Novak Djokovic: The Best Way To Solve Del Potro’s Forehand Is Not To Hit It There!
by Tom Gainey | November 12th, 2012, 9:52 am

For a good set Novak Djokovic felt the wrath and power off Juan Martin Del Potro’s forehand wing. The 6-foot-6 Argentina began yesterday’s ATP semifinal against Djokovic by blasting winners off his massive forehand, and it nearly won him the match. After getting “crushed” early, Djokovic calmly re-calibrated his tactics and turned the tables on Del Potro to eventually win it 46, 63, 62.

In the press Djokovic was asked if there was a way to solve the Del Potro forehand.

“Sure, there is,” he quipped. “You can avoid that part of his game, you know, try to get more shots in his backhand. That was I think also a change. I’ve played a little bit more on his backhand side and got more opportunity to attack, where in the first set I played too much on his forehand, got crushed.”

Djokovic added that he thinks Del Potro will be a growing factor next season.

“He already won a Grand Slam title, US Open,” Djokovic said. “He knows how it feels to win Grand Slam. He’s definitely one of the players behind the big four that can challenge for winning a Grand Slam. Next to him it’s obviously Ferrer that had a fantastic year, the best year of his career.
So there are players, and he’s probably one of them.”

Djokovic will seek a second career ATP Finals crown later today against rival Roger Federer in London. Regardless of outcome Novak has already wrapped up the year-end ATP No. 1 ranking for a seconds straight season.

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9 Comments for Novak Djokovic: The Best Way To Solve Del Potro’s Forehand Is Not To Hit It There!

jane Says:

“He’s definitely one of the players behind the big four that can challenge for winning a Grand Slam. Next to him it’s obviously Ferrer that had a fantastic year”

I agree: Delpo will be challenging for slams next year, and he himself stated that objective after the semis match with Nole. I like that Nole always mentions Ferrer too; this isn’t the first time. David had a tremendous year, too. Very consistent.

Brando Says:

Yep Nole agree with you completely- Delpo WILL be a factor at the slams next year, no doubt about it!

Sooner, rather than later, WE COULD be talking of a top 5 instead of 4.

It’s just becoming more difficult than ever to win a slam- lucky us fans!

kriket Says:

Đoković shouldn’t be using the term “the big four”. That’s for the press to use, not for the players, especially if you consider yourself to be one of “the big four” if not the leader. I know he doesn’t mean it in the arrogant way, he just uses the terminology he learned from the press, but he shouldn’t.

jane Says:

kriket you have a point: “top” would be a better word. He probably hears it in press conferences and just reiterates it. Oh well. Faux pas.

jane Says:

That’s nice; does that mean he’s a Laureus (sp) award nominee or is that different? I am going to put that link on the Andy thread too.

Giles Says:

jane. This is different, just confined to Sports Illustrated.

Giles Says:

What a fantastic feat – The Spanish duo Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers clinch the doubles on DEBUT!! Vamos!!! Rafa will be a happy bunny!! #WellDeserved

Michael Says:

That forehand from the Tower of Tandil is a thunderbolt. But Novak is a Master tactician who exploits the players weakness more than feeding to their strengths. I think Delpo would have beat anybody on that day when he played against Novak. It was Novak’s change of pace which upset the rhythm of Delpo.

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