadal is paying uncle toni good money. that shift to playing left-handed might have changed the course of tennis history. take a bow, uncle toni.


Daniel Says:

I still think He can win. But He has to show the same fight in his eyes as against Fed.


Dory Says:

I can’t understand why Djokovic should play an exho when we have Miami next week.


Daniel Says:

Plus HD should attack with the return. He has the best return and is returning all balls in the cebter of the court, with Nadal on 0 furar serves in this second set.


Dory Says:

Every cameraman who shows the camera angle from the bottom, behind the player should be banned on the tour.


aleish17 Says:

Djoko is giving a good fight here in the 2nd


jane Says:

Dory me neither. : /

Especially when he’s on freakin fumes as it is! sigh… He doesn’t do many exos either so i wonder why …

Come on Nole GO! Find a way through this tough lefty. You can do it!


jane Says:

Arrrgh… needs to take his bp chances when he gets them.


jane Says:

Daniel why is Nole not doing better on retrun do you think? he is usually so awesome. something about Rafa’s serve … maybe that lefty thing? IDK.

GO NOLE!!!!! HOLD!!!


Dory Says:

A chance again to take the second set but who knows how Nadal will respond.


dari Says:

That’s good novak!


aleish17 Says:

Oh nooo! Nadal broken in the 2nd.


margot Says:

Nole bites back! Wheeeee! Now Rafa’s first serve has gone walkabout? ?


jane Says:

Grrrrrrr Nole HOLD. >:( ARRGH.


Dory Says:

Why is Nole hitting the ball again back to where Nadal is? He’s done that many times now.


Dory Says:

Double fault! Now can I say pathetic?


Kimmi Says:

oooops. double!


jane Says:

omg, unforgivable, just like yesterday both Fed & Nole double faulting on bp. SO AGGRAVATING.


aleish17 Says:

Djoko committing a lot of errors.
Nadal gets the break back. =)


jane Says:

He’s just too nervous for some dumb reason. He’s not thinking out there, tactically, like Daniel said. He has the tactics for Fed now, but not for Rafa. Hasn’t cracked the code for the number 1 bull. But then again, who has!? You have to serve out of your tree like Dr. Ivo and hope Rafa’s having an off day. Or you have to mix it up like Murray does versus Rafa. I think Murray is closest to cracking the Rafa code.


Dory Says:

And 0-40 again!!!!!!!!!


dari Says:

Wow, novak! Incredible defense.


Thangs Says:

What happened to Rafa’s serve in 2nd set???


Swiss Maestro Says:

Kimmi – it is not this one match. I gave you the numbers.

Djokovic beat murray in straight sets, fed in straights but promptly loses his 1st set to nadal? (who is definitely an inferior player on hardcourts compared to murray and federer)

Jane – Federer’s game matches up poorly against nadal because of the one handed backhand. If you are a one-handed backhand you have to be a go for broke player like blake or youzhny. Djokovic has a game that matches up well – like murray, nalbandian, davydenko, delpotro with the backhands. look at their performances against nadal and djokovic’s. you can keep supporting djokovic, no one expects you not to, but djokovic has to do much better in big matches against nadal on hardcourts. I dont care if he keeps losing on clay, because the surface neutralizes djokovic’s match-up advantage. (though it only shows how incredible federer’s 2 wins on clay against nadal are – only guy to have beaten nadal on clay twice since nadal became a FO champion)


Dory Says:

Grab it Novak and serve the set out!


puckbandit Says:

Can someone tell why I can’t find this match on TV?


Dory Says:

OMG! Nole you hung on and got rewarded!!!


puckbandit Says:

Is there a live stream?


dari Says:

Was that the looooongest time before serve for Rafa after the let?
Ok, novak


jane Says:

SM, I know. I know, he must win these big matches against Rafa. Trust me, I know. It’s killing me. I do think that he is a bit worn out from the streak and mental battle for number 2. Fed played awesome in stretches yesterday. Nole had to fight. He just needs to dig deeeeeep.
—————————————————

GOOD GOD HOLD! Please Nole. Find your first serves.


dari Says:

ESPN, puck?
Or ESPN3.com
Surely there is a livestream somewhere, too.


puckbandit Says:

Not on espn3 not on ABC in the US East
very upset I can’t watch this


puckbandit Says:

Okay, found it on ESPN- bumped from ABC for news-


jane Says:

OMG! I can’t stand it.


Swiss Maestro Says:

I still hope novak beats rafa – I would support anyone against rafa, (nothing personal, purely business) but kudos to nadal. What a competitor. He has got to be in top 5 most mentally tough GS champs of all time, along with sampras, borg, federer and lendl. I might even say he is the GOAT of mental toughness ahead of borg and federer.


dari Says:

He really pinned rafa in that corner that point, nice.
Close it out, novak


Swiss Maestro Says:

Jane : you make me want to cheer for novak more :) keep up the spirit and let us hope novak starts setting that record right, starting now :)


jane Says:

He just can’t seem to close this service game; if only he could find a magical ace, the likes of which he was serving in AO and Dubai.

Rafa is *impossible,* “very difficult” the definition of tenacious.


Dory Says:

This is too much!! He cannot lose this set now.


Dory Says:

YES! A set grabbed against the toughest beast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

FINALLY!

SM – cheer loudly. :)


dari Says:

Dear jane, you must have died five times!
Good for your boy!


Dory Says:

Nadal’s first serve % down to 25% in set 2!!!!!


margot Says:

One set all WHEEE :) Off we go :)


Daniel Says:

Although Their match up is great as a baseline contest, I Nisa some variation. God at least Nadal used a slice for a chanfe and Djoko came to the net after a first serve. Very fee winners in this match with all te points Almost the same.
But Djoko’s tactic to break Nadal’s backhand os working.


Dory Says:

I am starting to believe again maybe Nole can win this. Would make me cry.


puckbandit Says:

Yeah!!! GO NOLE!

I like Rafa too, but cheering on Novak since my guy Murray crapped out early.


aleish17 Says:

Darn it! 3rd set.
Djoko held on to that game.

C’mon Rafa! Bring back the serve.


Ike Says:

jane
hang in there…don’t be nervous!
Nole WILL win this match!


Dory Says:

Wow Nadal missing an overhead!!!


Kimberly Says:

grrrr this is just not pretty….


Skeezerweezer Says:

Novak working very hard to get back in this match. No one can deny these 2 haven’t had there nervous moments like the fed/novak match…


Swiss Maestro Says:

This is for you Jane!

Goooooooooo Nooooooooooooooovaaaaaaaaaaaaak!

If djokovic wins the next set, I will concede one set to you in the “novak Vs Fed” mental toughness battle. remember it is a 5 setter though. LOL


Dory Says:

Djoker breaks again in 3rd set!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


aleish17 Says:

Arrrghhh!
Now Rafa’s in trouble.


Dory Says:

It’s 4:22 AM in India here. Glad I’m awake. Have an off tommorrow. :)


jane Says:

COME. ON. NOLE! WIN!!!!!


dari Says:

Sweet backhand from novak


Dory Says:

OMG! Novak cruising now.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Novak too good. At least Rafito got a set.


Duro Says:

He’s my son!!!


Daniel Says:

Nadal is losing intensity. His shots ate not hurring anymore.


margot Says:

Fabulous start to third set for Nole :) Rafa looking right lost! ooer jane, is he going to break the jinx at last?


Carol Says:

Please Rafa win this for my guy. My fiance will be one very unhappy camper. Yesterday our fave, Fed lost, and now it looks as though Rafa will be losing this one. C’mon find that inner strength that you’ve always been able to draw upon. Don’t let this guy beat you.


Kimberly Says:

another missed first serve. about to turn this off…federer style shank


Lulu Iberica Says:

Rafa will have to use smarts, and hopefully a serve, to beat Nole. Nole is now the faster of the two, and best ball striker.


pablo cabrera Says:

Guys i am new here.
Can anybody tell me if the level of tennis is really high.


steve-o Says:

Even though Djokovic won the second set, this match is almost certainly Nadal’s.

The mental battle was lost before he stepped on court.

Yes, he will fight to avoid going down tamely and to make it look good. He’s enough pride for that. But to win? No.

There is no real contest here. In the third set, it will get close again. Djokovic will make a couple mistakes, and Nadal, with his machinelike mentality, won’t, and that will be that. It is as predictable as clockwork.

After Nadal beat Djokovic in Madrid, or Murray at WTF, everyone praised the loser for playing so well and making the match so close, and took it as proof that those guys are getting closer to Nadal’s level.

My view is the total opposite: it is proof that they are completely on the wrong track, and picking the wrong game plan, and playing right into Nadal’s main strength.

Because whenever those matches get very close–in the third or fifth set, in the tiebreakers–Nadal will just be too clutch. He won’t miss, the others will.

To beat him you just cannot get into that situation where the rallies are endless and things are decided by who can scrap a little better, because that will be a Nadal victory 10 times out of 10.

To beat him you have to outplay him, either by overpowering him, or by varying the shots enough to throw him off.

When the latter happens it’s often blamed on tiredness, as it was at the WTF against Federer.

But what is happening is that Nadal loses his timing and rhythm because he is not allowed to just rally and retrieve. His game can fall apart quite shockingly in that situation. The machine blows a gasket.


Kimmi Says:

djoko has turned the corner! another break here?


Dory Says:

Yes! Go Novak! 3-0. Now hold!!! Nadal will try his best to come back.


Swiss Maestro Says:

Duro:

are you the reason novak’s parents divorced? LOL

This is how Novak should have played in the 1st today and even in the USopen final. Better late than never I guess.

Nadal must be feeling like how Federer did in those last sets when Federer was the hunted and nadal the hunter. I am guessing it is more fun to be the hunter?


dari Says:

2 breaks.


Daniel Says:

Wow, long time since i last das Nadal having a desidrate Look. He os about to lose serve 4 straight.


jane Says:

Hold now Nole! Don’t let up, never take your foot off the gas versus Rafa, no way, no how.


margot Says:

Bloody hell 3-0 to Nole! Rafa crumbling! Who’d a thought it?


Swiss Maestro Says:

Jane :

are you not posting because you dont want to jinx novak? LOL


Dory Says:

This is such a rarity. Nadal missing everything.


aleish17 Says:

I am outta here. This doesn’t bode well for Rafa.


jane Says:

SM, I am not posting as much because I am too freaked out; I don’t want Nole to lose this lead; I want him to step on it, pedal to the metal, and win. But Rafa will fight till the dying end. I know it. You know it. Nole knows it. And Nole needs some first serves. EEEEk so nervous still.

Come on NOLE!!! Finish it! GO GO GO.


Dory Says:

Serb Master!!!


Dory Says:

4-0!!!!!!!!!!


dari Says:

Among other problems, nadal.got a taste for the great serve he had at the later stages of first set, and keeps reaching for it-can’t get it back.
Meanwhile, novak playing the kind of tennis that got him to this point in the first place!


Daniel Says:

OMG. Nadal música sagking in his pants with the possibilite of losing 6-0. He didin’t hold serve in a long time.


Kimmi Says:

maybe a bagel?


Dory Says:

When was Nadal bageled the last time by anyone?


stu Says:

rafa bagel?


blank Says:

jane,
The beast will be slayed today and served for dinner.


Dory Says:

Foolish cameraman again showing from behind and below.


blank Says:

Nadal unraveled!


Lulu Iberica Says:

I just don’t want Rafa to get bageled here!


Daniel Says:

Nadal is 25% in the last two sets. You can’t serve worst than this!


jane Says:

Let’s just not get ahead of ourselves. Rafa never ever gives up people. He is on the board.

Nole, please, please, please, hold you serve.


C!P! Says:

this is the worst match nadal has ever played


Dory Says:

I will never believe it either until Nadal loses. He can change the momentum completely any time.


Daniel Says:

But if Nadal turn this around men, Djoko will better retire!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Whew, on the board!


dari Says:

No bagel!
Dory, this year at doha by… what is that slovak’s name? Lacko.


Dory Says:

Oh yes Lukas Lacko. Didn’t get to see that match though.


Swiss Maestro Says:

Novak wanted to bagel Nadal, so bad. That is the attitude Novak should be bringing out from the 1st set against Nadal. that is a champion’s attitude. Win or lose, it is the attitude that counts.


Duro Says:

Oh my, oh my!!!! Novak owns the world!!!


Dory Says:

The best part would be the convicing victory Nole would have!!!


Daniel Says:

Wow, this is the perfect definition of confidance game. 3 winners and an ace!


Kimmi Says:

wow! djoko fans, are you breathing?


C!P! Says:

i wonder if nadal is playing tennis right now ,or is he sleeping ,since his mind is somewhere else ,his serve is absent ,his movement sluggish ,so on


Swiss Maestro Says:

Dory, you are a guy, right? would you be saying know to the camera angle if sharapova and wozniacki were playing? be honest. LOL


Dory Says:

5-2 still danger. Nadal can pounce any time.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Yay, no baked goods for Rafa!


jane Says:

I am barely able to breathe Kimmi. Just praying please hold, please hold please hold. To the beat of my heart. I know I have seen it. Rafa never gives up. Nole needs to serve like crazy here.


Dory Says:

Yes I’m a guy. But a queer. (That other word is getting filtered).


blank Says:

jane,
Have confidence in your man. 2 breaks of serve…serving for the set…Djoko is in cruise mode. Get ready for the feast :-)


aleish17 Says:

I dont think Nadal can pull a huge comeback here.

@ Jane: Nadal will have the plate today. We will settle for that. ;) Novak is just on fire in the 3rd set.


Dory Says:

2 points away!!


puckbandit Says:

Wow, I wanted Nole to win, but sad to see Rafa deflate in the third


aleish17 Says:

Djoko 2 points away from winning Indian Wells.


Swiss Maestro Says:

i wonder if nadal is playing tennis right now ,or is he sleeping ,since his mind is somewhere else ,his serve is absent ,his movement sluggish ,so on

******************

Welcome to federer nation! make yourselves comfortable. it is called declining! LOL


Kimmi Says:

i knew it jane…congrats you people. wow! 3 MATCH POINTS!


Dory Says:

He’s done it!! This victory was a long time coming for Djoker!!! Beating RF and Nadal back to back.


jane Says:

OMG NOLE!!!!!!!!! :)))))

I am doing cartwheels around the house!! Nole is my hero today. Wow!! Finally he gets he win in a final over Rafa.


Ike Says:

this is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS! incredible! rafa is very tough. Novak has arrived!


Dory Says:

So happy because 1st set was heart attacking.


blank Says:

Congrats Novak and all his fans. He is truly on fire!

jane,
Enjoy the moment. I am very happy for you.


Ike Says:

jane
i told u so :)


jane Says:

What heart. Love Nole. Am going to find a cold beer store that sells wine. :)

Sorry Nadal fans, but also sort of, not really. : ) Just Kiddin. But because Nole just really has had the plate too often beside your man.


Ike Says:

i wonder if Murray watched this match…..


Kimo Says:

Has the Djokovic era started? Very impressive. Now that we’ve seen the new and improved Djoko against a fully fit Rafa (don’t let anyone tell you different), it’s pretty clear he’s contending for the top spot.


dari Says:

The best hardcourt player of the year wins the tournament. Even though its not my guy, it feels good cause its how it should be. Congrats to novak and fans!!!!!!
Sorry for Rafa fans, a rare deflation from him, but don’t be down, novak is literally unbearable right now.
Yay nole!


sar Says:

Fed and Rafa back to back. I am so proud of Novak today. His goal to beat Rafa just once in a final, finally!!!


margot Says:

wow! Wow! Wow! Nole! Nole! Nole! jane those carwheels are amazing but go and open a bottle of fizz and drink to Nole the Nadal slayer!


Kimmi Says:

rafa served bad in set 2 and 3, novak on the other hand improved…took adv. congrats!


Daniel Says:

Finally!!! This IS the change of the guard. Gosh He will have to keep this form and teu to beat Rafa on clU to have a shot of n.1. The level nowadays os pretty high.
Super Congrats Djoko’s fans: duro, Jane, sar, stu and manu others.
This is really his year. I want ser what will unfild next. Will Djoko has more in the tank for miami?!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Congratulations, Nole fans. Your guy is clearly the #1 hardcourt player at the moment.


margot Says:

cartwheels even, but u get my drift :)


aleish17 Says:

Congrats to Novak for fighting to the very end.

To Rafa: get ur a@@ up and work hard on the consistency of your serve. ;) Kudos to u though for being in the finals. ;)

Congrats to Jane, Dory, Sar, Dari, and to all who rooted for Djoko.

Rafa will have to settle (for now) with the plate Jane ;)


Swiss Maestro Says:

Congrats novak fans! and federer fans too! ( you guys get the drift, yes? LOL)

Dory : queer in India? May the force be with you. From the few Indians, I have known, that is just not a good thing at all. being a queer in India that is.


Duro Says:

And a new world record!!!

My dear, beautiful, unbelievable boy…

You are a champion of a kind!

In No1-vak I trust!!!

Allez alleeeeez…


C!P! Says:

Today most players in the top 100 would’ve have beaten Rafa ; i’m very disappointed in him; he showed absolutely nothing after the first set ,it’s as if he didn’t wanna play for some reason ,and i don’t know why ; and he played against an average Nole , overall i think it was a very poor final for a tournament like this ,how can it be different when World no.1 and world no.1 both serve under 50% ?


Kimmi Says:

we have competition on clay now. go nole..go get rafa on clay!


Skeezerweezer Says:

Jane, Sar, Duro, stu

Yahoo! Unbelievable tennis from Novak. The heart of the lion.

Me hopes the Rafa excuses don’t come out….. This was a match Nole was losing at the sfart, and worked his butt off to get back in it and change the momentum…. Fair and square. I’ll still stick to Rafa on FO though….

Congrats Novak… Great tourney


steve-o Says:

I guess I was completely wrong in my previous comment and I take it all back.

Congrats to Djokovic and his fans on his victory! So far this year he’s been the best player. And he showed remarkable nerve and tenacity in this match.


sar Says:

is there a link to the trophy ceremony?


sar Says:

OK he can go out early in Miami now.


stu Says:

Nole’s a beast!!!!


chrisJ Says:

Nadal had ZERO UNFORCED ERRORS in the first set.

Nole kept his cool and fought (he never gives up anymore) til the very end and turned things around. I am so proud of Novak!


jane Says:

Thanks to everyone for congrats. :D


Dory Says:

I want his streak to continue as long as he can. Federer’s streak is 41!!!!!


Dory Says:

He should rest instead of playing the exho.


dari Says:

Jane, sar, all novak fans- your man has some confidence and some nerve right now. I hope that gives you a little security now, I am sure it has been a tough time to be his fan!
IW was great this year
1) nole capped off his great 4 months run
2) top guys made a great show for dubs
3) tennisx peeps with FIRST HAND accounts of the great tournament.
Happier for nole than I have ever been for any player besides roger. Feels weird, but good. :)
Novak fans should celebrate tonight and hope he can do it again in a major!


Kimberly Says:

Congrats to all djokovic fans. Boy am I in a bad mood, I was sure rafa was going to win that when I saw how he played in the beginning.

What a disappointing end to the tourney. Even worse tha last year.

Looks like djoko is the man of the moment.


Ike Says:

i m looking forward to watching Nole-DelPo fight!


Kimberly Says:

Skeezer, no excuses, questions, like where the f—– was your first serve but no excuses.


Ike Says:

kimberly
get ready to welcome Nole in Miami! he is gonna win that one too!


Dory Says:

Miami should be interesting! What if Nadal and Federer get drawn into the same half now that RF’s at No.3?


jane Says:

It’s true; he could of capitulated. But not this Nole. Yes, Rafa’s serve let down, but Nole’s got his working somewhat better and fought and fought.

aleish17, you’re sweet; I guess it was a mini-vase and not a plate. But Nole could set a dinner table with his plate collection. So he needed this win. Rafa is on his way back, just needs to hone that serve. The rest looks brutally tough, as usual. Cheers Rafa fans.

Time for me to imbibe bubbly libations (margot ;))


Ike Says:

interesting question is whether it’s just Rafa / Fed dropping their level against Nole in the final set or Nole’s game taking toll on them, forcing them to surrender?


jane Says:

oops “could have” ^ horrible grammar in all the excitement.


jane Says:

^ dari @ 6:36 love your recap. :)


gordon Says:

I was watching Tennistv.com until the strea was abruptly stopped! Unfortunately it was during ceremony just before they have announced Djokovic and BNP PAribas winer. Does anyone knows why? Was this intentionaly?


Ike Says:

jane
i believe Nole will win Wimbledon this year!


Ike Says:

gordon
don’t worry you will get to watch something similar in two weeks, when Nole lifts trophy in Miami!


gordon Says:

Thanks Ike, I wish I could hear a new champion and to selebrate with him this great success. Unfortunately someone on TennisTv did not like the final score …


Dory Says:

Really disgusting when TV channels do this to trophy ceremonies. It will land on YouTube in a few hours. I’m off. Bye guys.


sar Says:

Gordon, they cut it off here too. Wonder why?


Kimmi Says:

saw that on tennistv..not nice :(


Duro Says:

The cups look strange… There’s no plate this time.
But Nole payed Rafa a compliment… And what a compliment. You should have watched the ceremony even only because of it.


gordon Says:

I do think it was intentinaly. It seams we can watch the ceremonies but it is conditional to who wins.


Polo Says:

Djokovic passed his big test. I am sure Nadal has seen his biggest challenge and will work even harder. This is going to be an exciting year of tennis battles between Nadal and Djokovic. Federer, is still in the frame but has been shoved into a tiny corner. Djokovic has finally found his stride.


jane Says:

Duro, I didn’t get to see the ceremony as it was cut off totally on ABC, and then it was cut off before Nole talked on the streaming. What did he say?


Duro Says:

That he is the greatest ever. His rival, he meant ha ha ha…

Here’s the newest joke for you:

Rafa: Hello, is this Roger?
Roger: Yeah its me Rafa­­ wasup?
Rafa: Roger, I think we got a problem!
Roger: I­­ know buddy. Trust me I know.

Ha ha ha ha… My dear tennis friends, don’t get mad. It’s only a joke. You’ve got so much of your enjoying time, so split some with us, the tortured Nole fans. We have waited for so long for our baby to grow up…


Dory Says:

Nadal said first in his speech that Nole is one of the greatest. And Nole said in his speed “to me you are the greatest player ever”. But he’s said that about Federer as well. Great respect for each other. Okay now I’m really off.


David Says:

Great comment, I like it! Roger was big champion, but never liked him!


skeezerweezer Says:

kimberly,

LOL…you know I don’t refer to you when I am talking about the Rafa fan group, ever!, you are one of the good guys ( girls ) :)

If I can play Monday Morning quarterback with Rafa he came in with a game plan it seemed to bring the “Big” serve, probably because everyone is wary of Novaks return game. Problem is, he stuck with it, instead of just getting it in and trusting his groundies ( I told him not to take that phone call from Unc Toni on that “bring on the big serve” thing! ). Novak had is own issues early on, has he had a hard time returning Rafa’s second serve as well as hitting right into Rafa’s wheelhouse, the FH!
Anyways, as I have seen Djoker do before, he worked his way into the match and listened to Skeezer(haha…see earlier post) in the second and hit 76 % of his shots to the BH side. Yes Fed is not the only one on notice on the BH side. Problem with both Fed/Rafa is the dominate so well on the FH side. So Novak got it and it opened up the rest of the court to do some damage. End of story


skeezerweezer Says:

Polo,

You’re right it’s goiing to be more exciting than ever. But don’t count Fed out yet….me thinks(hopes) it will at least be a three way with Delpo and Murray thrown in. I say spread the wealth!


Duro Says:

Skeez, thanks for your congrats. You left me without answer last night, you rascal (a new word for me. Taught by i am it).

How do you like my joke, by the way?


Trufan Says:

Congratulations to both guys for making the finals. I would have been happy for either player to win, but have to say that I became a Novak fan mainly because I felt sorry for the way some people picked on him, and because he piqued my interest in tennis once more.Tennis fans have a lot to be thankful for, with so many up and coming contenders.


skeezerweezer Says:

Duro…yeah the problem is Novak! lol…..


Carol Says:

It wasn’t intentional to cut off Djoko. ABC cut off Wozniacki to switch to the men’s match. Woz said in her speech that she’d better hurry up, so they are aware of the major networks doing that. They did that to DelPotro when he won the USO. Tennis is not a priority in the US.


skeezerweezer Says:

jane…

I thought you would be running around your place naked with a glass a Vino cheering Nole! Nole! Nole! by now….wtf?


Carol Says:

@Kimberly, 6:37am

I second that. my fiance is like a bear with a sore head tonight. First, Fed losing yesterday, and now Rafa losing today.

“Looks like djoko is the man of the moment.”

Yes, *at the moment*. Those who want to jump ship, be careful, and don’t get carried away. The Fed could turn his losses around in a huge way, so could Rafa. The year is only 3 months old people.


Mila Says:

Carol, you said yesterday you wouldn’t follow tennis if Novak was No. 1.
Well, prepare to not watch it after this year…

What a sorry excuse for a tennis fan you are :-(


Carol Says:

Mila: Why the personal insults? It’s the djoko fans like you who make me dislike him. I think Swiss maestro said it best.


Kimberly Says:

Why on earth are nadal and djoko going to bogota, seems very silly. Nadal should be on the practice court hitting serves and djoko should be resting or could lose number two back to fed next week and have to play nadal in the semis in montecarlo. Midnight on both of their parts.


Carol Says:

Kimberly, you beat me to it. I forgot to mention that Fed could win Miami, and Djoko could lose early; then Fed will be No.2 agin. Maybe Bogota is a huge cash grab $$$$$.


jane Says:

^ agree Kimberly. What the heck are they thinking?!

Skeezer lol, naked? Nah. With the vino? Sure! :)


dave Says:

To say Federer “may be in denial” is silly. No great champion should roll over after only three losses to a player Roger beat three matches in a row at the end of last year (dropping only one set) just a few months ago. Not to a player who celebrated the way Djokovic did immediately after winning the match. But let’s read Federer’s entire interview tomorrow before jumping to conclusions.

Djokovic won 54% of only 158 points against a well-rested Nadal (who had the easiest draw of the four semifinalists), even though Novak played slightly worse today than yesterday. http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2011&wkno=10&lang=en&tabno=1&eventid=M006&ref=www.bnpparibasopen.com

Djokovic won only 52% of 170 points against Federer, even though Novak and Roger played better tennis yesterday. Even Djokovic admitted: “It was a very close match, so up to the last point you really couldn’t say who’s gonna take the win out of today’s match.”
http://www.protennislive.com/frameset.asp?year=2011&wkno=10&lang=en&tabno=1&eventid=M006&ref=www.bnpparibasopen.com

Djokovic escaped. Federer had the momentum heading to the third set. The match was close even though Federer’s first serve was subpar (for this year generally) and he had bouts of sloppiness in the first and third sets. Yet Federer had put Djokovic under enough pressure that Novak was beginning to crack in a way that Nadal was unable to do to him. Novak played the very best he could under the circumstances because Federer’s game takes away his opponent’s rhythm ad timing. As Leyton Hewitt explained two months ago: “Hewitt says Federer’s most bankable asset is intangible. The X factor. Roger is the guy that’s been able to change his game up the most, purely because he doesn’t give you a lot of rhythm most of the time,” Hewitt said. “He’s sort of changed tennis. There are a lot of guys out there now — (Tomas) Berdych, (Marcos) Baghdatis and (Fernando) Gonzalez — who can hit through anything, hit extremely hard. (Juan Martin) Del Potro, guys like that. But Roger is able to nullify their pace by using different shots, different shot selections and spin. Whereas Rafa has sort of got his A-game and sticks to it the whole time, Roger is actually able to do a lot of different things.” It’s not always easy to see and realize what Federer is doing unless you understand what he is trying to do.

In the first set against Nadal, Novak seemed mentally weary and physically drained from his match against Federer. It seemed like dejavu (US Open final) until Novak got his second wind.

Federer should be happy with his game. Federer has reached the semifinals in an incredible 11 tournaments in a row (while both Nadal and Dokovic have lost early unless they are red hot). Roger outhit Djokovic from the baseline in the second set. If he had his serve going, he would have probably beaten Djokovic . Roger may have lost the number two ranking (which he also temporarily did last year), but he would regain it if he wins Miami. It’s time Roger starts catching a break in future draws – it’s ridiculous how many tough draws he has had since Wimbledon (e.g., just count how often Djokovic has landed in his semifinal in bigger events).

Roger needs to get his serve going (one ace in the match is below par). Improve his focus during the match. Stop wasting time practicing with Sampras (no top player plays in Pete’s style). And fire Paul Annacone – Federer needs to just play his game and stop second guessing himself in the middle of critical points.


jane Says:

Nole lost immediately in Miami last year (R64); Fed got to R16. So yeah, I think Fed would have to win it to get number 2 back. Not sure about points though as don’t calculate them much.

Anyhow, wish Nole would just rest. Sigh.


Kimberly Says:

I actually wrte moronic but iPad changed it to midnight!

Well it’s just seems very silly to me! Miami is a big important tournament. To go to a vastly different environment and conditions instead of practicing and adjusting to conditions and in some peoples cases, hitting a basket of serves makes no sense.


sar Says:

Bogota, useless exho, high altitude, long flight….Nole just grab the cash and tank Miami.


stu Says:

Stay healthy, Novak!


dari Says:

lol, kimberly, i thought it was a new slang i didn’t know about, “midnight” on both their parts
gonna start using that somehow.
the bogota trip seems like a done deal, planned for a while, but who tries to do ANYTHING between indian wells and miami? its a hard enough double to pull off with only rest and practice between.
they’re young, maybe they will be fine


Mila Says:

Don’t feel insulted Carol. I just quoted your statement about not watching tennis if Novak was No. 1…

I watched it when Federer was No.1, watching it when Nadal is No. 1 and will watch it when whoever is No. 1. That’s what true fans of this sport do.

You… well you’re different – and IMHO that’s is regrettable, definitely not real tennis fan.

Say what you want about Novak’s fans (Jane comes to mind first) you will never be able to polish their shoes in “being true fan” department.

That’s why I said and still firmly believe you are a sorry excuse for a tennis fan.

But that’ll take care of itself – Novak will get to No.1 and you won’t watch this sport anymore, good for you, even better for all true tennis fans…


stu Says:

Hello Von!


Carol Says:

No problem Mila. I didn’t think your comment was necessary that’s all. I don’t like the comments I see here about Fed from the Djoko fans.

I stopped watching tennis for a while after Agassi left the tour. Then I adopted Fed about two years ago when I met my fiance, who is a Fed/Nadal fan. Love Berdych and a few others too..


Kimberly Says:

Probably big $$$$$$$$. Just so silly. Nice cash grab for both. Dumb dumb move. I heard they are both not on til Saturday though.


stu Says:

sar, I just want him to win 3 matches in Miami, because he will have one of the top 10 longest winning streaks in tennis with 24 consec. wins (he is already one of only 6 or so players to have won 20 matches in a row). IMO, his current streak is 23 matches, not 20, but the Hopman Cup, being an exho, doesnt count.

jane, remember how you asked me not to have too many expectations for him when I mentioned the streak? I think we can start having lofty ambitions for new Nole!

Rafa is still invincible, Nole just needed this one _real_ bad to prove his credibility.

P.S. Anyone wants to bet that Rafa will win tom? :)


Jazzcomedian Says:

It’s shaping up to be an interesting year in tennis. Personally I think that Federer should consider changing to a larger head racquet. He uses a 90 inch, and all his competitors use much larger racquets. Del Potro is the closest to Federer with a 96 inch head. Djoker, Tsonga, Roddick, and Nadal use 100 inch racquet heads. Federer is foolish to give up 6-10 inches of hitting surface to players that great.

I’m a very accomplished player, and I’ve played with everything from wooden racquets to the latest technology. I have a 90 inch mid-size and a 110 large head racquet. No matter how good I play with the 90 inch racquet–and I play very well, I play much better with the 110 inch racquet. Agassi, and Rafter played with big head racquets, and Sampras says that he now wishes he had changed to one later in his career.

Djokovic is on a mission. I saw him play Nadal in a clay court final last year that was spectacular–even though he barely lost. I knew then he was capable of beating Nadal. They play the same game, great retrieving, great power, minimal errors. Federer’s my guy, but he’s got to cut down on his errors to deal with them. When he beat them in London in 2010, he virtually made no errors in all his matches. Coupled with his shotmaking that’s unbeatable. A larger racquet would help with that. I hope he’s not too proud to consider that.

And kudos to Wozniacki who is this generation’s Chris Evert. No big weapons, great defense, shrewd tactics, minimal errors. The ball just keeps coming back. I’m impressed every time I see her. Also she is very tough in the mind, and doesn’t let the media get in her head about being number one without a grand slam title. Jankovic, and especially Safina let the media do a number on them.

A great start to the tennis year.


goat galz Says:

Stu

Carol/Von is trying to destroy this blogsite again just when everyone is getting along.

Oh Von, what’s the matter now? Oh, you’re upset that Mr. Lung has won again.


grendel Says:

margot – I think the Killing is absolutely terrific – I just caught a glimpse of your post with a spoiler! Aaargh! Didn’t read any more – will catch it later. Thing is, I decided to treat myself to watching the last 4 episodes in one sitting,(it’s a bit like buying 4 pints at closing time, or buying 3 ice creams all for yourself – the trouble with any treat is, it ends sometime) dunno if you’ve ever done that. It does peculiar things to your sense of time. An episode flies by, and you think, damn, only 2 more to go – only two more hours. Might as well be two more minutes – already you feel an anticipatory sense of desolation. Weird stuff, time….


sar Says:

I heard that Nole and Murray are playing doubles in Miami.


Carol Says:

Excuse me? I am Von? Maybe the administrator can check my IP address and put your mind to rest. I now understand stu’s post @8:15 pm. I wondered why he/she was saying hello von. This is very funny. I’ve been reading this site for over a year, so now I understand what’s going on. Is Von the only poster who does not like djoko? WOW.


gordon Says:

Next week it will be up to Roddick and Berdich to defend Miami points.
Djokovic and Murray are defending only 10,
Federer 90,
Nadal and Soderling 360 points. It will also be interesting to see if Nole continues to bake and treat players with bagels :)


Kimberly Says:

Just watched the trophy presentation. Very classy from nadal I thought.


Carol Says:

Berdych 600 points. so he could drop a few spots. hope he stays in the top 8.


Nina Says:

Sorry guys, I couldn’t comment live on the match, but oh boy was I watching!

Congrats to all nole fans, jane, duro, sar, dory et al.

I told you this Nole is a different beast. He had been saying all along that something clicked in his head. Are we finally seeing it???

He got the monkey off his back defeating Federer three straight times and now Nadal in a MS final. Could we ask for more? better not be greedy, lol.

I know these defeats must sting really bad to Rafa and Roger fans, but please take into account that we have had to wait a long time for this. It was just fair that the best player in the world right now won this trophy. Nole has had an amazing, absolutely funktastic winning streak… and what’s even more shocking is his new found mental strenght and confidence.

I think he has finally turn a corner… i’m so proud of Nole i can die already.

Big hugs to rafa, he didn’t play well in those last two sets which is really surprising since he was in control of the match after that first set.

I can’t wait for the clay season to start…

AJDE!


grendel Says:

“You have to serve out of your tree like Dr. Ivo and hope Rafa’s having an off day.”

jane, the strange thing is Rafa was playing out of this world when you wrote that – and then he just totally lost his rhythm, 25% on his first serve, and the rest of his game following. So we still don’t really know if Djokovic can beat a Nadal who is playing at his best.

Some people always think that one is engaged in special pleading when one declines – as I do, resolutely – to take h2hs and such things at face value.Tennis players are human beings and as such are inherently unpredictable. Of course, consistency, especially in difficult circumstances, is a mark of greatness, but the point I make is quite different. If two players are at their absolute best – as of, broadly speaking, now – who is likely to win? That can be a very interesting question, and cannot be answered by pointing to this or that set of figures.

With Nadal and Djokovic on hard court, this is a very difficult question to answer. We have seen the almost comical 360 degree turnabout from some posters (though one of them, steve-0, honourably owned up and conceded he had been wrong – steve-o, as it happens, I shared your sentiments exactly, but didn’t have access to a computer at the time, so was spared making a fool of myself!).

I still am inclined to think that if Nadal can bring his A game, he will beat Djokovic again at the US Open. On the other hand, I doubt Nadal will again bring the intense energy to New York which he did this year. It’s as if Nadal and his team had spotted an opening, and understood this might be his only chance, certainly his best chance. He played like a man possessed. For this reason, I suspect he might not win another US Open, the energy will lie elsewhere.

But certainly a great rivalry is now looming. I really do suspect Djokovic of having a slight chance at RG and a very good chance at Wimbledon. But Nadal will be favourite for both. And who knows who might come sneaking in on the inside…


grendel Says:

Nina – “Nole has had an amazing, absolutely funktastic winning streak… and what’s even more shocking is his new found mental strenght and confidence.”

Two comments. Yes, and all streaks come to an end of course. It’s kind of interesting to speculate who can beat Djokovic at the moment. Maybe himself, since the intensity is bound to slacken. I should have thought this would be desireable – he needs a mental break, doesn’t he, preparatory to tackling the summer grand slams.

re mental strength – you really saw it when he was serving for the second set. Boy, that was tough, and I for one was convinced Nadal was going to break again – he had at least one break point then, didn’t he, and if he’d taken it….Also, having been outplayed comprehensively in the first set, Djokovic showed great resolve in holding on. Actually, I have thought for some time that Djokovic is one of the toughest warriors on tour – at the moment, he’s just about THE toughest. These things change, though,…


jane Says:

grendel, yes, Nadal was near 80% first serves in that first set, and then mid-way through the second his first serves just dropped and kept dropping. Odd. Meanwhile Nole’s climbed from below 47% in the first set to 62% at the end. It’s difficult to say what would happen on hard court between these two going forward, because Nadal is very tough. However, I think if Nole had been serving in 70% range with a few aces here and there in the first set, then he might’ve won it! He’d've at least been able to hold on longer. Because if Nole’s serve is firing and he can hold easily, as he did almost throughout almost all the AO, then he can put a lot of pressure on the other server; that eventually takes its toll. So I think it’s wait-and-see.

I think Nole has found new inner belief and strength and this is fantastic. Of course he will lose probably sooner than later, which is fine. I want him to put his priorities on the slams.

Speaking of turning corners, I didn’t let go of my niggling doubt until 5-2 in the 3rd. Then I figured he’d pretty much won it. ;) With Rafa, you just never know. You know?


dave Says:

Here is the context of Federer’s interview comments:

Federer said that Novak escaped in response to a question about Federer serving at 2-all, 40-15 in the third set. Had Federer held serve — which he should have — he would have had the momentum of regaining the lead after winning three games in a row in the third set. That would have been the second time Federer would have had the momentum advantage in the deciding set (the first time being the start of the third set). Federer lost the third set more than Djokovic won it. To portray it as “(Djokovic is) just that much better than you” is misleading.

Here is Federer calmly having fun with the media about the issue:

Q. “Have you had a chance to think about what may have happened at 3-2, 40-15, third set?”
Roger Federer: “In the doubles?”

Q. “No, in the singles.”
Roger Federer: “Just checking. (Laughter.) Just gotta make sure we hit the right match. It’s confusing otherwise. At 3-2?”

Q. “3-2, 40-15”.
Roger Federer: “2-All, 40-15”.

Q. “2-All, yeah.”
Roger Federer: “Sure, would have been 3-2 and him to serve, so you never know what happens. Scoring in tennis is tough, you know. That’s why momentum swings can be quite big. So, no, I mean, I had my chances today in the singles. I thought it was a good match, played at a high level. I know I wasn’t far away at all today, because I really had him going. But look, I guess he escaped. I guess confidence is a big thing for him at the moment. I’m sure it’s gonna be a good final tomorrow.”
____________

Every great player in history loses. In Federer’s losses to Djokovic at Indian Wells and the Australian Open, Novak won only 51% of the points both times according to stats at the ATP website. In Federer’s four victories over Djokovic last year, Roger won 52%, 53%, 52% and 58% of the points. To jump to the conclusion that “maybe (Federer’s) best isn’t good enough anymore” is premature. Federer lost only 7 matches since Wimbledon — 6 losses were to players ranked No. 3 or 4 (Roger lost only one match to a player ranked lower than No. 4… to No. 14 Monfils at Paris).

Q. “Is it doubly frustrating to lose to the same person three times so far this year, or is it a loss is a loss and it’s frustrating anyway?”
Roger Federer: “Um, it’s not frustrating. It’s just disappointing, you know. Yeah, there is a different — frustrating can be quite negative and quite, you know, pulling yourself down. But, no, it’s happened before. You know, I remember losing to Murray in a short period of time on a few occasions. It happened against Nadal. That’s what I always said. If you get off a good start and start beating one guy, then you play him the same — you’re playing the same guy on few occasions in a short period of time, you can get quite a few wins, you know. I did that at the end of last year against him. He did it now at the beginning of the year against me. That’s how it goes, you know. I don’t know if I’d rather lose against three multiple different guys, you know, ranked outside of the top 50. I guess not. I’d rather lose against a guy that’s ranked very high so I know I’m controlling the rest of the field against top guys. If I’m playing well, I know I can beat them, too. So that’s what it is. At the end of the day I can’t change it, and I’m happy with my game.”

Federer’s final interview at Indian Wells
http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=70110

Federer should stop wasting his time organizing and playing in charity and other exhibitions in future.


Cindy Brady Says:

Rafa played real bad the last two sets. It is still 16-8 and I am sure rafa will make it 20 victories by the end of wimbledon.

Vamos Rafa. The greatest player ever.


margot Says:

Oh grendel, I am sorry :( I kind of thought that if u were watching, u’d be up to speed and if u weren’t it wouldn’t matter! I had to watch the first six on iplayer myself, had totally missed the hype. I love the acting, it’s superb. I especially like the way they’re showing the terrible grief within the family, never seen that done so sensitively. Now, tell me who u think done it? I honestly don’t know but love to speculate :) Think it must be Bix, he’s a cold cod fish or the sleazy mayor or or….
jane: come down from your ivory tower…. and buy the DVD, u’ll love it! Watch over Easter hols- a Danish thriller, sub titles and all “The Killing”
Back to the match: it strikes me that Nole is such a brilliant returner of every ball sent to him, that this clearly rattles Fed and now Rafa and: Nole’s just won a gr8 victory, for goodness sake, he can say what he likes!


grendel Says:

margot – one strange thing about The Killing: it has clearly borrowed from “24″, which I imagine you hated. The differences are enormous – for one thing, The Killing is character driven, whereas 24 is essentially a cartoon (though an enjoyable one, imo). What it borrows are the tricks to create atmosphere, including a stunningly clever and “understated” musical score.

Agree about the grieving family – especially the husband. The stillness is mesmerising.

Mug’s game, speculating on who dunnit….


margot Says:

grendel: oh come on…be a mug…;)
When was 24 made? Yes I hated it! Believe “the Killing” made in 2007 and yum there’s another one coming featuring Sarah, don’t u just love her, such a fine actor, the constant gum chewing cracks me up. I think the father is my favourite character, the way he conveys physical power with extreme gentleness and vulnerabilty is, as u say “mesmerising.”


Cindy Brady Says:

Yeah right Mila, Jane is a true tennis fan. Go check the archives, you will know how much she hated Federer. First she was a roddick fan, then she was a nadal fan, then djokovic and murray fan.

Djokovic fans telling Federer fans to polish someone’s shoes? That’s funny considering djokovic still keeps licking rafa and federer’s shoes. He will be lucky to achieve half of what Federer and Nadal have achieved.

Stu, stop your tennistalk league comments. I know how you stupid djokovic fans ganged up on Von on that site. There are a lot of people who hate and loathe djokovic. Infact I hate him so much that I hope he dies a dog’s death. till then he can keep polishing rafa’s shoes.


Duro Says:

Haaaa ha ha ha, great!!! Absolutely brilliant!

Ha ha ha ha…!


Cindy Brady Says:

hahaha duro, I would be laughing too, if I was djokovic’s fan, you guys are pitiable getting whipped by Roger and Rafa fans.

what else can you say but laugh. If you guys step out of line, rafa or roger fans will beat you to pulp.

ha aha aha ha. great!!! Absolutely brilliant!


Cindy Brady Says:

hahaha duro, I would be laughing too, if I was djokovic’s fan, you guys are pitiable getting whipped by Roger and Rafa fans.

what else can you say but laugh. If you guys step out of line, rafa or roger fans will beat you to pulp.

ha aha aha ha. great!!! Absolutely brilliant!


grendel Says:

margot – I think 24 was first on about 2001. Yes, I noted there’s a second series of The Killing- just hope it’s as good. The French did a rather good 20 or so part series called The Spiral – did you see it? We British don’t seem able to manage these things any more, curious.


skeezerweezer Says:

@margot & grendal

Joke is on me, ha! I saw one of your postings on “The Killing” and thought you were talking about a movie. So at lunchtime I googled it with the fresh sandwich in hand and found the movie “The Killing”. Netflix’ed the bugger, found out it was one of Stanley Kubrick’s first films(1956), and highly rated. So I watched it the other night. The Lady in the movie reminded me of my ex(ugh). The ending reminded me to always buy a quality suitcase, don’t be cheap.

Now I see I am totally off the mark, per se, and that is what I get for chasing you twos conversation! ha

Wow I see Nole’s win has caused a siesmic crack in the tennis community. Why? He threatens both Rafa and Fed now, and some of there fans don’t like it.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Nole takes a dip now with the great run he has had. How he comes out of it will be the key. Hopefully he gets a good rest between now and Miami.

Let’s wait and see how the year unfolds. Delpo could create a deeper fissure in the mix, and Murray is not going away. And for those of you who think Fed is going away is only wishful thinking.

Rafa has the most to lose this year, so the pressure is on, and the top players are finding kinks in the armour. The quicker we get to Clay season the better for him.


skeezerweezer Says:

grendal, grendel…oops….mis spelling is my forte, but hates doing to names :(


jane Says:

skeeze, “siesmic crack” :) I wouldn’t be surprised either if Nole has a “dip” & loses fairly early in Miami. As grendel said elsewhere, he must be “full” (or “empty”). But I think he’s keen on being consistent this season; he keeps reiterating that. Like you said, though, there are Fed, Rafa, Delpo, Murray, Soda, etc, all hungry to do well too.

I’ve always liked Rafa’s fight but never thought of myself as a Rafa “fan” per se. I was a Roddick fan since 02, when he and Hewitt were coming up, but in 2007, when Nole played Rafa in the semis at IW, I sat up & took notice; then the next week he won Miami, and that’s it, started gravatating his way ever since. Murray? was watching him since forever in pros, way back in 06, but then he was sidelined with injury for a long while. Anyhow… not sure it matters. People change, opinions change, life is change.

More important things, like the people in Japan or wars starting. :( Sad world…


Duro Says:

Cindy, you are fantastic. I really like you. A unique character you are…

Get well soon, please.

Love,

Duro.


margot Says:

grendel: no didn’t see “The Spiral” but will look out for it. Liked “% Days” until day 5! What a let down!
Skeeze: it’s a Danish thriller set over 20 days of an investigation, so it’s 20 hours. It is wonderful and out on DVD if not now very soon. I heartily recommend it and I generally like very fast paced stuff but this grips you and wont let you go.


margot Says:

OMG For “%” days read “5″ duh….


Cindy Brady Says:

Duro:

If you and Mila were screwed well in the head, we wouldn’t have been having this conversation.

so behave well or get your behinds handed to you.


Duro Says:

Cindy, my GOAT hater, was that a mistake? Did you mean “were not” by any chance? Otherwise that would be a compliment for myself and Mila. And it would’ve felt scarily… I would prefer that “not” appendix, if not too much to ask? Thank you.

I hope I behaved well. ;-)


Duro Says:

And return that original name back to its legitimate owner you psycho schizo trolling three letter hospital escapee!


stu Says:

Hey Duro, what would you prefer, a Spring hard court sweep or awesome results at Monte Carlo?


Duro Says:

stu, you know which three letter troll I’m referring to, right? The uber-psycho of them all.

It’s enough, I think. There’s a next year to be taken care of, too. You have to think strategically. Burden too heavy to start the next season with.

He should slow down and prepare well for clay. If so, next streak behind the corner…

MC is my pick.


stu Says:

Yes, I know who, Duro. I wish we could talk tennis sensibly and not have unreasonable, disjointed arguments.

Nole should not be too tired, IMO, he has not had too many tough matches so far (lost 3 sets this year? or is it 4?). This hard court sweep could be his personal record that no one else has :). Then he could tank MC and come back strong for Madrid, Rome and hopefully Roland Garros!

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