It’s A Great Time To Be Novak Djokovic
by Sean Randall | April 5th, 2016, 5:26 pm
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Once again this weekend Novak Djokovic showed he is without equal in the sport of tennis right now. For a fourth time, Djokovic swept both Indian Wells and Miami losing merely one single set along the way, that in his opener in the desert to of all people an American qualifier named Bjorn Fratangelo.

And if you haven’t noticed, Djokovic winning titles isn’t a new thing. He’s won the March double for a third straight year and he’s won just about everything else the last 18 months save for Cincinnati and the NBA title, which I’m sure he’d win that too if he joined the NBA!

It’s no wonder he has twice as many ranking points as the next guy Andy Murray, and, in fact, if you add Murray’s points with No. 3 Roger Federer’s, it still falls short of Djokovic! That’s not a gap, that’s an ocean.

So why has he been so dominant? Well, of course it’s because he’s just been that good. Except for his overhead, there are no weaknesses to attack – and you can’t really attack someone’s overhead, can you? He’s also been extremely healthy and clearly smart of his schedule, staff and training regimen – he’s made no “wrong” moves.

But…(and here it comes!)… Djokovic is also helped out by what’s happening around him. As I’ve said before, the tour is now in the full throws of a state of transition, from the Big Four to a younger generation. And look what’s happened to his key opposition of late:

Andy Murray – Resigned to being a father?
Roger Federer – He’s 34, off his prime and now coming off a knee injury.
Rafael Nadal – Unfortunately, closer to retirement than to his best level.
Stan Wawrinka – An inconsistent threat.

And then there’s his two final victims, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic. Nishikori’s shown signs but he’s just so fragile. And Raonic doesn’t have that complete game to compete with the guys above him on a regular basis. Not right now.

So going into the clay season, Djokovic is looking even better if you can believe that.

That said, part of the problem his foes face is that very fact Djokovic has given them nothing to feel good about.

Novak’s been consistent and simply dominant. Deep down, did Murray really think he could Djokovic in Australia? Did Nadal really think he could beat Djokovic at Indian Wells? Years ago, yes, but no longer. And that’s credit to Djokovic and how well he’s played.

Who really thinks they can win Monte Carlo? Federer? No. Maybe Nadal, but even he can’t feel that good about his chances if he plays Novak. Stan? Maybe.

And before you (grand) slam me for arguing Djokovic is benefiting from a “weak field”, if you will, Federer did the exact same back in mid 2000s when he built up his resume beating up on even a weaker field (and Serena did it last year). I wrote about that here.

Now, it seems, Djokovic is getting a bite of that same apple and he’s not being shy about. He’s taken big chunks, and why not? And with the current landscape the way it is – I don’t see this younger generation rising up for another 12-18 months and Federer/Nadal/Murray in decent – he’s got the tour all to himself. And I bet it tastes real good.


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167 Comments for It’s A Great Time To Be Novak Djokovic

elina Says:

Difference being 2002-06 was FIVE years!

That’s a YUUUUUUUUGE Era you guys!

Novak has only had relatively no competiton similar to that period for just over a year.

Call me at the end of 2018 and we can talk then.

pfft


RZ Says:

It’s good to be the king!


Okiegal Says:

Elvis has left the building……the one and only King…..πŸ‘‘…….LOL! 😜


J-Kath Says:

tennistonic.com/poll-results.?nid=99″Who will win Monte Carlo
“Who will win Monte Carlo?”

Nole 34%
Nadal 29%
Fed 27%
Ferrer 5%
Stan 2%
Raonic 1%
Somebody else 1%

And so it starts.


Wog Boy Says:

“Fed 27%” !!

Who runs that site, Mirka?


Dave Says:

That actually made me laugh out loud. Good one Wog Boy.


chrisford1 Says:

Loved that zinger, Wog Boy!


Daniel Says:

Not Mirka, one of the 4 twins. LOL


jane Says:

why would andy be “resigned to being a father” though? if anything, becoming a father seemed to spur on players like fed, stan and novak. i wonder if it’s more to do with focus? it seemed to me like andy was most able to be calm/focused on the court under lendl, and this is not to say that amelie isn’t a good coach, but just that she has other strengths, perhaps.

as for fed, he was playing exceedingly well in 2014-15, with edberg and the new racquet, but now that edberg’s gone and he’s adjusting to ljubicic, it’s difficult to say what’ll happen this year.

stan seems to try hard only when he wants to try hard (sorry emily!)

and rafa has been just very inconsistent over the past year – he played some good matches at indian wells, but then miami…

it’ll be interesting to see how he does on clay this year.

i still feel like these main rivals will be the ones that novak will have to beat at the slams this year, but the youngest guns – the gen after milos and kei – seem to be on the rise. guys like thiem, kyrgios, goffin (sigh, not a fan), zverev, et al.


chrisford1 Says:

Seriously, I would add Andy Murray to the possibilities. He finally stopped sucking on clay in 2015. MIssed MC but took in the BMW even in Munich, then won the Madrid final against Rafa, retired in Rome on fatigue, and played a gutty 5-setter against FO Final, coming back from 2 sets down to level and then –Djoko went into Serbinator mode in the 5th set.
Based on last years clay performace, 3rd for the season behind Stan and Nole – he deserves to be on that List.


RZ Says:

@Jane – it’s funny that Murray has one bad tournament (Miami – I’m not counting Indian Wells as he usually does poorly there anyway) and there are all these articles or comments about how he’s been playing badly since becoming a father. As those who work in statistics know, 2 points of data don’t make a trend! (And this is only one point of data)


jane Says:

true, good point rz… tennis is such a “what have you done for me lately” sport :) but who was in the AO final? andy. who was in the semis? fed. who was in the miami semis? rafa. and yet, they’re “off form”. i don’t really think it’s so cut and dried either.


anki Says:

I think Murray, Stan and Thiem will all do well going into the clay season. May be Rafa too, who knows. Expect Novak to take his foot off the gas during clay masters and peak during RG, lol..Wishful thinking..


Margot Says:

Andy missed his main training block in December. Even tho he got to AO final, I think that’s had an impact.
Plus FIL getting ill at AO, then birth of babe, new fatherhood etc., all bound to have had an impact. Remember this is a guy who finds a feather distracting!
And please jane, no more the “L” word! He is gone, gone, gone!
For all Andy fans especially RZ, who probably hasn’t seen this. Andy is great and the kids are absolutely adorable!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdh3vNIKe-c


J-Kath Says:

Yes Margot….that came out when you were AWL and I saw it and posted it for you. I liked the slogan too…..


Margot Says:

@Kath
Certainly worth posting twice, twice as there are still some idiots out there who think Andy has no sense of humour.
Find it quite difficult to track past threads TBH. So many new topics gets posted all the time and many themes get so endlesssly duplicated, I frequently can’t be bothered anyway.


mat4 Says:

With all these years following tennis, I know that a player is “finished” only when he has recurrent health problems. In other cases, many come back when nobody expects it, and many suddenly fall when nobody expects it too.

So, you never know. Novak has started well this season, but it could be his last slam. Andy could win everything until the end of the year — he has the tennis for it. Fed, if he’s fit, could win both WB and USO with a little luck… etc., etc.

It happened in 1982, when everybody expected Jmac to dominate: Jimbo won both WB and the USO. IN 1989, after three slams won the previous season, Wilander, at only 24, practically finished his career. Who would have thought that Agassi could win 8 slams in 1995? Or that Safin will win only 2, when he won the USO in 2000, when he was only 20? That his career would really finish 2 months after he won the AO 2005?

So, although it’s nice to speculate, one never knows. The future’s not our to see, que sera, sera…


jane Says:

sorry margot, will try to abstain from “l word” and yeah off court things will often impact play one way or another.

exactly mat4… things ebb and flow.


mat4 Says:

@margot:

Andy has no sense of humour. English humour, btw, is not humour. When I am the most serious, people believe that I have “a sense for British humour”. And nobody laughs, btw.

A song for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad7u0-jfPKI

This is Precious.


J-Kath Says:

Yes, Margot:

A look-see at Tennis X goes with my morning coffee….then dash around to catch up on my “self-indulgence”.

Its pertinent when the big tournaments start … ….more to focus on….

keen to see how Andy does back on clay….


mat4 Says:

@jane:

Was it British humour?


J-Kath Says:

Mat 4

Go and live in Glasgow for a month….then report back on “British” humour….that is if you understood what they are saying!!!


Okiegal Says:

Why do people call Nole the Egg Lover….have never heard this explained….what does that even mean??
You know curiosity killed the cat. I have been leary to ask for fear of offending his fans…..coz it is brought up in a derogatory way. Is it a treatment of sort??


mat4 Says:

@J-Kath:

I thought that Glasgow was in Kentucky. Isn’t it?

A song for you:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7UaXWZ39Kg

;-)


mat4 Says:

@okie:

Don’t worry, a cat has 9 lives, so, curiosity… makes the world go round? (No, I didn’t watch The Return of Pink Panther…)

In 2011, he used a hyperbarric chamber in the form of an egg at the place he resided for the USO.


Margot Says:

@mat4
Loved the song, love the group but lordy, lordy they were very chippa seeing as they had ” one way ticket to the blues.” BRITISH humour task tak, not just “English” please, is ironic, self-deprecating and as dry as parchment. Oh and we can’t stand bragging!
@OK
The “egg” was some sort of dome shaped oxygen(?) chamber that Nole has used in the past. Don’t think he does now. Meant to aid recovery. Dome shaped, hence nick name “the egg.”


Margot Says:

“task tak” oh lol, I need an oxygen chamber clearly, tsk tsk, or is it the morning sherry doing it?
mat, posting at same time, I guess.


J-Kath Says:

I’m searching hard for your “funny-bone” Mat4.

I’ve already been in trouble for going off-topic, so I don’t do music on line….but because I’m so polite:- thank you-most appreciated….


mat4 Says:

@margot:

I know it’s British, not English humour, I just anticipated a new referendum. Hence… the top of British humour are Scots wearing skirts.

And it’s easier to remember. Imagine we’d have to know when it’s English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish humour.

BTW, hyperbarric chambers are widely used in sports. In tennis, the Spanish federation recently bought a device called “Pure air” (an advanced hypo/hyperbarric chamber). Novak used one at the AO, while, in the time, Sam Stosur, Lleyton Hewitt had their own.

It has two effects: since our skin breathes many times more effectively than our lungs (but the surface of the lungs is 150 m2, and that makes the difference), it can help healing muscles’ micro-injuries, when used a short time. But ski federation, like the French one, make their competitors use it for at least one month (they sleep in it) to improve blood oxygenation abilities (I hope I found the right words). In the first case, it’s used as a hyperbarric chamber, in the second, as a hypobarric chamber.

In the second case, it’s a legal way of doping, but you can’t really forbid it: competitors living in high altitude would have a great advantage, and the effects are the same. It’s basically a question of costs.


mat4 Says:

J-Kath:

You’re welcome. About the funny-bone: there’s none.


Green Lady Says:

Mat4 as always as ABBA would say, thankyou for the music, agree with Margot, One Way Ticket To The Blues, does sound a little upbeat, for a song with such depressing lyrics, and i have to say i prefer Ricky Martins version of La Vida Loca, pretty girl but Nicky Macs version leaves me feeling a little cold ….

And to get back on topic, tis a great time for Novak and his fans ….


Green Lady Says:

Mat4 Dont dare say Andy has no SOH, or us Brits, i remember Annabelle to Andy at the DC, saying so hows the groin Andy ?, and he replied very well thanks Annabelle hows yours ?…. priceless , and BTW a Scots man doesnt where anything under his kilt ….

Again sorry for going off topic, its supposed to be a Novak thread ….


Green Lady Says:

Thats quite funny how they mashed the two videos together, not in a mean spirited sort of way though ….


Green Lady Says:

Us Brits cant stand bragging !, make that smug pillock know it alls !, and theres alot of them here too! ….


Margot Says:

@mat4 4.52am
Don’t quite know where you got that example of top British humour from. Was it the same site where OKiegal read that British tap water isn’t fit to drink?


Okiegal Says:

@mat4…..Thanks for the explanation of the hyperbarric chamber. Appreciate you and Margot jumping on that question for me. Now for the next question…….who came first, Novak or the egg??
Okie humor 101……😜

Margot, if you plan a trip to Mexico, you are told not to drink the water or you will get what is called Montezuma’s Revenge…..a bad case of diarrhea, so therefore people drink alcohol instead.
Actually it was Italy and France I should have pinpointed. Isn’t our friend Courbon a Frenchman?? Wogi is always joking about Courbon and wine, which is why I even brought it up…..in jest, of course. I’m sure Courbon wants to remain diarrhea free!!
🚽 🚽 🚽 🚽 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


Okiegal Says:

@mat4……btw, I’m a Pink Panther gal….”Does your dog bite? No…..grrrr….I thought you said your dog didn’t bite….it’s not my dog”…..loved the Panther movies…..Peter was a hoot!!


Okiegal Says:

Giles, I loved that link…..not because of the missed smash, all former #1 are guilty of that, but because Roger and Rafa are so dang cute in that video. Their laughter made me laugh. I have watched that one a few times just because……..😁😁😁😁


jane Says:

mat4, dry? droll? witty?

okie, a number of players have tried the “egg”. there was an article about it during the AO in WJS that said andy murray has tried it, the bryan bros use it, and others. also swimmers like michael phelps and athletes from other sports, too of course. some said they think it helps with recovery whereas others said it made no difference. it became associated with novak because he was one of the first i think (?) to use it in tennis. of course as far as hyperbarric chambers go, rafa and the whole spanish davis cup team used one, together! people like hewitt used to use one, too, etc.


J-Kath Says:

Green Lady:
There are so many Nole threads at the moment that I don’t think Novak’s fans expect it to remain “on topic” e.g.there’s also movies, films, politics, wine etc. already posted.

Nah, I refuse to “stay on topic”.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane….I wasn’t being accusatory of Novak and the egg, I just wanted to know what it was. That is just the reason why I never asked…..touchy fans. I was gonna say I wish Rafa would use it since he is having trouble recovering lately…..but you say he already has, so scratch that idea. I am gonna seek it out…..I have trouble recovering too…..and it can’t be my age, no?? 😒😒😒


Markus Says:

@Wog Boy: Although we have argued bitterly before and we are not likely going to be drinking buddies (we even disagree about that because you like white wine while I prefer red), I must thank you for the youtube video link about Belgrade that you shared here. I watched it last night. It was beautifully made and gave me a lot insight about the city in particular and Serbia in general. It is a place rich in history and culture. It has been ravaged by so many wars and yet has managed to rise up very rapidly each time which is a tribute to its people. They are very resolute, determined and admirable (that includes you).


jane Says:

okie I was just adding info to mat4′s and margot’s posts. you could always search up that article in the wall street journal from earlier this year if you are interested.


Wog Boy Says:

Markus,

All I can say is, thank you for taking the time to watch it and thank you for the nice words. Yes, we love our city, even it is far from perfect, as for the drinks, you never know, God works in mysterious ways.


J-Kath Says:

Markus and Wogboy

You are off topic…Yes I’m feeling punchy. LOL


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Guilty as charged:(


django Says:

Okie from Muskogee is in heaven. RIP


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy:
There is nothing to apologise for…but I feel that a number of commentators are feeling the need to apologise when their comments are not strictly related to tennis. Surely free speech – even not strictly related to the thread is acceptable…it can be informative, be funny, be of wide interest? Up to now there is very little hatred on Tennis X …I’m personally interested in an exchange of views…mostly about tennis…but what is the harm if it all wanders a bit.? Forcing people to feel guilty and/or apologise?


emilia Says:

It is a great time to be Novak in spite of this bla-bla talk, djingo, django, wogboy, jane, okiegal, etc.


James Says:

Federer still had 3 players his age who were slam winner or multiple slam winners, all had been No. 1 (Safin, Hewitt, Roddick). Djokovic has Nadal, that’s it. Murray has never even come close to No. 1, nor has Stan. That means they are not consistent enough. AND there is no younger player threatening them – like Nadal was threatening Federer (remember he beat Federer in Miami in 2004, and then at the French in 2005)??? So saying that Federer had less competition than Djokovic has now is totally false. Competition now is at its weakest ever.

To be fair, I think Nadal has had to face the toughest competition all his life.


Humble Rafa Says:

Wog Boy Says:

β€œFed 27%” !!

Who runs that site, Mirka?


Two sets of arrogant twins run this site.


gee Says:

Fed was scared of getting injured so he avoided Davis Cup in order to avoid losing to Hewitt & Roddick (lmao).
A few more Davis Cup years would’ve subtracted Fed’s slam count.
Poor thing.
Safin barely beat Fed (faced 4 match points) and fed whined about his leg hurting after missing out on a 26 match win streak in 2005 Australian Open semi.


Dave Says:

James,

Not one sports writer will ever say that any of those players you listed are better than Andy Murray just because they reached number 1. Not even close. There is no way Federer’s era is stronger than this era today. Andy Murray will go down as a way better player than Hewitt, Roddick and Safin. He has already accomplished more than all of them. Also, A 34 year old Federer is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than any player Federer played in his era.


Dave Says:

Roddick was not that great of a player. Maybe the slowest player I have ever seen on a tennis court. He had a great serve and forehand. And would get eaten alive today by many players, even in his prime. Safin could have won 10 slams easily if he would have lived up to his potential, but he will always go down as one of the biggest under achievers. Safin was as hot and cold as Stan the man. So they are pretty much going to go down as equal at best for Safin. Stan could easily win a few more slams and be rated much higher in the end.


Wog Boy Says:

I love this:

“WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY”


Dave Says:

Dominic Thiem is already better than the majority of players in 2002-2006 and he is just barely starting to hit his prime this year.


gee Says:

Roddick was highly overrated at the baseline and his serve was dwarfed by karlovic’s. Lmao!
He admitted that he was fat, lucky, a liar, a ball basher & incredibly ignorant about his low talent level.
The possibility of beating Fed 25 more times, plus the precious human being Novak, the GOAT & the best sport comedian of all time, caused Roddick’s retirement.


jane Says:

django…the real okie. ;)


jalep Says:

Do spare a thought for old Merle Haggard. RIP.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4AgZST_TG8&nohtml5=False

Lyrics
We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don’t take no trips on LSD
We don’t burn no draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin’ right, and bein’ free.

I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all

We don’t make a party out of lovin’;
We like holdin’ hands and pitchin’ woo;
We don’t let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.

And I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all.

Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear;
Beads and Roman sandals won’t be seen.
Football’s still the roughest thing on campus,
And the kids here still respect the college dean.

We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.

Thanks to J-Kath for giving me Permission to veer off topic πŸ‘


Okiegal Says:

@Jane 11:26 You said the article was in WJS….did not have clue what that was…..then your comment at 2:07 mentioned the Wall Street Journal…..that cleared things up….I do know what that is. Like I said, this chamber thing I wasn’t familiar with and just wondered what it was. If Rafa used it has got to be a-okay!!!


jane Says:

so were you a fan of merle haggard okie? or what?


Okiegal Says:

Oh, yes….a big fan. I saw him at a dance hall in Sulphur, Oklahoma in 1967. Hubby and I did some Texas two steppin’ ……..danced the night away! He was just getting started in his career. Oh to be young again with Okieguy by my side. We had so many good times at the country and western bars. I wasn’t a drinker, but loved to dance. When I hear Merl I think of Byron, because he love the Hag’s music. I am sad for the Haggard family. Another legend lost, but we will still have his music forever!!


Okiegal Says:

A good friend of mine saw him in Dallas about a year ago. Marty Stuart was on tap with Merl. He had to take over the show, Merl was not feeling well and could barely sing. She said it was so sad and she felt sorry for him because he wanted to perform for his fans but was too ill. She said it was like he didn’t want to give it up, but was forced to.


Okiegal Says:

A good friend of mine saw him in Dallas about a year ago. Marty Stuart was on tap with Merl. He had to take over the show, Merl was not feeling well and could barely sing. She said it was so sad and she felt sorry for him because he wanted to perform for his fans but was too ill. She said it was like he didn’t want to give it up, but was forced to.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane….My comments at 12:56 for you…..


Okiegal Says:

Oh drats…..the dreaded double posts…..sorry!


Margot Says:

Nice tribute to your hubby, Okgiel. Great memories to keep you warm.


jane Says:

that’s sweet okie, thanks for sharing.. the music never dies, there’s always the music.


Margot Says:

“Bye bye American Pie” love that song jane. Love him too.


Margot Says:

Lol just referenced that song, jane and it’s awaiting moderation. Hello? Is there a rude meaning I’m not aware of, being a Brit n all?


jane Says:

margot one of my earlier comments about jmdp’s “dance moves” also showed as being moderated, which freaked me out. so maybe just a glitch? or the levee’s dry?!


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…When I hear the old country classics I get a warm fuzzy feeling because it takes me back in time to my early years of marriage with Byron…….48 wonderful years! Very weepy atm….

@Jane…..u r welcome. Byron loved his music and also George Jones.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot and Jane…..I don’t understand the moderation criteria at all…..


Margot Says:

Lol glad you are both in the same “moderation fog” as me ;)
Just listening to a tribute to Merle on UK radio. Nice.
It’s OK to cry Okiegal, life is all bitter-sweet. Only fools would deny this.


nv Says:

“It’s no wonder he has twice as many ranking points as the next guy Andy Murray, and, in fact, if you add Murray’s points with No. 3 Roger Federer’s, it still falls short of Djokovic!”

obviously. if he has twice many points as the next guy then obviously he has more than the 2nd and 3rd put together. 2 times the second ranked guys points will always be greater than the sum of the second and third ranked guys points.


Okiegal Says:

Margot…..on crying….been doing that a lot lately. I think it is really sinking in……I am so very sad and at a loss…..miserable…..and lonely. I am in pity party mode tonight…The Hag caused this, gotta shake it off!! Oki


Okiegal Says:

Margot….got a moderation too! Ummmm


J-Kath Says:

Jalep
I don’t mind if you talk tennis as well!!!!!!! ….grin..grin


J-Kath Says:

Tennis World states that Radio Prague announced that the Czech PM has ordered an investigation into 300 Czechs named in the Panama Papers, indicating Tomas Berdych is included…..


Okiegal Says:

J-Kath…what is the nature of the investigation???Doping …..match fixing…something illegal going
on???


Pauly Says:

Should be 90 % Nadal winning Monte Carlo
He’s the greatest ever clay courter of all time
But sadly this current Nadal isn’t able to play like he once did .
Nothing lasts forever … Good luck Nadal hope


Pauly Says:

Djokovic is so lucky that Nadal Federer are both in decline


Pauly Says:

I got moderation also for making very sensible true Comment about Nadal not being In top form no more ?


Pauly Says:

Should be 90 % Nadal winning Monte Carlo
He’s the greatest ever clay courter of all time
But sadly this current Nadal isn’t able to play like he once did .
Nothing lasts forever … Good luck Nadal hope


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/tennis_photos/status/717367527110742017
This looks like what Tomas is being investigated for??


Wog Boy Says:

The only illegal thing that happened, to my knowledge, is hacking Mossack Fonseca data base by Europeans and leaking the names of thousands of individuals and companies who used their services to legally open offshore companies in tax havens. Of course there are crooks there too, like quite a few oligarchs from Serbia and rest of the (Eastern and Western) Europe..


Wog Boy Says:

Okie, if you want to know more, just google “Panama Papers”.


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal

It’s about rich people not paying taxes and hiding money in off-shore accounts e.g. Panama. There was a huge leak revealing thousands of names of well-known celebrities, sports-people, politicians (including the Prime Minister of Finland who has stepped down).

Overall, it is pretty explosive and will catch “Cheats” from all over the world…..I doubt Tomas will be the only tennis player named…

PS: Your earlier comments: I know how you feel and hugs across the pond.


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy….I posted just as your comments arrived.


Okiegal Says:

@Wogi…I plan on doing just that. I am so busy playing Words With Friends….scrabble…..with one of your mates from Australia. He is a tough competitor…..I have to think!! Lol


Wog Boy Says:

Oki,

Give him a cartoon of beer and you’ll beat him..


Okiegal Says:

Thanks for the feedback JK…..the story might make for an interesting read.

Hugs back! Experiencing some tough days of late….Thanks for your thoughts and I hope you are doing OK yourself.


Okiegal Says:

@WB……Not sure he’s a drinker……lol!


Wog Boy Says:

Then he is not real Aussie ;)


Okiegal Says:

I knew you would say that……


J-Kath Says:

Okiegal

Still covered with horrible rash…secret is DO NOT THINK…quickly think of something else….. Have too many deadlines….and trying to make myself care.

Looking forward to Monte Carlo….hope our favourites do well (or well enuf).

Cheers, K.


J-Kath Says:

Margot, Jane, Okie….just been put into “awaiting moderation”!!


mat4 Says:

The “Panama files” is an operation led by a well-known agency fulfilling an understandable agenda. The job has been done through the ICIJ which is financed by G. Soros. Nobody hacked nothing.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

They claim that Germans hacked them and that’s why Germans ended up with all files and records that they decided to share with ICIJ, that’s what I read, but doesn’t have to be true. I didn’t know about Soros, but that makes sense, most dangerous and evil person in today’s world, just my opinion.


James Says:

Dave,

Safin’s game was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than even Djokovic’s. He just didn’t fix his head to be consistent enough.

Stan vs Roddick? tough call, but Roddick did show up more often. First, Stan’s game is nowhere near Safin’s. And Stan is hot and cold – you never know which Stan will show up.

Murray is just a pigeon. Hewitt in his prime would have taken him to the cleaners.


Michael Says:

I do not think one can condescend Novak’s achievements by pointing out the weak competition.

Competition being weak is not Novak’s fault or head ache. The fact is that he is Supreme and the indisputable Emperor of Tennis today who has no conceivable threats to his position with even the Creamy layer wilting under his radiance blazing as the rays of Sun.

And what Novak is doing today is quite incredible making a total mockery of his competition who look totally helpless on court playing him and resigned to their fate and moving through the motions even before the outcome of the match. He wins the match before he steps onto the court where his competitor is psychologically beaten by his dominating presence and the sheer invincibility or even impossibility of getting past him. That is the reason, Novak wins even closer matches because of this imposing intimidation.

I think he is destined to do great things which may be unparalleled if he stays healthy and plays till 34 like Roger. May be, 20 majors, 40 Master series tournaments and 8 World Tour Finals titles plus Olympic Gold will become his final tally if he goes at this pace with such overwhelming confidence.

My hats off to this player who grew inspired by the heroics of Roger and Rafa, the two undisputed Legends of the Sport.


Vami Says:

James: “Murray is just a pigeon. Hewitt in his prime would have taken him to the cleaners.”

I’d be ashamed of myself to post something as stupid as this. And that’d be even without mentioning claims about Safin and Roddick.


Green Lady Says:

Michael it all sounds rather irritatingly smug, im so god damn good, and god dont i just bloody well know it (sigh) ? …. pftt ….


Giles Says:

So this @ss Vami still calling posters names. No class! πŸ’©


RZ Says:

Here’s an article that discusses Djokovic’s use of mindfulness meditation and how it has affected his game. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/neil-endicott/post_11514_b_9616446.html?


jane Says:

wow, thanks RZ! i loved that.


Green Lady Says:

RZ Works for me too ….


J-Kath Says:

Oh Giles

Please lay off Vami…that was unfair.


RZ Says:

@Jane and GL – too bad I can’t send this link to Andy Murray. I think he could benefit from it. :-)


Margot Says:

James@8.15 am
Oh dearie me, I can only conclude you are feeling very unwell at the moment and it’s clouding your judgement, otherwise why on earth are you pretending that a very dodgy opinion is a verifiable fact?
Tsk. Tsk.


jane Says:

RZ, i generally loathe buzzwords like “mindfulness” but it’s the positive psychology i admire, being able to rise above negativity and focus on the present must help in any endeavour or profession. plus it sounds like there’s a lot of science behind all that – i.e., sports psychology – it’s not just a bunch of new-age mumbo-jumbo. ;)


Green Lady Says:

Jane it works for me, and its not mumbo jumbo either, i resent that implication ….


Dave Says:

Anyone that learns how to be in the moment doing anything in life will maximize their potential in whatever field of work they are in. Murray is more talented than Nole in many ways, but doesn’t know how to stay in the moment or surrender to the moment when things are not going his way. That is the reason why Nole is at 11 slams and Andy is at 2. If Federer was as good at being in the moment as Nole, he might be above 20 slams, maybe even 25. This is the biggest reason Nole is where he is. He is maximizing his own personal potential. All of the top players train very hard to get themselves in peak physical shape, the main thing that separates them during a match, is how much they can get in the moment. Talent can only take a player so far. If their physical capabilities are fairly even, the player that is able to be in the moment more during a match, will always be the one that wins the match.


jane Says:

green lady, “it” being what?


jane Says:

speaking of talent, here’s a cool vid for novak fans – he was whacking those returns from the get-go! i remember vajda saying “i have nothing to do with that, it’s all him…an innate thing, apparently”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_hn4VFHz80&feature=youtu.be


Green Lady Says:

Jane when you do something thats out of the ordinary its not mumbo jumbo its just excentric ….


Green Lady Says:

Sorry miss read your post Jane, what i meant when i said (IT) was being mindful and meditation, just like Novak IT works for me too, its not mumbo jumbo though, or only used by crackpots, lots of people use this technique, believe it or not Novak and i do have more in common than you think ! ….


jane Says:

i don’t like the catch words like “mindfulness” green lady. that’s my personal point of view.

as you’ll note from my two posts, i actually agree with you insofar as it’s clear that meditation and positive psychology work for many people, who don’t get overly negative, stay focused and stay calm by using particular techniques. so i don’t disagree with the ideas.

i just don’t like the way they’re promoted in popular culture sometimes, as fads and trends, with no science, data, proof, etc. sorry but i am a bit of a skeptic.

kind of like how MMT was talking about his views on religion/god on the other thread about novak.


Green Lady Says:

Fair enough Jane ….


Wog Boy Says:

Dave @3:37pm,

Good points, I probably wouldn’t understand you if I didn’t watch the movie, btw, the book arrived, I have just to find proper time to read it, relaxed time.


Green Lady Says:

Wogboy just to say i respect you and dont take sides with other posters ….


Wog Boy Says:

GL,

It never crossed my mind that you were taking sides or anybody else for that matter (Marcus, Margot), everybody just enriched conversation in their own way, no need to explain yourself.

BTW, even that racist πŸ– didn’t take sides, he/she just hates anything that has No1e in it..


Wog Boy Says:

Back to Nole, I really don’t see Nole going the way he going now beyond next twelve months, but for the different reason than some of the other posters claiming.
Firstly it is not weak era, but transition era with excellent players knocking on the GS and other doors, I am talking about 18-21 years generation.
Secondly, somebody will solve the Djokovic puzzle same way he solved Rafa/Roger/Andy puzzle, don’t forget that until two years ago Andy and Nole were going roughly one for one.
It is just normal sport/life circle, Nole will stay as main factor for anothar 2-3 years but without sweeping everything and anywhere. He will als need a more luck of a draw than he needs now, like Roger or Rafa needs somebody else to knock Nole out prior the final, these days.
My two dinars, right mat4?


Vami Says:

First, this is off the topic but a gently reminder that there’s a racist πŸ– on this blog and everybody knows who it is.

As far as Novak’s future, it’s hard to predict anything. I watched the other day Roger’s press conference after his loss in Australia this year. He summed it the best about himself winning the 3rd set. Novak couldn’t concentrate on reading every serve and ball after 2 sets, even doing it for 2 straight sets was amazing in itself. Then Novak’s level only slightly dropped and that was enough for him to loose the set.
My point is, Novak is the best right now but margins are much smaller than what people generally think. Thiem had a shot. So did Goffin. People don’t see that, they see only easy wins. There was nothing easy in winning this years IW and Miami. Novak doesn’t have big weapons, at least not the obvious ones. When your best weapon is to return as close to the line as possible and generally work with accuracy your margin for error are very small. To sum, Novak could be hard to beat in the next 4 years or his slump could start next week. We don’t know.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath 6:18

Thanks for the advice. I guess staying super busy is the key…..you don’t have time to sit and reflect…and feel sorry for yourself. I will try to heed your suggestion!!


django Says:

Wog
I was satisfied when Nole got one more than Tilden.
12 total is fine with me if the last one is RG. An upgrade in Olympic medal to silver or gold is good.I can die happy. All else is gravy.


Van Persie Says:

^^ agree with that. I also wish one RG title for Nole. This record thing with GS titles does not excite me very much.
I do not like the fact, that some Fed fans insist so much on th 17 GS titles thing, and I do not want to become obsessed with a record.


Margot Says:

You Nole fans…you all go “I’m very happy with what Nole has achieved so far, the rest is gravy….but…………….:)


Van Persie Says:

We Nole fans are happy that Nole achieved at least more than Andy did ……;)


Wog Boy Says:

Nole is practicing in Monte Carlo..with son Stefan, Rafa will be happy to see that Stefan holds the racquet in his left hand:)

http://youtu.be/GtxLziRe58Q


Okiegal Says:

How precious is that….gonna follow in Daddy’s
footsteps, no??? I love little boys…..and big boys too!! Lol


Van Persie Says:

Very nice WB, thanks for sharing the link :)


Green Lady Says:

Aww so cute is Novaks little guy ….


Pauly Says:

Prime vs prime it’s hard to determine who wins
All Is that Rafa Nadal at his best wins against everyone on clay … That’s set in concrete !

Agassi vs Djokovic would’ve been great viewing but for some reason I’d favour Agassi
Best match Sampras vs Djokovic hard to pick
Lendl vs Djokovic not easy to pick
Becker vs Djokovic great game too

My favourite game would be Nadal vs SAFIN


anki Says:

Haha, that video with Stefan is cute. Agree with few posters here. Will be more than happy to see Novak win the RG and OG this year. All the journos just hyping Novak as invincible, super human, predicting the golden slam, it is impossible.


Green Lady Says:

Would personally love to see Murray winning another Wimbledon title, and Stan to win some more GS ….


Green Lady Says:

Can we have a MC thread please Sean ? ….


Michael Says:

Alison @ 8.53 am – Sorry for irritating you. But truth is harsh and bitter and it is Novak’s era after the Fedal era !!


Michael Says:

Vami at 6.31 pm,

“Novak could be hard to beat in the next 4 years or his slump could start next week. We don’t know”

That is denigrating a player who has dominated the circuit for the past four years on the trot. Next week is just too short for Novak to lose his form miraculously or some challenger emerges to take him head on. I feel that Novak’s decline will arise when he gets too close to crossing 30.


Green Lady Says:

OK Michael read my reply on the other thread ….


Giles Says:

5.17 pm
CORRECT ( last paragraph).


Markus Says:

I am fascinated by incredible feats of human achievement, how one can develop his abilities to the fullest. It is inspirational and often serves as a template for the coming generations to emulate and probably even exceed. In that regard, it cannot be bad for the sport because it can only make it better. That is what Djokovic is doing right now. Though not a big fan of Djokovic in that I like a Federer better, one cannot deny the remarkable things that Novak is doing in the world of sports right now, not just tennis He is at par with the greatest in all of sports. Federer did it before, Nadal to an extent and now, Novak is pushing it to even higher peaks. I will be missing something if I do not watch his every match.


Green Lady Says:

Markus i dont suppose theres any right or wrong answer, some like domination, and some dont ?, i personally dont, nothing against Manchester UTD either, but i got mighty fed up with them winning the EPL every year, and i yearned for another team to have their turn too ….


Margot Says:

@Wog Boy
Sooo sweet, soooo cute. :) Blond like his ma I see.
@GL
Every thread on here used to be about Fed. Nole’s fans will justifiably be saying, “about time too.”
@Van Persie
Bar that low then…tee hee…;)


Green Lady Says:

Margot yeah true, and thats the whole point, forums shouldnt be about just one player, they should be about all players ….


Markus Says:

Green Lady, I am not imposing my opinion on anybody. That is just how I feel the same way you expressed how you feel. There is nothing in my post which says a different opinion is wrong.


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

The bar is not low….I did not compare Nole to some guy from top 1000 ;)


Van Persie Says:

GL,

I can completely understand you, but Nole is the guy to beat atm and media takes advantage(with goods and bads). Even if I am a Nole fan I do also speak about other tennis players, which I like: Zverev, Thiem and so on. Nole fans also speak about other topics here, not only about the actual Nr. 1. And nobody would be mad at you, if you would comment about other tennis players on Noles threads…


Markus Says:

Before, I did not think Thiem would be a contender but he is starting to prove me wrong. Zverev is someone to watch but he should be careful not to develop an Andy Murray type of temperament which I sense of frm him the few times that I’ve seen him play. Kyrgios is another one to keep an eye on to see which direction he’ll eventually head up to. The young Americans e.g, Fritz, Tiafoe, etc to see if what we hear now are the same hype the American commentators heap on any new American players that come up the scene. There are really plenty of reasons to keep watching, at least in the early rounds because I think we know who wins at the end.


Van Persie Says:

Thiem could be very good on clay…perhaps he could win some GS in ghe future, I would be glad for him.

Zverev is still a puppy, to quote WB, if he wins 2 GS, a Gold Medal and 10-11 Masters, like Murray, would not be bad at all….if he will achieve moreor less, time will tell. But I enjoy to watch him play ;)
Kyrgios is also interesting…would be a spicy rivalry Kyrgios- Zverev.


Dave Says:

Thiem is going to be awesome. He will be a future number 1 in my opinion. I wasn’t on this forum when Federer or Nadal were dominating, but I am sure it started to feel like all people talked about was Federer or Nadal. Maybe even more so Federer. And it would have went on for a lot longer period of time than it is for Nole. The ATP official website finds any reason to bring up Federer to this day. I like talking about lots of players as well. I don’t see the big deal in talking about Nole. Nole has been my favorite player for a while now, but I would be happy if anyone would break Federer’s records once and for all. I think I am not the only one that also got sick and tired of the Federer worship at an unprecidented level. Not one player has gotten even close to that status. Nole has never reached even closed to those heights, neither has Nadal. It’s okay to talk about a player, but lets be honest, there has been full out worship of Federer going on for a long time. It’s nice to see that quieting down for once. Of course their are more balanced people that enjoy watching Federer as their favorite player, but unfortunately their have been a lot of others that have taken it to a completley different level. I’m not judging anyone for their actions. I don’t have the right to do that. It is obvious that worship of a player is taking things to far. And for the record, I am not saying anyone on this forum fits that catagory. Their are some very balanced Federer supporters on this forum.


Green Lady Says:

Markus lol yeah i know sorry if i offended you eek ….


Green Lady Says:

Dave maybe i shouldnt have said anything eek again, oh dear, i do put my foot in it at times, its the depression in me im afraid, and unfortunatly i have my good and bad days, apologies to all Novak fans well mostly :(( ….


Dave Says:

No no. Don’t be sorry. You have the right to your opinion. I’m just making a point as well. That’s all. I hope you feel better soon. Depression and Anxiety can be very difficult to deal with at times. Hand in there.


Dave Says:

Hang in there.


Green Lady Says:

Thanks Dave, it means alot to me, i dont give a damn what certain quarters say to me, but i dont like to offend posters like yourself and Markus whom i respect alot ….


Dave Says:

No harm done here. At the end of the day, were only talking about tennis. Just a game where people hit a ball over a net. There are bigger, real life issues to deal with, such as mental disorders and many other stresses of life. Thank you for the nice compliment. I respect you too.


Green Lady Says:

Dave ;-)) ….


Markus Says:

Hey, Green Lady, don’t back down. It’s your opinion and that’s how you feel so that’s exacgtly where it should be for you. If my or somebody else’s opinion is different, it is because it just happens to be different. If somebody chooses to insult those whose thinking is not in line with theirs, it’s a strike against them, not yours. So keep your head high. We may not agree on certain issues but you’re fine in my book.


Green Lady Says:

Thankyou Markus ;-)) ….


BBB Says:

Sorry if this has been discussed elsewhere, but I just saw that Gimelstob and Isner split up. They say it’s for Gimelstob’s personal reasons, but he was very vocal about having a difference of opinion with Jim Courier about how Isner should play. The fact that he would say it so publicly while commenting on an Isner suggested to me there was some tension there.


Vami Says:

@Michael
I’m not denigrating anybody, especially not Novak (well, I don’t mind denigrating the racist πŸ– but that’s normal) . I don’t think you understood my post but no problem.


Giles Says:

Poor classless being knows no better than calling posters names. The guy needs to be educated. He knows who he is.


lakie Says:

James at April 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm

I agree. Not only was the Fed era stronger, Fed was a fresh face so it was exciting when it began. Also a young bete noir ( Rafa) appeared almost immediately. His chief rivals were most of them young. The only old guy in the reckoning was Agassi.
But Djokovic has been around for ages. His chief rivals are in decline, the next gen is not good enough and the next next gen are still a little way off from reaching the level and consistency. required for winning slams.
This era is not only weak but lacking the excitement of the Fed era when Fed shot into view like an exciting new comet.
This is not to take anything away from Djokovic. He is definitely one of the greatest players of all time.

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