Novak Djokovic Presser: There Are Still Many Years To Come, Hopefully I Can Come Back Stronger
by Tom Gainey | June 11th, 2012, 11:59 am
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Playing in his first French Open final and facing the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic did amirably well in a four-set in a 64, 63, 26, 75 loss this morning.

Djokovic had won 27 straight Grand Slam matches to reach his first final and Paris and at stake for the Serb was the historic “Djoker Slam”. Nadal, who also denied Roger Federer a similar feat, was too strong in the end breaking Djokovic’s serve twice today.

Djokovic will gain ranking points from last year when he reached the semifinals. He is not entered at any Wimbledon grass warm-up events. He will defending his Wimbledon title two weeks from today when he opens first round play.

Here’s Novak after the match:

Q. I guess of course you’re disappointed. What maybe are you regretting the most about this final in two days? How have you lived with this tension?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, this has been a strange final with delays and conditions and two days’ length of match. I’m just happy to be in this position, you know, to be playing finals at Roland Garros.
I could easily have lost the match in fourth round or even more against Tsonga, but I managed to come to the finals for the first time in my career. I should be happy about that, of course. I will be and I am, but in this moment I am disappointed about this loss because I thought I started to play better in the third set and felt like I could take this match to a fifth set, and then, you know, everything could be possible, but, yeah, unfortunately there has been a rain delay yesterday when I started to feel really good on the court.
But look, you know, I don’t want to find an excuse in that, because the first rain delay maybe helped me a little bit; the second helped him.
So that’s the way it goes, and the better player won today. So congratulations for that.

Q. Just to take you back to last night, did you think that the conditions, when you went off, were any worse than the conditions when you actually resumed?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, they were really bad, the conditions yesterday, because it was raining for a while, but, you know, going back now, it’s really hard to say and to put a you know, there are decision makers, and there are people who know what is good for players and what is not good for players.
Of course we were all communicating in the locker rooms with the ITF and ATP officials and tournament organizers in order to come up with the best decision, and I was ready to continue on and play last night. I thought around 8:00 the rain stopped, but they decided to stop because the weather conditions were not good and the court was not in a good condition.
So I was okay with that. You know, I am not putting a blame on anybody. No, no, look, you know, I’m not going back and saying, Okay, it’s your fault, your fault, because I lost.
It’s unfortunate, because I think I was playing better and I was feeling really well on the court. Today he started off really strong. I started a bit slower. It was a little bit unfortunate in that first game, and things turned around.

Q. Regardless of the outcome, what could you say about the quality of tennis you played the last two days? Is it probably some of the best you played this tournament?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Oh, for sure, you know. First two sets I was serving really bad, and I think I allowed him to put a lot of pressure on my serves and made a lot of breaks.
After that, I started serving better and I was in the court, and, you know, I was playing really aggressive. Finally I felt, you know, great on the court.
You know, we almost played four hours. I thought we played a fantastic match where people hopefully enjoyed yesterday and today, and I was even surprised with the number of people who attended this match today. It was a working day, but it was still a full stadium.
It’s beautiful, you know. These matches make you feel like all the work that you put into it is worth you know, you’re living for this moment to play finals of any Grand Slam, and sometimes you win; sometimes you lose.
I lost this time. But I believe that there are still many years to come, and hopefully I can come back stronger.

Q. You have been chasing the dream of the Novak Slam, and I know that you said that it’s been in your mind but not in the front of your mind all year. Do you think that the disappointment that’s now gone for a little while will affect you now for the next few days?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Disappointment is there because I lost the match. You know, I lost the finals. Yes, there was obviously opportunity to make a history, as well.
But it was not a primary thought in my mind, so right now I am still under impression of the match, so I have now a week off. Then I’m going to go to practice on grass before Wimbledon.

Q. I have two questions. First one is you played much better always in this tournament in like the second half of the match against Seppi, Tsonga and even the final. So starting from zero today, how long did you make your warmup before, and was it a problem for you, the fact that the second half was that now the beginning of the match? And the second question is do you think that you won the hearts of the French crowd with this final more than ever?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: As I understood the first question, you are questioning my warmup, if it’s good enough or…

Q. You always play better…
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I understand what you’re saying. You are saying that I’m not warming up well? I warm up very long, trust me. I’m warming up very long, and we are taking care of the routine that I have, so maybe it happened now, but usually I am always aware and ready for the start of the match, okay.
Maybe it happened that a couple of matches I started worse than I’ve played in the second part, but okay, you know, I cannot get into the details now.
But regarding the French crowd, I hope I did, you know. I thought I had lots of support, and I’m very thankful for that. You know, in these matches, when you’re playing top player, somebody that is recognized all over the world, you know, a true champion, Nadal and Federer and all these guys have so much fans and so much support, and to be able to have, when I play against them, this much support, is really something, you know. I appreciate that.

Q. I know it’s very early to look back on stuff, but it’s the only chance we’ve got to ask you. How much of a factor going through this tournament was the four Grand Slams in a row, and did that affect you moving through the rounds?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It didn’t. It really didn’t. I mean, I was excited about this opportunity. Nothing more than that, really.

Q. Were you at all distracted by what appeared to be a noise from the crowd before that last serve?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: There was a lot of noises between the serves throughout the whole match, so I can’t really no, I wasn’t.

Q. What can you say about Rafa? Still you feel like the best clay court player in the history of tennis? Do you recognize him like still is big, big rivalry between him and you in the coming years?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, he’s definitely best player in history, I mean, on this surface, and results are showing that he’s one of the best ever players that played this game. I mean, he’s only 26 years old.
We are very young, and we played over 30 times against each other, and hopefully we can have many more battles in the next years.

Q. This is obviously the fourth Grand Slam that you have played against him in the final. Do you think it’s good for tennis that you two are so dominant at the biggest tournaments?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think so. I believe so. I mean, obviously Federer and Nadal have still, I think, the biggest rivalry in the sport, I mean, because they have been at the top for so many years, they have been so dominant. I mean, I just joined that rivalry, I think, you know, just recently, couple years ago.
You know, I think the sport is experiencing some really good times now. We’re attracting a lot of attention to men’s tennis because we have, you know, these two great players, and Murray, myself, and we really have some great players, some charismatic players, a lot of personalities. This is good for tennis.

Q. This season on clay, Nadal was the most consistent player while you were less consistent than him. Do you think the final reflected the season on clay? If you could look back on the clay court season, is there anything you would change?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I don’t think I was not consistent enough. I mean, I was less consistent than him, if you want to say that. Yeah, I played three finals. He has won three finals against me. It’s tough to be more consistent than that, you know, on this surface.
Okay. Last year I lost only one match on clay, French Open semifinals. But look, you know, things happen for a reason, you know. As I said, I could have lost in this tournament earlier. I managed to get to the finals for the first time, so I wouldn’t change anything, you know. I don’t like going back and saying, Okay, maybe this could have gone better.
Everything in life is a lesson, and that’s the way it goes. I hope I can come out stronger and better from this experience.

Q. How difficult is it to win eight games in a row against Nadal on clay?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Very difficult. Very difficult.

His on-court speech:


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59 Comments for Novak Djokovic Presser: There Are Still Many Years To Come, Hopefully I Can Come Back Stronger

jane Says:

Aww, nice to see them BOTH trying their french skills. Thanks for the video Tom.

Good try and good attitude, Nole; best of luck next year at Roland Garros.


Humble Rafa Says:

I want to personally meet the geniuses who predicted the Arrogant One to win the French. Some people can’t see the writing on the wall, when they see it. LOL.

Not all Arrotards are bad. I have gotten a lot of thank you notes from them. The most interesting one is from a girl in Adelaide.

I can’t imagine a life with Novak Slam. Thanks Rafa for beating Novak. May the Tennis God give you more clay court titles (only clay court titles).


RZ Says:

It’ll be interesting to see how well Nole does going forward. I can’t imagine he’ll have another year like 2011 but I doubt he’ll fade into the sunset right away either. He’s still the clear-cut #1 player (off clay).

I hope each of the big 4 bring it to Wimby. Should be exciting to watch.


zola Says:

Congratulations to Rafa for a record win. Now on to Wimbledon.

Djoko’s main power is not his deadly forehand but his will to win and his refusal to lose. I like the attitude of both Rafa and Djoko. Great speeches and great hug at the net.

Djoko will complete his slam one day but hopefully not till Rafa is playing.


jane Says:

Do you guys realize that Nole was the ONLY player to take even 1 set off Rafa this clay season (excepting the blue clay of course). He was very dominant on the surface this year.

zola, congrats.


zola Says:

Thanks Jane. Sorry for Djoko’s loss. But he was very upbeat and I am sure he will try again. He is very confident and is playing great, unbelievable tennis. When he is at his best he can play super aggressive with no mistakes. Just amazing.


Dory Says:

I now want Wimbledon and Olympics to be won by Roger, Djokovic can have the US Open. But I know I am wishing for the impossible. A seventh Wimbledon + Olympic gold for Roger would take him back to the top.


queen Says:

Thanks god there is no Novak Slam! Since Fed was denied and Rafa missed his chance it is only fair:)


queen Says:

I now want Wimbledon and Olympics to be won by Roger, Djokovic can have the US Open. But I know I am wishing for the impossible. A seventh Wimbledon + Olympic gold for Roger would take him back to the top.

Keep on dreaming.


queen Says:

Fortunetellers say Fed is done winnig Slams LOL


WTF Says:

How good is his french? Is it as good as his english? I didn’t even know he spoke it. He is amazing.


madmax Says:

Great that the match was played out eventually. Sad that Novak couldn’t pull out the guns today, but he did well as you said Jane for taking a set.

grendel, I have posted you on the other thread.

However anyone feels about Rafa’s game (me included), I absolutely congratulate kimberley and rafa’s fans here. 7 is truly awesome, incredible. No one can ever say Novak didn’t try, or Roger for that matter, but rafa is just brilliant on clay. Just brilliant.

I wonder if Borg was watching?


jatt Says:

Going to wimby, I feel Rafa is again clearly the heavy favorite. I know some one will say what about Nole.. Wimby is a slow court and I think winning the FO finals against Nole,it has boosted Rafa’s confidence. I do feel, Rafa has made some small changes to his game to counter Nole which is paying huge dividends this year.


gonzalowski Says:

grande Rafa!

About speaking french, Nadal has said that he understands a lot of it, being similar to catalonian-majorican; and he will try to improve his speaking
(funny: in his press conference he has sid that in one moment of the match was playing “so so”; in spanish we say “I have played “así así” (‘so so’, literally) = I have played not very well.

Great victory, but very hard; reminded me of these good boxers, take Felix Trinidad for ex., winning almost all his combats, but with more wounds each time, (“soul wounds”), making it harder for the next time…

It seems a reasonable good draw for him in Halle, isn’t? Raonic in the other side


Nina Says:

queen Says:
Thanks god there is no Novak Slam! Since Fed was denied and Rafa missed his chance it is only fair:)

Fair? In what way? Federer has 16 slams, Rafa 11. They have denied Djokovic his glory for almost five years. He has a chance to complete the Novak Slam and it’s fair that he loses it?

That’s what I call an unfair fan.

People felt sorry for Rafa last year, but did they feel sorry for Nole all those past years when he was neglected time and time again? Of course not.


grendel Says:

madmax – I have responded to you on that thread. There was a misunderstanding. I was in no way having a go at you.


Steve 27 Says:

Nina calm down. I am sure the Djoker will complete the career GS like Nadal and Federer did. Its only a matter of time. Not bet against him never.


Wog boy Says:

I thought I am going to feel better when I wake up this morning, but actually I feel worst, it hurts…it really hurts!

I just hope it didn’t hit Nole as hard as it did hit me. Wimbledon is just around corner.


grendel Says:

Wog boy – I think there is a case for suspecting Djokovic’s loss may have the effect of bringing him finally down to earth. You might see his AO win as a curiously unlikely postscript to his great 2011 season – one final desperate heave, as it were, which as it happens, came off. But it proved deceptive.

But now, he must be in no doubt that it is time to regroup. I’m not saying it is conscious. Just that there might be a critical relaxation, which will ease the process of getting down to business again. They say that winning builds confidence but, unless your name is Nadal – who is a sort of mental freak, there is no one like him – there can surely be too much winning, that can build up its own pressure in the form of expectations.

So I suspect a new journey begins for Djokovic this Wimbledon.

Of course, all this could be the purest bilge. Passes the time, eh?


Achilles Says:

It is becoming more obvious with each tournament that Federer will not win another major. Fed fans should not delude themselves into believing that Roger can still do it. Be happy with 16. Be wary that it is a reachable number for Nadal. Djokovic will fall back to his place behind both Rafa and Roger. That will be his tennis destiny.


Wog boy Says:

Everybody has Achilles Heel, even Nadal, Nole proved that not once, but seven times.

Grendel, I feel better now, thanks:)


andrea Says:

well, lets not forget that rafa went almost a year after last years french open before winning a title again. it’s a bit predictable the past few years: rafa cleans up on the clay season, then stumbles to (barely make) the finish line after summer.

be interesting to see how the novak/nadal dynamic unfolds from this point. shame about the rain delay. it felt like novak could have forced 5 sets, especially with nadal being so agitated.

ah well, c’est la vie.


jane Says:

Wog Boy, Nole has had a good year to this mid point (Rafa’s up on him by only 630 points), but his problem is that he has had so many titles to defend this year, with 3 more to go, including 2 slams. (eek!) I think he has a better chance of defending the USO than Wimbledon, but I don’t know – both seem more “open” than the FO, though I could be mistaken. What do you think?

Like Nadal in 2011, after his 3 slam 2010 year, Nole is making a lot of finals still, but similarly, he may end up defending only one of his slams. Oh well, most us probably knew there’d be a letdown this year. I was thrilled when he finished the first quarter having defended AO and Miami. Let’s see how he does with the rest. Cheer up. Have a brandy. :)


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I will take your advice with no hesitation:)
Cheers


skeezer Says:

andrea,

“be interesting to see how the novak/nadal dynamic unfolds from this point. …….”

It will be and maybe that time as come .

As a Fed fan to other Fed fans, I mean, c’mon…how many more years and titles do you expect already? Tennis is like dog years. He is 30, closing in on 31, not 25, and if he gets a GS or title from here on out, its all gravy. Don’t understand why some fans tend to cling on to expectations, why?

And then others want to flush him quickly down the toilet, why? He has 16 and you do not? Call your Mommy, maybe she can help you.

Just appreciate that he is still competing and giving the younger guys a run for the money. What you see is what you get. Fed imo surprised everyone with his run from USO to Madrid, being 30.

What we got now is a revived Rafa and a new #1 World ranked player in Novak. This guy ( Nole ) is the only guy in this era who has proven to be able to beat Rafa consistently. NO one else. This speaks volumes for both players. First, the Beast, Rafa;

Face it, Rafa is that good. One dimensional? Maybe. But the heart of Rafa’s game is defense, and it is a very hard fortress to break. The guy can keep the ball in play and dare you to it winners. Sure he can hit offensively, but that is not his foundation. I can’t stand watching that style of play. But I respect it. It wins. And at times he has proven he can transcend this style of play to other surfaces. After all, he has Grass court and HC titles.

Djoker;

And now a guy named Novak has the game to handle it. Yes, it took a rubber band man with great athletic defense and a goundstroke technique that is near perfection to counter the great wall of Rafa. # Slams in a row. 7 consecutive wins in finals against the Beast. Welcome to the new rivalry.

An ma man?

If Fed was younger I do think he would be in the mix but these guys are playing very very physical Tennis. Fed now, would most likely have to go through both guys to win a Major and I agree with most everyone those days are passing by quickly. Though the shotmaking imo is the best this poster has ever saw, the patience, and consistency required against the top 2 is just not there any more. Father time races full speed ahead, no deals, no sympathy.

It is possible, for Fed to hit new heights, as a fan I will leave room for that, but the time in the next few years of the Rafa/Nole rivalry are quickly coming if not already here.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

skeezer : very intelligent and sensible post as a Roger fan.

people should just be content with what Roger has done and talk about the best Rivalry of tennis now, rather than gloating about roger forever. He already got his share of accolades and titles.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Good thing about Rafa-Novak rivalry is, it’s not going to be a one way traffic like Roger-Rafa. Any player other than Roger had a chance of beating Rafa in their GS matches for past 4 years.

But this is turning out to be a true rivalry and m ay be a rivalry for next 2-3 years.


harry Says:

good post skeezer.


Michael Says:

The crucial one for Novak was at 2-1 when he was serving and when he fired an unreturnable serve it was called out and after verification was called in and the point replayed which Novak lost. That proved to be the difference in the end in my opinion. Novak lost that game and then he went on to hold till 5-5 which means if he had not lost that game, he would have well won the set. That is Tennis for you. Just one point turns matches upside down and this time it was not Novak’s fault, but linesman fault.


juan Says:

that second serve referie mistake from the third game give nadal his 7 roland garros


Michael Says:

Novak should be somewhat careful because this was exactly the way Nadal slowly killed the confidence of Roger beating him frequently on Clay. This raised doubts in Roger’s mind and he never was the same player when he played Nadal even on other surfaces and this spill over had immense ramifications.


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

Funny you mentioned that, didn’t we have same situation in Rome in first set?
The Engineer from above should even the things now, if you know what I think?


Mark Says:

What a wonderful day today – reading all the fantastic and well deserved rave reviews on Rafa’s phenomenal 7th French Open!! VAMOS RAFAAA!!!


Achilles Says:

@michael:
Re: Djokovic’s confidence. I agree with how Nadal slowly but surely eroded Federer’s confidence. It will be the same for Novak. Djokovic, when he was still behind Nadal, worked hard to gain confidence over him. He was successful in 2011 but the erosion started at the Australian O. Even after the loss, you can tell from Nadal’s demeanor that he knew that he can regain his dominance over Novak. Novak’s attitude, on the other hand, was not very good after the AO win. It was the face of happiness for being lucky, not for being a better player. Nadal is mentally the toughest player I have ever seen.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

I believe same pessimism for proclaimed for Nadal last year, now it’s all gloom for Novak.

Novak had an upper hand on HC with Rafa even before 2011. I don’t think it’s going to be a one way traffic for Rafa now.

AO, I can understand Rafa’s optimism, but Novak was a better player till the 5th set, and he should have closed it easily in the 4th set itself.

But this would be an interesting rivalry, and iI trust Novak to get back his form. He has the right tennis skills to beat Rafa, but it’s not possible to play it every time they meet.


Nina Says:

@Skeezer… Great post, as always.

@Achilles… BS.


Achilles Says:

Just watch Novak lose to Nadal again in Wimbledon.


Achilles Says:

…Novak will soon be back to his well-deserved place: behind Rafa. Truth hurts and is oftentimes hard to take.


Michael Says:

Wog Boy,

From what I understand you are seeking help from Almighty. Is that right ??


Michael Says:

Nirmal,

I agree with you. Once the Hard court begins, I hope to see Novak’s domination once again over Rafa. He clearly is the better player on Hard courts. But in the same vein, he should also tread carefully on Clay – Nadal’s favourite surface.


Achilles Says:

It is not 2011 anymore.


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

Sort of, I just want him to spread the things evenly as it is suppose to be:) Hang on, maybe he is doing just that, few to Nole than few to Nadal and again and again…..


grendel Says:

So, Wog boy, you see God as some sort of crypto-communist? Or possibly just an egalitarian with liberal leanings? If the latter, it seems that like most liberals, old God is well meaning but ineffective. Chap after my own heart…..


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

No, not help, just to make sure there are no more mistakes or to spread them evenly:)


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Michael,

I’m sure Novak would be a tough match up for Rafa on clay if they meet again at FO.


Wog boy Says:

Sorry,

I didn’t realise my first post went through, doesn’t change anything just clarifies.

Grendel, isn’t that what the priests (pastors etc) aare telling us, well …. me, you are not church person if I remember well.

I told my wife, BTW very religious person, that if there is no life after life that is going to be biggest con in mankind history. So far nonody came back to tell us. If my priest is reading this, I am in big trouble. Better I stop.


skeezer Says:

Wog boy,

“that if there is no life after life that is going to be biggest con in mankind history”

But what if there is? And if there isn’t, but you believed there was, what did you miss out anything in life? Is living by the great morals that it teaches a bad thing? Its just the fanatism of it all that creates problems.


grendel Says:

“But what if there is? And if there isn’t, but you believed there was, what did you miss out anything in life?”

Skeezer, you have just put in a nutshell Pascal’s Wager – Pascal was a famous philosopher and mathematician with religious leanings. Both atheists and religious people have criticised Pascal on the grounds of temporising with truth. But his position is a respectable one, and I find it fascinating that you should have come up with the idea yourself quite obviously independantly – and in your own inimitable style.


Steve 27 Says:

Djokovic is better on HC than Rafa like Nadal is better than him on Clay and Grass, but both can win from another occasionally in their least better surfaces. For the next 2, 3 years this is the best rivalry, but I expect Murray, Del Potro, Raonic will be a major threat for this two in the coming years. There will not a duopoly like Nadal and Federer, definitely not.


Wog boy Says:

Skeezer,

If there is life after life, should I say death, then I am in big trouble:)
Second part of your comment I cannot agree more, more or less that is my argument about church teaching and values as such when I sit down with my ateist friends, there is nothing wrong with moral values and teaching, even if somebody is not religious he can follow them. The problem is with people as you pointed nicely.
Don’t get me wrong, I am religious too, just little bit more liberal, occasionally questioning things:)


jamie Says:

@Nina

Nole will definetely win RG someday(in an odd year;)). There are 3 all time greats in this era and then the rest.


grendel Says:

Wog boy – I see you too, along with skeezer, are a Pascal man! Although you have a sense of humour which I suspect Pascal didn’t. I am very sympathetic to your point of view, even if it’s not one I personally share. But I object to the atheist view too, insofar as it claims we are all the time getting closer, thanks to science, to unravelling the ultimate truth. What a joke!


jane Says:

Does anyone know why Tomic retired versus Haas?


jamie Says:

@jane

I don’t think Nole will defend Wimbledon or the USO.

Federer is the only player in the open era to win 3 slams in a calendar year and then the following year win multiple slams again. And he did it twice to boot! 2004-2005 and then 2006-2007.

But Federer is the GOAT and this is something only a GOAT would do.

All the other players couldn’t win multiple slams the following year: Laver from 1969-1970(0 slams defended), Connors from 1974-1975(0 slams defended), Wilander from 1988-1989(0 slams defended) and Nadal from 2010 to 2011(1 slam defended).

Only Federer defended more than 1 slam the following year after winning 3 in a calendar year.


jane Says:

jamie, interesting information/stats, thanks. So it looks like Nole’s done well so far to defend 1 slam and reach the final of another? Well, I still have hope: that something has been historically one way doesn’t mean it can’t change. Of the 2 slams remaining, Nole probably has a better chance of defending the USO. Even in his worst years (am thinking since 2007 when he broke into the top 10), the USO has been his most consistent slam:
2007, 2010 – finals
2008, 2009 – semi finals
2011 – winner
Since 07, he has never been upset before the semis there, and *every year* in those 5 fives he’s had to go through (or be stopped by) Federer!
Pre-semis losses at other slams (2007 on):
AO = 2007 R16 (lost to Fed) / 2009 & 2010 quarters
FO = 2009 R16 /2010, quarters
Wimbledon = 2008 R64 / 2009, quarters


Steve 27 Says:

But Djoko have some lucky against Troicky in the Us Open 2010.


jane Says:

^ Eh, I don’t know if you can call it luck. He had won the first set. He actually had a tougher match versus Steps in the 2nd round of the USO in 2007. Don’t forget Troicki is like this versus most top players: he’s had match points on Rafa (best of 3) and he probably should have beat Murray at Roland Garros last year.

Besides which, they’ve all had these sorts of close calls in early rounds: Fed vs Andrev at the USO 2008, versus Falla at Wimbledon 2010, versus Simon at the AO 2011; Rafa vs Isner at the FO 2011, vs Hasse AND Petz at Wimbledon 2010, and vs. Verdasco AO 2009.

Maybe you can call it luck Steve 27, or maybe they get through because they are champions, tougher mentally, etc…


Steve 27 Says:

Actually, the match with Verdasco AO 2009 was a semifinal.


jane Says:

Steve 27, yes, but still an “escape” of sorts; perhaps I shouldn’t've said “early rounds” – the point remains the same that they’ve all had some get out of jail cards. Nole might be out of his after this FO though! :D

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