Novak Djokovic: That Was One Of The Most Thrilling Matches I Have Ever Played!
by Tom Gainey | July 5th, 2013, 5:01 pm
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Novak Djokovic won yet another epic 5-set match this one coming today in the semifinals of Wimbledon where he beat Juan Martin Del Potro 75, 46, 76, 67, 63 in a 4 hour, 43 minute thriller.

“I’ve had some epic matches in my career and some long five setters,” explained Djokovic after winning the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history. “But I have the experience of playing a long matches, and I know that I have been pushed to the limit today, as my opponent was also. It was one of the most thrilling matches that I have ever played, especially here in Wimbledon.

“It was a very high quality tennis from the first to the last point. There’s not many unforced errors. I think there was a lot of, lot of winners. So both of us, we tried to dictate the play. I did have opportunities in the fourth set when I was a break up and match points in tiebreaker to end out the match earlier.”

After a very tight third set, Djokovic was ahead by a break in the fourth set, but the World No. 1 couldn’t maintain the lead. In eventual tiebreaker Djokovic held two match points at 6-4 but again Del Potro wouldn’t relent.

Finally in the fifth set after dodging break points himself, Djokovic broke then served out the match to reach his 11th career Grand Slam final.

“I know that when we get to the fifth set,” said Djokovic who hit a career-best 22 aces. “When I play a top player at the later stages of a major event especially, this is where your physical strength but also mental ability to stay tough can, you know, decide the winner of that match.

“I was disappointed that I didn’t finish the match before in fourth set. But knowing that I have a chance, more chance of staying longer in the rally with him, and just as the match goes on I felt like physically I’m fit and, you know, I can go a long way. So that’s something that gave me that mental, probably, advantage. In the end I managed to prevail.”

Djokovic advances to his second Wimbledon final as he bids for a seventh Grand Slam title. And he’ll have the chance Sunday to virtually match current No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the 2013 ATP points race.

The Serb has played several unbelievable epic matches in Grand Slams in recent years including marathons against Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal at the Australian, Nadal again recently at the French and Andy Murray and Roger Federer at the US Open.


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74 Comments for Novak Djokovic: That Was One Of The Most Thrilling Matches I Have Ever Played!

Brando Says:

Great, great match.

Well done to Novak also for winning.

I am not a fan of his on a general basis BUT when he plays the big boys he does serve up some classics: and he is amazing in those matches to watch.

Kudos to him for that!


Kimberly Says:

It was one of the most thrilling matches I ever watched,


kinsky Says:

very stressful match. novak’s bp conversion was 20% today and he had made lots of UEs. this match should’ve ended in 4 sets at maximum. if he wants that final he should improve on those.

delpo was solid however novak is the one to blame for this 5 setter.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

WOW Congrats Nole and fans,Jane,Wogboy,Mat4,Courbon and Harry the only Novak fans that i like,and also some of the Federer fans that like Nole as their second favorite,that was one hell of a match and one hell of a performance from both men,i wanted a contest and thats exactly what i got awesome,just awesome,on that performance i cannot see him losing the final against Murray,even though it pains me to say it,im going away in the morning so i wont see the final,so i will record the match and just hope for the best,sorry for Delpo but against any other player he woulve been in the final,Nole is just the best in the world right now,he will take some stopping.


mat4 Says:

I think that DelPo played a great match, and won the fourth set deservedly. He poses a lot of problems to Novak, who cannot play his usual left-right patterns.

I am quite surprised that Novak served 38 aces in his last two matches, against excellent players with very good return of serve.

Watched two sets of Janowicz, and was not impressed. He has no game patterns. But he has a good serve, an excellent forehand, a lot of room to improve. I guess he will be a top ten player soon, but he still has to mature. With the right attitude, he could make wonders. But it remains to be seen, since the “right attitude” is the most difficult thing to learn.

The final is a coin toss. If Novak manages to put a lot of pressure on Andy’s second serve, he could have a chance. The FH could be the key of the match. But who knows.

My best wishes to all my dear fellow tennis-xers.


mat4 Says:

@alison: thank you for the congrats.

@kimberly: hope you fully enjoyed the FO.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Mat4 your welcome,great to have you back posting again,the pound for pounders are the best fans on this forum IMO,hope you enjoy the final whatever happens,if its anything like todays match then the final should be a cracker,unfortunatly i wont see it as i am going away in the morning,but i will record it and hope for the best an Andy Murray win hehe.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Tennis X staff,Sean Randall and Tom Gainey etc,sorry but does Andy Murray not get a thread of his own,been a Brit and trying to make history by winning Wimbledon?


Giles Says:

http://alturl.com/cc9ah
Is there no end to Joker’s antics? Illegal shoes? What next?


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Mat4 the FO semi was the match of the tournament IMO,as delighted i was about the win the final against Ferrer was an anti climax.


Tennis x hippy chic Says:

James from the other thread,im going to a place called Great Yarmouth in Norfolk,its a big tourist seaside resort,very comercialised but it has a great beach,its not very glamarous but i enjoy going there,it has a statue of Nelsons Column there,i dont know where your from,but if you google maps you can get a good look at the place.


Kimberly Says:

mat4, welcome back nice to see you. Yes I did fully enjoy the French Open, would have enjoyed it more if my guy hadn’t flamed out first round in Wimbledon to a nobody. But all in all I can’t complain, Rafa won the French, the Heat won the championship, a good month in sports for me. Obviously I am rooting for Murray since I have self admitted bitterness towards Djoker.


mat4 Says:

I didn’t doubt a second that both of you would root for Andy: not only as a Brit (alison), but as Rafans too. It seems there is a pattern here: rafans root for Andy, fedfans for Novak.

But there seems to be another pattern too — each time Rafa won a tense, important match against Novak, he had problems after that: Madrid 2009 (a sequel to MC and Rome) lead to the FO QF elimination; the FO final 2012, to a defeat against Rosol, and the FO semi 2013 to a first round elimination against another journeyman, Darcis.

Rafa seems to be losing the war of attrition against his nemesis. He was first displaced from hard courts in 2011, then from grass, and he is threaten not only on clay now, but his health is in question.

It makes me sad, of course. I would have preferred a final against Rafa here, just to improve Novak’s H2H.

Joking, of course.

I just hope the best player wins. The number 1.


mat4 Says:

Just to be clear: I was joking only in my last sentences, starting with: “I would preferred…”

Because I really think that the Rafole rivalry had terrible consequences on Rafa’s health, and this honestly makes me a bit sad.

When I think of it, and compare it to the Fedal rivalry, where we also had a very bad match-up, I tend to think that Fed was right to let it go, to stop trying. Rafa just couldn’t, and perhaps he is paying the price now.


Kimberly Says:

he may pay the price but he got 11 and 12. Isn’t that worth it? Nadal isn’t happy just to hang around not winning titles. I wouldn’t compare it to the Fedal rivalry either. 20-15 does not equal 10-20.

Also, the pattern is not just Novak, but playing every possible match, overscheduling etc. Nadal played an enormous number of matches under an enormous amount of pressure every clay season. I was surprised he never let down before last year.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

An incredible match today and historic, I think, more for Del Potro than Djokovic.
Both players showed incredible guts today. For Djokovic to go out of his comfort zone and play so aggressive, for DelPo to never show fear of the world #1, both players did themselves credit.
But I think DelPotro showed that he is now, again, a Slam contender as we had him pencilled in in ’09. The last few years he’s been a Dark Horse- big difference.
There’s still a Big Four. But someone’s out, and I think its Rog.

Match of the year contender?


metan Says:

Great post Tennis Vagabond.

Congratulations to Nole and all his fans. Wog boy, Jane…. Great match by Nole and JMP


mem Says:

Giles,

i heard about the “illegal shoe thing” today but i had not seen or read the article until now.

are you surprised? im certainly not! anything goes in tennis nowadays. it wasn’t that novak didn’t know the rule, its that he knew he could get away with it. in fact, i think roger and novak got that idea from nadal. i remember reading that nadal asked if he could wear grasscourt shoes to play on the blue clay in madrid and his request was denied because it would have been a breach of code. apparently, there are no rules and consequences for certain players, nadal is just not one of them. now you can understand why i say the essence of competition has been lost and tennis in general is losing its integrity. what can say, it is certainly not the sport that i once held in high esteem. don’t be surprised if get get blamed by certain fans for posting the link and i will most definitely get blamed for reading and commenting. oh well, whatever!


Wog boy Says:

Congrats to both, my man for staying composed and playing the way REAL #1 shoul play (though he failed to close it in fourth set), and Delpo, man I liked from the moment I so him first time on the court.
I am glad Nole won so I can say what I want to say without looking like sore loser. I said this after Wawrinka match at AO and now, I have big question mark about massage that players are receiving in fifth set every time they sit on the chair, Wawa had his legs massaged and Delpo his shoulders. Ofcourse, you will tell they were injuries, I don’t by it, it is about fitnesss same as a cramps and players and they shouldn’t be allowed to abuse the rules by claiming injuries and calling for trainer. Wawrinka did that in fifth and Delpo did the same in fifth here.
mat4, it was great match but I don’t even dare to think what would happen to Nole for the rest of season if he failed in this epic match like he did in that epic against Rafa month ago.


Wog boy Says:

I cannot believe that this two sore losers came here to polute Nole’s thread after such great match, one of the best, if not the best, this year and longest ever SF in Wimbledon history. If you didn’t notice Rafa bombed out in first round and No1e is in the final.
As for “wrap around” sport shoes for grass, Tomic was wearing rhem another night and John Newcombe commented that he thought they were banned but Tomic didn’t have a proble, maybe it is because they were Nike and not Adidas;)


mat4 Says:

No, Kimberly, you are wrong. I was always puzzled by Rafa’s many almost compatible faces, especially since I read “his” book, and I gave it a lot of “tennis” thoughts. I am just sorry I can’t express my views in a more familiar language, and I am afraid not to manage to be clear, but nuanced enough.

Fed got his 14, 15, 16 and 17, and got back to the number 1 rank, because he always kept a sane attitude toward tennis: it remained just a game he loved, nothing more. And, in his rivalry against Rafa, until 2009, contrary to the usual unfounded common opinion, he was the hunter, the aggressor, chasing Rafa on his grounds, on clay, untroubled on hard courts, on fast surfaces. Then, Roger had difficult beginnings, learning to lose before he learned to win.

It wasn’t the case with Rafa, who never properly learned to lose [just check his reaction after the loss against Tsonga at the AO 2008, e.g., or the fact that he is always injured when he losses]. He was not only hunted on his own turf, but he couldn’t assert himself as the best player in the world for years. He had to play every single tournament on clay to gather enough points to become that number 1 he so desperately wanted, convinced that he was the best, and unaccustomed to serial defeat against a particular player.

But he soon realized he could tire Roger in long matches, that it was just enough to play “one more ball” to win eventually. And to do this, it was enough to play his usual game, to remain himself.

Suddenly, against Novak, it wasn’t enough. His usual game didn’t work, and he had, each time, to surpass, transcend himself to win [the end of this year's FO semi is a brilliant illustration]. But such a feat had his emotional and physical price.

When did Rafa had his injuries? After Madrid 2009, at the AO 2011 (where he could have made the slam), after the FO 2012 and 2013. The AO 2011 excepted, it was each time after a great victory against Novak. First, there was an emotional slump, then a physical one. The coincidence is to obvious to be fortuitous.


mat4 Says:

@WB:

I think that Novak is tougher than we are. And I watched the match too: somehow, I was very confident Novak would win, even when DelPo had a BP at 5-3 in the final set.

I still don’t understand how Nole manages to make so many aces, serving at 118 mph.

Del Potro has the best running forehand I have ever seen.


Wog boy Says:

“Watched two sets of Janowicz, and was not impressed. He has no game patterns. But he has a good serve, an excellent forehand, a lot of room to improve. I guess he will be a top ten player soon, but he still has to mature. With the right attitude, he could make wonders. But it remains to be seen, since the “right attitude” is the most difficult thing to learn.”

Agree, watched this morning (local time 5:30am) until they closed the roof and I fell asleep. He rough on the edges with few holes in his game that top players will expsose. I agree with people that his oncourt manners can be iritating and intimidating and I don’t think they quite spontanious. Sorry Grendel, I usually agree with you but not quite on JJ.


Wog boy Says:

“Del Potro has the best running forehand I have ever seen.”

You cannot be more right, he burned Nole quite a few times. He has such a wing span that he need only two steps compare to other players four to reach the ball and then BOOOOOM.


Kimberly Says:

But isn’t it commendable that he goes out there and finds a way to win? Shouldn’t that be applauded not scorned. Did you watch the French Open semi? He dug deep in that fifth set. Novak himself applauded his courage in going for his shots, not just keeping balls in play, although he certainly did that too.

Enough about Rafa anyway. He flamed out first round as much as I hate it for two days we owe it to Novak and Andy to talk about them. As a Rafa obsessed person it is hard but I will try my best!


mat4 Says:

@Kimberly:

He played some of the best clay court tennis I have watched in that fifth set, with a lot of courage, determination and heart.


Nina Says:

I understand Kimberly, it happens to myself I cannot talk enough about Novak! lol


Wog boy Says:

Kimberly,

You are not sore loser, you are great Rafa fan that doesn’t like Nole and wants him to lose, nothing wrong with that, but you give credit when credit is due. You are sharp shooter and witty poster that doesn’t insult other posters favorite … if I am allowed to say?


Wog boy Says:

few tweets about wrap around shoes:

Carole Bouchard @carole_bouchard 9h
I totally missed that : they made him change stuff on his shoes ? Waiting the semis to note that ? Ok…
Brad Gilbert @bgtennisnation 9h
Still strange that Djoker played 1st 4 matches then in the quarters they make him file down the sides of his shoes hense all the slips today

Don’ you think that as Brad Gilbert said is really very, very strange to wait until SF ..


mem Says:

Wog boy,

im going to assume that you are referring to me as one of the two sore losers.

i didn’t make the rule nor did i write the article. Giles posted a link and i responded to the article and if you don’t like the content of the article, you know what you can do. i get sick and tired everytime i respond to something you people don’t want discussed, you behave as if i have committed a crime. well that’s just too bad because what you think of me is not important.

here’s what you can do, take your own advise and chew on it. speaking of sore losers, from what i have read, you have been a sore loser ever since nadal beat djokovic in that french open semis. so take a look in the mirror and spare me your holier than thou attitude.


Wog boy Says:

^^^

Carol Bouchard and Brad Gilbert are more competent than you to talk about that. Go talk to them and you and your sh!ty friend can stop, as I said, to polute Nole’s thread.
If you didn’t notice Rafa bombed out in the first round.

#soreloser


Wog boy Says:

People came here to talk about great match, which this thread is about, and sore losers are bringing the shoes in to coversation …What the shoes have to do with this match?


mem Says:

Wog boy,

if it makes you feel better you can convince yourself that im sore because nadal was ousted in the first round. this is not the first time nadal has lost early in a slam and it won’t be the last. sports work that way!

this is abour fairplay!
you asked “what do shoes have to do with the match?” has it ever occurred to you that he played in shoes that were not permitted; shoes that contributed to giving him an advantage and to think that he had already worn them for four rounds. what wrong with you guys? you can’t justify everything by sweeping it under the carpet. why is there a rulebook, if violating the rules is no big deal. im not picking on novak; it doesn’t matter to me who the player is, (be it roger, rafa, novak, whomever) he deserves to be called on it.
you can calm down because there’s nothing going to be done about anyway, so as far as im concerned it’s done. if players can get away with gaining an unfair advantage, why not? apparently it has become ok to do so.


skeezer Says:

@wogboy

This is the very same “mem” who said Nole’s use of the “Egg” was an unfair advantage. Apparently however, the “rules” allowed it. Now, its shoes. really?
Wimbledon made him change them, DID NOT disqualify him, and he STILL won his semi final match in historic “slipping” fashion.

Take no mind to these unqualified and false attacks, they are from the “sore loser” category of the well known an infamous Rafafanatics. There is always an excuse, and it comes from there Master.

Oh and remember, the answers are always “if you say so” and “if it makes you feel better”
ROFL.


lazlo Says:

Skeezer
Do you happen to know the match stats on Murray/Djok hours on court?

The “egg” was a fair advantage for Michael Phelps. I don’t see what all the fuss is about.


Wog boy Says:

skeezer,

The person that posted it, did it the way it looks like Nole tried to cheat, and the thruth is that everybody who had them played with no problem until SF, it was not only Nole, of course Nole made SF so he was asked not to wear them. Intention of passing information partially is clear, as that person was already cought doing it time and time again. You know that, posters knows it and of course mem didn’t wait a second to jump and acusse Nole of cheating. But as you can see they were wrong or to say it the people’s way they tried to cheat and lie. I know how painfull is for them to see Nole in the final and they were rooting so hard from the begining of Wimbledon to lose. But it wasn’t to be;)


Michael Says:

I am struck my amazement and wonder even many hours after the match. It was an extraordinary match by any stretch of imagination and the two Gladiators played exceptional Tennis beyond their perceived strengths. The notable thing about this match was that the level was quite high right from the beginning till the end and there was no let up by either player. Novak made more UEs than usual but may be it was due to the fearsome power of Del Potro. I thought it would be a four setter but Del Potro had other plans. He showed to the World the kind of Tennis he can produce and I am sorrow there was a loser that day. It must be demoralising and devastating for him. But he can hold his head high and be proud for playing such a memorable match which more than compensated the absence of Fedal slugfest. Novak had his moments and he could have with a little bit of luck finished it in four, but Del Potro played like a man possessed who hammered and pummelled the ball beyond recognition and tamed Novak to submission. Even in the fifth when Novak was serving for the match, Del Potro came pretty close to breaking it and I thought the match would be extended even further. Novak shook his head in amazement at Del Potro’s fighting abilities and acknowledged it gracefully. Finally when he won, he hug Del Potro not to offer his commiserations but give his respect to this wonderful player who showed to the World as to why he became a Grand Slam Champion.


Michael Says:

Undoubtedly this is a classic and how does it compare with the 2008 finals and more recently the 2011 Australian Open, well I would give this match a big thums up and place it ahead just because of its high quality and the high level maintained by the players for the entire match. I doubt if ever a match was played at such a high level by both the players. I will treasure this moments and thank both the players for producing such a wonderful match. This will definetely be in my DVD collection.


Wog boy Says:

Michael,

Nice posts, thumbs up.


James Says:

Novak has played three 5 set thrillers this year, 1 each against Stanislas Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and JMDP. All in slams.


Wog boy Says:

hippy chic@metan

Thanks for congrats, sorry I am bit late.


Michael Says:

Thanks Wog Boy !! Three cheers to Novak and his Team too for this amazing win. Such kind of matches are not played too often. It requires both players to produce their best Tennis and we were all privileged and proud to watch such a scintillating match. Novak has once again proved to the World why he is No.1


James Says:

@hippy chic, that sounds wonderful. I did google it and it looks like a nice place for holiday. I hope you have a lovely time there.
I’m from Utah, USA, but at present in Thailand and not returning home for another 3 months:)


Giles Says:

The only congrats I am going to offer to joker and his fans, one of them being a “sh!ty” nobody from down under who talks as if his idol is squeaky clean, is well done joker for getting away with yet another misdemeanor. He played 4 rounds with “illegal” shoes thus gaining an unfair advantage over his opponents, and this is the world no. 1? Why didn’t the All England Club take any action? He displayed his illegal shoes in public, almost in defiance one might say, and makes you wonder what illegal advantages he tries to gain in private! The mind boggles!!
#CarryOnCheatingJoker
#HopeAllWillBeRevealedSoonerRatherThanLater


James Says:

With the win over Del Potro, Novak has now qualified for the WTF, the second player to do so this year after Rafa Nadal.


Giles Says:

@mem. The phrase “don’t shoot the messenger” comes to mind as evidenced by the rant by that “sh!ty” fan from down under. The article is there in black and white for all to see. At least when Rafa wanted to play with grass shoes on the blue clay he had the courtesy of seeking permission FIRST, unlike the joker who went right ahead and did what he thought would be right for him and just ignored the rules.


Wog boy Says:

^^^

Cry baby, cry. You have been exposed as liar. End of storry.

#sh!ttysoreloser
#bombedoutinfirstround


Giles Says:

^^^ Prove it!!


Wog boy Says:

^^^

Cry baby, cry.
Do you need some tissues? I know Spain is broke with 27% unemployment rate but I guess you can afford tissues? If not come Down Under, we have 5% unemplyment rate, $60,000 average income after tax. You should show little bit more respect for Down Under (proper way to write) and for the best player in the world for a third year in a row. More tissues?


the DA Says:

There is a theory about all the falling down in yesterday’s SF. Wimbledon told Nole to file down the suckers on the sides of his shoes, as this photo shows:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BOaTSRDCcAAfmVR.jpg

Was it a factor? Maybe but he still played put of this world.


Giles Says:

@DA. I posted a link on july5th at 6 54 pm. Those shoes are illegal and joker played with them for 4 rounds !!


the DA Says:

@Giles – Yes I remember but I was wondering if filing them down led to all those slips and falls yesterday. Will it be a disadvantage in the final? If Andy gets wind of this he’ll be able to work out a strategy to exploit it.


mat4 Says:

Were all the players wearing Addidas with the same shoes? Was it only Novak?


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

It is not only Adidas, Nike had the same. When Tomic played they did show them close up on purpose and John Newcombe said that he thought they were banned couple of years ago but he noticed lot of players had them. He called them “wrap around shoes.” Nike ones (Tomic) were really going 360 degrees around and high, much more than Nole’s one. Dince Andy is with Adidas I am pretty sure he has full knowledge if they can help you or not.


Wog boy Says:

“Since Andy”


the DA Says:

@ Mat4 – I believe Nole has a special deal with Addidas and has custom made Barricades. I believe they’re different to the ones the other Addidas players wear.


the DA Says:

I just did a search and found that Andy wears the Barricade 6 and Nole the Barricade 7.


Wog boy Says:

mat4,

Guess who is official shoe sponsor of Wimbledon this year?
It is Babolat. Now everything make more sence, doesn’t it. Wimbledon probably didn’t care much but Babolat did!

“Because the grass market outside of Britain is small, the shoes are not sold in the US – though in Europe, grass court shoes are manufactured by all of the big name brands, including Nike, ASICS and Babolat, which this year is the official shoe sponsor of Wimbledon.”


Giles Says:

@ DA . I do hope Andy is up to speed and makes sure it’s fair play all round.
GO ANDY!!


Giles Says:

I wonder what Spain’s unemployment issues have in common with Joker’s illegal shoes!!


Wog boy Says:

^^^
it does have with down under or Down Under as you should write (it is Spain not spain) and with affordability of tissuses due to bad economy. Since Down Under economy is pretty good I offered to donate tissuse for crying babies.

I wonder what Nole’s shoes has to do with his win against Delpo? This thread is about that, isn’t it? I see … if it wasn’t for the shoes Nole wouldn’t make it to SF and Rafa wouldn’t lose against nobody in THREE sets, in the first round, right?


TennisZod Says:

Matey, great post at 4:42 am and 6:53 am. As Nole fans its our duty to defend Nole and his shoes. These Nadal fans too jealous of Nole’s great success. We also remind them Rafa country Spain is not rich like Down Under or wherever we live. On Sunday we see Nole beat Murray for Wimbledon title. Hopefully no more than 5 falls for Nole.
I think Rafa fans cry when Nole beat Murray. I am ready to donate money to buy them tissues. I send by paypal. You do the same?


TennisZod Says:

Giles, Nole beat your Rafa with his racket, not Wimbledon grass shoes. Nothing wrong with Nole shoes. British people just afraid because beat Murray in Sunday final. You Rafafan just jealous. Remember we are few in tennisx but us Nole fans defend Nole and watch each other’s back.


Polo Says:

Djokovic beat del Potro yesterday wearing piled down shoes. He could have beaten all those guys he beat earlier wearing high heels. That shoe rule does not make sense as demonstrated by all the slips and falls by so many players. If Sharapova did not keep falling, she would have been still around. That’s the problem with this year’s Wimbledon. The grass was so slippery and the organization would not allow the players to wear something to prevent that.


Long Live The King Says:

Polo:

Novak might still have beaten all those players and armstrong might have beaten all those cyclists without doping. We can only talk about what has happened and Novak had – intentionally or unintentionally, an advantage over the others. The one-match where he did not have that advantage, he was lucky to survive. If he loses in the final, it will only give credence to the theory that he/his team might intentionally be doing it. I am not claiming it, but just analysing the situation.

Let us also remember Novak has always had trouble with players accusing him of gamesmanship and lack of sportsmanship, starting with a match against monfils at the USopen. since then, through mysetreious injuries, illnesses, questionable retirements and egg-chambers and yelling obscenities he has not entirely bathed himself in saint-hood.

If Federer had been accused of such, his fans might be right in asking for tolerance, unfortunately novak and his team’s reputation for gamesmanship is very well-etched in most tennis analysts’ minds.

The grass has always been slippery and will be. Do you have any proof that the grass was most slippery this year? You cannot offer the number of falls or injuries as proof, because the sample set is only 1 single year.

Remember, in 2012 more injuries/retirements occured in monte carlo where the clay was supposed to be safer than in madrid, where the blue clay was supposed to be the devil.

Again, this controversy will die a natural death if novak wins the final tomorrow. If he does not, you will not hear the end of it from the nadal fans and other players’ fans.


TennisZod Says:

LLTK, stop putting pressure on us Nole fans. Nole is world best player thats why he no.1. Win or lose Nole played fair as always he did in career. I am not worried because Murray cant beat No1e in Slam final. US Open exception. No exception in Sunday final. You see Delpo yesterday? He smile after lose he respect Nole because Nole play fair and no point finger to complain to chair umpire because opponenet touch net. Nole is great.


Okiegal Says:

Speaking of shoes……Fed getting called out on his red soles……..give me a break. And I am not even a fan of Fed. How can they allow Serena to wear red undergarments?? What shows up the most….red soles or Serena’s bloomers?? I am a fan of hers. Maybe the officials thought they should call out Joker since they made an issue of Roger’s shoes…….just sayin’.


Okiegal Says:

@Tennis Zod

No he didn’t point any fingers but he mouthed something very nasty to the French crowd one time. He is a brat…….Mom and Dad made him that way. But after that being said he is an amazing player. And at some point in time #1 will go to #2 #3 and so on.


mem Says:

Giles,

absolutely! there are things they like to keep hidden, hush, hush. they can point fingers at certain other players the minute an opportunity arises, but when it involves their favorite, oh the blame is placed on someone else. so when you and i are bold enough to speak on it, we become the target of attack for merely elaborating on a topic that is already in the news. im fully aware of the kinds of things that novak will pull in order to win. i have watched him from the time he turned pro. so his fans can whine, pout and blame us all they want, but it doesn’t change the facts that apparently novak violated a rule and although his fans may say that wearing certain shoes is not a big deal. maybe not, but it is the principle of following rules. imagine if it had been nadal or azarenka taking matters in their own hands and wearing illegal shoes to help them maintain their balance for four rounds and somehow it got out to the public. these same fans here on tx would have had a field’s day. some would have gone so far as to suggest that they should be suspended from the tournament. i know how most fans on this blog think; everything is just fine when their favorite player breaks a rules; it’s no big deal but let a player they don’t particularly like commit the same offense and see how quickly their thoughts change. like i said, it happened, novak breached a rule, nothing was done about it, so apparently the spirit of fairplay is not big deal anymore. i can live with it!


Wog boy Says:

Compulsive liar on TX said that Djokovic didn’t ask offical to change his footwear. This artical states oposite:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/tramlines/djokovic-falls-foul-wimbledon-shoe-etiquette-154343326.html


Wog boy Says:

Correction,
meant one of five players who was asked to adjust his footwear to comply with rules, meaning Djokovic was not the only one wearing wrap around shoes. They didn’t name the other four.


Danny Morris Says:

LOL!

very cheap tricks from lady forehand and his country! they are scaaaaaaared!


Wog boy Says:

One more thing, if you read fine print it says ” to adjust” and “not to change” his footwear what Nole did, meaning it was not a big deal but may or may not distract player!


Giles Says:

The cheat played 4 rounds wearing “illegal” footwear! #Fact

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