Australian Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
by Staff | January 26th, 2013, 3:42 pm
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It’s a rematch of the 2012 US Open final Sunday night in Melbourne when Novak Djokovic collides with Andy Murray for the Australian Open title. The two 25-year-old rivals meet for an 18th time and for a third straight year in the first Grand Slam of the season.

“I know he had a lot of hair, a lot of curly hair,” Djokovic joked looking back when the two were kids. “He was quite pale also. But he got more sun I think over the years training in Barcelona. He has more of a tan now than when he was a junior.”

Murray beat Djokovic in a 5-set thriller last September at the US Open to win his maiden Grand Slam. Djokovic returned the favor twice since but this marks their first meeting in a Major.

Djokovic enters the match on a 20-match win streak in Australia as the Serb seeks an Open Era record third straight Australian Open title and a sixth overall Grand Slam at one of his most successful courts on the circuit.

“It’s my most successful Grand Slam,” Djokovic said Saturday. “Being in a third consecutive final is an incredible feeling and achievement, so very proud of it. I just think that also a big reason is it’s the first big tournament of the year. Now we had a little bit longer off season which gave us more time to recharge our batteries, to work on some things, to get ready. You know, you come out here and you want to win the first big trophy of the year. I guess that’s a fresh start that everybody wants.”

Match time is 7:30pm local time in Melbourne.

NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 3 ANDY MURRAY (GBR)
Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 10-7

A 2nd consecutive Grand Slam final for the 2 players who are only separated in age by one week.

Murray and Djokovic are the closest Grand Slam finalists by age. Murray is just 7 days older than Djokovic. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors at the 1977 US Open. Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.

Murray defeated Djokovic to win his first Grand Slam title at the 2012 US Open. It is the only time Djokovic has lost a 5-set match in his last nine 5-set encounters.

Today’s match-up is a repeat of the 2011 Australian Open final, which Djokovic won in straight sets.

Winner receives (AUS) 2,430,000 and 2000 ATP Ranking points. The finalist (AUS) 1,215,000 and 1200 ATP Ranking points.

For 4 out of the past 5 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Murray has the advantage in winning the 2013 Australian Open title.

This is just the 14th Grand Slam final between the No. 1 seed and No. 3 seed. In Grand Slam Open Era meetings between the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, the No. 1 seed has an 11-2 win-loss record. The last time the No. 3 seed defeated the No. 1 seed in a Grand Slam final was when Mats Wilander defeated Ivan Lendl at the 1983 Australian Open.

DJOKOVIC is looking to become the first man in the Open Era and just the 3rd man ever to win 3 consecutive Australian Open titles. Only 2 men, Jack Crawford (1931-33) and Roy Emerson (1963-1967) have won 3 or more in a row.

15 different men have won back-to-back titles in Australia, but only 2 (Crawford, 1931-1933 and Emerson, 1963-1967) have won 3 or more in a row.

In the Open Era, 9 players have won 2 consecutive Australian Open titles but failed in their attempt to win 3 in a row.

Djokovic is also bidding to become just the 3rd man in the Open Era to win 4 Australian Open titles.

Djokovic won his 5th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last year (d. Rafael Nadal). He has a 5-4 win-loss record in his 9 previous Grand Slam finals.

Djokovic is also just the 12th man to reach 10 Grand Slam finals in the Open Era. At 25 years 250 days, he is the 7th youngest man to reach 10 Grand Slam finals in the Open Era.

Djokovic needed 5 hours and 2 minutes to defeat Stanislas Wawrinka in the round of 16 here. It was the fourth-longest match on record at the Australian Open. It was also his 8th victory in his last nine 5-set matches. His only loss in that time came against Andy Murray in the 2012 US Open final.

MURRAY is bidding to become the only first-time Grand Slam winner to immediately claim a second major at the next opportunity.

By reaching the final here, Murray has become the first man in the Open Era to reach the final at the next Grand Slam event after winning his first major title.

Murray is bidding to become the most successful British man in Grand Slam history by taking sole ownership of first place for the most Grand Slam matches won by a Brit. He has won 106 matches at the majors, the same number as Fred Perry and 8 ahead of 3rd placed Tim Henman (98).

Murray is looking to become the first British man to win the Australian Open since Fred Perry defeated Jack Crawford in 1934.

Murray is the first British player, man or woman, to reach 3 consecutive Grand Slam finals in the Open Era. The last British man to reach 3 consecutive Grand Slam finals was Fred Perry, who finished runner-up at 1936 Roland Garros before winning 1936 Wimbledon and the 1936 US Open.

Murray is the 14th different man in the Open Era to reach 3 consecutive Grand Slam finals. This is the 21st time a player has reached 3 or more consecutive Grand Slam finals in the Open Era.

SUNDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 4:00 PM Start Time
1. Mixed Doubles – Final
Lucie Hradecka (CZE)/Frantisek Cermak (CZE) v. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS)/Matthew Ebden (AUS)

Not Before:7:30 PM
2. Men’s Singles – Final
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] v. Andy Murray (GBR)[3]

LADBROKES ODDS
Novak Djokovic 8/15 v Andy Murray 6/4

WEATHERUNDERGROUND MELBOURNE FORECAST
Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 72F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

U.S. TELEVISION
ESPN has live coverage starting at 3:30am Saturday morning.


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113 Comments for Australian Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray

nadalista Says:

Well, the post mentions Rafa, good enough reason for me to post this for Rafans!

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skeezer Says:

Lets see, I see Djoker’s name 16-17 times, too lazy to couny up Murray’s l….,and Rafa, mentioned only once, referring to him in a defeat?

nadalista you are one hard up Rafa fan, lol. ;)

You don’t have to wait to much longer, it’s almost Febuary, and it’s almost Clay time. Kinda.


Danica Says:

ESPN actually starts their coverage at 3 am eastern time.
Currently in Melbourne 23C (73F) which is great weather.
Go Noleeee! ;) Oh, can’t wait!


Jonathan Abel Says:

Scheduling issues to impact final?
There is an impending danger that the Australian Open tournament organisers may have the last word in this year’s Men’s final.

Novak Djokovic goes into tonight’s match with a clear advantage over Andy Murray. With a full 24 hours extra rest and preparation time, the Serb should have the physical edge. Devising a schedule that is equally fair for all players across the whole tournament is almost an impossible task, but the magnitude of the potential impact double the amount of rest time between a semi-final and a final may have, must be reviewed.
Admittedly Djokovic powered past Ferrer, and Murray had more of a challenge putting away Roger Federer, but that has only increased the potential for a problematic final. If Murray, although stronger and quicker than in previous years, runs out of steam against the world number 1, then questions will be asked. Certainly, with the two players so evenly matched, the difference between the two of them could boil down to a matter as trivial as who has had the more rest time. If that becomes the case, then what a tragic way to settle a sporting event of this magnitude.
If both men’s semi-finals had been played on Friday, as is done at Wimbledon, then the advantage Djokovic would have through despatching David Ferrer so quickly, would be a legitimate one.
The scheduling demons haven’t merely surfaced over this issue either. Federer, a man so supportive of tennis tour organisers, has grumbled about the fact his run of consecutive night matches have led him to be heading to bed at 3am each night, only to be missing breakfast and rising at noon. Going into the semi-final, Andy Murray had played all his matches during the heat of the day, and not had an opportunity to play in the slightly slower conditions of an evening match, a fact that didn’t pass him by.
Djokovic proved in the Australian Open final last year that a lengthy semi-final did not necessarily hinder progress in the final, when he and Nadal went toe-to-toe in one of the great major finals of all time. Everyone is hoping for another epic, tightly contested final, but it is clear that pre-arranged rest time should not be a major factor going into it.


Margot Says:

Let’s Go Andy! Let’s Go!
Prepare! Attack! Destroy!
@ Wog Boy, anyone else, I’d be shouting for Nole :)
Hope it’s a gr8 match.


jane Says:

Indeed Margot – same goes for me, but other way round. :)


the DA Says:

Just a few minutes to go. Woke up 2 hours too early. IMHO, it’s Nole’s match to lose. He’s had more rest and is the fresher player, physically and mentally. I just hope it’s competitive and Andy forces him to win it. May the best man win.

BTW, they showed the Andy fans who are overjoyed at getting tickets to the final courtesy of the Murray team. They demonstrated a couple of new songs. hehe


Kimmi Says:

what a game by muzza! go go go


gordon Says:

I check couple channels and not on a single one there is a single commentator who is not cheering for Murray


jimmy Says:

Novak is playing like crap.


Kimmi Says:

great tie break by muzz. lets go!


the DA Says:

Well, who knew? Andy takes the 1st set. Nole wasn’t himself in that TB and Andy kept cool and took advantage. Still a looong way to go I suspect.


Huh Says:

omfg, it has started already? cant wait for andy to lift the trophy! :D


Huh Says:

F@#$(FIRE)! ;) c’mon andy!

N the DA:

with andy, it almost always is a long way to go, lol ;)


Huh Says:

thanx for takin the 1st set andy! now c’mon, just 2 mor! ;)


rogerafa Says:

It was important for Andy to take that first set. Not so much for Novak who has recently shown how good he is at winning from behind. The question is whether Andy can keep up with Novak physically as this match is going to be even more of slug fest going forward. Novak will surely step up although he was, on balance, probably the better player before the TB.


the DA Says:

3 BPs wasted. He may live to rue that.


Huh Says:

who missed BPs??


the DA Says:

^ Andy – he had 3.


the DA Says:

It’s difficult to tell which player had three days to recover from a 90m semifinal. At the moment anyway.


rogerafa Says:

Yeah, it is important for Andy to try to keep Novak down. Can’t afford to let golden opportunities go just like that.


Huh Says:

oh, this draftin job. cant watch match today being busy. but its kinda good as m totaly emotionaly involved in this match coz of muzz. cant tak too much heat anyway. now goin out in work. catch u later guys. GO ANDY, KILL HIM!


van orten Says:

murray seems to found his range with his serve ..impressive stuff ::


Daniel Says:

Djoko was missing too much his forehand when trying to acelerate. He is showijg that old frustration look several times and body language not the best as well.

But he saved that 0-40 hole (courtesy of 1 Murray mistake) to not allow Muuray momentum early in the set. This one is setting to be another long hard fought match.


rogerafa Says:

Let us hope Andy finds his range with the returns.


rogerafa Says:

Some of the misses were off very heavy balls from Andy and many were deep too. Novak had to go for the lines even off short balls because of the great court coverage of Andy.


rogerafa Says:

@ gordon

You will be hard pressed to find many neutral fans who aren’t cheering for Andy.


rogerafa Says:

Looks like a reversal of the first set TB.


Kimmi Says:

its like the first set has been reversed. horrible from murray


Daniel Says:

The positive for Murray is that all 3 sets he lost were tiebreaks. So far not even Djoko was able to win a set 6-3, 6-4 or 7-5 over him.


the DA Says:

I knew it. Those missed BPs are going to haunt Andy. 2nd set to Nole. Don’t think he’s going to have enough gas. Nole looking stronger now.


rogerafa Says:

Is that the the turning point? I thought Andy had to do it in straight sets. Novak’s chances will improve more and more the longer the match goes. Andy has to put this behind quickly and focus. Can’t afford any lapses early on in the third set.


courbon Says:

Come on Novak!!! ( I thought it would be apropriate to do this ’cause you all cheering for Andy …)


rogerafa Says:

Not appropriate courbon as we are cheering for the underdog against the big favorite. Wanna join us? he he. Your guy is likely winning it now. So you can have the best of both worlds. Good luck for the rest of the match!


the DA Says:

Actually they both look rather beat up already. Both grimacing.


Daniel Says:

One of them have to change something. Serve and volley a bit, be more agressive in returns (neither are attacking the other guy second serve), just change. Because if they go in this pace they could share tiebreaks and the one who tire first will be brokem in the fifth.


courbon Says:

@rogerafa-Thanks for kind words but its to tight to call.I actually like Murray, but when is the WAR you have to chose side…


Daniel Says:

Djoko making a move.

Murray seems more tired in it make affect his menta, fortitude. Time to dig iut of this hole


Daniel Says:

Break!!!

Djoko taking control of the match. Serving for the set.


the DA Says:

Classy fans trying to put Andy off while serving. Nole gets the break. It’s not looking good for Andy now. Nole fans rejoice!


rogerafa Says:

@ courbon

I was just kidding. Of course, we have to take sides. I am surprised there is no other Novak fan posting here. The third set win for Novak may finally relax them.


Nikola Says:

No wind today:)


the DA Says:

Nole up 2 sets to 1. Strange 3rd set, kind of flat.


rogerafa Says:

@ Daniel

I agree about the second serve returns. In fact, both players haven’t returned as well as they usually do. I guess both of them were extremely tense and nervous.


Daniel Says:

@rogerafa Seems they both don’t want to take too many risks, starting with returns.


the DA Says:

Nole fans get ready to celebrate.


Daniel Says:

Murray body language changed. He needed that break to boost is energy.

Now is totally Djoko match. Murray is already accepting it. Still is ealry in the set but I think Djoko will break again.

Saving that 0-40 on 6-7 0-1 changed everything for Djoko. He wasn’t relaxed until that point.


Kimberly Says:

Just woke up and started watching. Looks like Novak will win at this point


the DA Says:

Andy looks completely spent. Movement isn’t there anymore. Fed is smiling.


Giles Says:

It’s funny how a single point can change the whole momentum of a match and of course the result. Shame! Really wanted Andy to clinch this title!


rogerafa Says:

It shows how difficult it is to play back to back matches of such physical intensity. I don’t know how Rafa in 2009 and Novak in 2012 managed to recover and do it. Their situations were much more difficult. Roger ran out of gas against Andy even though his match against Tsonga was not that long although it was intense. One could still explain it due to his age but Andy is fit as a fiddle and yet could not recover sufficiently after a four hour match. Time for them to order the cvac pod or some such contraption immediately.


jamie Says:

The astro guys were wrong this time, no?

If I were a betting man, which I’m not, I would put my money on Nole to finally win Roland Garros this year.

The other two slams are an enigma atm.


the DA Says:

Yes, makes it seem even more remarkable that Nole was able to beat Nadal in that match after the 5 hrs + SF last year.


jamie Says:

Andy will have great chances at Wimbledon since it is his most consistent slam, Federer will be 32, Nole’s weakest surface is grass and Nadal is a big question mark.


jamie Says:

USO will be a Nole/Andy battle as well.


jamie Says:

How about this:

AO: Nole
FO: Nole
Wimbledon: Andy
USO: Andy

Awesome year.


Daniel Says:

Uhuuuuu!!!

Congrats Novak making his own istory: 3 in a row!! Now target RG for us to see 3 Career Slam in a same era.

Sorry Murray but we his consistancy in AO 3 finals in last 4 years, eventually he will win this title.


the DA Says:

Nice of Nole not to rip off his shirt, that shows he respects Andy.
This could have been so different if Andy had capitalized on those BPs in the 2nd set. Still he has progressed so much and 2013 will be very interesting.

Congrats to Nole fans.


courbon Says:

@Jamie:Stop predicting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You are wrong-a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
@Giles:I hope Novak rips his shirt off just to piss you off….


steve-o Says:

Congrats to Djokovic on the historical hat-trick of AO titles!

As I predicted, a) Djokovic won, b) it was shorter than last year’s final.


courbon Says:

6th GRAND SLAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry for Andy fans.
@Giles:I was joking…


rogerafa Says:

Congratulations to Novak and his team. He is the new iron man of tennis.


mampo Says:

Congratulations to Novak, though the match was not super exciting. I’m really starting to miss Fedal matches. What classics.


courbon Says:

Thank you DA.
Message for Wog Boy , Jane and Mat4:YESSSSSSSSSSSS!


Skeezer Says:

Well, that was a yawner.

Congrats to all the Nole fans, truly a great player, a great champion!

The excitement and flair of play of a Fed/Rafa not being in a final is sorely missed. Sorry, these 2 just can’t create that kind of stuff. Back to my hole.


racquet Says:

Congratulations to Nole and his fans. It’s amazing how he finds that 2nd gear when needed. Andy played amazing tennis in the first 2 sets (up until the TB). It took Nole 2 hrs 50 mins to finally break. I can’t help wondering what would’ve happened if Nole had needed to beat Rafa in the other SF. Maybe a more level playing field?


Nole Rules Says:

Nole will break Federer’s GS record(17 slams).Just wait and watch.I predict him to win RG this year(finally!) and taking back the USO that Murray won by fluke last year.Expect him to defend both his HC slams in 2014 and go on to eventually break Federer’s tally.Go Nole!


jimmy Says:

I fell asleep, did Murray hurt himself?


Wog boy Says:

Commiseration to all Andy’s fan, many more finals to come between these two great players.

To all my Nole fans, he did it, he won thrid one in a row and made history, 6th GS and still going. He won 99th, 100th and 101st AO.
Courbon you were the o ly Nole fan to post during the match, thanks for that. Have drink on me:) Plum brandy is runnig low here.
Cheers to all.


racquet Says:

@ Jimmy

He was treated for blisters on his foot after the 2nd set. His movement wasn’t the same afterwards. It doesn’t take anything away from Nole’s incredible play but you could see he was paying the price for his 5 sets against Roger.


jamie Says:

So how many slams do you think Nole will win?

17 seems very far away.

Maybe Greenstone Lobo is right and Nole will win beyond 15 slams.


Giles Says:

Courbon. Thank heaven for small mercies! Maybe he sneak peeked into this forum and read my comment!
Congrats to Nole and all his fans.


the DA Says:

@ wog boy – thanks. You, courbon and Jane are always classy. Have a slivovitsa for me. Of course the clay season is going to be interesting but even more than that – Wimbledon. I hope these two meet there – not least because I think Andy will have the edge ;)


Huh Says:

Oh, just came back to see the tiger nole killing muzza dear. well, i was completely wrong to underestimate the insatiable hunger of nole. i eat my words as i thought muzz will win. anyway, destiny had other plans n none can fight fate. a well deserved victory for nole n he proved me n other critics(if any) totaly wrong. good for him.

the fightin spirit n dedication of nole makes me admire him even thou he defeated my guy here, (just lik even thou i hated rafa beatin fed, but the mere fact that rafa can beat fed when it matters most makes me admire him even thou m by far not one of his fans). HATS OFF TO THE TIGER DJOKOVIC n heartiest congrats to his dedicated fans lik mrs jane, wogboy, mat4, nina, danica, duro, courbon too(if he’s a nole fan etc.

better luck next time for muzza n his fans(includin me).


Nole Rules Says:

Jamie yes 17 seems far away at the moment but im sure by the end of 2014 his tally will be 10 most probably.He will be 27.Considering Federer is aging and Rafa has injury issues which could lead to retirement the only challenger is Murray and nobody can be sure if he can repeat his fluke slam.Meaning Nole wont have anyone to stop him.I predict him to certainly surpass Rafa and having a decent chance to pass Federer which i think he will.


jane Says:

Commiserations to Andy, and all Muzza fans here; he didn’t serve as well as during the Fed match. And frankly, neither Andy or Nole returned that well – what the heck!? How weird was it that there were hardly any breaks in a Nole-Andy match until the very end. Their games are evolving maybe – both working on their serves?

Nice speech from Andy. And Nole too.

Margot, DA, racquet and Colin, not to worry. I know Andy’s going to win the AO in the future – and maybe Wimbledon beforehand.

Wog boy, courbon, mat4, Nina, Duro, sar, stu, bojana, and all Nole fans (sorry for forgetting anyone) – he has done us proud with the three-peat. Cheers guys! Idemo. :)


Huh Says:

damn with those blisters.


Danica Says:

Jamie, your last year prediction didn’t come true ;)

Great win for Nole. Congrats to him and all the fans!!! ;)
Andy will definitely have his chance. He’ll take positives from this tournament, specially after beating Fed in a Slam. Well played Andy ;).


jamie Says:

Nole is definetely winning more slams than Nadal.

Nadal is a big question mark. He’s been away from the tour for too long. Players that are away that long rarely win anymore slams. Look at JMac….

Murray is not as good as Nole.

Federer is almost 32 and age when all players stopped winning slams in the open era…. Agassi was 32 when he won his last slam.

The sky is the limit for Nole.

The only slam that will be hard to win multiple times will be Wimbledon….


Nina Says:

I’m so propud of Nole, he’s already a LEGEND of the game. Couldn’t be happier to be his fan.

Kudos to Murray, he will win many more slams. Both guys at their peak, it’s gonna be interesting. :)


jamie Says:

I could see Nole ending up with close to 14 slams.

His career is similar to Sampras’

Pete won his maiden slam and then had to wait 3 years to start winning slams. Just like Nole.

When all is said and done Nole will be the second best player of this era behind Federer.

Federer 17 slams
Nole 14 slams
Nadal 11 slams


Nina Says:

I know it’s easy to say this when I’m on the side of the winner, but I really feel for Murray and his fans. His my second favorite player. I’m happy he’s just come around and embrace his impressive talent. I wish people were more magnanimous to him, he deserves all the attention he’s getting.


Giles Says:

Jamie. I’ll give you this, you are very persistent with your cr@p predictions. Give it a rest man!! #AlwaysWrong
Oh, didn’t you say Murray was going to win AO???
S H U T U P P P P!!


Nole Rules Says:

Jamie yes i think Novak passing Rafa’s tally only a question of when and not if.From there it will be interesting to see if he can pass federer’s final tally(which will most likely be 18).My hunch says that he will but the more logical conclusion at this moment seems that he may end up with around 14 with him reaching double digits at USO 2014.


Nina Says:

Eagerly awaiting Steve Tignor’s review of the match. :)


the DA Says:

@ Nina – nicely put (adds Nina to the classy Nole fan list).


El Flaco Says:

It’s a long way off, but not impossible based on what Nole is doing now and the fact that I don’t see any future superstars on the horizon like when Federer was in his prime.(No, Dmitrov, Raonic and Harrison are not future superstars) You had Nadal who had already peaked on clay by the age of 20 and would get better on other surfaces. Djokovic and Murray were starting to challenge Fed on hardcourts. Murray was actually beating Federer in the non slam events when Fed was in his prime. Things are looking good for Nole as long as he can continue to beat Murray. Nadal won’t last much longer and Fed is too old.


jamie Says:

Nadal fans are sore. Boo.


jamie Says:

Federer 17 slams
Nole 14 slams
Nadal 11 slams

Deal with it, Giles.


Nirmal Kumar Says:

It was a match till the end of 2nd set. Novak pretty much run through this match in the last 2 sets. When Novak starts firing, he is a better player than Murray. He has more weapons to hurt than Murray has to beat Novak.

With Rafa coming in the mix, it would be interesting to see who can challenge Nole on the remaining two HC masters.

What Novak is doing on the tennis court is something that has never been done before by any player. He is probably playing the ultimate tennis anyone could think of. Pretty nice to be a tennis fan with this guy being No 1. It’s going to be a big challenge for next group to catch up to Novak. It might not happen in the near future.


Nole Rules Says:

@El Flaco i posted almost exactly the same thing on tennis.com . With federer aging and nadal who will probably be forced to retire in a couple of years due to knee issues that only leaves murray who probably wont beat nole anywhere except perhaps wimbledon if nole keeps going this way.everyone thought that after pete got the slam record surpassing emerson he would hold it for some time but he could not even hold it for a full decade.i think the same fate will befall federer with nole taking the record.


Nina Says:

I wouldn’t underestimate Murray at all. It’s not like Nole beats him at please. IMO Murray is Novak’s biggest rival right now.


the DA Says:

Journos are tweeting that Nole has to catch a 3:00am flight to be in Belgium for Davis Cup. Didn’t know he was scheduled to play.


Wog boy Says:

the DA,

Yes he was scheduled but I was hoping they will not need him. But Tipsy pulled out due to injury so Nole will have to play both matches. BTW, I dont think it is 3am local time, it could be US time, he has to do photo shots tomorrow next to Yarra river with throphy. Most likely it is evening which is morning in USA.


Huh Says:

dont forget delpo so completely. nobody must’ve thought nole can actually do what he’s don so far. who expected him to beat rafa/fed so many times in slams, so easily sometimes, n sometimes in such difficult situation befor 2011? even the most ardent nole fan might not hav imagined AO 12 final or USO 10 or 11 semis, but it happened. nobody was givin a crap to nole just before 11, just lik none’s givin a crap to delpo right now. but things can change, as history has shown us. i dont think delpo is goin down quietly without further slams, nor i expect rafa to not challenge others when he returns. n there’s murray too. moreovr, of the up n comin, i hav fixed my gaze on tomic. he doesnt seem a guy who’ll not ever win a slam. and i nevr considered fellas lik raonic as contenders, whil about dimitrov, i was only wishful that he may do somthin(thou i nevr thought he can actualy). but tomic looks the real deal to me.


Huh Says:

n good old fed isnt completly don eithr. he may not win slams(or he may as well), but he certainly’ll continu to defeat nole, muzz n even rafa at slams from time to time. so nole’s path may not be that rosy. however, nole has game n nole has heart. it remains to be seen what he can do. i personaly think he’ll win 8-10 slams.


COURBON Says:

@Giles:Thank you.I’m actually looking forward of nadals return and battles he will have with Novak
@Wog Boy:I already had Single Malt.I also drank a lot of whisky with bunch of Scottish guys (it was a Burns Night-Scotish night )and have to all evening take insults (wholen hearted ) and attacks regarding todays match-I was defending Novak as much I could.When I was leaving drink 3am, I shouted loudly from a door-Djokovic wins in 4 sets, mark my words!What a spontaneous and glorious predictions happens to be…
@Jane:Thank you.I was reading this week your treads and I felt exactly same-full of doubt and slightly nervous…but what a lovelly sunnday is today!
To all Murray fans (specially Alison )-Better luck next time


COURBON Says:

@DA;Thanks.You are probably right about Wimbledon


Wog boy Says:

alison,

Be careful, courbon is trying to chat you up.


Wog boy Says:

COURBON,

I just noticed, you had quite a few of those single malts, you wright your monicer with capital letters. Slow down mate, eat something;)


Giles Says:

Jamie. If your predictions are anything to go by I feel quietly optimistic for Rafa.


COURBON Says:

@Wog Boy;You are right.I’ll go to bed.
@Alison:Don’t listen to Wog Boy-he is provocator…


Thomas Says:

“Nice of Nole not to rip off his shirt, that shows he respects Andy.”
No, the fact that nole didn’t rip off his shirt indicated that the match wasnt an epic :P


Huh Says:

@thomas, so true!


alison Says:

Just got home from work,the old dears were watching the match,so managed to take a peak now and then,congrats to all the fantastic Nole fans Jane,Nina,Duro,Mat4 and especially Courbon and Wogboy LMAO at your posts to each other about me,Nole really has some of the best fans on this forum,if i were not such a diehard Rafa/Andy fan i would seriously consider switching racehorses,but i cannot sorry guys,anyway as gutted as i am about Andy Novak is just unbeatable on this surface ATM,and was the best player today,sorry to Margot,Collin,Raquet,the DA etc,it was not meant to be but better luck next time,im sure he will get there.


Giles Says:

Thomas. Or maybe he finally realised what an unattractive chest he has. #JustSaying


alison Says:

Personally Novak overtaking Roger,Sampras or even Rafa is way too premature to talk about just yet,i think it would be wise to just wait and see,ok im not saying he wont because nobody knows as yet fortune teller or otherwise,whos to say Rafa and Fed are done winning GS anyway?whos to say that some other player will not make a breakthrough and win a GS?nice to here that the sensible fans are just enjoying Novaks win without getting carried away domination is only a today thing and not necassarily a tomorrow thing,a couple of years ago people were saying Rafa would surpass Roger,and now its that Novak will surpass Rafa in GS count,OK Murrays only won 1 GS so far,but heres a thought whos to say he wont surpass Novak?alot of possibilities that all seem plausible ATM,but no one knows what will happen in the future,so lets just wait and see eh.


Giles Says:

alison. They are all jumping the gun PREMATURELY!! #Typical


the DA Says:

@ Thomas – the SF last year was an epic and he didn’t do it then either.


bojana Says:

To all Nole,s fans congrats,to Murray,s fans:one had to lose today and it was Andy,but these two are very close and the best.Andy and his family got my heart today.

WOG BOY,Nole gave as the biggest happiness on holy Sava,today and he got the biggest love from us all around the world.

JANE,You said that Murray is Your second favor, from today he is mine to,but Nole is something special for Serbian people ,he is much more than tennis player.We do not have to many things to be happy about,and Nole knows that,and he is not playing for himself only ,he is playing for our happiness to.

I hope he made all his fans happy today dos not matter from which country they are or what colors
they are and I hope there would be fewer Nole,s haters from today.


Wog boy Says:

bojana,

Sorry, I am bit late, yes it was on St Sava day, I think few of AO wins were actually on St Sava day. Maybe that is secret behind his AO wins.
Good to hear from you:)

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