Streaking Nadal, Djokovic Survive Upset Bids, Meet in Sunday Madrid Final; Will Novak Stay Perfect?
by Sean Randall | May 8th, 2011, 1:14 am
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Through four months of the season we tennis fans are a lucky lot. Consider we’ve witnessed two Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal clashes and Sunday we’ll get a third Nadal-Novak Djokovic showdown in the Madrid Tennis Masters final. But it very nearly didn’t happen.

At different moments Saturday, both Nadal and Djokovic were under serious pressure.

Playing some of the best, most aggressive tennis we’ve seen from him this year, Federer, who was down a break early, went on a tear against Nadal winning five of the last six games to take the first set. But Nadal, as we’ve seen him do so often, regrouped, found the margin and seized the match pulling away with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 victory.

“I don’t think it was our best match for either of us, I think we both made some errors, more than usual,” said Nadal. “The difference between the good players and the best ones is that when you play badly you win; that is what the best players do. I think that at moments Roger played very aggressive and great tennis and in other moments he had more mistakes than usual. So the match was a little bit up and down, but for sure it’s always a special match against each other. It’s a pleasure to play against him – always an honor.”

Djokovic was in greater trouble. The young Thomaz Bellucci backed up his confident words and continued his impressive play by taking the first set and going up a break in the second 3-1. But the clock seemingly struck midnight and Djokovic reeled off 11 of the last 13 games to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

“I always believed throughout the whole match that I could turn it around and I was right,” said Djokovic. “He was definitely the better player for a set and a half. He was more aggressive. I just felt quite slow on the court from the start of the match and it took me a while to really get into the rhythm. But when I did, when I made that crucial break, it was much better.”

Credit to both Federer and Bellucci both of whom played some incredible tennis.

Federer looked poised to get blown out early but suddenly switched into another gear and absolutely went on the offensive hitting backhands like we’ve haven’t seen this year or really since London. The Swiss was indeed a factor.

“I thought Rafa played well and me too at times so it was a good match,” said Federer showing there is some life in those old bones. “It was it a good first set and even the second set at 6-1 doesn’t tell the truth and the third as well. I felt it was very close. Maybe the result doesn’t show as much but I thought I was right here.”

For Bellucci, he was in control and should have closed out the Serb but mentally/physically just couldn’t handle it. Did the groin issue for which he had treatment lead or contribute to to the derailment? Perhaps.

So the final is set and someone’s streak is going to end. That’s for sure. Nadal has won 37 straight on the clay. Djokovic has won 33 straight overall and 31 consecutively in 2011.

At the start of the clay season I felt that Djokovic would get Nadal at least once on the clay. And as we saw again today, Nadal is attackable on the fast Madrid courts at the altitude. However…

I also saw Djokovic really struggle with a lesser lefty in Bellucci. I know the Serb got through but he does seem to be burning out just a little. Remember, he had a tough match against David Ferrer on Friday, then another three setter today and now he gets Nadal on clay and in Spain. That’s a lot to ask. And since moving to the clay his scorelines haven’t been as dominating as they were on the hardcourts so maybe he’s starting to lose some shine.

Head-to-head Nadal has the big edge 16-9 and more importantly 9-0 on clay. But Djokovic does have two wins this year – both in epic three set finals at Indian Wells and Miami – and he did push Nadal to the very, very brink on the same Madrid court in 2009. And this time Djokovic is a much better, more confident player.

“Of course the memories come back from Madrid in 2009 when we played that very, very long match,” Djokovic said. “I am motivated to win against everybody, especially Rafa, because it’s the ultimate challenge on clay. I think anyone would wish to play him in the final of a clay court tournament. He’s been winning on clay so much over the past couple of years – I need to step on the court and try to win.”

Added Nadal, “I’m very much aware that in the last two finals against him I lost and maybe the conditions suit him a bit more now because of that. Here I think the conditions here are a bit more in his favor. I plan to accept this and all the difficulties that will surely be there and accept that this is going to be a very complicated match that I could lose even playing well.”

And while the court and condition may tip slightly in favor of Djokovic, physically I have to wonder how much Novak has for Rafa on Sunday. And the fact that Novak is 0-9 career against Nadal on clay cannot be overlooked.

As for Nadal, he enjoyed a walkover on Thursday, a quick win on Friday over Llodra and then endured one tough set today against Federer. Rafa should be 100%. And after a sub-par performance today I think Uncle Toni well get him into shape for the final. So with the match in Spain, his mother watching (it’s Mother’s day) and the Seve Ballesteros passing I’m sticking with my pick for the tournament and taking Nadal here 7-6, 6-3.

It may be straight sets but look for another long, physical match between the two. Because both players are so tough off the ground I think the player who serves best will have the big edge. The first set for Djokovic could be crucial especially if he is feeling some fatigue. I don’t think he can pull off another comeback like he’s done twice already this year against Nadal.

Match time at the aptly named Magic Box is 12:30pm ET and Tennis Channel has live coverage. Check out ESPN3.com for live streaming. The match will be preceded by the women’s final between Victoria Azarenka and Petra Kvitova at 9:30am ET.

SUNDAY MADRID SCHEDULE

MANOLO SANTANA start 1:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [6] M Llodra (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) – ATP DOUBLES FINAL

Not Before 3:30 PM
[4] V Azarenka (BLR) vs [16] P Kvitova (CZE) – WTA SINGLES FINAL

Not Before 6:30 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP SINGLES FINAL


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312 Comments for Streaking Nadal, Djokovic Survive Upset Bids, Meet in Sunday Madrid Final; Will Novak Stay Perfect?

Skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa,

Thanks for treating Fed as royalty, class words all the way, may others treat you the same. Best of luck and sucess tomorrow, and best of luck and success to Nole also. Bring it and sing it for us fans.


tennis coach Says:

Djokovic in 3, 7:5, 4:6, 5:7


WTF Says:

Sean you stick by your prediction that ND will get one over Rafa on clay this year, but you aren’t backing him in Madrid, so when is he going to win? Will ND win Rome? Roland Garros?

I think this is the time. It’s now or never if it’s going to happen. If he can’t beat Rafa here, he won’t do it in Rome.


Little Wing Says:

Here’s a very nice excerpt about Roger from Rafa’s spanish post-match presser translated to english:

Q. You have been saying that neither you nor Federer have been playing at your best level; do you think that he can be back at his best level for Roland Garros?

A. Federer made it to the semi finals. He suffered a lot against Feliciano. He played a really good match against Soderling. He’s got a lot of confidence. Today at some point he was playing really well but Federer is a very special player. He is a player that can do his best and then change the situation. He has that ease to play this game. I’ve never seen someone like him play at such ease like he has. I think that this tournament and also Rome will be good for him and after 5 sets he is going to be well prepared. He’s a player that in the grand slams he’s always played very well and now he’s going to fight to win Roland Garros, Wimbledon and to when to be in the top of the rankings for sure. And afterwards he will be playing for his goals whatever they are. Obviously he’s been many years up there, let’s see his priorities I haven’t asked him but I think it will depend on his priorities, which position in the ranking he’ll finish but knowing him I think I know him quite well, he is a really ambitious player, he’s a player that likes to be up there and he loves tennis so I think that his objectives will be up there. He likes to win tournaments like in Madrid and Grand Slams so I think that he’s going to be well prepared for the important ones.

It’s really interesting to read translations of Rafa’s spanish pressers, he gives so much more detail about how the match played out, his tactics, his opponents tactics and changes he made during the match. You really only get such a small insight into Rafa the person when he speaks english. Rafa is such a class act I wish those haters out there would see that.


jamie Says:

Nadal wins 6-4 6-4


Kimmi Says:

for those using tennistv, my “watch live” button does not work. i am not able to watch wta match at the moment. is the same thing happening to any of you?


Dory Says:

Hope dear Nole wins! Someone got to stop Nadal. SERVE WELL NOVAK!!!

P.S. I’ve been watching Monte Carlo and Madrid but got no time to comment or read others’ interesting comments here past 4 weeks. :(


Kimmi Says:

Kvitova was very good to start the match, now she cant find the court. azarenka is back on the game..


Kimmi Says:

aaah kvitova is hit and miss…great winner and horrible errors. very unpredictable


Kimmi Says:

at least she is holding her serve..needs to break here


Kimmi Says:

kvitova string few good points to win the tie break..maybe she can relax a little to play better in the second set..


Skeezerweezer Says:

Little Wing,

Thanks for the effort in translating that. Great stuff from Rafa.


Little Wing Says:

Thanks Skeezerweezer but i just found the translation on a website.


Kimmi Says:

kvitova makes you nervous to watch her. so many errors and winners. she had a match point. hope she can serve it out.


Kimmi Says:

ha-ha all are winners went in when she served for the match. azarenka just watching them pass. great win for kvitova.

grendel, she is sure a big talent. but the match was back and forth a lot. glad she was able to bring her best game when she needed it

if only she can reduce the amount of errors she will be the force to reckoned with.


Nina Says:

I have only one thing to say: VAMOS NOLE!!!!
I believe he can do it, Rafa is beatable on clay and if someome can do it is Nole. Bellucci was a good preparation to face the better leftie. When Nole puts on that sixth gear he overturns every adversity or match as he has shown here and in Miami and IW. Yesterday his movement was uncharacteristically slow, as he has confirmed himself, and might be that he has some physical problem that we don’t know (as it was hinted today by an insider), but I hope it’s nothing and that he can present battle to Rafa. Come on Nole, you can do something historic here!


Kimmi Says:

all *her* winners…

contador – the margarita is talking again :)


grendel Says:

Kimmi – what a bizarre match. You get the feeling with Kvitova that a set could be 6-0 or 0-6, and you’d hardly notice the difference in the play. And sure enough in the 1st set she was 3-0 up and with a break point to go 4-0. Within about 2 minutes (as it seemed) it was 3-3.

I thought Kvitova was a little bit more consistent than you suggest, Kimmi, in the first set. After breaking Azarenka in the 2nd, however, she tensed right up. She took quite a lot of the power off her groundies to try and ensure they were in, but this was a mistake. Because she ended up hitting the ball no harder than Azarenka – and Azarenka, who has far more variety and generally more developped skills (wonderful at the net for example), will be favoured in such a situation. And Kvitova’s first serve, unassailable in the first set, dropped drastically in percentage. So Azarenka routinely started to break Kvitova – but, strangely, she couldn’t hold her own serve, again through nerves, I think, though I wouldn’t underestimate the “punch drunk” factor. No mean hitter herself, to have seen the ball sailing past her so often must have been pretty hard to take. At least a couple of times the ball landed within a foot or so of her, but she made no move towards it – that’s how hard Kvitova can hit the ball.

Even so, at the first match point (on her own serve), I still thought Azarenka would win. I’ve seen Serena Williams beating Sharapova from match point down (at the AO), and Safina did it to someone at RG – can’t remember who. Well, Azarenka certainly won her service game – and you thought, sure enough, now she’ll break back, win, break again, easy peasy, 3rd set – why bother watching, all ordained.

Instead, Kvitova held to love. Pretty surprising. Her winners to ues, 40 to 34. Azarenka, 10 to 21. So whither Kvitova? We saw in this match what happens when she doesn’t trust her instincts, she starts to look a little bit ordinary, by these elevated standards anyway. I guess she’ll have to learn more control whilst still going flat out. And no doubt she can do the usual other stuff, tweaking her game here and there.

She seems to be almost the female Gonzalez, though quite without his wile. Maybe that will come with increasing maturity. Meanwhile, she seems to me to be the most exciting female player to have emerged since Sharapova. Actually, I think she is potentially a good deal more exciting, but everything will depend on her tennis. Sharapova has this tremendous dramatic presence which Kvitova entirely lacks. Apart from that wonderful squeal, she might almost not be a personality at all on the court. I rather welcome that. There is room for characters of course. But sometimes, it is nice to see tremendously exciting and powerful tennis which just speaks for itself, without the spectator having to worry about the colour of her knickers – so to speak.


grendel Says:

“Rafa is such a class act I wish those haters out there would see that.”

You know, Little Wing, people do not hate because of a lack of class. They may – often do – try to justify their hatred by manufacturing all kinds of nonsense, and occasionally (though highly selectively) pointing to true things. This is presumably because hatred is an uncomfortable emotion, it doesn’t seem very nice – so it requires an excuse. Such, at least, is my experience of myself – and also observation of others.


Kimmi Says:

Good stuff grendel. Love to read your match analysis.

personality! i think there is something there. the squeal for example is so nice to hear, she always follows is up with a fist pump..

The commentator kept saying that for kvitova, you can never know if she is losing or winning. that is very true..i think it is good thing. not too much emotions. poor body language when behind can give your opponent some needed assurance.

I too hope she can tweak her game for the better and reduce those unforced errors. she is definitely a number one material.

Thanks for posting those stats. 40 winners to 34 errors is very good. ha-ha for some reason i think i noticed too much of her errors but it seem to be a well balanced match.


Ike Says:

Nole had NEVER beaten Rafa in the finals till IW…he did it!

Nole has NEVER beaten Rafa on clay…well, he will do that today!


Ike Says:

kimmi
i forgot if u r Nole or Rafa fan …


Kimmi Says:

ike – nice to see you. lets go nole!


Ike Says:

grendel
i guess u r Brit, right? did u enjoy watching the “Royal Wedding”? LOL


Kimmi Says:

Ike – i am neither. My favs are federer delpo muzza.

But today i have to pick sides..and its nole


Ike Says:

ok Kimmi,
now i will remember u r NOLE fan! great! let’s go..


Kimmi Says:

early break chances for rafa..c’mon nole


Ike Says:

good hold from Nole


Kimmi Says:

Looking like a great match already..great groundies from nole to save break points


Ike Says:

kimmi
i do root for Murray & Delpo, but not at all for Fed…now adays i do feel sorry for him though, it seems like he is getting humiliated (by his standards) by Rafa & Nole …….


Kimmi Says:

great stuff nole..breaaak!


tfouto Says:

Djoko looking good…


Kimmi Says:

feeling sorry for fed..nah, he has 16 GS! does not need any pity

NOLEEEE!


Ike Says:

well done Nole…
just wondering, if Rafa has lost that psychological edge against Nole.


Kimmi Says:

aaaaah! rafa is rattled! rattle him some more nole!!


tfouto Says:

yes fed has 16GS, he’s the most sucessufuly player ever…

By this standard Nadal is feeling humilating by Djoko also…


Lulu Iberica Says:

Jeez, at a relative’s house and can’t watch this match! What is happening? I see from live score Nole up a break.


Dory Says:

I CAN’T SEE THE MATCH BECAUSE MY CABLE OPERATOR IS A THIEF WHO CLOSED THE CHANNEL BECAUSE THEY INCREASED THE RATE AND MY INTERNET IS TOO SLOW!!


Ike Says:

kimmi
“feeling sorry for fed..nah, he has 16 GS! does not need any pity”….i don’t know, most of the times i root for underdogs and seems like Roger is now underdog against Rafa & Nole…….it kind of seems like a movie “aging champion / legend” trying to fightback the young guns…


Lulu Iberica Says:

C’mon Rafa! Be strong! Confidence, please!


Kimmi Says:

nole is super good today


Kimmi Says:

WOW WOW WOW!


Dory Says:

I am only watching the live scores on my slow internet. Looks like Novak REALLY FORGOT HOW TO LOSE. :P


Kimmi Says:

Magnificent nole! I am really surprise at how good nole is..this is the best he has played ..really


Ike Says:

i think Rafa has to change his game plan…if he keeps hitting to Nole’s BH hoping that eventually it will break down, i am not so sure about that…..Nole’s BH is firing on all cylinders today!


Kimmi Says:

nadal pumping himself..c’mon nole dont give the break back


tfouto Says:

Nadal looks really ridicolous with that pump celebrations…


Kimmi Says:

Nole is giving the break back..oh well!


Dory Says:

Every time Nadal breaks someone I get paranoid that he’s going to turn the set around.


Kimmi Says:

double fault..oh no! it was too good to be true..hope he can pick himself up again. concentrate nole!


Daniel Says:

Nole better watch out, DF to conceed the break is not acceptable.

The only good part is that Nadal hasn’t Close a dervixe game do far.


grendel Says:

Just turned over from watching the pulsatingly exciting Manchester United/ Chelsea match which has more or less decided the premiership, to see that Djokovic was 4-0 up against Nadal. Instantly, Nadal broke serve. Kiss of death for me to watch anyone I want to win. I wonder if there’s any badmington on, or perhaps a bit of bowls?


Kimmi Says:

Nole is making more errors now. Needs to hold here nole..hold please


Lulu Iberica Says:

Ha, ha! Can’t see match, but more fist pumps please, Rafa! Don’t care who thinks you look ridiculous! Gladcto hear at least the score is due to Nole playing awesome rather than Rafa playing crap!


WTF Says:

Rome has already started and these two are still going at it in Madrid… it’s going to be hard for either of them to get far in Rome. If Nadal wins both, he’ll only have a week to rest before two gruelling weeks in Paris and a week on grass.


Ike Says:

relax guys! nole’s got this match!!!


Ike Says:

wow!!!!!!!
great BHs from Nole!!!!!!!!!


The fighter Says:

go Rafa!!!! We believe in you….


Kimmi Says:

hold to love! important hold that was. Go nole!


grendel Says:

Ike, I am one of those who believe royalty is an institution which works, more or less, besides providing a great deal of unconscious comedy. But I have no interest in them, their weddings and funerals and so on.

So you think Nole will win. If I remeber correctly, you have a good record in prediction…


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a game after Nadal’s mini ressurgence. Djoko is on a mission!


Dory Says:

We have such a rare, unique and gifted player in Novak. Who beats Nadal three times in a row? Not even RF has done that yet.


Kimmi Says:

dory, match not over. but it will be good if it happens.

fed is just a bad match up..one handed backhand and nada top spin dont mix


Kimmi Says:

good think nole had an insurance break..ah, nole went straight to rafa


Kimmi Says:

*thing*

hold nole


tfouto Says:

Djoko needs to hold…


Kimmi Says:

aaaargh! bad miss


Daniel Says:

Unbelievable. Djoko chiar wrong when 30-0. And nos is 30-40.


Dory Says:

O dear break point again!


The fighter Says:

break rafa plzeeeeeeeeeeeee


Dory Says:

NO NO!!!


Kimmi Says:

oh noo.. nole lead is gone. poor game..too tentative in tha last point


Kimmi Says:

break here nole. hope he still wins this set..


Daniel Says:

Djoko chose wrong. Misses a backhand down the line by an inch and nos Nadal break back.

Nadal also hás merits, He rum away fron His BH to dominate with forehand with deep spin balls.

Djoko will have one more chance to break, otherwise h will b in deep s….t!


grendel Says:

Truly shocking error from Djokovic at 30-0. He’d softened Nadal up with the serve, came charging in, had the whole court at his disposal – and smashed it straight to Nadal, giving him the chance for a pass he absolutely should not have had. And then he missed a bh down the line he would normally eat for breakfast.

To me, this match looks over already. The intensity of Nadal has done it again – Djokovic meekly surrendered. Obviously, this may change – but…


Dory Says:

And I was so optimistic after the 4-0 lead. It was too good to believe.


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s backhand is making Agassi’s and Nalbandian look ordinary!


Kimmi Says:

so sad to let nadal come back..nole had this set for the taking. keep fighting nole!


Kimmi Says:

bad error..


tfouto Says:

both players are on the verge of the nerve


Kimmi Says:

take it here nole


tfouto Says:

stupid errors from djoko…


Daniel Says:

Djoko os asking for it. 2 ser points He was in control of the point and missed easy balls


Dory Says:

How many times will he make errors at set point!!?


Kimmi Says:

even stevens

Nole needs to hold here! very important now


Daniel Says:

Can’t believe Nadal can win This set on fighting spirit.
Please don’t choke Nole, forget what happened and focus on the outcome.


Kimmi Says:

Thank god he was able to compose himself and hold. Break him now!


grendel Says:

oops! that was a great attempt by Djokovic to break and capture set. Keep forgetting Djokovic is not Federer. This looks like being a long, close match. Daniel, re one of the set points – Leif Shiras pointed out that Djokovic would normally have gone crosscourt, but he hoped to catch Nadal napping by going in the contrary direction , and unfortunately missed. i.e. he took a risk, it wasn’t an easy miss.


Daniel Says:

All or nothing in the next game. Tiebreak Nadal will have the edge for surviving a set which should already be over 6-3 had Djoko finished that forehand when 30-0 5-3.


Kimmi Says:

Yap. needs all the luck he can get..0-30


Kimmi Says:

0-40…yeah, go nole


tfouto Says:

what a great response from Djoko to 0-40…


Dory Says:

OMG 0-40!!!!!!!!!


Daniel Says:

This is it: 0-40!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

another luck shot…gooo nole!


Dory Says:

And Djokovic takes the first set!! I am ecstatic and elated! Nadal will also be disappointed maybe now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ike Says:

awesome!!!


tfouto Says:

bad luck for Nadal two free points now…


Daniel Says:

Wow, the gods are playing with Nadal now. 2 balls hirtes the net by Djoko and landes in Nadal’s side with no chance of cathing. It is as if they are saying, justice will be done today!


stu Says:

this set was always Nole’s. just took a while to close it out…

Ajde


kriket Says:

It’s only right that Novak won this set, he had it coming. Nadal does not look like a champion, if anything he looks like a child celebrating those few points won from Novak.
Watching these two’s last cpl of matches, I cant help feeling as if I’m watching women’s tennis. Both struggle to hold their own service games.
Still feel that this is Novak’s match to win or lose, it’s
all up to him.


Kimmi Says:

hold here nole


Ike Says:

grendel
“I am one of those who believe royalty is an institution which works, more or less, besides providing a great deal of unconscious comedy. ” …i like the second part of that statement LOL
i am not big fan of royalty…i did njoy the movie Queen though


jane Says:

Good job to finish off that set Nole… Keep going for the W!


Daniel Says:

Djoko can breath relieved nos and focus on playing great again. Nadal will have more question and can get desperate if He realizes He will losr in straight to Djoko on Clay after 2 turre setters in US.
Nadal can loas ugly This set ir do what He does best. Fight, Fight, Fight!


Ike Says:

Daniel
u from Brazil, right?


tfouto Says:

Djoko needs to hold now. Nadal will try to push everything to break here… 0-30 tricky


Kimmi Says:

no no no..not like federer match


Kimmi Says:

tweeeener


tfouto Says:

wow… great ball…


stu Says:

what the hell was that.


Kimmi Says:

why they always tweener djokovic?

break! c’mon nole..nadal is trying to come back..


Dory Says:

NO NO!!! The beast has rebounded!


The fighter Says:

wats up wid Rafa???? he needs to win….


stu Says:

i think that tweener will change the course of the match.

genuine applause from Nole.


tfouto Says:

a between the legs lob is a shot i never saw…


fed is afraid Says:

what’s happening to rafa?
novak seems to have his number.


Sean Randall Says:

Nadal’s won six of the last 9 games. But still can’t seem to get an easy service game. Djokovic returning very, very well.

Novak also not showing any signs of fatigue.

Lots of tennis to be played.


Dan Martin Says:

Novak hits so many solid returns that he can really turn the tables on Rafa’s consistency. Still, a lot of tennis to play in this one. Murray and JMDP can at times also trouble Rafa with their returns.


Kimmi Says:

break back nole


Daniel Says:

Yeah Ike


Kimmi Says:

nadal with his luck


tfouto Says:

yeah!


Kimmi Says:

back hand down the line is the beauty!


Duro Says:

This is the number 1 battle…


Dory Says:

Nole is breaking Rafa quite easily, no? It’s holding that’s been a slight problem. :)


Ike Says:

jane, welcome! did u just get up? LOL


Kimmi Says:

hold nole hoooold


Ike Says:

Daniel,
if i remember correctly, first time i heard of Thomaz Belluci was from u, last year i think……finally he is made into the Master semi, hopefully he will only improve from here


The fighter Says:

rafa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


jane Says:

Hi Ike, you always show up for the big ones hey? I am watching. From the warm up to the end….


Ike Says:

grendel
i guess u were rooting for Chelsea, i don’t like Man.Utd! Hopefully, Barcelona will beat them in the Champion’s League final!!
i was delighted to c Barca beat Real!!!


The fighter Says:

can;t u win a game dude?


Ike Says:

jane
i m one of those guys who follow lot of different sports so can’t afford to invest all my time in tennis :( even though tennis is my no.1 sport! And i do play it regularly…..


tfouto Says:

djoko has 9 BH winners against 1 from nadal


Kimmi Says:

break here nole..break break pls


Dory Says:

My mouth is watering at the prospect of Nole winning more Slams this year!!!


Ike Says:

jane
good luck with ur Canucks!
Our Bruins are already in the Eastern finals!!


Kimmi Says:

wow! amazing djokovic..


Ike Says:

Dory
i m with u, i m expecting Nole to win at least 1 more GS! possibly 2!! And hopefully remaining all 3!!!


Kimmi Says:

should have been lob!


jane Says:

Ike, thanks re: CAnucks. Not sure what to think of them these days…they seem to like to choke away the leads…argggg.


Kimmi Says:

rafa hold! great hold..yeah.

Now nole turn..hold hold!


Ike Says:

Dory
i meant in this year…..


tennisfansince76 Says:

nice hold for Nadal. and lets not make the mistake of thinking this is a clay court match. madrid plays more like a hard court in the altitude. all week it has looked like a hard court tournament to me.


Ike Says:

jane
don’t worry they will be fine, in this series and in Western finals.
i want our Bruins to beat Canucks in the Final :) haha


Kimmi Says:

aaaah drop shots dont work today! keep going nole


Daniel Says:

Ike,
I am excited to watch Bellucci playing Nadal in Rome second roubd.


Kimmi Says:

ah bad error. c’mon nole. the rafa fan in the box are cheering!


Ike Says:

jane
just did some research about NHL
No team from Canada has won Stanley cup since 1994
i feel bad for u guys :(


Kimmi Says:

OUT! its OUT! Nole HOLDS! yay!


Dory Says:

Great hold Nole! Time to break Nadal once more.


Kimmi Says:

it will be nice to win in two. good thing nole is serving first.

break here nole!


tfouto Says:

there should be a atp tournament in Bolivia at +5000m altitude… with would be ultra fast…


Ike Says:

correct call from linesman
if it was in France, the French linesman wouldn’t have called it !


jane Says:

Exactly ike… We are desperate for the cup in canada. :) But we did get that OLympic gold whichwas nice. I like the Bruins, but I have to cheer on Canucks for the city & country. Vancouver has never had a cup and with such a stellar season it would be nice if they could back it up. CBC has been running analysis after ever game; the talk show is called “Seeking Stanley” lol. Maybe we want it too badly… : /


Rocket Says:

does anyone’s neck hurt from all the moonballs he keeps throwing up????


Ike Says:

tfouto
r u from Bolivia? LOL
i remember few year ago FIFA stopped Bolivia from hosting any FIFA matches there…not sure what’s the status of that issue now……..


Kimmi Says:

its funny how quiet it is when nole makes a winner..

nadal bh down the line worked this time


Ike Says:

i need all of your opinion on this one (especially ladies, since they are big on celebration)…does Rafa celebrate each and every point this much against Roger?


tfouto Says:

no… portugal… just wondering how it would be a game there… i have in Bolivia tough at 5450m is extremly tiring to just walk… but i havent played tennis there…


tfouto Says:

*have been


Duro Says:

Are you nervous, people, talking about something other than tennis :-)?


Ike Says:

jane
i started it, i knew u will mention about the Gold…i was heart broken


Dory Says:

Some of Nadal’s FHs have insane topspin.


Kimmi Says:

HOLD hold nole.

ike – rafa celebrate points against anybody.


Ike Says:

Duro
i bet Rafa fans r nervous rt now! And i m not Rafa fan, this match is done & dusted, Nole has it!!


Ike Says:

Kimmi
this much??? like a kid in the street fight, LOL


Kimmi Says:

the court was open for that nole FH..c’mon. one more HOLD!


Kimmi Says:

SILENCE! ace by nole to hold.

Now go silence them even more nole..break him.


Kimmi Says:

ike – nole celebrations have been low profile. he is waiting for the big one when he wins!


Duro Says:

Now’s the time…


Dory Says:

I am very nervous about this set. Nadal is as usual playing like his life depends on it.


The fighter Says:

dn ruin my day Rafa!!!!!!!


The fighter Says:

win it


tfouto Says:

Djoko is so consistent, more then Nadal…


Dory Says:

0-30!!! C’mon! Strike!


Kimmi Says:

c’mon nole..here!


Kimmi Says:

wow! great pick up by rafa..

another big point here


Kimmi Says:

ace..he needed that!


The fighter Says:

go Rafa plz


Kimmi Says:

great return from nole…duece.

Rafa always working hard to hold..


The fighter Says:

deuce again!!!!!! wat d hell!!!!


Kimmi Says:

what a miss..it was there for the taking..go nole!


The fighter Says:

hold plz


Kimmi Says:

rafa fights to hold…crunch time now!

Most important nole needs to HOLD!


Dory Says:

What a BH from Novak!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

nole camp has troicki, zimonjic etc cheer guys, your biy needs it today


van orten Says:

yesterday and today nadal has had in almost every service game trouble to hold..
nole is so impressive. today he shows that he is the player of the season…it seems he has the match under control and nadal seems a little bit without a clue ..he knows he needs a little inconsisteny in noles performance to prevail


Kimmi Says:

HOLD nole, dont make this game hard..yeah dont pull trigger too early..so true


Kimmi Says:

bad error..the box starts to cheer…hold nole HOLD


Kimmi Says:

YAY! great hold.

Crunch time now..break him to win it!


tennisfansince76 Says:

from putting the pressure on to being under pressure in the span of a few minutes. and then holding


Dory Says:

Just look how amazingly he swings the crosscourt BH!


Dory Says:

Just one break! Plzzzzzz.


Kimmi Says:

dory, that nole BH is a thing of beauty. so effortless :)


Kimmi Says:

PERFECT start!

C’mon! i am shaking!


sar Says:

Come on Nole, win your first on clay over Rafa.


tfouto Says:

amazing backhand response on serve…


Kimmi Says:

Cross court backhand..is puuurfect.

0-30

2 points


Kimmi Says:

WOW! Nole is GOOD!


Dory Says:

OMG MATCH POINT!!!!!!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

triple match pt. well played nole.


Kimmi Says:

JUST! oh god!

rafa thanking his gods


The fighter Says:

All hope gone….evn rafa can’t come back frm here on


al Says:

so close!!!!


tfouto Says:

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ike Says:

yes!!!!!!


al Says:

yes!!!


Dory Says:

He does it!!!!!!! Still unbeaten!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kimmi Says:

game set match….wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! nole!

congrats to nole! he is on a roll!

Why i did not pick him for rome..he will win that too


stu Says:

cant believe it. i love tennis.


van orten Says:

wowwwwwwwww what a performance what an evolution as a tennis player …u have to like this guy…hats off ladies and gentleman!!! convincing convincing !!!


jane Says:

NOLEEEEEEEEEEEE! That is all i can write my hands are shaking so freaking much…. Ahhhhhhh am so haaaaaapppppy!


Kimmi Says:

unbelievable..nole! he is soo good!


kriket Says:

Thank you very much Madrud crowd for distracting Nadal in the last game. Just helped to put him out of his misery sooner. Novak is simply better, more mature, composed and consistent. Congratulations Nole, well done!


van orten Says:

nadal is happy that nole did not play monte carlo !!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

nice match for Nole. he was the undisputed champion of the first qtr of the tennis season. he has just pulled even w/ Nadal during clay court Qtr 2. that is big. still Rome and Paris up for grabs to determine who takes qtr 2 of the tennis season. Nole in nice shape for year end No. 1 although Nadal is not out of it yet. Neither Nadal nor Djoker will have to play until wednesday in Rome so they should be fine. Nole dominated the ground game today against Nadal. he pushed him all over the court.


C!P! Says:

Djokovic is a junkie !!!


Kimmi Says:

you know what..i am starting to like nole..winning does that for you.

Unbelievable..how many tournaments has he won now?

nole was definitely a better player today.

Go beat nadal in rome too..


tfouto Says:

damn they shut off the tv transmssion…


Dory Says:

What! Not a single internet stream is showing the ceremony? SAD.


Kimmi Says:

sad for spanish fans in the box but they have had their fair share of celebrations.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Dory. the arab transmission on fromsport is showing it.


tfouto Says:

Nole is such an amazing player… He’s so good…

Now i kind fell good as Federer fan for he lost yesterday… Djoko would have win Federer for sure…

I am forward to see Rome…


Kimmi Says:

rafa 3 loses to nole this season…

federer 3 loses to nole this season

wow! can nole lose a match THIS YEAR?


Dory Says:

What Djokovic has done since his Davis Cup win is simply out of this world.


Dory Says:

@tennisfansince76, links pls?


Duro Says:

It was worth waiting, suffering and believing all these years…

Thank you dearest, dearest boy.

The new world number 1, so help him God!

In You we trust!!!


margot Says:

jane, Duro, stu and all Nole fans he was FABULOUS!!!! :)


tennisfansince76 Says:

tennis has some of the silliest trophies


jane Says:

I have ceremony at fromsport, but it is in spanish of course.

It took 9 tries but Nole finally gets a win over the King of Clay. In addition he has shaved down that lopsided H2H to 16-10. That looks so much better than 16-7. :)

Rafa was gracious, as usual.

Wow Nole… What can you say?

Crowd is finally clapping a little bit for Nole, ha ha. Nole trying out some Spanish, then switches to English.

So proud of him.


tennisfansince76 Says:

its on fromsport.com. the second one down.


Dory Says:

OK found it.


Kimmi Says:

djokovic camp is wearing number 6.

6 consecutive tournaments this year..amazing!


Kimmi Says:

jane, they are showing that match on sports net on tv..i have been watching all matches there


C!P! Says:

Djoko is a junky ,mark my words !! i can;t believe ,anyone ,but especially him has done such a tranformation in just several months ; he who used to retire so many times for so many lame reasons now is standing above nadal in rallyies? and not even gasping as he used to? give me a break ,i wait for the announcement of him using the pills ,then we will know what it is obvious


Lulu Iberica Says:

Well, congrats to Nole and fans. Yes, I can see some are so happy that someone has beaten Nadal on clay. I guess this is why I’ve never been much of a sports fan. I am a sore loser. I liked Nole perfectly fine when he was #3. I still don’t dislike him personally, but him winning everything makes tennis SUCK! I would be happier if Fed was #1 and Rafa was #2 again. I like Nole and Murray as supporting characters.


C!P! Says:

Djoko an upgraded version of Petr Korda


tennisfansince76 Says:

nive Nadla gets the silver dinner plate and Djoker gets a golden doorknob


Kimberly Says:

Congrats to Novak fans on his amazing season and great tournament and win!

Go Rafa fans. We’ll get him next time!!! VAMOS RAFA.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@C!P! yes you are no doubt correct. Djoker looks totally roided out! not


Kimmi Says:

Lulu..rafa was winning everything last year..and fed during his years too.

its nice to see nole finally challenging these guys. he is been the brides maid for too long :)

I am very happy for him.


stu Says:

understated celebrations again from Nole.

thanks to both for amazing tennis. someone on twitter called it sporn = sport porn. what a great way to spend a sunday afternoon!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@LuLu i agree w/ you. but those days are not coming back. it is Djoker’s time. at 24 he is in his prime. Fed is on the bubble.


tfouto Says:

C!P! please… dont junk this place…


Ben Pronin Says:

Nadal HAS to be the one to break Djokvic’s streak. I really thought it might happen today. Nadal’s best streak was back in 08 when he won 32 straight matches before Djokovic took him out and I thought it’d be poetic justice for Nadal to snap Djokovic’s best streak. Not meant to be today, but really, if not Nadal, then surely Federer.

There’s too much that can be said about this win. It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what excuses can be drawn for Nadal today, either. Djokovic had a tougher road, he played just last week, too. It was clay, never beat Nadal before, etc. Truly amazing. And I love the way he closed it out. A succession of brilliant winners. I think we can finally say Djokovic is the real deal.


zola Says:

Congratulations to Djoko and his fans. Jane, Sar, Duro,….

He playd a fantastic match and outplayed Rafa. Well-deserved victory. Hope RAfa can do better in Madrid.

One more note, that is an absolutely horrid trophy. I wonder who came up with that idea ( and it is supposedly worth 2 million euros!


contador Says:

tears of joy, Duro. and goosebumps. your dear nole made it. a win on clay vs rafa is rare.

i love tennis

but oddly, i felt bad seeing rafa sitting there. commiserations to Kimberly and all rafa fans.


Dory Says:

@Lulu Iberica, I would love RF back to No.1 as well but I think we expect too much from him. What he’s achieved in his career is more than anyone. It’s Nole’s time probably now to stop Nadal from going past RF.


zola Says:

oops, I meant Rome and not madrid !


Ike Says:

i have a feeling that someone other than Rafa, Roger, Andy will break Nole’s winning streak this year…..


Adam Says:

you gotta think rafa must be feeling the way roger was feeling a few years ago at the australian open. He is the best player in the world, seemingly unstoppable, and well on his way to secure his spot as the goat, and here this guy comes along who he just cant beat anymore. it will be amazing to see how long djoko can keep this up.


tfouto Says:

del potro is the man to do it… I dream with a US Open final. Del Potro-Djoko… what a game that should be…


jane Says:

Thanks Lulu, zola, Kimberly, you are gracious like your fave. We’ve been on the other end a lot so I can empathise. Still lots of clay and grass to go and Rafa has won on both for a long time. He will probably bounce right back!


Ike Says:

btw, this is the tournament i had predicted for Nole to win, because of Rafa’s struggle in Madrid in the past. Monte-carlo is always his tournament.
i don’t think he can win both Rome & FO, if Nole beats Rafa in Rome, then i don’t think Rafa would have anything left in him to beat Nole FO.
i think Rome & FO will be won by same player…hopefully that will be Nole!


Ike Says:

tfouto
agree with u re. USO final…delpo vs. nole will be a great match…hopefully delpo will be fully recovered by then and will make it to the finals


Adam Says:

how about verdasco taking out raonic. It was only a couple months ago that verdasco called raonic out after losing to him twice saying that raonic doesnt play real tennis and that he would show him up on clay. I guess he was able to back up his trash talk


Ike Says:

Adam
totally agree with u re. how Rafa might be feeling right now, but Roger must have been feeling a lot worse at the AO 09 as he had lost three GS in a row on three different surfaces against Rafa


i am it Says:

I almost always enjoy Nadal or any No. 1 losing in a fierce battle of great magnitude,
and have always loved Djoko winning,
no matter against whom in either case (Nadal’s loses and Djoko’s victories),
And when it happens both at the same moment,
you know the joy just simply multiplies.
There is certain aesthetic, or maybe anesthetic, numbing, drugged-induced voyeuristic pleasure in the gaze of the lion falling in the battle of will and craft, durability and skills, sweats and heartbeats, muscle and laser-focused mind, etc.
I could not help coming here to celebrate this moment.
Hello to all old friends: Duro, Sar, Jane, Margot, Skeeze, Contador, Daniel, Kimmi, and all.


Ike Says:

ladies & gentlemen, if u have kids make sure they understand the importance of BH…..i would say that’s probably the only reason why Nole matches up better than Roger against Rafa


Ben Pronin Says:

If Djokovic is roided up right now, surely he must’ve been roided up in 09 when they played that 4 hour match. If the tennis authorities don’t care, why should we?


Kimmi Says:

ike – i have my juju doll working for nole to beat rafa in rome too…i think he is the only one that can do it.

happy he is done it. and in straights set too! by playing amazing tennis. how great are his groundies. i have the match recorded, will have to watch it again.


tfouto Says:

anyone knows how will be the rankings scores tomorrow?


Ike Says:

Roger’s best game couldn’t beat Rafa’s best (at least on clay), seems like Rafa’s best game can’t beat Nole’s best…..even though currently Rafa is 100% physically / mentally fit……..
but still i wouldn’t write him off yet


tfouto Says:

on my calculations it will be:

Nadal – 11515
Djoko – 10970


jane Says:

i am it! Thank youuuuuuu!

Kimmi, wish I would have know it was on t.v. – for some reason I didn’t even think to check, lol.


Ike Says:

kimmi
if u have lot of free time, do me a favor count the no. of FH & BH of Nole in this match …..


tfouto Says:

if Djoko gets to Rome final he will be no. 1


skeezerweezer Says:

I am it,

Dude! Nice to see you post. Yes a great win for Novak :)

Kimmi said it best at the 3;12 post.

And there is a new Sheriff in town today.

It’s NOLE. Got to give him is due praise.


Dory Says:

Can’t wait for Rome and the Slams to start. It’s a whole new level at the Slams. Last year’s loss of Novak to Melzer the FO after leading 2 set to 0 and a break up was very difficult for me to take.

But the new Nole doesn’t worry me. I consider him the best returner ever in tennis.


Ike Says:

tfouto
u r almost right……Nole will have 10,710


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimmi, Rafa has never won EVERYthing, only everything on clay, and that was enough to make some people moan to no end. Bottom line, Nole is definitely the best right now, and I just don’t like him THAT much. As I said, I like him at #3. Boo for me, and yay for you, Duro, Sar, Ike, whoever. I am just afraid Rafa is in the same boat as Fed, and a new era of guys I only feel “meh” about are coming to the fore.


Ike Says:

jane
i watched it on Tennis Channel…No Mary Corilo commentary LOL


tfouto Says:

yes… my mistake… so final Rome wont suffice for Djoko… but final Rome and FO would do it… even SF in FO should do it…


Ike Says:

tfouto
if both Rafa & Nole make it to the Rome finals, then Nole would have to win it get to no.1


tfouto Says:

ike yes…
but if Nadal wins Rome final against Nole, and Nole reaches semi-finals in FO even if Nadal wins the FO, Djoko will be no 1. So before Wimbledon i believe Djoko will be No. 1.


Ike Says:

Lulu Iberica
just curious, why don’t u like Nole?
he has better defense than Roger, he has better offense than Rafa, i think Nole is complete player…he has matured over last couple years, he seems like already no.1 to me…..can’t wait Delpo (& Murray) to start firing on all cylinders!


Dory Says:

Roger in his prime had incredible defense and unconquerable offense. Roger in his prime was really invincible except for maybe Rafa’s FH.


Dory Says:

LOL no one is expecting anyone else except these two, Nadal and Djoko at Rome and FO finals. Really weird. You can’t assume anything about a GS.


Ike Says:

tfouto
u r pissing me off, u r forcing me to do math on Sunday, just kidding LOL!!!
sorry to say this, but u r wrong (again) :(
the scenario u described …would result in Rafa having 11,515 and Nole will have 11,490….very close, but not close enough
i m Nole fan would love to see him get to no.1, but in doing so i would like to see him beat Rafa


Duro Says:

Margot, Countess, long time no see brilliant guy i am it, Zola, Lulu, thank you all…

It’s a satisfaction beyond words…

Alleeez allez allez alleeez, No1-leee, No1-leeee…

Cheers.


grendel Says:

Ike – I’m not really a bona fide football fan. But my younger son is a Manchester United supporter, so I’ve picked that up from him. So I hate Chelsea! (silly isn’t, it?) Barcelona will be hot favourites against Man U – so shouldn’t you, as the underdog’s man, be hoping Man U wins? Congratulations, b.t.w., on correctly predicting the result today – I seem to recall you have a good record.

Djokovic was simply awesome, wasn’t he. This time, jane, I am happy to concede his returning was beyond anything Ferrer would have been capable of. But he was good in all departments. Some of his bh winners were out of this world – fiercely struck from difficult angles, deeply intimidating. And he matched or even surpassed Nadal for mental strength, that is clear and hugely significant for the future.

There can’t be any doubt at all now that Djokovic is the 2nd best claycourter in the world. I am talking about now, right now.His record is still comparatively modest, but what will it be like in 3 or 4 years time? It is at least reasonable to think it might be right up there with the greats.

meanwhile, I gather Djokovic needs to win another 7 matches to match (overhaul?) McEnroe’s record. That means he has to win Rome – you’d think, surely unlikely, but foolish to rule him out. And at last we have a genuine candidate to threaten Nadal at RG. Naturally, on that surface, Nadal is still a big favourite. But not a prohibitive one any more.

Eerie silence after the match. Crowd literally stunned. How could this have happened?


Ike Says:

Dory
yes, Gaston Gaudio did win FO in 2004, which i think was the biggest upset of last decade, but still it seems improbable that anyone other than Rafa or Nole could win Rome or Fo


skeezerweezer Says:

@Lulu,

Don’t be dis heartened much yet. Look at this way ( coming from a Fed Fan ), if we (as fans) get 4-5 guys at the top who can beat up on each other won’t that make for more exciting Tennis? :). Me thinks your Fav will have many more wins, and I hope Delpo, Fed, Novak, Murray do also. That way, when and if my fav wins, it makes it even more special, no? Novak is hot right now, excuse me, very hot. But it is not going to last forever. I do think the times of one guy dominating the sport might be coming to a close for awhile…we’ll see.


Ike Says:

tfouto
here is easy way for Nole to get no.1, just win Rome & FO


Ike Says:

grendel
Nole wud have to win Rome & reach semi of FO to beat Johny Mc’s record of 42 straight wins in the start of the season….


tfouto Says:

ike on my calculations…
Djoko:
10710 tomorrow
+600 (final Rome) 0 points last year…
=11310
+320 SF FO. (last year QF – 320; SF is 720)
=11630


tfouto Says:

sorry

10710 tomorrow
+600 (final Rome) 0 points last year…
=11310
+360 SF FO. (last year QF – 360; SF is 720)
=11670

duh moment with 320 intead of 360


Mila Says:

It is impossible to find any excuse for Novak’s opposition, he was supposed to be more fatigued, his streak was supposed to make him choke, playing in Nadal’s courtyard…

But no, it turned out to be just another day in the office for the Superb Serb. And at the trophy ceremony, as has become his habit this year, tribute to his country with the Serbian flag T-shirt and the word “champions”. At Miami it was a ball cap. This guy is a true patriot indeed! Extra reason for us Serbs to love him even more, as if we needed an extra reason.

Congratulation to all his fans, but especially to Jane, I loved how this time she hasn’t shown any pessimism – Novak is slowly turning Jane into a believer. You go girl!!!


grendel Says:

Ike and Gaudio’s win was a freak – poor Coria suffered the biggest choke in history. I think at one point he was reduced to serving underarm.

Lulu – remember Nadal was very close to beating Djokovic at Miami, there was nothing in it really. He took a bit of a beating today – but it’s his worst clay surface by far. It would be very surprising if he didn’t win Rome and RG. And he is certainly favourite (as of now) for Wimbledon. We don’t yet know how Djokovic will perform on the grass.. Lulu, I don’t have any doubts but that Nadal will win several more slams (unfortunately – ahem..)


Ike Says:

grendel
come on, Man.Utd can’t be labelled as underdogs, that’s pretty much same as calling Federer underdog….i m rooting for Barca, mostly because i don’t like Real, Man.Utd. AND Barca puts UNICEF logo on their game jersey/t-shirts for free… not sure, but probably that losses is about 10-20 million dollars a year….now i wonder, wouldn’t it be great they take sponsorship from someone and donate all that money to UNICEF…not sure which way the math works best


grendel Says:

ike – are you sure, I thought it was first two rounds at French?


Ike Says:

tfouto
u r wrong (again!!)
last year Nole reached QF of Rome thus if he loses in the final, his total gain will be 600-180=420 points
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novak_Djokovic_career_statistics


grendel Says:

ike, last time Man U played Barcelona in the final – 2 years ago – they were given a thorough football lesson. Now Lionel Messi – he’s just so beautiful to watch, his genius utterly transcends football,almost sport itself and he’s a nice guy! never complains, doesn’t foul (much) doesn’t dive – he’s quite wonderful in every way. And he plays for Barcelona!


Ike Says:

grendel
i think Madrid should be indoor hard court, and Masters should be returned to Hamburgh on clay


Ike Says:

grendel
with Nole’s win today, he has total 32 wins (this season), Rome win will make it 38, and winning QF at FO will make it 43


Ike Says:

grendel
UNICEF, Messi, hatred against Real & Man.Utd are my top three reasons to root for Barca


Ike Says:

Mila
i m Nole fan, but when when people start saying “serb / serbia / pride, etc” it scares me, reminds me 1994…no offense


Mila Says:

Ike, that complaint you have to take to Novak. I am just stating the obvious – his attire at trophy ceremonies.

It is a completely different thing if it bothers you personally, again not my fault. Peace.


tennis coach Says:

Congratulations Novak, as I expected, you didn’t let this one slip.


Ike Says:

gotta go, it’s great weather outside, gonna play tennis for about 2 hours, hopefully i can hit shots like Nole, LOL!
bye……….


scineram Says:

So many noobz. All forgot to subtract Nole’s Belgrade point from last year for tomorrow. And neither one defends any points in Rome next weeks.


tfouto Says:

ike more then ATP WT site? There it dont says anything about Rome… I guess Wikipedia is wrong…


Mila Says:

And Ike, also from you comments I see you like to hate, for example Real and Man Utd. I suggest you try to hate less it’ll do you a world of good. For example you can cheer for Barcelona while at the some time liking Man Utd. – similar to what I do when Novak plays Rafael.

And when on this issue, I will support Manchester. I like Barca a lot, like Lionel especially, but like Man Utd a little bit more because of their captain Nemanja Vidic (Serb, you guessed it). He scored winning goal against Chelsea today and practically secured the Championship for Man Utd.


tennis coach Says:

Ike, I suggest that you do some serious reading about 1991 before you make any conclusions about Serbs!


Lulu Iberica Says:

Thanks Kimberly, Skeezer, grendel, you are cheering me up! Of course you all are right Miami was close, Madrid is Nadal’s worst clay surface, etc. I guess I was caught off guard. I didn’t mind the IW/Miami losses as much, and I really thought even in Madrid Rafa would win on clay. Also, Djoko didn’t look so dominant here, only Fed troubled Rafa, etc. I was a little nervous, but deep down didn’t believe Rafa could lose. :( I am used to Rafa being the tough one and Djoko is just kicking his butt, even in the mental dept. Of course I was very proud Rafa came back from that 4-0 hole in the first set!

Ike, I don’t dislike Nole at all, but he just doesn’t get me too excited, especially as a dominant player. I wound up rooting for him against Fed in USO 2010 when he started hitting some amazing shots, even though I wanted a Fedal final, so I think I like him as an underdog. Anyway, it’s not about the tennis — obviously his returning has been unbelievable, but for me this is basically just a cause for despair — it’s more that his personality does not captivate me in any way. And he is routinely kicking my Rafito’s rear (now even on clay) and the only person who’s allowed to do that is the Mighty Goat Fed!


tennis coach Says:

For any skeptics out there here is what Nole said about his hard work:

“But anything is possible if you believe you can achieve it and you are fit physically and mentally fresh, motivated and dedicated to the sport,” said the world number two.

“I’ve been working very hard on my game, my mental approach over the past few years and now it’s paying off. There is no secret.”


Miki Says:

Comparing Novak’s patriotism with things that happened in the ’90s in Serbia (Yugoslavia) is ridiculous. If you just think about it, he was a little kid back then, so it doesn’t make sense. It’s sad when people automatically connect Serbs with war and violence. How many Serbian people did actually commit those war crimes? Well, very few if you compare them to the whole population. Same applies tho Croatia, Bosnia etc. You can even make a parallel today, with so called football fans, which are nothing but hooligans. They travel with their teams all over Serbia and Europe, doing really ugly things, representing Serbia in a really bad way. But should they be taken as a valid representation of the whole nation . I don’t think so.

Ugly things aside, congrats to Novak for a great victory and his 6th title this year :)

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