Djokovic v. Nadal For Australian Open Title, 2012 Supremacy; Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | January 28th, 2012, 6:46 pm
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So much for change. Roger Federer and Andy Murray put up worthy fights in the semifinals but after six rounds under the sun at the Australian Open, it’s two familiar faces that are left standing: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

In this new age rivalry, they’ll battle for a 30th time and remarkably in a record third straight Grand Slam final.

It will be physical, it will be long but as always with the Djokovic-Nadal matches the tennis will be breathtaking.

These are two biggest, baddest most bruising baseliners in tennis. Maybe even in tennis history. But consider, it almost wasn’t to be.

Just two Sundays ago Nadal sat in tears in his hotel room wondering if he would even be able to play his first round match after he randomly tweaking his knee. However, that knee and his ailing right shoulder have miraculously held up as Rafa has ripped through the draw losing only two sets.

For Rafa, there are no signs of health issues and despite coming off two long, tough matches against Tomas Berdych and Federer. And the two days off should restore his body to 100%.

Recovery is a key element for Djokovic who won a near five hour marathon Friday over Murray.

With each round Djokovic has seemingly looked more and more vulnerable. Starting with Hewitt who stole a rare set.

David Ferrer then really pushed Novak for two, and Nadal’s countryman should have come away with at least one of those.

Then the Murray match.

Add to it this sudden allergy or breathing problem that has hit Djokovic. Where was this last year when he destroyed the field, or in 2008 when he won his first Grand Slam in Melbourne? Bizarre.

So going into the match I just don’t think Djokovic is playing at the level he was at a year. And I’ll say the same for Nadal.

Head-to-head, we know the story. After serving as his pigeon early, Djokovic has dominated Nadal winning their last six meetings, all in heartbreaking finals last season.

Djokovic has the backhand to diffuse Nadal’s money shot, that heavy forehand topspin to the ad side. He can also create ridiculous angles off either wing to get Rafa on the run and out of position.

While Nadal’s improved his serve, Djokovic’s is better. And the Serb’s return game is where he can make the difference by attacking Rafa’s weaker second serve.

For Nadal, he’s got be aggressive off the ground and pound his serve, especially his second. And I think he will.

For Djokovic, he needs to be offensive in his return game, serve well and crack those groundstrokes when he gets the short ball.

Nadal did look sharper than Djokovic in the semifinals, and lefty should be fresher. Questions over Djokovic’s fitness should be put to rest when you recall he played the same schedule at the US Open – beating Federer in five then 48 hours later beating Nadal. As I said, both guys should be fine.

But when you boil it down to matchups it’s a big edge to Djokovic. There’s a reason Novak’s won six straight over Nadal and tonight he makes it seven.

Djokovic in four.

And a quick congrats to Victoria Azarenka who won her first career Slam easily besting Maria Sharapova. Vika will be the new No. 1 tomorrow and it’s well deserved.

ESPN2 will have live coverage of the final starting at 3:30am ET. It’s the last early morning of tennis for us East Coasters. Though at the pace these two play it should still be on well past 9am. So set your alarms, it should be worth it.


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664 Comments for Djokovic v. Nadal For Australian Open Title, 2012 Supremacy; Who’s The Pick?

Miki Says:

Reason says Rafa, I don’t know exactly why, but I guess I feel that the start of the new season might be a new start, and maybe after 6 loses Rafa is not letting this one go. Plus Novak wasn’t so convincing, but then even last season he had difficult matches in which he somehow managed to win and than beat Rafa convincingly in the final.

But the heart simply says Novak :)


Sade Says:

My gut feeling says its going to be Rafael Nadal. :)


jane Says:

Miki, precisely. Head and heart are at odds for me in trying to pick this one. Many reasons point to Rafa taking it: he’s looked sharper, he’s extremely determined, he will want to prove himself, and so on. Meanwhile, my heart wants to see Nole defend a slam title for the first time and win his 5th slam title, which is exactly half the number Rafa already has! :) Whatever will be, will be, though. Not much we can do but wait and then watch.

Now that Sean has picked Nole, well, patterns point against him. LOL.


tennis coach Says:

Novak in 3 tight sets!


Kimmi Says:

Go nole!


tennisfan Says:

I think just like we saw in 2009, Nadal pulled out two tough matches against Verdasco and Fed to win AO, Djokovic can also end up doing that! Nadal is very confident after defeating Federer but he has a strong mental block against Nole. If he has to turn the tables around, he will have to step on the court with the faith that he can defeat Nole. Even if we look at the match stats from their previous two meetings (Wimby+US Open), we can see that Djokovic is the more aggressive one. Nadal has lagged in almost all areas except his first serve%. Djokovic hit 82 winners against 52 of Nadal. . Djokovic/Nadal’s Mind War: What does the stats indicate? http://bit.ly/xOwaeS


roy Says:

the winners stat has some merit but it’s also important to remember nadal’s forehand has more loop so his winning shots are less likely to be cold winners. players are more likely to glance the ball, frame it etc. but the result is the same.


marrisv Says:

Novak wins this one. I just don’t see enough improvements in Rafa’s game at the moment for me to think he has a chance against Novak.

Djoko – Murray was the real final….


Seth Says:

Hopefully it’ll be Nole. Can’t stomach the thought of Nadal winning any more Slam titles.


Sandy Says:

Nadal in 3 sets! Its wild but that the way its going to end up. Nadal wins his 11th slam and will gain enough confidence to win another three before calling it quits.


adam Says:

I hope its novak but I think it is going to be rafa this time.


Raging bull Says:

Rafa is going to beat Nole this time !!!!!!

- Rafa has improved his FH
- He has a clear mind now with no baggages
- Rafa has added weight to his racquet
- Rafa had 6 months to overcome his last defeat against Nole.
- Rafa and Uncle Toni would have formulated new strategies to beat Nole.
- Rafa has tried specific strokes to beat Nole
- Rafa has recovered from illness which was the reason for his last years losses.

OOPS !!!!!
What happened to me ?????
I am going in the Fed-tards way !!!!!

Let me come back to reality.

Nole is a better player now and he is the clear favorite to thrash Rafa.

Sorry Rafa….you will have your day later.


AO Fan Says:

Rafa will win it this one. He still holds the advantage H2H and he’s had time in the off season to work on his game and strategy and improve even hsi money shots. He’s also more confident than he was last year when his attempt to win a 4th slam failed and his injury dented his confidence.

Nole faking his injury and allergy just shows that he’s not confident of a win (even against Murray!!) and is preparing the excuses. It’s one thing to chase after titles, quite another to now have to defend 10 of them, 3 being slams. Djoker has the whole tour gunning for him, Rafa is not as unfortunate.

Rafa overcame Soderling in the 2010 French final to re-stamp his mark and remind the naysayers of his iron will and determination to keep improving. Tonight’s final will confirm that he is a greater player than Novak. Novak will never be of the quality and graciousness of Fedal and tonight, Rafa will put him back in his place where he belongs.


Michael Says:

Novak has the edge but all I am worried is that the Sean Jinx should not hurt him ?? You can never take Nadal lightly. He was one hell of a player. But it is only Novak who has got to the game to give sleepness night to the Spainard. In last year, it was Novak who spoiled Nadal’s show beating him in all important finals and even in Nadal’s most favourite surface. My gut feeling also tells me that if Novak plays his level, then four sets is all that he needs. But if Novak has an off day then there is that chance for Rafa to get to even terms.


jamie Says:

Sandy:

Psychic says Nadal will win his 11th slam at Roland Garros this year.


Humble Rafa Says:

Thanks for the love. Pray for me. 6 beatings in a row take its toll. I am not like the Arrogant One, put a smiley face on it. It sucks :)


Raging bull Says:

Nole recovered magically after the exhausting third set against Murray purely with the help of illegal energy boosters.

But is Nole the only one using illegal energy boosters ????

NO is the answer…..these things are quite common in tennis.

Murray too got some magic drink from his new coach and he too recovered for the fifth set. But the difference was Nole’s was better.

I am with Ben Pronin on this one. ALL players including my own favorite and Federer have gained a lot with these illegal energy boosters.

But I dont complain….it makes it better for the viewers.

Without this I would have not seen the teenage Rafa thrash the prime Fed…..and I would have not seen the 30 year old taking out prime Nole during last years FO.


Dory Says:

Years ago I saw DjokerNole defeat Nadal for the first time at Miami 2007 hard courts very convincingly and that’s when what I thought “Hey this guy knows exactly what needs to be done to beat Nadal. He will be big some day.” That’s now a reality. :) GO NOVAK!!!!


Kimberly Says:

I want to say I think rafa but I think raging bull has it right I keep alternating between hopeful and then remember last year and already depressed over the loss. Hopefully rafa is more confident than I am! I wrote him a note on Facebook that he’s going to win it! Figure every vote of confidence helps! Maybe? Who knows? Maybe Sean and Jamie psychic jinx will help. I’ll take anything at this point! I just can’t predict Novak to win feel too disloyal but can’t write rafa when it’s not really what I think.


Nims Says:

I believe AO is Rafa’s best chance, since he would consider himself a underdog. Rafa is at his best when he considers himself an underdog (not says since he always claims he is an underdog). Two reasons why Rafa’s mind should be more clear against Nole compared to last year

1) He is not going for his career slam like he did last year.
2) He is not the number 1, which Rafa is clearly not comfortable with current 52-week system. He plays his best tennis when he is No 2. He puts himself too much pressure being No 1, specifically when he is defending the titles.
3) All the pressure on Novak, since Rafa has more points already in the year reaching the finals compared to his QF results last year.

I think these play a big role in their matches, since matches against Top 4 playes are won mentally more than skills.


Kimberly Says:

See Jamie, if the psychic predicted right after Nole 2010 loss to meltzer that he would win three slams in 2011 I would be impressed. But her predicting him to win when he has won everything is not impressive her quarterfinal
Predictions were abysmal. Even Sean is doing better than her.


Eric Says:

Logic says Rafa has a big edge in the physical preparedness department. Logic also says Djokovic did indeed win six in a row for a reason. It’s a pity that in the top of tennis we have a system where Roger owns Djokovic (let’s not kid ourselves; he should have closed out both those USO semis), Djokovic now owns Rafa, and Rafa owns Roger.. makes things exciting, but a bit too matchup-dependent.

I say Nole in three or four or Rafa in four or five. Probably Nole.


Raging bull Says:

Eric Says:

Roger owns Djokovic

January 28th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Great Joke.


sar Says:

Eric, what are their lifetime head to heads?


Kimberly Says:

All right, what is everyone’s plan? Waking up? Not waking up? Not going to sleep?


Humble Rafa Says:

I am going to sleep during the match. Not worth staying up. First set will say it all.


jane Says:

Kimberly, I think I might sleep and record. But the problem – same with Muzza match – is that I *have to* check the scores before I watch, which eliminates some of the thrill/nerves, although even when I know the score I still find myself freaking out. LOL.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Kimberly, I’m getting up and watching a replay in the AM. To be honest, I am such a wimp that I would prefer to peak at the score first and if it’s too bad, not watch until later. My husband insists we not look at the score though (if I know I won’t be able to keep it to myself!) and I told him he’d better prepare for me to be a nervous wreck the whole time. I’m like you , hoping Rafa has more confidence than I do. I want to believe, but last year was just disappointment after disappointment. By the USO, though, I was just happy Rafa got a set!


Kimberly Says:

Last night I intended to wake up but I didn’t and by the result im glad I slept!


Kimberly Says:

Not just cause she lost but because it was such a terrible match.


Humble Rafa Says:

By the USO, though, I was just happy Rafa got a set!

So was I. I have the same goal for today. 1 winning set, 1 lost tie break, 2 breadsticks..hopefully no bagels.


Humble Rafa Says:

Did Vika really get admitted to some “scream club” that some organization promised? Anyone know?


Michael Says:

Rafa owns Roger and that is for sure looking at their H2H. But I do not think Roger owns Novak. Lately it has been Novak who has been getting the better of him in all major finals including the Australian and US Open. However, we can argue with merit that Roger plays Novak well than Rafa. In Tennis it is all about match-ups. But unfortunately for Roger, his problem with Rafa is further compounded by the fact that he is his biggest rival and also the second best player in his era.


Michael Says:

Does anyone know as to why Novak has not given his pre-match interview before the finals ??? Rafa has already done that.


marrisv Says:

I am going to watch the replay in the AM. Hopefully Rafa surprises me. But keeping my expectation very low…


Raging bull Says:

If we are to use the word “owns”, it has to be ONLY with Rafa vs Fed.

But in the present scenario Nole owns everyone on tour including Rafa and Roger.


marrisv Says:

Nole owns everyone on tour I agree. On hard courts when he is 100% , Murray is the only one I would bet on having a chance to beat him.


marrisv Says:

@Michael I think maybe only Rafa gave his presser again because when he gave his initial interview the other finalist was not determined


skeezerweezer Says:

Raging bill,

That is laughable. U still tryin to twist ways so your fav is above it all.

Rafa holds a “owned” record. 6 finals, 6 consectuvie losses to the same guy. Historical.


skeezerweezer Says:

@Nima

All the pressure on Novak? Why? He has already thumped Rafa time and time again this past year. All the pressure is on Rafa no doubt. He is the one who has something to prove now, not Nole who has a winning streak against the beast in finals. The results so far prove that Rafa has no answer. This is how Rafa will win; Novak will have a bad day executing, or breathing. Any other assumption is folly. Rafa has to come with something different. What is it? Moonballing doesn’t work, so hopefully a heavier racket some how will?


Michael Says:

Marrisv,

But the two finalists are supposed to give an interview before the finals ? I do not know why Nole has not given his interview ??


Michael Says:

True the only way Rafa can beat Novak is when he has a very bad day in Office and is ailing with some physical problem.


Nims Says:

@skeezerweezer

I know Novak is coming in with a winning streak. But that does not mean he is not going to have any pressure. He needs to defend his points. History has shwon that it’s not easy to defend titles, specially in GS. unless you are superior in the surface (like pete (grass) or roger or rafa (clay)). I do not see Nole having such a big advantage against Nadal with respect to surface.

They play almost a similar game, and now it’s only a myth that Nadal does not perform well on HC’s. These HC’s are too slow in the evening and the balls are heavier which helps Rafa with his Topspin.


jane Says:

They may have to close the roof. There are showers, or at least a chance of them, in the forecast. It’s very hot presently, but it’s only 5:30, and the final doesn’t start for a couple of hours.


Andrea Says:

Not staying up. Nadal has way more to prove and would love to get the novak monkey off his back. I’m rooting for Novak to continue hs finals dominance over nadal. Just because….


Wog boy Says:

Very hot and humid, hottest day so far. Who benefits? Rafa?


Wog boy Says:

Jane, it is going to stay pretty hot, they say from 8pm to midnight it will drop only 4 degrees, from 33 to 29.


jane Says:

What about rain Wog Boy?


Wog boy Says:

Correction, from 33 to 27, six degrees.


Wog boy Says:

Possible showers, but not likely. Humidity will go from 35% at about 8pm to 60% at about midnight.


Wog boy Says:

Could anybody tell me what was temperature and humidity in Miami last year when they played final?


jane Says:

Thanks for the update Wog Boy. I was kind of wondering what the conditions would be like were it to rain and they closed the roof. It might (?) benefit Nole, although he has always loved outdoor hard courts. Anyhow, have to sleep and record the match. Unless I wake up in the middle of the night, in which case I am doomed to remain awake and check on the match, as I will be too curious not to do so. Enjoy, and Ajde Nole!


Wog boy Says:

Good night, wish you to wake up with good news .

Jim Courier said, just now, Djokovic in five. Do consider that jinx or not :-)


Humble Rafa Says:

Dear Rafa Nation,

Pray for me. 1 set, 1 tie break is all I ask.


Krishna Says:

starts at 1230 AM for me..I will be up all night watching it.. :) ..I am already dead tired from staying up till almost 3 am watching Azarenka hammer Sharapova last night :)

I pick Nole in 4.. it is simply a matchup problem.. and Rafa wont have any chance of winning unless Nole crumbles either mentally or physically..


nadalista Says:

skeezerweezer Says:

@Nima

This is how Rafa will win; Novak will have a bad day executing, or breathing.

………….oh great, you’ve chimed in with an excuse for Novak should he lose. Rafa’s excuse is, oops sorry……..forgot he is not allowed excuses, he’s just not good enough!!


Borg Says:

This is the real rivalry in Tennis. If it is Federer Vs Nadal, the result is already a foregone conclusion. But here it is a true rivalry which is interesting.


Borg Says:

Poor GOAT (as he wishes to call himself despite the slaughter of Nadal) wanted to win another Grand slam but Rafa denied him yet again. That is our man Rafa – the man of the moment who has shamed the so-called GOAT bleeding and weeping.


Angel Says:

Ranging Bull and Humble Rafa, Nadal has never beaten Federer 6 times in a row. Nobody has dominated so many times in a row lately to another player how Nole has done to Nadal. So if somebody owns to another player right now is Nole to Rafa. And guess what you are about to see the seven straight victory in a row. Enjoy it.


Borg Says:

Angel -

8-2 in majors not enough ??????? Do you remember that 2008 French Open finals when Rafa won with a bagel. Tennis in its history has seen so many rivalries in the past but not so much lop sided as the one between Federer and Nadal where it stands at 9-18.


Angel Says:

I’m talking about victories in a row anywhere and evrywhere. And Borg even if you don’t like it, Federer is going to be remembered as The Greatest Of All Times, that’s what people are going to remember in a 100 years not a stupid head to head.


roy Says:

as for the owning comments. nole has owned rafa for one season only. if it continues this season it becomes official ownage. but at the moment it clearly doesn’t compare to the rafa dominance of federer, which has lasted for years. check the head to heads also.


Borg Says:

Angel –

Federer as GOAT. That is what he wants everyone to think. But the truth is he is not that good.


Angel Says:

Hahahaha you are insane Borg, 16 GRAND SLAM is not that good. Come on.


Raging bull Says:

Angel,

Rafa thrashed Federer 5 times in a row (covering all three surfaces and three different slams) when he was just 21 and Federer was 26.

Rafa has now beaten Federer 5 consecutive times (and still counting) in slams.

NOBODY has beaten Rafa more than twice in slams !!!!!!!!!!!!

Nole is trying to become the first one ever to beat Rafa thrice in slams.


Raging bull Says:

Federer, Djokovic and Murray have just 2 wins each against Rafa in slams.

Rafa has inflicted nearly 15 thrashings to these three…..with Federer being the luckiest one to receive 8 of them.


Angel Says:

Ranging Bull,
The truth is that Rafa has never dominated this sport no even close as Federer has done, and eventhough Nadal represents a bad match up for Federer, that doesn’t represent that Nadal is a better tennis player than Federer. As I said before even if you don’t like it I would say it again. It doesn’t matter how many time Nadal beats Federer, Nadal is gonna be remembered as just another great player and Roger Federer is gonna pass to tennis history as The Greatest of All Times. Accept it and right now I’m gonna enjoy how Nole is gonna kick Nadal’s butt. Bye.


Mark Onyango Says:

Djokovic to win it in four..


Raging bull Says:

Rafa has found a real rival in the form of Nole. Lets wait and see whether Nole distinguishes himself from the rest of the pack and gets a winning record over him.


S Green Says:

I think this will be a battle of endurance if Djoko does not take 2 out of first 3 sets. In those 1st three sets, if Djoko proves his supremacy of skill, he will win his 5th major and own Rafa’s mind for quite a while. Or else, Rafa will regain his 2010 moments.


S Green Says:

I think this will be a battle of endurance if Djoko does not take 2 out of first 3 sets. In those 1st three sets, if Djoko proves his supremacy of skill, he will win his 5th major and own Rafa’s mind for quite a while. Or else, Rafa will regain his 2010 moments.


S Green Says:

To put differently, whoever wins 2 out of first 3 wins the match, and for this reason it will be more a match of skill than endurance.


S Green Says:

One first serve out of 5 in for Djoko. Rafa looks fired up from the beginning.


carlo Says:

Solid service game from Nole to open.

Rafa has his rocket serve?


S Green Says:

Rafa with first point with an ace. He wins first game in love, as opposed to Djoko losing two points in his first.
This shows how prepared Rafa is.


Fed is God Says:

I cannot imagine what would happen if Nadal somehow beats Novak today.
Nadal stopped Federer when he was his best.
Can Nadal stop Novak when he is at his best ?
If he does, he will go on to reach 16 slams quite easily.
Novak, please stop Nadal.


S Green Says:

Rafa has looked better than Djoko in the first 2 games.
Now in the 3rd, Djoko goes down 0-30.
He gets only 1 first serve in this game, yet Djoko holds.


carlo Says:

Well. Nadal is.missing long and Djokovic dumping shots into net…

Djokovic twisted his right ankle. oh, no.


carlo Says:

it’s 2-2

but I’m worried about Nole.


S Green Says:

Rafa’s wide-angle serve appears to be back, and it is scary.
Djoko hurts his angle.
Rafa holds his 2nd service game by losing only 1 point.
So far most early indications are on Rafa’s side.


Fed is God Says:

Oh no !!!
Inside out FH is working for Rafa, ominous signs


S Green Says:

Are there Djokovic fans on this site, real ones? If there are, where are they?


carlo Says:

Nole moving fine? and serves and ace, then hits wide

deuce

ajde nole!

but Nadal has a bp


Kimmi Says:

djokovic serve is taken to 30-30 and now deuce too many time.

now adv rafa


Fed is God Says:

FH, BH and serve are working well for Nadal.


contemperory Says:

So far, Nadal looking the better of the two.


Fed is God Says:

oh no


carlo Says:

They are hiding or sleeping, S Green

battle at deuce. Nadal really trying to get the break…

another bp for Rafa after a 20 shot rally


Kimmi Says:

Oooops, bad miss. wake up nole


carlo Says:

Rafa with the Break

ajde nole!

come on…


Fed is God Says:

I hope it follows the pattern of Federer-Nadal matches where Federer would come out firing and slowly fade away and lose the match hopelessly.


S Green Says:

Djoko faces deuce, with an wild forehand wide, and Rafa passes him to earn first BP.
Rafa misses return. Deuce.
Ace from Djoko, a timely. Game point. 2nd serve.
Djoko misses an easy BH. Deuce.
After a tiring rally, Djoko throws another BH into the net and 2nd BP for Rafa. Another easy BH rushed long and Djoko becomes victim of his own error.
The 1st set is already slipping away from Djoko. I am worried.


carlo Says:

oh hello, Kimmi!


Fed is God Says:

Nadal looks cool and relaxed


carlo Says:

Djokovic not on his game, yet.

ajde Nole!

and as I type, Nole proves me wrong with nice play at net passing Nadal

BP NOLE! ajde


S Green Says:

Rafa saves BO, using wide serve and 1-2 punch.
Recall US Open 2010?


Fed is God Says:

I think by now Nadal would have already hit more FH DTL winners in this match that all his six losses combined.


S Green Says:

Djoko was playing smart in this game, but with an wild forehand, Djoko wastes his BP opportunity.


Kimmi Says:

Hi carlo, djokovic is making errors. bad errors. not good. I came out a little slow. hope fully he will warm up

Good return.


Kimmi Says:

ah, what did i write up there..never mind. adje nole. bad bad miss.


Fed is God Says:

FH winners are now flowing for Nadal.


S Green Says:

However, Djoko earns another BP.
He is trying to play with mind at times, but again mistimes forehand to squander this chance.
Deuce 4, 6th game, 1st set.
Rafa is varying his serve, this time down the T ace. Game point.
Back to deuce as Djoko drop volleys beautifully.
Serve to the body. Game point.
Djoko misses BH wide.
Rafa holds to lead 4-2. He has the set under control.


carlo Says:

the slo mo shot shows Nadal looking like he’s standing in a shower out there. Must be super humid.

Rafa holds after i think, 5 deuces. long, hard service game.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is on his ultimate best. He can’t play better than this. Forehand winners at will. Serves excelent.

Djoko needs to raise a little, he did a forehand crosscourt miss on BP that he shouldn’t and could be even.


Pietje Says:

Novak seems unsettled out there. Way too many UE’s
I think that service game hold from Nadal will prove to be crucial.


contemperory Says:

First comfortable hold by Djokovic. Already 44 mts into the first set, looks like we are in for a minimum 3 hour match. Matches involving Nadal always have lots of rallies and take lots of time to finish due to the physical nature of the game being played.


carlo Says:

10 winners from Nadal; 9 from Nole – more ue’s by nole…i missed that stat.

Nole held serve quickly but he’s behind a break :(

ajde!


Daniel Says:

Indeed. The last 4 matches Nadal was always atarting strongly , Djoko holding and than assuming the match. Nadal was always playng behind. This time he looks confident.


S Green Says:

In the 7th game, Djoko switches to speed-play and holds easily for the 1st time.
I think that is how he should continue to play, of course whenever he can.


van orten Says:

But the moment nole stops making so many errors nadal will be in trouble..


S Green Says:

Carlo, Djoko has more than twice as many UEs than Rafa. In the last count, 6-14.


Ajet Says:

c’mon djoker, FIGHT!!!
but not looking good for djoker.

Rafa wins in 3 or 4 sets! :(


Daniel Says:

Djoko is missing some returns he shouldn’t.
His game is not quite there yet.

And why is he not going for Nadal’s backhand?! This match so far is all Nadal’s forehand.


carlo Says:

deuce on Rafa’s serve

here we go, ajde Nole – get this back

BP NOLE!


Nims Says:

Nole is missing so many FH’s which were his money shots last year. Is he struggling with the timing or fatigue. If it’s timing, he can get it back. But if it’s due to fatigue, this match is probably gone for him.


carlo Says:

ah no. deuces and counting…Nadal fighting to hold his lead at 4-3

a 3rd bp for Nole


Pietje Says:

Nadal’s serving is making the difference thus far for him. Good smart serving on the big points.

Something in the match is lacking, dunno what


Daniel Says:

Back to same o same oh!


carlo Says:

Nole gets it! nadal broken


Ajet Says:

There’s hardly a player who wins a slam final giving away the first set. Whoever wins 1st set, gonna win it! And I think Nadal’s gonna win the 1st set and the match!
Hopefully I’m wrong and Djoker fights back, but not likely if he loses 1st set.


Pietje Says:

Geez what did Rafa do there??? So many UE’s in one game. He shouldn’t look at what Roger does to him…


S Green Says:

Another break point for Djoko but misses chance to level at 4-4. But he earns another one, with high looping BH.
Wide angle serve saves Rafa. USO 2010 edition.
Yet, 3rd BP for Djoko, smart play to push Rafa wide and wins next point with a deep return.
4-4.
We have a match.


Nims Says:

Rafa is too nervous. He is unable to hit the balls with same conviction as he started the match. Very very important hold for Novak.


Ajet Says:

Fight Djoker FIGHT!!!


S Green Says:

0-30. Djoko needs to hold here, but can he?


Pietje Says:

Novak is not confident enough to go for the big shots. Little too passive there; 0-30


Ajet Says:

take the 1st set djoker, please please please!!!


Daniel Says:

Luck saved Djoko’s a$*


Ajet Says:

May Djoker’s @$$ be saved! ;)


carlo Says:

Nole is not moving as well as I’ve seen him.

struggling to hold serve and does make it 40-30

but i’m holding my breath until he holds…

and he does! yes. nole. 5-4


S Green Says:

Thanks to the net chord.
First down. 2nd down after a long fight. 30 all.
Wide angle serve and 1-2 punch. Game point and Djoko holds.
Big, big hold for Djoko.
5-4.


Ajet Says:

c’mon nadal, give him just 3 sets here! that’s all I could ask from you! ;)


Daniel Says:

From the Moment Djoko was patient enough to go after Nadal’s backhand, the errors long started to skow up. Now he is 5-4, had BP in both Nadal’ last service games and i he breaks will take the first ser in similar fashion as we dis last year, breaking fir the set.


Ajet Says:

get that 1st set djoker, soon!


S Green Says:

Daniel, agreed, patient and smart play.


rose Says:

novak got this in the bag.slam # 5 for novak :-)


Ajet Says:

nadal’s such a bloody fighter! I’m never sure when he would go on a rampage and destroy his opponent! djoker better be careful and break him!


S Green Says:

Wow, Djoko fails to return all three and Rafa has 3 Game Points.
But Djoko wins next 2 points.
But Rafa gets to blast a couple of FH to hold. 5-5.


S Green Says:

Rafa is showing more will to win the set.


Ajet Says:

sadly, looks like rafa’s winning this set.


carlo Says:

aargh. bp nadal


carlo Says:

6-5 nadal serving. ugh


Kimmi Says:

bad miss..djokovic not there! adv rafa


Pietje Says:

Ouch, wat an easy miss by Novak there on breap point…. He is not close to himself yet


Daniel Says:

Nadal unleashed Forehands to grt the break. Can Djoko reak back?!


S Green Says:

Rafa is pulling trigger every opportunity he is given. And he breaks as Djokovic throws FH long.
6-5 for Rafa to serve for the set.
A big mistake to allow Rafa to win that 10th game without fighting.


S Green Says:

Rafa takes the 1st set in nearly 1 hr. and 20 minutes.
The way he is playing, he will likely win this final, I think.


Ajet Says:

it’s all over for djoker, it seems. the guy looks fatigued to fight.


carlo Says:

Nadal with 2 set pts


carlo Says:

ajde!

Deuce!!


S Green Says:

I take back the last post. We have deuce.


carlo Says:

good fight back to deuce from Nole

but rafa now has ad set point #3

Rafa gets it 7-5


S Green Says:

OK, Rafa takes the first set. Djoko will have to replay in the 2nd. No excuse.


Kimmi Says:

1st set rafa. djokovic need to ponder. he is missing a little more. hope he regroup and start to play like the djokovic we have seen last year.


Ajet Says:

holy crap! what a game plan by rafa! looks like he’s determined to prolong the match as long as he can so that djoker breaks down physically

moreover, djoker has now just 0-5% chance of getting back into this match. i mean, 99% of time, the one who gets 1st set also gets the match. and it’s gonna be no different here, me thinks!

bold prediction: nadal wins in 3/4 sets.


Daniel Says:

This time the bull had some answer: attack!

If Djoko manages a survial it would be epic.


S Green Says:

replay s/b reply.


carlo Says:

Djokovic isn’t done, that was a warm-up set.

Reset yourself Nole, come on!!


mat4 Says:

@Kimmi:

It seems to me that Murray has won that match for Rafa.


Ajet Says:

I mean 99% of time, the one who gets 1st set in a GS final, also gets the match.


Ajet Says:

”mat4 Says:
@Kimmi:

It seems to me that Murray has won that match for Rafa.”

well said!!!


van orten Says:

Djoker had chances…


Daniel Says:

Djoko needs an early break to relax some more and achieve his best. It is still a tense match.


Ajet Says:

”Daniel Says:
If Djoko manages a survial it would be epic.”

may be even more than epic, would be kinda biblical if nole gets back!!!

but right now i’d bet my money on rafa to take the title without any hesitation.


tfouto Says:

Tio early to put a grave on Djoko yet…


Ajet Says:

tense only if you’re djoker supporter, i can already visualise rafans celebrating with beer!


Daniel Says:

Djoko had only 1 return winner. He can attack the scecond serve more.


S Green Says:

Djoko’s backhand is not as much a weapon as it was last year.
I mentioned this a couple of days ago. The imbalance was due to his over reliance on forehand. Especially against Rafa, the strength of Djoko’s backhand would have been more effective.


Ajet Says:

it’s hard to stand the heat!


Daniel Says:

Bad return miss on 0-30


Nims Says:

Looks like Novak is following the footsteps of Roger. So many breakpoints, but can’t convert one.


Daniel Says:

Djoko had a forehand second serve and did nothing. Now Nadal saved 2 BP’s.


Ajet Says:

i think the coach of djoker by trying to teach him to be over-aggressive, excited by his last year’s success, has compromised on his tennis w.r.t rafa in particular. last year it was the real anti-nadal tennis that djoker was playing. this year, djoker’s a bit pro-nadal by trying to be pro-federeresque in approach.


Daniel Says:

Nadal’s forehand DTL today is amazing.


Ajet Says:

”Nims Says:
Looks like Novak is following the footsteps of Roger. So many breakpoints, but can’t convert one.”

COMPLETELY AGREE!


Dan Martin Says:

http://tennisabides.com/2012/01/29/2012-australian-open-mens-final-live-commentary/ live commentary – I picked Nole but Nadal has a great game plan thus far.


Ajet Says:

roger could easily take a few leaves out of rafa’s book, to see how the tables are turned in a rivalry!


Daniel Says:

This gane wouldn’t happen last year. It would be a solid break for Djoko. He has to play some points without mistakes. His return game is not there yet. He had BP is 4 Nadal serbice games and only break once.


S Green Says:

I never saw this tentative Djokovic to pull trigger in 2010 and, as a consequence, he squanders 2 break points in the 1st game of 2nd set.
This could be very well straight set win for Rafa, and firm reclaim of his 2010 crusade. Rafa era again.


Daniel Says:

Every ball that comes to Nadal’s forehand he is pounding.


Ajet Says:

whoever wants to have his @$$ handed over to him by rafa, can surely try to be federeresque in approach. for example, djoker this year trying to serve a bit by fed, as some posters were discussing here in some thread! ;)


Ajet Says:

i mean djoker trying to serve a bit like fed!


Nims Says:

Looks like it’s never going to work out for Novak today. Bad day in the office.


Ajet Says:

however, i have to think, more than anything else, fatigue is playing a part here.


Daniel Says:

This game could be 0-40. Instead he was agressive 2 times with his BH and is 30-15. Nadal is super confidant a d not tentative at all.


Ajet Says:

and by fatigue it means the emotional drainage of djoker by winning so many titles and so many matches in the previous year as well as the victory in as emotionally draining a match as the one that djoker got vs murray, it has to tell upon a guy at some point of time. everybody’s not federer who can win 3 slams thrice in a year. and the only one having the calbre to get close to repeat such a federeresque feat is rafael nadal, coz of his SUPERB MENTAL STRENGTH!


Daniel Says:

Break!!!


carlo Says:

Nole gets the BREAK!


Ajet Says:

howeer, if it is due to more of the physical fatigue than mental fatigue for djoker, due to which he’s not able to summon his best here, then I’d say: djoker has much to learn here.

and where’s jamie’s psychic btw??!! F### her!


Nims Says:

Ajet, How call last years success cause fatigue for Novak. I can understand if his match against Murray has caused fatigue for him. That’s very much possible.

Also Rafa is playing a different gameplan today. That could also be a reason why Novak probably pulling the trigger a bit yearly.


Nims Says:

Ajet, How call last years success cause fatigue for Novak. I can understand if his match against Murray has caused fatigue for him. That’s very much possible.

Also Rafa is playing a different gameplan today. That could also be a reason why Novak probably pulling the trigger a bit yearly.


The fighter Says:

Come on Rafa!!!


Ajet Says:

carlo, i think it’s too late for nole to get the break. don’t think he can come back. hopefully djoker’ll prove me wrong here though.


mat4 Says:

Nole shows a lot of heart.


carlo Says:

Nole is up 4-1 in the 2nd set, Ajet. : )

that was a strong hold of serve after breaking Nadal.

I have hope

ajde!


rose Says:

I’m confident that novak is gojng to win this ..you can see already rafa missing easy shots and unable to hold his serve easily ..novak wins the next 3 sets ..


Ajet Says:

nims, it’s mental fatigue, not physical. the pressure of defending titles, i have seen time and again taking its toll on all the guys except federer. i mean, how may guys have defended their slams won in previous years??? not even rafa has defended any slam from pevious year except FO. it’s one place where roger’ll always be heads and shoulders above rest, coz seriously the guy has defended his AO once(in 2007), wim and uso 5 times! mentally strong as well gamewise extraordinary: only federer, could do it! :D


Kimmi Says:

c’mon nole. HOLD pleeease!


Kimmi Says:

UE now is 25 for both.


S Green Says:

If Djoko wants to win the set set, he cannot afford to let Rafa hold easily here in the 8th game. He must sweat Rafa as much as he can.


Kimmi Says:

BH down the line shot from rafa is working well..hurting djokovic there


S Green Says:

That 2nd point Djoko played good. But he did not do well in the next point, so Rafa is 2 points from holding here.


S Green Says:

That was a deep serve return from Djoko. 30-30.


S Green Says:

What happened there was the sticky surface caused Djoko to stumble and miss. But in the next return, he takes chances and deuce. Good work, so far in this game.


Nims Says:

Ajet: Below was my comment earlier before the match started:

@skeezerweezer

I know Novak is coming in with a winning streak. But that does not mean he is not going to have any pressure. He needs to defend his points. History has shwon that it’s not easy to defend titles, specially in GS. unless you are superior in the surface (like pete (grass) or roger or rafa (clay)). I do not see Nole having such a big advantage against Nadal with respect to surface.

So, it’s understandable. But I don’t think it’s fatigue. Yeah some pressure I agree.


Kimmi Says:

that was poor umpiring. rafa challenging after a djokovic return winner.


Nims Says:

Novak is not able to string together few points together well. He is playing some great ones and missing easy ones.

His return game is also not as consistent as it used to be. He is returning some great ones, but misses are more compared to his standard.


Nims Says:

Just wondering what that passive return at break point. Something like Roger’s return.


Kimmi Says:

missing bad..ooops. c’mon HOLD!


S Green Says:

Now Djoko earns BP and 1st set point, but Rafa employs wide angle to deuce it. Djoko tries to pound on the serve, and Rafa holds. 5-3.
Hope Djoko holds.


S Green Says:

Go Djoko and win the 2nd set.


Kimmi Says:

missing lots of FH on the net djokovic..aaargh!


carlo Says:

set point Djokovic!


carlo Says:

from set points (2) to nadal break point


Fed is God Says:

This guy is a BEAST


Kimmi Says:

break back point..oh dear. cant find first serve either. not good.

WOW! DF..big Ooooops


carlo Says:

oh my god. Df nole

nadal breaks : (


Daniel Says:

Chokovic, what was that. 40-15 and he loses the game after 4 straight points. At least he has a good enough return game to try break for the set at 4-5. He had 3 set point aready. 1 on 2-5 and 2 more on his serve.


Kimmi Says:

Hoping nole breaks here..he needs to go all out. c;mon nole.


S Green Says:

What misery to waste 2 set points and be broken with a double fault. Djoko is not playing his shots right/ choosing spots when he needed to, and that is the difference maker.


Daniel Says:

Seems Djoko is wanting to lose this match.


Ajet Says:

don’t call god, it won’t work. the only thing that can work in djoker’s favour is fearless tennis


Daniel Says:

Nadal missed 3 serves


carlo Says:

It did appear to be a choke. and Rafa has the momentum, I must admit it now. But, not giving up. A tie break is coming. or maybe Nole can break back. ajde nole!


Ajet Says:

djoker must have thought he’d harness by practice a reliable and devastating FH like roger/rafa, but that’s not realistic! rather he should have kept his BH in tact so that he would have chances against rafa, coz it’s always good to focus on your natural strengths first!


Ajet Says:

tiebreak, if played, you can trust me that rafa’d take it!!!


carlo Says:

i love it, jelena loves it, it was a dtl winner for Nole. 4th set point

LOL, nadal DF!!!

Nole has the set, just like that!


Kimmi Says:

aaaah, DF from rafa to give away the set. same waht happened to djokovic earlier.

Goo Nole


S Green Says:

Rafa’s turn to be broken with double, and finally Djoko wins the 2nd set, after 4 set points.
1-1 set all.
Long way to go, if Djoko continues to play with clarity of thought and smartness.


mat4 Says:

Djokovic is deadly tired. Nadal is deadly afraid.


Ajet Says:

oh yeah! :D


carlo Says:

That 2nd set was a mess.


Daniel Says:

Even better to break and start serving the third.

Nadal sjowing under pressure, a Double Fault long on set point against.

Status quo shifted. This is long but disn’t lolk as physical demanding as their previois matches as both are being ery agressive.


Ajet Says:

”mat4 Says:
Djokovic is deadly tired. Nadal is deadly afraid”

PERFECT ASSESSMENT!


Ajet Says:

nadal still has 95% chances of winning it. djoker is still playing catch up after all.


Ajet Says:

I’d like nadal to be generous to djoker.


S Green Says:

The 3rd set will be the decider, like I said at the beginning.
Great performance from Djoko to open the 3rd set, with a love game.


rose Says:

typical nadal ~novak match lately messing up when it counts .rafa is feeling exactly the same way federer feels when he plays against him…congrats novak ..no doubt now that you are reclaiming you australia open ..


Ajet Says:

it’s already 2.5 hrs plus of bone paining tennis.


Ajet Says:

”S Green Says:
The 3rd set will be the decider, like I said at the beginning.
Great performance from Djoko to open the 3rd set, with a love game.”

let’s see.


S Green Says:

Ajet, honestly, in the 1st 2 games of the 3rd, Djoko is reminding me of 2011.


tfouto Says:

Gosh, I hate Nadal game, so ugly fugly…


carlo Says:

Nole is coming around, I do think it, yes, yes!


Daniel Says:

Nadal doesn’t have an easy hold since 1st set. If Djoko tqhingle a few things in his game and pull te trigger at the right time, he can recal his title. Nadal will have to return to agressive first set, but it’s cost him some errors as well.


Nims Says:

Nadal is closing on breaking Novak’s serve now. Novak with all his miseries with 1st serve % and FH errors is still going toe-to-toe with Rafa.


Daniel Says:

Agree S Green. If Nole stop missing some returns he will be even more dangerous. Some first serves of Nadal are just to put the ball in play.


contemperory Says:

Nole looking better than the first set. A slight improvement from Nole will make him the AO champion.


Daniel Says:

Yes Nims. This match is only close because Novak is not in Wimby/US Open form and Nadal is more agressive. This comes to show that even an agressive Nadal can’t hadle Djokovic. But is still pretty soon to tell


carlo Says:

lol, “more bananas please?”


Daniel Says:

See, easy return on second serve missed


Daniel Says:

3 second serves and Djoko only won 1 point. He cab’t afford that


Daniel Says:

Sometimes looks like Djoko return first serves better:).

BP for him.


Ajet Says:

oh sh#t, c’mon djoker, just get the break and hold and get another break and hold!


S Green Says:

From here on, the match is switching from skoll to endurance, and Djoko is doing slightly better than Nadal. In other words, Djoko is out-Nadaling Nadal, to some extent.


Kimmi Says:

BREEEAK!


Ajet Says:

did djoker break???


carlo Says:

Nole has the break!

3-1 Djokovic!


S Green Says:

And as a result Djoko breaks right on his first opportunity to lead 3-1 in the 3rd. I am loving it.


carlo Says:

still a long way from the end. i’m tired.


Nims Says:

Yes Daniel. definitely aggressive Nadal is not a given to beat Novak since he is not a naturally aggressive player.

But i’m wondering what’s so good with Novak’s FH to Rafa’s FH. Rafa makes so many mistakes when Novak hits a hard FH to Rafa, wheras Roger whose FH considered to be probably the best in the game comes back quite easily. Is it the depth of Novak’s FH or his consistently where he can keep pounding it compared to Roger’s. Roger’s FH breaks when the return comes back consistently.


Ajet Says:

good, i like that. C’MON DJOKER!!!

sorry for questio guys, but i kep asking things coz I’m not waching it from tv. so keep live commenting and keep bearing with my anxiety.


Kimmi Says:

ajet -”oh sh#t, c’mon djoker, just get the break and hold and get another break and hold!”

easy huh? nole just do that please.


Nims Says:

Looks like Novak’s above average game is pretty big for Nadal. Probably Novak’s level needs to be at 60% for Nadal to win. That’s how it looks now, since Novak is probably playing at 80% of his capacity.


carlo Says:

Djokovic go go cruise..take this set.

ajde

4-1


Kimmi Says:

Ajet, you are missing some match. djoko is on song at the moment. a love hold. bring it.


Ajet Says:

keep breaking rafa dear djoker! ;)


S Green Says:

Holds in love to lead 4-1 in the crucial 3rd set. I love this Djokovic.


Daniel Says:

Hum, first love game since 1st set. Nadal had deuce or BP in all his game since the end of first set. Even the game he hold for the set Djoko had BP. Looking like the last matches from now on.

This hold for Nadal is crucial because he can lose this set ugly oterwise.


Daniel Says:

Djoko looking relaxed and at ease for the first time in the match.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i just love seeing the nadal game under pressure.


Nims Says:

The return game of Novak against Rafa on the break game was unreal. He is zoning on his returns now and being bit more consistent and attacking.

Is it a pattern that Novak’s return game is at his best after second set ie starting from 3rd set. I saw this on USO semi against Roger too.


tennisfansince76 Says:

chance for double break. don’t leave that on the table


Ajet Says:

kimmi:

i would rather go on missing every victory of nole over nadal than watch nadal beat djoker even once (IN SLAMS). ;)


Ajet Says:

”tennisfansince76 Says:
i just love seeing the nadal game under pressure.”

same here :D


Daniel Says:

Djoko too relaxed and kind of give away this games with 2 return misses and fh error.


Kimmi Says:

a let off for rafa on that last game. djoko needs to HOLD here again.


S Green Says:

Djoko played a clumsy game here, the 6th game of 3rd set (4-2). He has to be careful in his service game, suddenly.


Kimmi Says:

LOVE game. YES!! c’mon nole. keep pressing the accelerator.


S Green Says:

Another love (3rd in the 3rd set) to lead 5-2. Djokovic says, no problem, “marveeloous.”


contemperory Says:

Great to see someone owning Nadal:) All Fed fans should feel happy to see that, right? Djokovic has been serving much better than the first two sets and the results are starting to come now.


Daniel Says:

Another love hold. This gives he freedom to attack Nadal’s game. When the returns get in and he doesn’t make atackin errors, he breaks. Nadal is under enourmes pressure when he serve, all the time. This must be draining him which make him return to his moto and forget his first ser game plan.


Ajet Says:

i just hope djoker takes the 3rd set. then no matter what happens, win or lose, at least djoker can hold his head high for having given it his all. not exactly shameful to lose to a champion like rafa.

that said:

I’m more 250% rooting for djoker to win it! that may or may not happen. but i’m for nole, had alwys been, while he’s facing rafa, and that’s not just for the sake of fed’s record remaining in tact, to be honest! ;) it’s also a lot to do with djoker’s game being more aestheticlly pleasing to eyes. :)


carlo Says:

It’s not the commanding performance from Djokovic that many of us are wanting to see but the man is getting it done, slowly, surely. Definitely not out of danger though.

Nadal loses this set, I expect him to fight hard in the 4th.


rose Says:

lol federer better send novak some flowers ..novak improving his level at this time was the best thing that could ever happen to the swiss maestro otherwise rafa could of be claiming his 13 grandslam today ..but the way novak is playing I think he is going to pass federer record for sure …we are looking to the real GOAT people ..


mat4 Says:

This guy, this is not Rafa. Maybe Troicki disguised in Rafa.

@Humble: A nickname for you: LadyServe


Kimmi Says:

What a FH. YEEEES! third set in the bag. rafa is rattled.


Ajet Says:

djoker, just finish it in the 4th, if you can!


Daniel Says:

Nims,
Fed’s backhand is flat, with the ball low making it easier to madal pull it up, literally. Djoko hits with spin which makes Nadal miss hits and shank the ball all ober the court. Is a heavy spin ball. The Federer is a flat heavy ball.


S Green Says:

Triple break/ set points for Djoko. Amazing.
He takes the 3rd set with a big forehand down the line.
I am absolutely loving it.


carlo Says:

Beauty forehand winner

3rd set Djokovic!

*sigh*


tennisfansince76 Says:

a 6/2 third set. decisive. Rafa is looking haunted


Ajet Says:

exactly, novak’s still in a LOT of danger. the match is still firmly in rafa’s grip.


carlo Says:

LOL Matt4, Mr.”Lady Serve”


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Daniel Djoker actually hits a pretty flat BH. his FH has a lot of topspin


Daniel Says:

I do ‘t know id anubody already postes, but couldn’t believe Nadal’s gamesmanhip when Djoko hi a bh return winner and Tony made an out signal to Nadal and Nadal challenged hia on serve (wanting to ve out) just to not give the winner to Djoko. Eventually his serve was good and he lost the point. Djoko was pissed off and missed the set point. It was when Nadal serve under 2-5 second set. Bizarre!!


Kimmi Says:

what a point..go noleeee!


tennisfansince76 Says:

poor Nadal. the things that wok aginst others don’t wprk against Djoker


contemperory Says:

@Rose: Don’t be too optimistic that Novak will break Roger’s records, its too too early to talk about it.

Nadal was serving at close to 50% in the third set, and Novak was serving pretty well.


S Green Says:

The match is not over until one player wins 3 set, so do not start celebrating yet, guys.


Daniel Says:

It was suppose to be Fed’s forehand. Sorry


tennisfansince76 Says:

maybe i’m petty. but i love seeing that “What do I have to do to win a pt look”


tennisfansince76 Says:

on Nadal that is


S Green Says:

From two game points to deuce, what the heck is happening? Djoko cannot be this careless, not until it is over.


Ajet Says:

”contemperory Says:
@Rose: Don’t be too optimistic that Novak will break Roger’s records, its too too early to talk about it.”

it’s called preparing to cook even before grains have ben sowed. just wait until this match ends! djoker has not won even this match yet, so you better avoid building castles in the air!


Daniel Says:

This game could be crucial for Nadal. If he gets broken right after…


Ajet Says:

”contemperory Says:
@Rose: Don’t be too optimistic that Novak will break Roger’s records, its too too early to talk about it.”

it’s called preparing to cook even before grains have ben sowed. just wait until this match ends! djoker has not won even this match yet, so you better avoid building castles in the air!

I’m saying this with reference to the point put forth by rose that djoker may match fed’s tally


S Green Says:

I like Djoko showing emotions and fist pumping toward his box to express determination as the finish line is 5-game win away.


Kimmi Says:

rafa is determined here..nole dont let him back please.


Ajet Says:

break please djoker, break him, not once, but twice! finish the match in the 4th set itself, otherwise you fierce opponent may take this match away from you!


Ajet Says:

”Kimmi Says:
rafa is determined here..nole dont let him back please.”

I concur!


Nims Says:

Daniel: Fed’s backhand is flat, with the ball low making it easier to madal pull it up -

I was talking about Roger’s FH not his BH. Also the advantage for Nodal against Roger’s BH is the pace. Roger cannot hit a clean winner or offensive shot from his BH. It’s more likely a shot to keep him in the point. But Novak’s is as good as his FH.


Kimmi Says:

great hold. rafa will fight tooth and nail here.


Daniel Says:

Good hold by Nadal. Live to fight another game.

Ig Nole wants to win he will have to take form it, beacuse the bull ain’t gonna go down without a fight. Thia we know.


S Green Says:

Rafa shows a great fighting spirit to hold. 1-1, 4th set. He is still in this match, I think.


Ajet Says:

oh, i’m always pissed off to see nadal’s resistance! he’s not gonna let you win any point easy!


Kimmi Says:

love game. great. now look for break.


carlo Says:

This match is somehow painful.

I do not want this to go 5 sets.

ajde nole


Ajet Says:

”Daniel Says:
Good hold by Nadal. Live to fight another game.

Ig Nole wants to win he will have to take form it, beacuse the bull ain’t gonna go down without a fight. Thia we know.

S Green Says:
Rafa shows a great fighting spirit to hold. 1-1, 4th set. He is still in this match, I think.”

can’t agree more with you guys!


Ajet Says:

”carlo Says:
This match is somehow painful.

I do not want this to go 5 sets.

ajde nole”

same here and more ajde!!!


S Green Says:

Djoko holds in love, much better, unlike facing deuce after 2 game points in the 1st game, 4th set. He is striking ball much cleaner than in the 1st 2 sets.


Kimmi Says:

what a defensive lob. rafa missed a smash. ajde nole


Ajet Says:

break him djoker, just f###### break him once or twice and hold your own serve and end this misery for me, QUICK!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Nims. Nadal’s against Fed is FH to BH. Nadal keeps hammering away w/ high heavy balls until he gets an error or a sweet soft midcourt ball that he can punish w/ the FH. even if Fed doesn’t make an error he often has troublke getting enough pace thru the court w/ his BH against Nadal’s high bouncing balls. his FH works fine against Nadal. he just may nake more errors than he likes to because he is under pressure to get more of an advantage w/ his FH than Nadal has going to hi sBH


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Nims. Nadal’s against Fed is FH to BH. Nadal keeps hammering away w/ high heavy balls until he gets an error or a sweet soft midcourt ball that he can punish w/ the FH. even if Fed doesn’t make an error he often has troublke getting enough pace thru the court w/ his BH against Nadal’s high bouncing balls. his FH works fine against Nadal. he just may nake more errors than he likes to because he is under pressure to get more of an advantage w/ his FH than Nadal has going to hi sBH


Ajet Says:

”Kimmi Says:
what a defensive lob. rafa missed a smash. ajde nole”

enuf is enuf rafa, give him breaks!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

this match is definitely not as physical as the USO final.


Nims Says:

I just do not understand what is so great about Rafa’s fighting spirit just because he holds a game. Not saying he is going to lose the match, but just holding game and fighting is what every player does. Why is that everytime Rafa needs to be appreciated as a fighter.


Pietje Says:

Well, I think Rafa will pull it off….. he is not letting down, getting more energy….


Ajet Says:

tennisfansince76:

fed’s just a mental dummy against rafa, simple as that!


contemperory Says:

Nadal playing better in the 4th, and Djokovic may be playing a bit lower level of tennis than the 3rd. Should be an intriguing set!


Kimmi Says:

rafa with 2 huge FHs in this game..c;mon nole


Nims Says:

Long rallies are going Rafa’s way in the 4th set. He is much more aggressive in the 4th set with his FH. Not sure if Novak is tired, he is giving back junk balls to NAdal now.


S Green Says:

Suddenly Rafa holds easily, losing only 1 point. 2-2. He is back. The table is turning as Djoko faces 15-30 in the 5th game, 4th set.
Nole will have to raise his level, or else Rafa will do damage.


Kimmi Says:

Phew! tricky hold but he holds :)


Ajet Says:

I think rafa tanked the 2nd and 3rd sets to preserve all his energy fo the 4th and 5th sets. I’m very concerned about djoker right now! :(


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Ajet i don;t know if i buy that. alot of the mental pressure comes when your normal patterns of play don’t produce the success they do against most players


carlo Says:

djokovic remained steady. rafa was pressing hard.

very well done, Nole.

we need a break now.


Ajet Says:

”Kimmi Says:
Phew! tricky hold but he holds :)”

thanks for the good news kimmi. now, just break djoker, break!


Ajet Says:

tennisfansince76 Says:
@Ajet i don;t know if i buy that. alot of the mental pressure comes when your normal patterns of play don’t produce the success they do against most players

AGREE!


S Green Says:

Believe me Rafa is having his 2nd wind in the middle of 4th set, better serve and more spirited strokes.
Nole will have to work harder to diffuse that.


Daniel Says:

Nims, my first post to yiu I meant forehand, Fed’s flat and Djoko has spin when he hit heavy close to the baseline. Nadal hit the “wood” several times, mishitting the court.

Agree with tennisfan


Kimmi Says:

Almost, almost a break point. rafa with a gutsy FH.


tennisfansince76 Says:

4th set i sgetting tense


Kimmi Says:

3-3 crunch time here. time for djoko to serve.


S Green Says:

30-30. a small opening for Djoko but Rafa strikes first for game point.
A great angle return earns Rafa 3-3.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nadal underr presuure but Djoker not closing the deal


Ajet Says:

who’s facing breakpoint??? not djoker hopefully!


tennisfansince76 Says:

actually Daniel Fedf hits his FH w/ heaavy top many times but flattens it out on kill shots


Ajet Says:

i think djoker must be even undr more pressure!


Kimmi Says:

no break point yet ajet. djoker nearly has a break point chance on rafa serve but…


tennisfansince76 Says:

you can clearly see how much spin Fed’s shots have when he plays a really flat hitter like Berdyych


tennisfansince76 Says:

nadal looking like he wants to surrender to the inevitable if Djoker will step up and take it.


Kimmi Says:

good hold. rafa with easy return errors. now, now, here is the chance nole.


S Green Says:

A sloppy start from Djoko, poor drop shot does not cross the net, and now Rafa is trying to do everything to break.
Scary situation.
However, Djoko earns 2 GM. 2nd serve. Rafa throws service return into the net.
Djoko holds, a crucial one. 4-3.
Now, Djoko better do everything to break. Right time to do that.


Daniel Says:

Yes tennisfan agree regarding Fed’s forehand. But jim was asking why when Fed go after Nadal forehand seems Nadal doesn’t have as much problem as agaisnt Djoko.


tennisfansince76 Says:

danger time


carlo Says:

fantastic point, Nole!!

0-40 break come on ajde


Kimmi Says:

0-40 c’moooooooooooooooooooooooon


Kimmi Says:

FH, FH, FH winner! 2 more nole c’mon


Mark Says:

Nole on the pills again!!!


Kimmi Says:

BIG serve. hmmm. one more


Kimmi Says:

wrong foot..oh no. duece


tennisfansince76 Says:

you gotta be kidding me. 3 bps down the drain and now rain


Daniel Says:

Damm, how Nadal saved this 3 BP tasting match point


Ajet Says:

nadal’ll break djoker in next game. you heard it here first!


contemperory Says:

What a hold by Rafa!!


Kimmi Says:

and he hold. wow! gutsy from rafa. what a come back.
hope nole can concentrate next.

is the crowd chanting RAFA?


Kimmi Says:

Rain, closing the roof. players have to wait. hope this will not rattle nole.


S Green Says:

Beautiful BH down the line from Djoko.
0-15.
Great rally. Djoko outplays Rafa to force BH error from Rafa.
0-30.
Huge FH into the corner.
Triple BP for Djoko.
Rafa saves 1 with a FH cross court after a rally.
15-40.
Huge serve from Rafa, wide side.
30-40.
2nd serve, and a great chance, but Rafa plays great looping top spin down the line. Deuce.
Ace earns Rafa game point.
Djoko fails to return serve.
Rafa holds 4-4.
I cannot believe Djoko could not break.
Rafa has raised his level by miles.
Can Djoko hold after those 3 missed chances?


Pietje Says:

That has won Rafa the match. Mark my words.
Novak should have gone for a little more those first 2 points. Great effort from Nadal


BT Says:

You can see the rain coming on the radar! (http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDR023.loop.shtml#skip) Why not close the roof earlier? Oh well better than the USO with no roof!

The last game was just insane. Rafa pumped!


S Green Says:

Now 10-15 minutes rain delay until the roof is closed.
Gilbert thinks it will help Rafa because the server Djoko will be under pressure, plus Rafa will receive tactical coaching from Tony.


Daniel Says:

Djoko had to hold, if he holds he will break Nadal for the title. The next game will be match determinant. Usually whi ever comes serving after an interruption is jeopardize. Remember Fed second ser versus Nadal, serving 2-5 and got broken.


Ajet Says:

”Pietje Says:
That has won Rafa the match. Mark my words.
Novak should have gone for a little more those first 2 points. Great effort from Nadal”

i also think that’s it for djoker! he can’t come back from this, that’s for sure!


dari Says:

Really- tremendous hold for rafa. Gotta love that!
Now a rain break? Sounds like a recipe for a rafa comeback, but this novak always has some surprises!


tennisfansince76 Says:

BG just mentioned that if Djoker hadn’t let so many BPs slip the match would alrady be over.


Ajet Says:

”Daniel Says:
The next game will be match determinant.”

ABSOLUTELY, and i really think nadal WILL win.


tennisfansince76 Says:

important game


Ajet Says:

and don’t blame it on bad luck of djoker if he loses the match. rafa in this last game, by holding, just took the match away from novak!


S Green Says:

Cahil thinks with the AC turned on, the condition will be slower, thus more favorable for Rafa.
Just pray, guys, that is not the case.

Daniel, thank you, for your optimism. Djoko will hold and there is hope.


BT Says:

Solid hold from Novak. Massive pressure on Nadal serve now! Exciting stuff!!!


S Green Says:

Love game for Djoko to gain the lead again 5-4. Hope Daniel is right.


Daniel Says:

Wow, the outcame of this match was shown in theis 40-0 game with authority. Nadal has no chance anymore. Maximum he can do is force a tiebreak. If he gives Djoko 2 or 3 second serves this next game he will be in trouble.


Nims Says:

Daniel..I do not think Roger’s FH is flat. Infact I remember few years back when Martina N had a practice session with Roger came back to comment about the spin he generates on his FH. As per the rpm radar I believe Roger’s is next only to Rafa few years back.

Roger has a flat FH only when he plays 1-2 punch.


Ajet Says:

well, djoker is 2times AO champ, but nadal is just a one-time AO champ. and joker was also keeping it up with nadal until the great hold by rafa! so, if rafa goes on to win the match from here, we can’t blame surface!


Nims Says:

Daniel, it’s too early to make any comment on the outcome based on one game. If somehow Nadal can win the 4th set, he is going to be ON for 5th set. I doubt Novak can stand him in the 5th set.


Daniel Says:

Nervous game by the Djoker. He won first point and misseh 3 backhands


Nims Says:

Ridiculous return game by Novak. He can’t get into rallies now.


Ajet Says:

break the serve of rafael nadal, you djoker!!!
please, holy please!


S Green Says:

0-15 as Rafa errs long with his FH.
2nd serve.
Djoko misses easy BH long.
15-15.
Big T serve.
30-15.
Another BH shank from Djoko.
40-15.
2nd serve.
Big quick forehand winner from Djoko.
40-30.
Rafa curls back great forehand after a great short rally.
Rafa holds.
5-5.


Daniel Says:

Wow, how he return this angle shots?! I thought it was deuce already.


Ajet Says:

so WTF is happening right now??? darth rafa!!!


Nims Says:

Looks like Novak is really running out of fumes. It’s either 4-setter for Novak or 5-setter for Nadal. I do not see any other option.


tennisfansince76 Says:

errors creeping back in to Djoker’s game


Daniel Says:

Nadal really raised his level, not conceed anything. Looks it eill be a classic tiebreak.


Ajet Says:

i bet you can say that djoker is physically tired now! how can he be not???!!!


Nims Says:

I think it could be a break here for Nadal.


tennisfansince76 Says:

are Novak’s feet getting heavier?


tennisfansince76 Says:

are Novak’s feet getting heavier?


Kimmi Says:

oh noooo! concentrate nole.


Nims Says:

I think it’s both his legs and hands which are heavier including his head.


tennisfansince76 Says:

tough game.


Kimmi Says:

HOLD! Crunch time..oh boy. Nole needs to break here.


Ajet Says:

daniel:

nothing classic is going to happen if it’s tiebeak. rafa’ll take it!

whatever, but after all is said and done:
WHAT A RIVALRY!!!


Nims Says:

Nadal is not conceding anything on the baseline. It’s either Novak’s winners wins him the point or hihs UFE to lose the point.

Excellent clutch play by Nadal.


S Green Says:

Djoko misses FH long cross court.
15-15.
2nd serve.
Tension.
A quick FH down the line winner from Djoko.
30-15.
2nd serve.
Djoko messes up BH cross court from far wide side.
30-30.
Gutsy BH down the line from Djoko.
Game point.
Great rally, and Rafa shanks BH into the net.
Djoko holds to lead 6-5.


tennisfansince76 Says:

put pressure on the saerve


Ajet Says:

”Nims Says:
I think it’s both his legs and hands which are heavier including his head.”

HAHAHA, spot on buddy! ;)


tennisfansince76 Says:

i smell a TB


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoker looking flat


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoker looking flat


Nims Says:

Looks like 4-th set to NAdal and the match. Novak can’t move.


Kimmi Says:

errors djokovic, tie break coming up. rafa more commanding at the moment


Daniel Says:

Djoko tires in a point he qas standing still while Nadal running.

Tiebreak!!!


S Green Says:

Rafa serving for tie breaker.
Big serve unreturned.
15-0.
Djoko throws FH long in an attempt to finish point.
Djoko shanks easy FH into the net.
40-0.
Big serve barely returned.
Rafa holds.
Tiebreaker.


Fed is God Says:

Whatever happens here, I feel Nadal has had a great match.


Ajet Says:

just finish it off djokovic! what the hell are you waiting for???!!! don’t you want long happy sex with your GF tonight??? just end the match quick with sweet victory and then pounce on her you bloody fool! ;)


Kimmi Says:

c’mon nolee


Kimmi Says:

wow what a point from rafa


Nims Says:

Commentators are talking about Rafa’s fighting qualities in the 4th set. But I thought it should be Novak who should be praised coming back from a near 5 hr match.


Ajet Says:

oh no, TB!!! :(


BT Says:

It’s now or never for Nole!


Nims Says:

Nadal is hitting some nice angles to bring in Novak and push him back. Probably he understand Novak is tired now.


Kimmi Says:

miss FH, mini break rafa


Ajet Says:

bye bye guys, nadal’ll win the match. wasted my day chatting here. could have finished a chapter by this time. bloody djoker! :/


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s precision is not the same.


Kimmi Says:

mini break back,,FH error rafa. c’mon nole


Daniel Says:

Tense as hell this beeaker and Nadal is under more pressure than Nole.


Kimmi Says:

mini break djoko..please big serve here


Kimmi Says:

WRONG FOOT..gooo nole.


tennisfansince76 Says:

sick!


Nims Says:

Can Novak find an ace now. He will have 4 setpoints.


tennisfansince76 Says:

ohhhh the pain


carlo Says:

ajde Nole! please

ah, Kimmi


BT Says:

Knife edge stuff… and its a damn sharp knife!!


Kimmi Says:

aaaaargh! miss FH, very small miss..rafa with mini break back.


Kimmi Says:

SLICE from rafa. miss FH nole. aaaargh!


tennisfansince76 Says:

more pain. Nadal’s legs are keeping him in it.


tennisfansince76 Says:

this sucks


Kimmi Says:

rafa with set point..oh bot carlo. I am going to cook my breakfast now.


Kimmi Says:

rafa takes it. what a nail biting set.


Nims Says:

We are going to 5th set now with novak limping.


Daniel Says:

OMG!!!! Will “will” prevails. I still think Djoko has a lot in the tank. They are on adrenaline already. But 4 forehand errors cost him the breaker.


Kimmi Says:

rafa with momentum now? how can nole come back here. he needs to regroup..


Fed is God Says:

The BEAST is well and truly a great player second to Roger.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i don’t know how much nole has left


Nims Says:

Nadal has a big advantage of serving 1st in the 5th set.


tennisfansince76 Says:

the key is whether Nole has enough legs to work th epts against Nadal.


dari Says:

Uh+oh!

No idea what the fifth set will bring


carlo Says:

Yep, Kimmi. that was disaster. see ya after the fact, whatever the facts show.

ajde Nole!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nole not grinding. bad sign


S Green Says:

Rafa takes the set as Djoko overplays / rushes a couple of shots after 5-3 lead.
2-2. Now on to the 5th.
This is crazy. Now it has come down to who who can last.
====================================
Tie break summary:

Big wide serve unreturned as Djoko earns 1st point.
Rafa strikes back in the first chance. Fist pump.
1-1.
Rafa takes next point more easily with a big serve and pounds on weak return.
2-1.
2nd serve Djoko.
Good rally, but Rafa misses long.
2-2.
Djoko misses easy FH in the corner. Agitation?
3-2.
Mini break given back to Djoko as Rafa’s FH clips net chord and goes out.
3-3.
Rafa serves inside and Djoko plays really good to draw error.
4-3.
Heavy hitting.
Big FH winner in the corner from Djoko.

5-3.

2nd serve from Djoko.
Heavy hitting again and great rally.
Djoko misses and gives back mini break.
4-5.
Rafa serving. Short rally. Djoko misses FH into the net from inside the court.
5-5.
Big serve unreturned and Rafa has set point.
Djoko overplays another FH in the corner long to lose the set.


Nims Says:

First 2 games are so important for Nole. If he can hold his mental resolve in the 1st 2 games on his serve, he will have an advantage, since he is a better returner of serve.


Daniel Says:

What is really concerning is that Nadal won both competitve sets, whinning the mental batle. Sets Djoko won he took advantage right in the beggining.

Good sign, both sets Djoko finished with black shirt he won!:)


S Green Says:

Now who can see the ball and the court more clearly; also, who can activate and retool adrenaline as often as needed?
Whoever can will win the match.
Go Djoko.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i think Nole didn’t cash in his chances in the 4th set. and towards the end his physical level dropped some. not winning the physical battle here


Nims Says:

It’ a pity, since Novak was still a better player in the 4th set, with Nadal just hanging. He missed probably 2 easy shots in the tiebreaker.


tennisfansince76 Says:

it is a pity a damn shame.


tennisfansince76 Says:

for most of sets 2-4 nadal looked like a beaten man. mentally. now new life.


Nims Says:

Rafa is serving bombs now.


tennisfansince76 Says:

70-30 fro Nadal in the 5th. my take


Daniel Says:

At least the points are being shorten. But Nole needs to break in one of the next 2 times Nadal serve, if it ges to 4-3 Nadal I think Djoko will feel the pressure of being behind. Umtil
The fourth he could still lose the foruth. Nasal was die or die.


Nims Says:

Novak is looking too tired now. He is struggling to put the back across the net.


Daniel Says:

Djoko seems to be storing as much energy as possible. Nadal looks fitter


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoker gonna play first strike tennis due to his legs. that means this set is going to be scratchy


tennisfansince76 Says:

if nadal wins this its going to be on the strength of his legs not his game


tennisfansince76 Says:

if nadal wins this its going to be on the strength of his legs not his game


Nims Says:

Novak barely hanging with his serve. 5th set can get over pretty quickly looking at Novak’s body language.


S Green Says:

This 5th set is looking like the repeat of 1st set.
If that is the case, Rafa will win with 6-3 or 6-4.


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s body language is not good. But we saw similar in US Open when he was on a verge of retirement with a back shoulder pain. Who feels mentally first will crumble and Djoko fitness can surpass his resolvness.


Daniel Says:

Djoko will need some Nadal second serves


Daniel Says:

Drop shot please?!?!


Nims Says:

Novak is putting Nadal in all the corners, but could not finish the point. How many times he is repeating this from the end of 4th set.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@daniel problem is Rafa gassed out in USO 4th set. in this match Nadal still has a 1/4 tank looks to me. Djoker almost empty.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nadal level on serve is good. Djoker depending on finsishing high risk pts quickly. not winning the grinding pts as much anymore.


Daniel Says:

Well, now I see is a Nadal win. 2 second serves and he didn’t won a point. Djoko on fumes. He is preting to look better than he actually is. But I think this time he won’t have more energy left. Unless he goes for rerurn winner all the time. All Nadal has to do is move him around.


S Green Says:

After such high quality tennis from both, no matter who wins, tennis fans win big time.
Kudos to both.
I’ll be back to congratulate the deserving winner when the match is over.


tennisfansince76 Says:

if Nadal wins this he should send Murray a nice gift.


Nims Says:

I’m really baffled by Novak’s attitude. In his matches against Roger or even against Hewitt, he played a first strike tennis when he was down. But here he is trying to be too passive. I understand he is fatigued, but in that case he should go for more rather than hanging there.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i feel a break coming


tennisfansince76 Says:

unless Nadal is in a generous mood


Fed is God Says:

Most crucial game of the match


Nims Says:

Rafa is taking big cuts with his FH. He knows Novak cannot last and break him. Rafa is super confident now.


tennisfansince76 Says:

slow feet


Daniel Says:

One drop shot Djokp, please. Just for a change.


Nims Says:

I’m surprise Novak is not going for drrop shots. He puts Nadal is extreme corner, but still like to out him him on the mid court return.


Daniel Says:

Go to the net Djoko please. You need to shorten points.


tennisfansince76 Says:

in his 6-0 run and most of tonight those kind of pts were being won by the Djoker. not now


tennisfansince76 Says:

game set match. bedtime


Nims Says:

OMG, it’s all over for Novak.


Daniel Says:

He has to change something drop and come to the net. He doesn’t have legs anymore for the baseline battle. Only a miracle can save him


tennisfansince76 Says:

congrats nadal. he used his awesome stamina to win this match. Djoker playing to consrvatibe given his fatique


Daniel Says:

No way Nadal is losing this match now. Merit for him, went to the basics and needes to outlast Djoko on a fifth set (eith help of another 5 set for Djoko in semis – his fault).


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nadal can smell it


dari Says:

The serve is really coming through for rafa now!


tennisfansince76 Says:

are you kidding me?


Nims Says:

Novak gets a lucky break here. I doubt he believes in his chances anymore.


Daniel Says:

OMG drama, drama, drama. Nadal missed a basic pass for 40-15, no first serves and Djoko break right back.

Hold of his life for Djoko, who will have to serve for the match if he wants to win. Nadal will always has advantage of breakin to win.

Still feel Nadal, until Djoko holds


Nims Says:

But this match should not be a heart break for Nole. He can still believe when he plays his percentage game, he can beat Rafa. Just that his physique is not allowing him to perform at the same level as he could.


Nims Says:

BH CC is just not working for him.


Daniel Says:

He was inside the court, drop shot for Crist sake


tennisfansince76 Says:

despite the break my money is still on Nadal. Nole is not solid


tennisfansince76 Says:

alright that was amazing


Nims Says:

Nadal just wants to return the ball back to court. He knows Novak is self destruct. Novak cannot get his 1st serve.


Nims Says:

Novak is struggling to stand on the court. Even his 2nd servers are barely crossing the net.


tennisfansince76 Says:

i am gobsmacked


Daniel Says:

Djoko doesn’t have lega to hit a first serve anymore and even so hold after nadal misses 3 bh returns.


tennisfansince76 Says:

sick pt


Nims Says:

Nadal knows Novak cannot last.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Djoker needs to watch how much he runs.


Daniel Says:

One of this 2 will die on court, is even more gruelimg than US Open.


Daniel Says:

At least he tried it


tennisfansince76 Says:

right shot even though it missed.


Nims Says:

It’s better Novak hits a strong return and goes to the net. That would be better strategy.


Ty Says:

Daniel:
“One of this 2 will die on court, is even more gruelimg than US Open.”

I was saying this at the end of the fourth. They might kill each other if it goes to a fifth.


tennisfansince76 Says:

lots of missed line calls this tourney


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nadal level has dropped. trying to win on legs


Miki Says:

the line judges are just plain awful in this match, how many times Novak lost the point when hit the line and had the upper hand in the point but they had to repeat it because a line judge called out and it was in. Damn you line judges.


Nims Says:

I think Novak should just go for his returns now. It does not make any sense to get into rally with Nadal.


tennisfansince76 Says:

30-30 roo tired to be tense


tennisfansince76 Says:

this is like a boxing match. both palyers are punchy at this pt. so am i.


Daniel Says:

Great point consteuction by Djoko keep on inil he foind Nadal BH and the mistake.


Nims Says:

Novak’s last chance against Nadal. If he loses this point, then probably it’s Nadal’s destiny to win this title.


tennisfansince76 Says:

so close


S Green Says:

2 sets all, 4 game all, and deuce. After 5 and half hour.
Never witnessed a Dlam final like this.
Greatest match of all time, for me.

Djoko had a break point but cannot convert and serve for the match.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nole just teased us that game


Daniel Says:

First second serve Nadal won in that game qas when Djoko missed the BH return long. Feel this is it, but Djoko’s prove is wrong many times before.

This is IT!


Daniel Says:

The break back after Nadal
Missed the shot for 40-15 gave Djoko the fire he needed.


kriket Says:

Nadal’s service games r pretty much hangin by a thread it’s only a question of time before Novak breaks him.


Daniel Says:

DF! At least he has fat to burn:)


Miki Says:

Novak hitting the ball clean right now. CAn he break Nadal, I hope he does.


tennisfansince76 Says:

someone may leave the match on a stretcher


tennisfansince76 Says:

these players have actually both really impressed me this match


tennisfansince76 Says:

close lob for s bps


Nims Says:

@tennisfansince76 – true words. Great warriors. It’s a pity this match needs a winner at the end.


tennisfansince76 Says:

it was there


tennisfansince76 Says:

Yes Nims. either player can win now.


Nims Says:

What a return by Novak at 30-30. And what a pickup by Nadal. But why can’t he come to the net.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nadal lost hi slegs there


tennisfansince76 Says:

another BP


Nims Says:

I believe luck is really with Nadal, maybe destiny too.


tennisfansince76 Says:

oh my god! not that i think it is over


Nims Says:

Novak breaks. Can he put a first serve in.


S Green Says:

Djokovic squanders another break point opportunity. But earns 2nd BP in the 11th game, 5th set.
And He prevails to lead 6-5 and will be serving for the match.
Go Djoko.


kriket Says:

There it goes. Now just close the Deal, Nole.

AJDE NOLEEEEEE!!!


tfouto Says:

Hold Djoko, Hold!!!


Daniel Says:

If Nadal loses he will regret that 30-15 4-2 BH passing shot out by a finger.


carlo Says:

I love this Serbian guy!

ajde


tennisfansince76 Says:

move the legs just a lottle and two match pts. instead 30-30


carlo Says:

Horror smash

then a tired shot into the net


kriket Says:

Match point Novak


tennisfansince76 Says:

match pt. this can’t go on


carlo Says:

Please, please, it is match point


dari Says:

Haha novak praying so hard!


kriket Says:

Hwre we go!!! 7-0!!!


carlo Says:

He got it, Novak DJOKOVIC!


tennisfansince76 Says:

that was something else


tennisfansince76 Says:

Nole beasted after 6 hrs. love it


jane Says:

OMG – He is my HERO!! Woooot Nole!!!!

(my bathroom is so clean, it will not need to be cleaned again for a month, lol!)

What a match, wow Rafa is such a fighter; I was sure he had this one.

But Noleeeee! :))))


carlo Says:

LOL, he’s a shirtless gladiator


blank Says:

Unforgettable!!!!!!


S Green Says:

Wow, wow, wow, Djoko wins the best match of the history.
Congrats to my gero.
Kudos to Rada for giving us a greatest and longest match of the history.
2012 has barely begun.


Miki Says:

Just a question? WHAT THE F… DID I JUST WATCH?

EPIC, just EPIC.


Daniel Says:

AMAZING!!!!!


S Green Says:

not gero, my hero


kriket Says:

So do we agree that Novak Đoković now officialy owns Rafael Nadal! :)


tennisfansince76 Says:

funny match. Nole’s match to tak ein the 4th didn’t close. Nadal’s match to take in the 5th. didn’t close. missed that 30-15 sitter passing shot. Nole gets a second wind. barely barely takes the 5th


tennisfansince76 Says:

funny match. Nole’s match to tak ein the 4th didn’t close. Nadal’s match to take in the 5th. didn’t close. missed that 30-15 sitter passing shot. Nole gets a second wind. barely barely takes the 5th


Nims Says:

Unbelievable champions. I think Novak should have closed this match in 4-sets. The turning point probably was around 4-4 when Novak started returning the 1st serve well.

But most of the match the baseline rallies has been won by Novak. It would have been an injustice for him to lose this match after being a better player.


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Kriket i agree. when it came down to it Nadal didn’t believe he could win it. he was super agressive end of 4th atsrt of 5th and then reverted to his default form. lots of defense and high loopers


dari Says:

Comiserations, truly, to rafa fans up this morning watching he match, so much fight, I was somewhere in my heart actualy pulling for rafa to overcome the novak hurdle.
He was so close!

CONGRATULATIONS, NOVAK! Back to back marathons found the will to win!


BT Says:

Outstanding match! We may never see another like it. What a display from both players!!

Congratulations to Novak on a titanic effort!!!


tennisfansince76 Says:

GS count Nadal 10 Djoker 5. almost was 11 to 4. big turnaround.


mat4 Says:

The better player won. The biggest warrior won. My lunch is burning… ouch


S Green Says:

In the the battle of Will to Power/ the Will to Win, our hero prevails and makes us all proud.
He now secures a respectable place in history, and Rod Raver recognized that in his Best of 10 of the history.


tennisfansince76 Says:

both players look shellshocked


tennisfansince76 Says:

actually feel bad for Rafa. defeated warrior


S Green Says:

Watch out for Djokovic winning a true Grand Slam, or at least Djoko Slam.


tfouto Says:

In the end the universe order is restored…


jane Says:

Glad Nole has been able to defend a slam. And now he’s won 3 in a row, just incredible.

Of course Rafa is awesome too; special commiserations to Kimberly, Lulu and other Rafa fans whom i am forgetting right now as too tired and a little overwhelmed. He is right there, just like Murray. And Fed was in ominous form too – this year could hold tremendous tennis!


Nims Says:

I believe quality wise Wim 08 was better. But considering the 5hr match Novak had to play before, it’s an incredible effort. But fatigue did him in the 4th set. Else this should have been not more than 4-setter with the way Novak dominated the rallies.


BT Says:

LOL… shut up Mr Kia… they can hardly stand!


tennisfansince76 Says:

both players suffering on their tired legs while the suit gives his speech


kriket Says:

Nadal sitting on the net, can’t stand on his feet :)


dari Says:

Haha both players hands on knees for the speech, get these guys a chair! And hurry along the speeches!


tennisfansince76 Says:

Novak and rafa both thinking hurry up and hand out the trophies i need to get to a hot tub


blank Says:

Congrats to Djokovic. Best match I have ever seen, period.

jane,
Congrats to you too! you should be over the moon!! :-)


BT Says:

LOL they just got chairs and water.


carlo Says:

They both look in pain – physical pain, seriously, standing there waiting for the trophies.

Longest GS final ever.

Oh good they got them chairs!


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Carlo yes good chairs. now bring out a hot tub. actually giving the speeches from a hot tub would be good


blank Says:

Folks – Don’t ever buy Kia…and whatever this next guy is talking about. Unbelievably stupid!


green900 Says:

What was the final match time exactly?


carlo Says:

They also both look dazed. Nole, not even smiling.


tennisfansince76 Says:

big hand for Rafa even though i was rooting hard for Nole


dari Says:

If i turned on the tv now and didnt know who won- i wouldnt know because BOTH look miserable


racquet Says:

What a match! Congrats to Nole and his fans. I have a heavy heart for Rafa…so close. It’s a good thing he’s taking February off.


El Flaco Says:

Dkovokic should have won that match in 4. He was dominating and had a bunch of break chances in the 4th set.

Nadal should have won the 5th set. He was serving up 4-2, 30-15, Djokovic looked tired and then Nadal missed one of the easiest backhand passing shots you could ever have. That is only the 2nd real choke job I have ever seen from Rafa in a slam. The other time was Wimby 2007 against Fed where he missed 2 easy 2nd serve returns in a row on consecutive break points in the 5th set.


tennisfansince76 Says:

Rafa is still the fav for RG until someone proves otherwise


dari Says:

Tremendous grace and strength from rafa


green900 Says:

How long did the match last exactly?


blank Says:

5 hrs 47 mins


green900 Says:

Thanks ‘blank’


carlo Says:

lol, speeches from a hot tub would be perfect. tennisfansince76

okay, Rafa, big commiserations.

novak djokovic…can he speak?

huge congratulations on your 3rd AO and 5th GS

*crying*

how painful. how physically and emotionally drained will these tennis players be? and for how long?


El Flaco Says:

I think Rafa could be the favorite at Wimby too. His serve was amazing. He isn’t hitting it 130 mph with any regularity, but it is very heavy and consistent. I think his arm will feel better swinging a heavier racquet. You don’t have to whip your arm through the hitting zone to generate pace like you do with a lighter racquet. It’s a more relaxed serve.


blank Says:

Correction. 5 hrs 53 mins.


jane Says:

Thanks blank. Wow, so long. I think Nole should skip Dubai and take an extended rest too.


kriket Says:

tennisfan76, Rafa is the favorite for every tournament unless Novak stands on the opposite side in the final. If there is Novak on the other side, then Nadal is the underdog. Proven time and time again.


blank Says:

El Faco,
I think Rafa was always capable of hitting 130mph+ servers (as we saw at the USO’10). But I think that caused problems for his shoulder so he had to revert to his old service motion, which inevitably resulted in slower serve speeds. Today he had to throw the kitchen sink..but I doubt if he will be able to do this consistently without hurting his shoulder. I could be wrong thought. Let’s see.


Jeanius Says:

Highlight of Nadals match was to “Good morning” the crowd. When last did Rafa won against Djoko in a GS final. Never. How many times was Rafas ass’ smacked by Djoker. 3 times. And please don’t call these back and forth ball striking epics. The ingredients in it are simple. Cyborg athletes with advanced rackets and drugs in there systems hitting the shit out of balls. No SKILLor THINKiNG. Its not a treat to tennis purists. Its torture. And these Cyborgs will just get fitter and more stupid. PEACE


Brando Says:

Congratulations to nole and all his fans: jane, wog boy etc. A heartbreaking loss, but when the dust settles rafa will hopefully see that he has improved from his last encounter at the USO. Loved his fight. 2 warriors!


Kimberly Says:

Wow, congrats to Nole fans, Jane, Duro, Sar, Wog Boy, Stu (where are you?) Nina, Mila and anyone else I forgot very impressive.

How do I feel? Devastated, shocked, disappointed, encouraged, depressed, hopeful and certainly proud even in defeat.

WIth that said, how did you miss that shot in the fifth? UGGGGGGHHHHHH


jane Says:

Oh Brando, see I knew I was forgetting some nice Rafa fans earlier – commiserations, and thanks. Rafa was so close. He pushed it to a 5th and was up a break; I was sure he’d take it. But Nole hung in there. Rafa should be pleased, I think if he can push Nole this hard on Rod Laver, where Nole’s had great success, then obviously, he has a great chance to win FO/Wimbledon too. I think Murray’s right there too obviously. Hard to say what’ll happen going forward.


Ajet Says:

ONE OF THE MATCHES OF THE DECADE!!!

CONGRATULATIONS jane, S Green and all of the other djokovic fans(whoever you’re, all of you posting here)!

ANd to be honest, this loss to djoker must not hurt rafa fans too much. It’s like when roger lost to rafa in wimbledon 08, I PERSONALLY WAS PROUD AS HEL AS A FEDERER FAN to see him put up such a fight in that match! Similarly, no real rafa fan/admirer or even his critics/detractors, can not feel proud of the way he fought against his supoosed nemesis djoker here!

way to go guys, both of you! And thanks for giving me enough heart-attacks to last until RG! ;)


Kimberly Says:

Ajet—ironically the loss is more humiliating and irritating when its a blowout but more devastating when its close.


al Says:

I am exhausted just by watching the match! It’s a roller-coaster ride, these guys are just superb in their skill, stamina and have nerve of steel. So glad that Novak won it but a big hand for Rafa too. It’s a shame there can only be one winner.


Ajet Says:

To the sweet Rafa fans like kimberley, alison and lulu,

sorry for rooting against Rafa, it was not proper of me to be so protective and selfish of federer, and thereby not wanting Rafa to win. Please don’t take it personally. I love you all, but just love federer more than your guy. that’s why i do these things. I’m sorry again. Your guy is a great warrior. He defeated my guy, he’s that good! I appreciate nadal, but just can’t make him a fave. however, i respect you all a lot kimberly, lulu and alison. if i have hurt your feelings by being so vocal in my support of your guy’s opponent, then I’m again sorry. I don’t want to hurt your sentiments, that’s all I can say now. Don’t know what else to say to you. :(


Ajet Says:

and my apologies to brando too for rooting against rafa. :(


Ajet Says:

Kimberly,

to be honest though, I nether felt humiliated when fed lost to rafa in that RG 08 nor devastated when he lost to rafa in wim 08. Despite being utrightly against rafa when he plays fed. I though both of the times rafa deserved those victories in the way he got them.


Kimmi Says:

I missed the final set. didnt record it either. i looked at the results. AO site shows nole wins 7-5 in the fifth.

what i would like to know, how did he win it? rafa had all the momentum going in the fifth i thought.

Congrats to nole and his fans. Happy for him. commies to rafa.
Hope he can regroup and come back strong. compared to the other 2 matches he lost to nole in GS..this was the most competitive. He is definitely getting closer.


Kimberly Says:

Ajet—its cool. If we all rooted for the same player it would be boring. You have never offended me.

This has ruined my day.


Colin Says:

Sean (and S Green) – there are two words,”diffuse” and “defuse”. Two DIFFERENT words!


van orten Says:

helps to see both players with different eyes now!!! great champions!!!


Brando Says:

Thanks jane, ajet and others.

Nole has shown what a player he is today. No doubt an all time legend in the making.

And i am very proud of rafa’s fight here. Before the match he said that he did not know if he was ready to beat nole but that he will fight for every point.

And that he most certainly did. And he has shown that he is getting closer to his goal.

It is my HONEST BELIEF that nole is doing what federer did to rafa: making him a better player.

There were some very noticeable improvements in rafa’s game today, and despite the heartbreaking loss he can walk away with his head held high, knowing that he has something to work with, to build upon and the heart of a lion to keep coming back to fight another day.


El Flaco Says:

Kimmi,

Rafa started off serving so he was able to hold and put the pressure on in Djoko’s service games. Djoko looked tired and wasn’t willing to grind out points so he went for more winners. Nadal was playing aggressive and running for everything sending a message to Djoko that he is fresh.

Nadal broke when he was up 3-2 to make it 4-2. At 30-15 Nadal had a short backhand passing shot that he missed wide. Somehow Djokovic managed to break in that game and get back on serve at 4-3. At the time I thought Nadal had the match won. Djokovic got a 5th wind.

At 5-5 Djoko broke Nadal to serve for the match at 6-5. Nadal was playing more defensive at this point. Serving for the match Djoko went up 30-0 and it appeared it was going to be over quickly, but Nadal fought back grinding out points, running everything down and forcing Djoko into missing. He won 3 points in a row and had a break chance at 30-40, but couldn’t convert. Djoko hit a nasty cross court backhand. Djoko then won the next 2 points to close it out.

This was my recollection.


Dory Says:

I have no words to describe today’s match. Each year the standard of men’s tennis is rising. We should get used to 4-5 hours marathons now. Only regret is Nole can develop a better net game to keep the points short against Rafa. Otherwise, this is one of the top 5 all time best matches in the modern era. Glad that I watched it in in entirety all sets. SO HAPPY FOR NOLE AND NOLE FANS!!!! HE WILL ACHIEVE THE DJOKOVIC SLAM THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!! NCYGS AND THE CAREER GRAND SLAM AT THE SAME TIME. AND MAYBE OLYMPIC GOLD AS WELL. Nadal owns Federer and now it’s official no one can deny it, Djokovic owns Nadal. This also gives me immense hope that Federer will win a slam this year depending on how the rankings change and the draws come out. If Djokovic remains No.1, Nadal suppose becomes No.3, Djokvic and Federer can land in opposite draws and Nadal in Djokovic’s draw. But this is not the moment for that. It’s NOLE’s day. One of the greatest tennis champions. DJOKERNOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


tennisfan Says:

Epic Epic Epic- Indeed…But wasn’t it an inspiring match for everyone- Just goes on to show how much you can gain with your will and determination

Novak Djokovic (The Steel Man) wins the Battle of Will against Rafael Nadal! http://bit.ly/ya9oln


Wog boy Says:

Kimberly, Brando,

THANK YOU, I can not post anything, I wish I am in my Belgrade now, to dance with my people on the streets and drink THE BEST TEA and that is SERBIAN TEA, I tell you next time how you make it:-)
And guess what, I did something wrong with my IQ and didn’t record it, I can not believe it I am shatered. ;(
Jane ,HE DID IT, and Jim Courier was right, NOVAK IN FIVE!


NK Says:

“Each year the standard of men’s tennis is rising.”

Dory, while I agree with your statement, I also believe the game is heading in the wrong direction.

The match today, as good as it was, was baseline tennis, two guys slugging it out from the baseline until one gets a short ball and hits a winner. The slower courts has made this possible. What we are witnessing is endurance and tactics. Keep pounding away those shots to Rafa’s backhand, or in Rafa’s case, keep pounding those top speen high bouncing forehands to Federer’s backhand whenever he plays Federer. Where are the delicate serve and volley shots, the drops shots, the angled placements…thanks to the slower courts, that kind of tennis has disappeared forever.

As a tennis purist, I lament the fact that tennis has been reduced to a slugfest and a tight five-setter that used to take no more than five hours back in the day can now stretch out to alomost six hours.

Happy for the champion, but not happy for tennis.


NK Says:

“…and a tight five-setter that used to take no more than five hours back in the day can now stretch out to alomost six hours.”

I meant four hours.


Kimmi Says:

El Flaco – thank you. djokovic is truly man of steel. Hope somebody will upload at least the 5th set in youtube. I want to see how it ended.

five tough sets with murray and then he comes and do the same with rafa. wins both. unbelievable!! he is making himself a super five set record.


tfouto Says:

I agree with NK. 5, 6 hrs game is just stupid in a sport. Almost a day watching tennis, and then tennis players take centuries to serve…


El Flaco Says:

The points are so grinding you can’t shorten the time between points. Players need time to recover. The only thing you can do is use a faster surface and/or use livelier balls so the points are quicker.


Nims Says:

I think problem with this type of tennis is more to do with Surface. I could see how Roger came to the net to close out the points (as many wanted him to do), but since the courts were slow, NAdal could run down the ball and hit amazing winners.

With the kind of passing shots players can hit even standing 6-8 feet behind the baseline is what spoils people from getting to net. We can’t blame these guys.

The balls needs to get lighter and courts faster, that’s the only way too make the matches quicker.


Mark Says:

@Jeanius. The only player full of drugs is the Serbian faker. When asked how he recovers he answered physio and OTHER THINGS which were secret. What ‘other things’ ? No doubt lots of drugs. Take that!


tfouto Says:

How can in a normal world a game finish at 2 am?


tfouto Says:

Paleo diet, that’s it. Not drugs…


mat4 Says:

@Wog Boy:

I know what Serbian tea is. Great stuff. I had a car accident last time I drank it.


Wog boy Says:

Don’t drink and drive :-) but it is good stuff isn’t it, particulary in winter time with good meze.

I was just about to ask about you, I was worried if you are OK after this epic match. I don’t know for how long I will be able to handle this, it becaming to much for my heart.
It is after 4am, I might get little bit of sleep.


mat4 Says:

@Woggy:

I take some medicaments for my heart, and when it gets to delicate, I ask my wife to keep me informed about the result.

Serbian tea: is it with wine or plum brandy?


mat4 Says:

BTW, Wog Boy, I shocked some of your fellow compatriots drinking brandy with my coffee. Kind of Belgian coffee.


Ajet Says:

well, I also share the concern here with others that I’m seriously woried that these guys have to play 6 gruelling hours of threateningly physical tennis to win a match. The courts should be sped up a bit in the player’s interest. Otherwise, who knows, if it had extended to half an hour more to one hour more, then that one of these guys might not have suffered some serious injury/muscle tear???!!!


Mark Says:

@tfouto. So what u r saying is that the other players need to follow a paleo diet to be successful? You r one deluded person.


Nims Says:

I remember in AO 09, after Rafa won two epic matches, he lost a year due to injury. Not sure if something like that would happen this year too, for either Novak or Rafa. Playing such a brutal tournament in a HC at the begining of the year, not sure how much toll it’s going to take on their bodies for the rest of the year.


tfouto Says:

Mark, mark my words. It helps your stamina but won’t make a more talented player. I thing Djokovic determination and inner force are the major key…


Skorocel Says:

NK: Completely agree with your post. At least the more aggressive player won today (which I’m happy for), but that’s about all…


Skorocel Says:

Dory said: „Each year the standard of men’s tennis is rising.“

Really? 6 hours of baseline-only & volley-less play doesn’t exactly look like a step forward, or does it?

———-

„We should get used to 4-5 hours marathons now.“

Out of which 1 hour is filled with ball bouncing, hair arranging, walking, toweling – just as it is the case with Nadal vs Djokovic…

———-

„This also gives me immense hope that Federer will win a slam this year depending on how the rankings change and the draws come out. If Djokovic remains No.1, Nadal suppose becomes No.3, Djokvic and Federer can land in opposite draws and Nadal in Djokovic’s draw.“

First of all, it’s not gonna happen anytime soon, and secondly, that kind of win surely wouldn’t satisfy me if I was Federer…


jane Says:

Skorocel do you think it’s style of play or court speed? Just curious. Maybe it’s a combination of both. Anyhow, Nole did come to net 31 times, winning 23 (74%) and Rafa came up 19 times (winning 16 for 84%). But I do hope Nole and his coach continue to work on ending points sooner. Vajda did say it was a priority to work on net play etc.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Wow! I just watched the replay. I can only say congratulations to Novak, who is a true champion. Congratulations also to Rafa for fighting with the heart of a lion today. Still, I’m pretty gutted. Glad Rafa is stronger than I am.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Thanks, Ajet. You don’t offend me. Sometimes I get pretty bitter about the beatdowns from Nole, so I know how you feel!


Dory Says:

@Skorocel, I don’t deny that serve and volley could have made the points shorter. In fact I am a big proponent of efficiency in tennis, the way Federer plays. But that does not take anything away from these incredible athletes who were juiced to their max. Federer despite being the greatest achievements overall has consistently failed to win against Nadal, hasn’t he? So in that way, Novak Djokovic has achieved something extraordinarily out of this world by dominating in the Golden Era of tennis-he has dominated Federer and Nadal (and Murray if you respect him enough). Djodal is a different kind of tennis, that you can also enjoy a lot even if you feel they should playing faster.

As for the Federer win not happening, will you be here to admit you were wrong if that happens or will you go into hiding?


jamie Says:

Hi, ya’ll.

As predicted, Nole won the AO.

Predicting the winner of a slam is quite easy, actually. Nole had the best chart for the AO by far. You must have noticed that he didn’t win this AO as easy as he won in 2008 and 2011… He will continue winning titles until May, dominating and making tons of prize money. But after May he will enter a different period where he will still remain competitive but he will not win another slam this year….

What is complicated is predicting the slam finalist because sometimes a player with a very lousy chart can reach the final. Nadal has had very bad charts for the past 3 slams(Wimbledon, USO and AO) but he still made the finals but he was never winning not with a negative chart. For example, Del Potro had better charts at Wimbledon, USO and AO than Nadal but still Nadal went further. Neither of them had the winning chart for Wimbledon, USO or AO. Same can be said for Federer and Murray. None of these guys where winning the past 3 slams. Nole had the winning chart for the past 3 slams.

According to the psychic, FO will be won by Nadal and could very likely be his last slam win.

Wimbledon and USO, Murray could end up winning both and becoming #1.

Federer will not win another slam in his career.

Del Potro will win another slam in 2013.

And Djokovic will not win another slam this year but will resume winning again on the biggest tennis stage in 2013.


alison hodge Says:

ajet no apology deemed necassary,id be a liar and a hypocrite,if i said the thought had not crossed my mind,that i dont want some player at some point to stop nole from surpassing rafas legacy of 10 slams,i will hold up my hands and say,i have critisised other posters of doing that exact same thing, like lulu i do admitidly feel bitter about nole as rafa would probably have another3 grand slams,and be well on the way to challengeing rogers grand slam tally by now,however it was not to be,i guess we are all human,records are there to be broken whether we like it or not.


tfouto Says:

Jamie, get a life…


carlo Says:

With this kind of tennis-slow surface, heavy balls, baseline boxing, I’m thinking to spare these athletes serious injury during these fight until the death matches, the 5 set format should be dropped. 3 sets of that was enough.

But I’m not a fan of boxing or knock down, drag out contests.

Rafa couldn’t even manage his proper grunt by 5-5 in the 5th set. Djokovic appeared to have it the wall, just as I’ve experienced while training for a marathon. He couldn’t move his legs very well. It’s admirable, what Nole did: his sheer strength of will, courage, determination, ect. My heart goes out to him – also to Rafa. But as I’ve typed in a post here before, these two are on course to breakdown before the finish line of the season at this rate. And that does leave a door open for the less wounded but it’s a sad sight to see, actually.

When in tennis, after a match, did chairs need to be brought in because two young men are suffering so much that they can barely stand? I’ve never seen anything like it.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Alison, it’s not so much that I want someone else to stop Nole (though I’d certainly take it!) but I’d love to see Rafa beat him at least a couple more times in his career, even if Nole winds up winning the H2H. I would be over the moon for Rafa to win 3 more slams and be just behind Fed and Sampras, but at this point I’ll be pretty pleased if Rafa can win 1 more FO. It’s going to be an exciting year in tennis!


Skorocel Says:

Dory: I certainly consider the fact that Novak was able to beat both Fed & Nadal as a BIG achievement, but I certainly don’t think of any “Golden Era” going on in tennis these days, simply because there are just 3 (or 4, if you add Murray) guys out there which are both mentally & play-wise strong enough to be worth of mentioning. Others are more/less flashes in the pan… Second thing is, the serve & volley game is virtually extinct these days. Even Federer, who’s (in my opinion, at least) best suited for this game of the big 4, is not that keen to go to the net. It’s a shame really, because in that way, you’re somehow deprived of “something more” which his (Federer’s) potential could showcase us…

Re: the Federer win not happening anytime soon, I obviously meant Federer ascending back to no 2 (which you were alluding to in your post), which I don’t think he’ll do it that soon (if ever). He may win a slam or too, and if he does so by beating either Djokovic or Nadal (which, looking at their current form, is a must these days), I’d be MORE THAN GLAD to admit I was wrong…


tennisfansince76 Says:

@Carlo no way Carlo GS matches are 5 sets. otherwise its not a grand slam. they can speed up the surface a bit if they want to. or the players can feel free to try and end pts quicker. both Nadal and Djoker seem to want to test the others legs so that is what it is. anyway plenty of time off now.


alison hodge Says:

lulu yeah i agree on all counts,these were just my thoughts,i look at it this way its the law of averages what goes up must come down eventually,so hopefully there will still be occasions when rafa will get the better of nole,i also agree if jamies right and rafa wins the fo,he will go down in history on 2 counts,as he will equal borg and laver on grand slams won,and also surpass borg with 7 fo titles,making him the clay goat for sure,and who in there right mind would not be delighted with that,he would also have at least 7 titles at 3 different tourneys,monte carlo,barcelona and rg.


carlo Says:

Tennisfansince76. But you can see why it benefits this type of tennis to shorten something: the season, the matches…

That was my point. Also:

By late September the GS winners and runner-up have gone missing, injured. Look at Federer in his later career post US Open 2008 and 2009 – back injury. Nole and Rafa this year, last year…it is what it is, but what I watched last night didn’t resemble great tennis too much by the 5th set, imo. It was exciting, but not to me, in a good way. It was courageous, admirable but, well, I have said my piece.

What are the chances of faster courts making a comeback?


S Green Says:

carlo,
As a teaching professional, I do not require my students to take test on something that I do not prepare them for. If you are a Grad student, the academy requires you to write a thesis or dissertation at the end, but long before that our students write three to four 25-page term papers each semester as a part of their preparation.

In the same manner, if I were in the ATP/ITF’s policy-making Board, I’d second Carlo’s proposal for one simple reason that players play best of 3 all season, and that’s the same format their best ability should be tested in, not some 6-hr final after 5-hour semifinal within 48 hrs. That is just too sadistic and hedonistic. The 128-men draw and 7 matches in 2 weeks already make Slam special; it does not need to be more special. However, as a compromise, I could agree to reserve best-of-5 format for the final alone like they used to be, for Masters Series final or Masters Cup final.
Just sharing.


Michael Says:

Today’s hard courts appear even slower than Clay courts. That is the impression you get atleast when you watch the Australian Open. Now achieving a Grand slam is no longer so difficult as all the courts are playing slow. Might be Novak will achieve the first career grand slam this year. Who knows ?? Definitely possible. I give him good chance even at the French considering that he was able to beat Nadal easily in Clay courts last year.


Michael Says:

Novak deserves credit for even beating the Sean jinx.

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