Novak Djokovic: “I Definitely Didn’t Want French Open To Happen Again” [Video]
by Staff | September 10th, 2011, 7:11 pm
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Calling it his best win of the season, Novak Djokovic saved two matchpoints to beat Roger Federer in five sets to advance to the US Open finals on Monday.

Djokovic, who will appear in his third US Open final, will await the winner of the ongoing Andy Murray-Rafael Nadal match.

Djokovic has won nine titles this year and two of the three Grand Slams.

Q. This time last year you got to match point, you said you closed your eyes and went for it. Was that your mentality on that first match point today?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I tend to do that on match points. It kinda works. (Smiling.) No, it was a very similar situation like last year. I had to take my chances. I was very close to being on my way back home. He was serving. He was 40-15 up. Yeah, I mean, I managed to hit that amazing forehand return which got me back. I got a little bit of energy from the crowd, and I fighted back. I needed to stay positive, and I definitely didn’t want French Open to happen again. It was incredible last two games.

Q. Talk about your belief in your shots, that you’d be able to go for something like that. Roger almost seemed baffled that you would take that much of a gamble.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, if you’re playing somebody like Roger, you have to take your chances when they’re presented; otherwise you’re losing a match. I don’t want to say, yeah, I’ve been in control of the fifth set, because that’s not true. He was serving for the match. He was match points, and I could easily lose. But this is what happens at this stage of a tournament when two top players meet each other. Just a couple of points decide the winner.

Q. While this match does not yield a trophy moment, can you say that it is perhaps one of the greatest victories of your career?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It is, and it’s probably, under the circumstances, the greatest victory I had in 2011. I definitely think so.

Q. Why?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Why? Because I was two sets down, and I haven’t won many matches in my life when I was two sets down. You said five, six years ago was the last one, so… Especially against Roger, who we all are aware of his quality. When he’s a set or two sets up, he doesn’t let you win. When he’s in control of the match he’s confident, and it’s really hard to get back into the match. But I managed to play better, to switch gears, and I managed to play two incredible sets: third and fourth. Then I felt it’s the moment. You know, it’s the moment when I should step in and show what I got, and it paid off.

Q. Back to a specific moment in the second set, it was one game apiece and you were ad out and you were second serving. I want to get a sense of how do you compose yourself in a situation like that? And then what kind of plan do you have on a second set serve in that moment?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don’t remember the moment. It’s 1 All second set, you said?

Q. 1 All and you were serving. It was ad out, and nobody had broken yet.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Okay. It was the first break points I think of the match.

Q. Yeah.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, look, you know, I have been serving great in the first set, winning quite comfortably my service games as well as he did. But we both knew that the chance will come sooner or later for me or for him. Unfortunately for me it came for him first, and he used it. He used it, you know. He’s definitely one of the best returners in the game. I needed to stay calm, stay positive, because it’s a best of five match. I knew I could come back.

Q. Just back to that first match point where you had just dropped your serve at love; the crowd is not really on your side; you are getting frustrated. In that shot, was there some anger and frustration? And then what was in your head when you reacted to the crowd after that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, look, I needed to get some energy from the crowd, you know. I mean, it’s kind of normal to expect that maybe they’re a little bit more on his side because he’s somebody that has won this tournament five years. He’s the greatest player ever results you know, I mean, you don’t need to spend words about him. Crowd loves him everywhere, especially here. So it was okay. It was no surprise. But, you know, I thought at that certain moment I needed to get a little bit of the crowd energy behind my back and try to get back into the match. And I did. That forehand return, I cannot explain you because I don’t know how it happened. You know, yeah, I read his serve and I was on the ball and I had to hit it hard, and it got in, luckily for me.

Q. But you seemed to say after that, you know, rocket winner, What do I have to do to get people behind me, no?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, no, I mean, look, you know, it’s semifinals of a major and two top guys are playing against each other. It’s so close. I mean, maybe it did seem, and it was maybe true that he had more crowd on his side, but I think I had fans on my side, as well. It was very exciting, very loud, and I was just trying to focus myself, to be positive, and trying to take one point at a time. It happened for me. He missed a forehand on 40 30 and I got back into the match; he makes a double fault. This is what happens, you know, under pressure. For these kind of moments you train every single day. You work hard on the court, off the court, because you want to be in this position.

Q. Everyone now talks about the match point and that it’s easy, no? Before there was some different moment when everything changed. After the first two sets, Federer loses his second game in the third set, and he made a lot of mistakes then. Then everything changed. How do you explain what changed then and afterwards? You won all your serves so easily, and then suddenly in the fifth again you are in trouble.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, you know, at this level, really couple of points, as I was saying, decide the winners. So when he was two sets up, I was trying to convince myself I can get back into the match. I was feeling good physically. There was no problem. Mentally I had the motivation. I mean, come on, it’s semifinals of the US Open, you know. What more you’re asking for, you know? Full stadium, very exciting match against a top player, so I needed to fight. That’s what I did. I think when I made that break early in the third set I relaxed a little bit. I started hitting the shots that I maybe didn’t hit in the opening two sets, and he started making more mistakes. But that’s a switch of the momentum. That’s what happens. You can’t always be on the same level. It’s normal. Somebody, you know, feels at a certain stage of the match that he has control, and then it’s very hard to get back. I think we both knew in the fifth that — in the fourth that when I made the second break that he was kind of maybe a little bit saving the energy for the fifth. He started very strong, so it was a great set.

Q. If you had been on the other side of the net watching what happened on that forehand winner that saved a match point and then your communication with the crowd, what do you think you would have been thinking at that point?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: What do I think?

Q. If you had been watching that happen as the opponent, what do you think would have been going through your mind?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don’t know. Look, I don’t know, because at that stage you’re trying to get as much support as you can. You’re trying to get energy. I mean, I haven’t done anything against my opponent, you know. I was trying to get the crowd on my side, and, you know, I did. That’s what he does. It’s what everybody does. It’s normal. We are professional athletes. At this level you need that in order to win.

Q. How about, though, on the shot itself? If that had been done to you, saving a match point…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don’t know, really. I just answered the question.

Q. Roger wasn’t real happy with what he did with that serve at double match points, but the next one he put it right into you and you fought it off. It ended up being almost just as clutch and almost as important, correct?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: On the second match point? Yeah, I mean, look, I was a little bit lucky in that moment, because he was playing tremendously well the inside out forehand throughout the whole match. It flicked off the net and went wide, and it got me back. It was deuce, and then I still, you know, believed that I could get back into the match. It was very close. I mean, this is what happens at this level. You know, couple of points can really decide the winner, and we are both aware of that.

Q. In the game he ended up breaking you in the fifth set, after he just won that first point to go to Love 15, you were talking to yourself there. Did you already let yourself get too negative even in that moment?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I talk to myself too much. (Laughter.) You don’t want to know what’s going on in my head at that moment.

Q. Was there any point in that match where you thought you were going to lose? Also, do you think your amazing run this season helped pull you through that?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I would lie if I say, you know, I didn’t think I’m gonna lose. There was a couple of situations and moments in the match when I thought, you know, I’m losing or, you know, when he was match points up. It’s always important to be calm, to stay positive, and to believe, to believe that you can win. I mean, since you are already in the fifth set and he’s serving for the match, it’s only one break of difference. So if I make the break, I’m back in the match. That’s what happened.

Q. What did you exchange in conversation? What did you say to one another? I know it was quick, but what did you say to one another after the match when you were shaking hands?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, usually we say just, Bad luck or, Great match or, Well done. That’s all.

Q. There’s a saying that if you hold yourself through a disaster you will win. When you were coming into the fifth set, you get that feeling?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I’m sorry, it’s really hard to understand. Can you repeat, please?

Q. There’s a saying that says if you hold yourself through the disaster, you will win. My question is: Did you get that feeling when you’re coming into the fifth set?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I don’t think it was a disaster. Look, it’s a sport, you know, where one wins, one loses. But, you know, we have saying, What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So I guess since I didn’t lose that game, I managed to come back in the match and I got mentally stronger and it was easier for me to play from that moment on.

Q. Just considering the season you’re having and going into that match, the difference between having two majors or three majors, can you talk about how that affected you going into the match and maybe even during the match how that might have played out in your head?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it’s obvious that this is the best year of my career, by far. The confidence level that is very high at this moment for me helps me to get into this big matches and go for the shots that, you know, that I maybe in some situations wouldn’t, that I wasn’t going for those shots in the past couple years. But it’s all I think a process of learning and getting experience and maturing as a player, as a person. And, yeah, it might have been the case that it helped me in this match, knowing that I have such a great season and knowing that I have such great confidence. I really have nothing to lose, even though it’s semifinals of a Grand Slam and playing somebody that is a great rival of mine. But for these matches you’re working hard and you want to be there. You want to be there and you want to win against guys like Federer.

Q. Why are tennis crowds so different than crowds in other sporting events? I can’t imaging at Madison Square Garden and the Knicks winning by a million points and the crowd starts rooting for the team that’s losing.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I can only give you an answer that, you know, it’s just the difference in the sports, because I guess in tennis you’re not allowed well, you’re not allowed. You’re kind of not expected to talk, to scream, to chant, to shout during the points; where in the other team sports you’re able to do whatever you want whenever you want. I guess that’s the difference. The crowd really has to get into the match, has to understand the sport they’re in. But I think actually here in US Open we have the loudest crowd, you know, except the Davis Cup matches. I think here crowd really gets involved. It’s all about show. On the changeovers you see a lot of people dancing, the kiss camera, all these kind of things. It’s interesting. You know, it’s interesting. It’s not like any other event.

Q. On court you said that the return of the shot was lucky. Could you talk about that? And secondly, you probably hit millions of shots. Was that the best shot Novak Djokovic has ever hit?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Under the circumstances, maybe, yes. I mean, match points down and I read his serve. I read his serve. I anticipated well, and I hit it, so I don’t know if it was lucky or not. It was just maybe it was lucky because it was in the right moment, but I took my chances. I took my chances, and I hit it very clean.

Q. There’s another exciting match coming up later tonight, a friend you’re close with, Caroline Wozniacki. How do you see her game against Serena Williams?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, Caroline is No. 1 player of the world but someone who hasn’t still won a Grand Slam, so I’m sure she’s very much motivated to have a shot at the Grand Slam this year. Why not? She’s been in a couple of finals, semifinals. She’s much stronger, I think, than she was in the past couple years, and Serena is someone that is most successful in the WTA. So it’s going to be interesting.

Q. You had a high profile fan rooting you on today in Sean “Diddy” Combs. How did that come about?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: (Smiling.) Well, it was great to have him there. We met at one party that I cannot talk about details. (Laughter.) It was fun, you know. He’s a huge star obviously in show business, and he’s a character and a very successful man. So it was great to have him there. I think it was very interesting the way he supported me.

Q. You’re having a great season. Andy Murray is having a good season, already four semifinals in 2011. He could be your opponent in the final.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: He could. We’re still waiting to see, because he’s playing defending champion. Both of them are great players. I mean, we are top four players in the semifinals once again. I cannot say that I’m a favorite in the finals because you really don’t know what’s gonna happen. It’s very unpredictable at this stage. I’m expecting another tough match, another match that will be decided by small margins. Andy is somebody that is definitely looking for his first Grand Slam, you know. Motivation is there. He has the potential.

Q. Considering that you’re amidst a historic season, on Monday do you think you’ll have the crowd support wanting to see you complete this incredible year?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I wish. You know, I don’t know. You never know what’s gonna happen. You know, I’m really looking forward just to get to the finals and be out there on the court and compete with the best. I’m sure that we gonna have a full stadium, 23,000 people, and I’m sure I’m gonna have a lot of supporters there.

Q. When you lost to Federer at Roland Garros, everyone said it was the best Federer of the season. Today you lost the first two sets. Were you thinking that he was playing even better? I saw you were looking at your corner a lot, like, What can I do?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I definitely didn’t want Paris to repeat. You know, I was trying to stay focused and then push myself to stay out there, to fight, because physically I’m ready, I’m fit. I didn’t feel tired after two sets. Mentally I needed to get a little momentum going on my side. I mentally needed to get myself in the match, and tried to be a little bit more aggressive. That’s what happened. You know, it changed when I broke him in the third set, yeah. But, you know, it’s really hard to compare those two matches because it’s two different surfaces. But definitely the Roland Garros loss that I had against him was painful.

Q. But my question was if Federer was playing better or…

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Sorry. I mean, he’s always playing in such a high level that it’s really hard to say if he’s not playing good. You know, he’s always, I think, lifting his level of performance towards the end of the Grand Slam. That’s how he has been playing throughout all his career.

Q. You addressed the possibility of facing Andy Murray. If it is Rafa, what sort of challenge is that for you, knowing your history, knowing that you met in the finals last year, finals at Wimbledon, everything else? What is the key for you?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Just try to play my game. You know, I know that I have a game that is good enough to win against him. I proved that this year in three different surfaces, so I believe that I have a good chance. I need to go out on the court believing I can win. But, you know, we’re talking about a player who has won 10 majors already in his career and he’s only 25. He’s defending his title. I think last year in 2010 throughout the whole tournament and in the finals I never seen him serve better than that tournament. So I think, you know, again, depends from my serve and his serve, as well. But, yeah, it’s gonna be a tough match.

Q. You have been in such an incredible zone this year. At the level that you’re playing, are you past the point of being surprised by anything that you do on the court? What I mean is, when you launched that forehand on match point and it sticks, are you like, Well, that’s the level I’m at now, or are you stunned by what you’re able to do every once in a while still?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: When you are match points in the fifth set after four hours of play and you hit that forehand winner, you must be a little bit amazed under the circumstances that you hit that shot. You definitely don’t expect yourself to come up with it. It’s all mental I think in the end. It’s all mental to be able to handle the pressure well, to be able to step in, and take the chances that are presented.


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37 Comments for Novak Djokovic: “I Definitely Didn’t Want French Open To Happen Again” [Video]

andrea Says:

congrats to novak, nadal and stosur for their wins!

it’s a heartbreaker if you are a fed fan…i mean, close out the set on your serve! arrgghhh.

murray is officially a grand slam disaster. don’t know what else to say.

stosur has came thru in some tough matches. good for her.

would be great to see woz win over serena…hopefully another tough 3 setter!


Polo Says:

As a Fed fan, I could not get heartbroken. Before, I wished for him to win the French. He did that. Then I wanted him to at least equal Sampras in the number of majors won. He did that and did even better by one. I ask no more from him. Every win, every spectacular point he makes from then on is a bonus. He lost but the two sets he won and the two match points he had gave me great joy, albeit shortly.


Brucenhk Says:

I cannot believe that Roger lost. I am so disappointed! It it time that Roger retire? I thought that this article was witty: http://www.forbes.com/sites/bluecarreon/2011/06/30/alternative-careers-for-roger-federer/


Michael Says:

I was in tears after this match and felt very much for Federer. As a fan of his, it is too much to take. Nodoubt it was a heart breaking loss. Now how many times in the recent years, Federer has lost matches which he should have won.It happened against Soderling, Berdych, Baghdatis, Djokovic, Tsonga etc. etc. At 5-3 (40-15) the match was to Federer’s taking. But he made an unforced error which let Djokovic into the match and horror of horrors double faulted on the break point. And then the inevitable happened when Federer collapsed two games afterwards. This is shocking considering that the first two sets were well contested with Federer getting the better of Djokovic in the back of the court, while in the third and fourth sets, Djokovic had the upper hand with a faded Federer just giving sets by rudderless display. We also should admire Novak’s never-say-die attitude but this time it came with help from Federer. Federer just let Djokovic into the match and he is responsible for his collapse. He was not overthrown by Djokovic’s intimidating game or otherwise. Now what is the way forward for Federer ? In Tennis players should have hard skin and this defeat although demoralizing should be taken by Federer with a pinch of salt and move ahead. It is difficult but for a Champion like Federer, it is definitely possible.


jane Says:

Congrats Nole! Sounds like a brave comeback, cannot wait to watch the tape. :)

Commiserations to Roger & fans. This one slipped away, but by the sounds of it, he was right there.


Wog boy Says:

Luck doesan’t live on ona side of the net. Luck travels with the ball. How many times RF won and didn’t deserve it. What a pathetic press con. He ‘ s got work ethics and Nole doesan’t. Sore loser, at least he has got more time to get ready for DC here in Sydney.
And the winer is …………….
NOOOOOOOOVAK DJOKOVIC
AJDE NOLE……..GO NOLE
P. S. I have a feeling I am going to get smashed tonight :-))))


Mila Says:

Kevin Mitchell from Guardian newspaper wrote this article:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/sep/11/us-open-2011-federer-djokovic


Wog boy Says:

Thanks Mila, after reading the article I see I am not quite alone in my opinion.

Next one is VAMOS- TAMOS

GO NOLE , you can do it.
I feel sorry for Murray ,the god man.
I think he should hire Dr Cetojevic who is not any more with Novak. They split after London.


Wog boy Says:

Murray, the GOOD man, not the GOD man, sorry.


Milos Says:

I post this again :)
Here is a song made by Novak fan Puff Daddy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1eoP2hXEyU
describing tactics Novak has against his opponents especially on match points :P


Michael Says:

Wog boy, When was the time Roger Federer won but did not deserve it ?? Be precise. What is that you find wrong in the statement of Federer that he has got work ethics ? Ofcourse he only talked about himself and not about Djokovic. If so, why you blame him unnecessarily ?? Nobody is denying the victory of Djokovic. He deserved it thoroughly but there was an element of luck in his victory which Federer sought to stress which is being misinterpeted and overplayed.


alison hodge Says:

congrats to nole and rafa on reaching the final,and comiserations to muzza and fed and there fans,i think roger was just a little bit unlucky,unfortunatly muzza looked sluggish from the word go,i dont know what it was maybe still tired from the isner match,it was only in the 3rd set that he seemed to play with any real passion or purpose,even when on top he has these lapses where he goes walk about,he has the talent,but i think alot of it is between the ears.


madmax Says:

Michael, really. Don’t bother. It’s too much energy for the likes of these people who gloat.

It happens all the time, Federer’s interview is class, (as you said). He made statements about Novak which were true and fair, Federer says it how it is. People are always going to believe otherwise. It doesn’t matter. You have to move on from it, otherwise you get into discussions which are circular.

I don’t want this to outweigh the great, wonderful, magnificient match that it was.

Great play by both. Someone had to lose, and as andrea says,it’s time for Federer, once so strong in clutch points, to work on this part of his game. As Novak says, it is all in the head.

Roger should take this advice, even though it wasn’t directed at him from Novak.

Still in disbelief, but have to move forward. Good luck to Jane, Sar and Duro.


madmax Says:

Mila and Wog boy, here is one for you as well.

I suppose it depends on who you want to read, whether they are pro federer or not, positive or negative. So glad we are different.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/bryan_armen_graham/09/10/djokovic.federer.semis/


Wog boy Says:

Mate, I am right now in to JAMESON, it is almost 8pm and it was very very long night and day and I am celebrating with my matesNovaks victory. What I want to say is that I said what I said, take it or leave it. How much luck RF HAD IN 2007 . against Novak at USO (7:6, 7:6 , 6:4) I will continue some other day with RF’s lady luck, my mates don’t want to wait with celebration. English is not my first lingo, so I think in one and have to write in another lingo. Anyway RF-s press con. was realy pathetic.
CHEERS


Wog boy Says:

My Irish friends just told me , since we are in to JAMESON I should say ……
SLAINTE…..I hope I got it wright.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy, It was straight sets in 2007 and you say that it was luck seeing the score of 6, 6, and 4. If that match was termed lucky by your standards, how will you rate this match which went to five sets and Federer had match points in the end ? How tough that will be for a player to lose in that scenario especially with two match points on his own serve ? One simple ACE would seal the match but that was not to be since it was not Federer’s day whereas in the French, Federer sealed the tie break with an ace. That is the beauty of Tennis which can be interesting but also cruel to the loser. Federer only stressed upon that shot of Djokovic which was desperately hit for a winner and he made it. But that was not the only shot which did Federer. He made more unforced errors to gift Djokovic the match.


Wog boy Says:

Ok Michael, let’s call it wrong choise of words. Instead of ” didn’t deserve to win” put ” was lucky to win “, do you feel better now? :-)
I have to go now , they are going to bash me up for interapting celebration.

SLAINTE to all Novak’s fans….and the others!


Dory Says:

NNNNNNNNOOOOOOLLLLLEEEEEE! GREAT INTERVIEW. YOU ARE GOING TO WIN THIS US OPEN! HOPE YOU AND ROGER DOMINATE THE SLAMS IN 2012 TOO.


alison hodge Says:

@dory to be honest no disrespect,but i think rogers done dominating slams,nole yeah roger sorry,im not saying he wont win another slam,just that his days of dominating are over,its going to be difficult as theres so many young guys coming through now,dont get me wrong he can still hold his own though,i think people have to except that the world moves on.


Kimmi Says:

sad as a fed fan but maybe for the best nole won this match. i dont think roger would have had a chance with rafa but nole definitely has.

Go get your 4th slam nole!


alison hodge Says:

@kimmi after such a fantastic year,i think you have to give nole the edge,although it will be intersting to see what rafa can come up with after those 5 defeats,i just hope for an open and well contested final,no matter who wins,rafas already won it so no one should begrudge nole deserves his turn,may the best man win.


Maso Says:

Congratulations to Novak. I was majorly disgusted yesterday but what a fitting end to the slam season it would be if Novak were to take this US Open title in one of the best tennis seasons in history. Still can’t believe Fed missed those match points, but Nole went for it like a champ and here he is now. I’ll have to settle for cheering for my second favorite player in the final instead of my #1 fav. … Now, please, ATP, could you please put Federer and Nole on DIFFERENT SIDES of the draw next year maybe just ONCE next season? Just maybe so I can have my two faves in the final instead of having to systematically take each other out beforehand? I’m starting to have a hard time believing in the randomness of that particular aspect of the draw


alison hodge Says:

maso i agree it would be nice to see the draws shaken up a bit,i suppose if nole and roger are on opposite sides your in a win win situation if both your favourites are in the final,providing they both get that far that is,takes the edge of it though i think,half of the fun and excitement is roger trying to find an answer to rafa,or rafa trying to find an answer to nole,especially in a final,not just go for the easier option sorry just my opinion.


Maso Says:

alison:
I agree that the idea of a Federer-Nadal final or a Djokovic-Nadal final is thrilling, but a Federer-Djokovic final would be just as brilliant and it’s impossible if they always wind up on the same side of the draw. I’d also argue that Fed and Djoko’s two semis at RG and USO this year (and the past year) were more thrilling matches than Djoko and Nadal’s matches at Wimbly 11 and USO10, though that is subjective of course.


alison hodge Says:

maso yeah i agree they were the most exciting matches,but thats not to say that mondays final wont be an exciting final i hope only time will tell,like i say a win win situation either way when your a fan of both,case in point rogers final against rafa at wimby in 08,rogers final against a.rod in 09,rafas semi against verdasco at ao 09,roger and rafa final ao 09,all exciting matches,all exciting matches whoever your a fan of.


Maso Says:

Good point, Alison. With the quality of players we’re watching at the moment, there are many possibilities for exciting matches and I definitely hope tomorrow’s will be epic, whoever takes it.
It’s also true that until this season, Roger and Rafa were either #1 or #2 in the rankings so Djoko and Murray were the ones being picked randomly with the #3 and #4 spots in the grand slams and now it’s changed, since Djoko and Nadal are #1 and #2. But it just seems like Roger and Novak always end up on the same side which is slightly odd, time after time.
But nonetheless, good luck to Nole and Rafa tomorrow and let’s hope we get a hell of a final for the final slam of the year!


Swiss Maestro Says:

Novak man, you are a great player but you got some real Ah0les for fans! and I mean REAL and I mean AH0LES!

I guess it is because most of your fans wouldn’t have cared for tennis if you hadn’t played tennis – not your fault that you have such uncouth shallow people as fans. nevertheless, you were terrific yesterday and have been this whole year. You still have a long way to go before you even get a sniff of fedal territor, but you are on the right path!

Bravo novak!


Dani Says:

this one was the first i read this morning

http://m.yahoo.com/w/sports/home/blogs/article?offset=0&urn=urn%3Anewsml%3Asports.yahoo%2Cyhoo%3A20050301%3Aten%2Carticle%2Cyhoo-ept_sports_ten_experts-wp3237%3A1&.ts=1315707789&.ysid=Sl.KADVUcNlL7l.ACoCKwTZL&.intl=US&.lang=en “Roger Federer is a great tennis champion who comports himself with class and dignity in victory. As a loser, his attitude leaves a lot to be desired.” Knowing how many nasty things he had said in the past, and not just about Novak, I was not surprised. Yes, he had won many times when he shouldn’t have…Not to mention how many times he wouldn’t even have a decent oponent until the final of the tournament. Roddick should have gottent that Wimbledon, Soderling RG after beating Nadal in the semis etc..


Nina Says:

“Roger Federer is a great tennis champion who comports himself with class and dignity in victory. As a loser, his attitude leaves a lot to be desired.”

Ditto.


Swiss Maestro Says:

I think there are more people in this world who think novak is a jerk than those who think federer is a sore loser.

If that were not the case, federer would not have won atp fan favorite for 8years in a row.

Does h0le win the atp fan favorite award in his own serbland? or does tipsarevic beat him to it?


Nina Says:

I think swiss maestro you live in your own bubble. Step out of it and face the truth!


pro59 Says:

P.Diddy was sitting in Novak’s box and cheering for him yesterday. Awsome! Here is a link:
http://larrybrownsports.com/tennis/p-diddy-joins-jelena-ristic-in-novak-djokovics-box-pictures/86392


King Says:

For the record Novak never said anything bad about Roger on the other hand, this is something I can not say about Roger. It is shame because he is a great tennis champ, but unfortunately very poor loser.


Nina Says:

Also Justin Timberlake cheered for Nole. And Demi Moore congratulated Novak on twitter and called him ‘pal’. LOL, what’s going on with celebrities crush on Novak?


King Says:

That is so awesome!!! Celebrities certainly have a good taste and support the KING OF TENNIS!!!!


Michael Says:

May be this loss might be a blessing in disguise to Federer. Who knows ? I hate to see him losing to Nadal in the finals and having been beaten in all the three other Majors, this one if it happened will certainly sting. No match is a certainity. But I will be dishonest if I deny that Federer is having a mental block against Nadal. In most of their matches, you would see Federer squandering easy sitters and poor serving percentage which Nadal makes full use of. I recall that match in the 2009 Australian Open where Federer should have won in four sets but he served very poorly and lost with numerous break points against Nadal’s serve and failing to convert most of those. Even in the 2011 French Open, Federer missed a drop shot at 5-2 which he would have definitely made against any other player. And who knows if he had won that first set, what would have happened ? It is a serious match up problem and I am not sure whether Federer has found a way yet to outwit Nadal ?

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