Novak Djokovic Beats Andy Murray To Win First French Open, Completes Career Grand Slam
by Sean Randall | June 5th, 2016, 1:24 pm
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History was made on Sunday at the French Open. And history belonged to one Novak Djokovic who finally captured his first French Open to complete the Career Grand Slam. And he did it beating his good friend and longtime rival 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in a mostly one-sided affair.

“It’s a thrilling moment,” said Djokovic. “One of the most beautiful I have had in my career. It’s incredibly flattering to know that Rod Laver is the last one that managed to do that. There are not many words that can describe it. It’s one of the ultimate challenges that you have as a tennis player. I’m very proud and very thrilled. It’s hard for me to reflect on what has happened before and what’s going to happen after. I’m just so overwhelmed with having this trophy next to me that I’m just trying to enjoy this moment.”

It wasn’t the best match nor the most entertaining they’ve played. But it had its moments.

“At points I did well,” Murray said in press. “Not necessarily the whole match. He did play extremely well and gave me very few errors. He started hitting the ball a bit close to the lines and I was dropping a bit far back behind the baseline. Against him, obviously if you’re letting the best players control points, that’s tough. I wasn’t able to dictate enough points after the beginning of the match.

“When you get here (the final), obviously you want to win. I didn’t do that today. Right now I’m very disappointed, but the tournament could have been quite different had I gone out in the first round.”

Murray, who came in winning his last 11 including a win over Djokovic in Rome, stormed out early, erasing an early break by breaking a nervy Djokovic twice to win the first set 6-3.

Djokovic looked out of sorts, arguing with the umpire a few times. But he couldn’t have played much worse at the start, and you knew he would get it going. And he did.

After saving an early break chance to start the second, Djokovic got into groove breaking Murray in his opening service game in the second set.

Once Djokovic got another break you could sense it was over. Novak had found his form and in the heavy conditions Murray couldn’t hit past him. He could no longer make Novak uncomfortable.

Djokovic ran away with set three as well then serving 5-2 in the fourth Djokovic felt the tension. Murray got on a little bit of a run, playing more freely as Djokovic tightened with the title in reach.

Murray got one break back but couldn’t get a second. Djokovic shook off a double fault on his first championship point to eventually win it on his third try.

“I entered the court quite prepared,” Djokovic said. “I started well in first game and then I dropped four straight games. Nerves kicked in. I needed a little bit of time to really find the right rhythm and start to play the way I intended, which happened in the beginning of the second and practically until 5-2 in the fourth set. It was flawless tennis. I really felt like I played on a high quality and putting a lot of pressure on Andy’s serves and just trying to hang in there.”

Borrowing with permission from Guga, Novak drew a heart in the sand and fell to the earth. The quest was over. Relief!

Djokovic becomes the 8th player all-time to win all four Grand Slams and he’s just the third man to win four straight after Don Budge and Rod Laver who did it twice in 1962 and 1969.

“This is Novak’s day,” Murray said on court. “Winning all four Grand Slams at once is a great achievement. This is something that is so rare in tennis. What he’s achieved the last 12 months is phenomenal. I’m proud to be part of it today.”

Not to be forgotten, Djokovic also now has 12 Grand Slam titles. He’s just 29 so Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras who are at 14 are going to get past. And who knows who else? He’s the best.


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174 Comments for Novak Djokovic Beats Andy Murray To Win First French Open, Completes Career Grand Slam

Willow Says:

Congrats No1e and fans, amazing achievement, GOAT ? Quite possibly yes ….


jane Says:

“He’s the best.”
YAY! cheers sean!
no garbage man now eh? ;)
what a long history we’ve had here at TX
years and years of craziness.
so happy for novak.


Baa Says:

Oh how I wish mononucleosis didn’t drag the weak era down.
Poor fed and company would’ve won 4 straight Slams 3 times!!

People say Novak’s weak & arrogant.
They must have sadistically enjoyed Federer
dance ballet to pummel
the will power of the clowning, violent, abusive tennis-allergic Roddick,
his “rival”. Back then, it was like sparring practice sessions for Fed.

Commiserations to the Injured old Agassi, Baghdatis, Hewitt, ljubicic and safin. They were supposedly “braver” than GOAT Novak!😳

The real Andy stood up and challenged the REAL GOAT today.
Don’t feel sorry for Andy Murray.
Novak wants to win Olympics too.
He already slapped Roddick on Olympic grass, 6-1 6-2!

Haters forgot that nadal’s long 6 month vacation to get strong & fresh against Novak, who already won tons of matches before playing French open, Wimbledon & USO ’13.
Novak didn’t do the finger wagging.
That’s just too bad.
He didn’t “win” sportsmanship Awards.
He’s just the real GOAT!


Travis Bickle Says:

Who is the boss now, eh???

First of all, greetings to Giles. Take it easy, it’ll get better in a few days. Save some of your tears, you’ll need them for next tournaments…

Congrats to Andy Murray’s fans – all of them. I really like all of them on this site, even CDP whose overconfidence must be the result of watching too much British media (note to CDP: you cannot be serious and claim to know tennis and yet believe that Andy would beat Novak when it matters on clay – only British media could fill one’s head with such an irrational rubbish)…

Finally, huge cheer to ALL Nole fans here, especially Wog Boy who mentioned me on the other thread – yes WB I will have a few drinks today, likely not grappa but lots of beer for sure! Also, special congrats to Jalep, the huge Novak fan who was quite exuberant today based on her comments – Nole is proud of you, Jalep!

And, for the end – I could not resist: Sean Randal, you were not slightly wrong in your prediction – you were way off!!! Nole gave a clinic to Murray today, not a close match like you expected. Nole is The Boss of tennis, and when The Boss sets his goal, no close matches are to be seen. Grand Slam is here!!! Of course, only July-June GS and not the January-September one, which is apparently a huge difference according to media ??? !! ??? I don’t get it, but who cares…


joe strummer Says:

@Sean what was that prediction my man? nole has a big heart, never forget that.

cheers.


vox Says:

Thank you Nole!!! You have to do it again!😃


jane Says:

nole and murray fans – LOOK! how sweet!!!

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CkNPwMdXIAA7Mjt.jpg

udy murray ‏@judmoo 1m1 minute ago
Mums. Grannies. Friends.
Me and Djana Djokovic.
Toasting our sons.
#RolandGarros


George Says:

Sean, I have a very good opinion of your writing, so I would like you to clarify for me one thing. Holding all 4 majors at the same time is 10 times accomplishment of a Career Grand Slam. What was your thought process when you made decision not to put this into the title of this piece?


George Says:

Andy gave extraordinary runner up speech and he did emphasise what was the major accomplishment of Djokovic. I wish him all the best and many successful finals. He did play this one very well, but Djokovic was just awesome.


BBB Says:

Jane – thanks for that. Amazing.

Djokovic hushed the crowd when they were interfering with Murray’s serve after the brouhaha in the first set. In Rome, Murray complained when Nole got wrongly penalized for delay of game.

They are gentlemen.


chrisford1 Says:

Jane – “nole and murray fans – LOOK! how sweet!!!”

I personally call a GILF Alert on those two gals.


chrisford1 Says:

Amazing how the journalist community is avoiding calling this a non-calendar year Grand Slam.


chrisford1 Says:

And how the journalists avoid mentioning Novak will set an ATP rankings point record yet again.


Humble Rafa Says:

Even goat owners sometimes have to admit the truth. What the Egg Lover has achieved is remarkable, far better than what the Arrogant has accomplished. He is a goat that I will not own, but happy to say I played alongside him.

4 slams in a row..you will probably never see one for another 30 years.


Humble Rafa Says:

It’s amazing how quiet the forum is. Some people will be starving their cats. Others eating crow.

Take this from a Humble soul. If the Arrogant One had won 4 slams in a row, this site would have crashed by now with the sheer number of “insightful comments”.


Baa Says:

Yes. Can you imagine the 2003 weak era “heroes” talking the truths instead of
being disingenuous, pathetic ignorants,
or trying to get rid of slam contenders against Fed??

A Fed “rival” Roddick pushed the GOAT Novak against the locker
but wimped out of a violent retaliation from Novak!
The clown is crying over the French Open because he declared Fed the GOAT after Haas and Soderling the mental midget folded in the 2009 french open.😭

With all due respect to Laver. Novak won on 4 different surfaces in 12 successive months. Including almost all masters events.
Fed didn’t do that even when safin, hewitt & roddick were playing.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/annak_4ever/status/739520177084239873
How many slams they needed to complete Career Grand Slam (men).
Interesting.


Danica Says:

Jane,
thanx, that is a wonderful picture.

Like it or not Sean, Nole is a holder of a Grand Slam. By definition, it’s winning 4 GS tournaments in a row. So, there.


Humble Rafa Says:

Giles,

You and twitter are like Skeeze and cats. Can’t separate them.


BBB Says:

Giles, are there stats out there for how long it took each player to win a wraparound slam? Should be easy enough to figure it out as so few have done it.


George Says:

@Danica: Thanks to you I have just realised that Djokovic has done Grand Slam. I went to check it and indeed this is officially called Non-Calendar Grand Slam. CNN reported it as Grand Slam. I don’t know why most of the press is quiet about it (BBC, tennis.com etc.) when it is a big deal and puts Djokovic ahead of Federer and Nadal.


BBB Says:

George – particularly when it’s a huge deal whenever Serena does it.


jane Says:

thanks for that humble rafa.
i think i can say that most of us “egg lover” fans are truly happy that novak has some wins over the king of clay on a surface that he owned for almost a decade.
i had bacon with my “egg” today even
and a shot of wine at 9:30 a.m.
cheers!


George Says:

@BBB: You made a very good point. Now I remember all hype that was about prospect of Serena Slam. Djokovic has just done it, and in most reports that is buried out inside the text as a minor thing? I don’t get it?


BBB Says:

The headline on ESPN is “career Slam” and the Grand Slam itself is buried half way down the article.

I am trying to wean myself off conspiracy theories, but this achievement interferes with the clarity that some have around using total # of majors as the sole benchmark of GOAT.


Dave Says:

George,

being slighted only gives Novak more motivation. He uses just about anything for motivation these days. I just checked on the ATP website and Novak isn’t listed to play in any of the grass court tune up events before wimbledon over the next 3 weeks. I guess he is sticking to his routine from the past 2 years. I actually thought if he won the French Open that he would decide to play in 1 of the tournaments as a warm-up before Wimbledon. Maybe he will decide to get in as a wildcard?


George Says:

@BBB: It is absolute the biggest thing in male tennis ever. Budge done it in pre-historic tennis era and Laver done it in embryonic tennis era. Borg didn’t do it, Lendl didn’t do it, Sampras/Nadal/Federer didn’t do it. It is the greatest achievement ever in man tennis and nobody is writing about that.


Daniel Says:

Agree, the headline should be the 4 in a row, it already amasses the “career Slam” , what he achieve today was not just completing the set,is just rating the bar and doing something nobody else in the open era the than Laver did, Truly Greatness. Very proud of Djoko, proving that 28029 is the new 25-26 peak years in tennis. or maybe he is just too good and the exception t the “old” norm.


Daniel Says:

Now the he got the biggest achievement out of the way he can focus on Olympics, Cincinati and of course thinnest 2 Slams, where he will be once again favorite.

If he wins Olympics and Cincy even if he misses 1 or the next 2 Slams it will already be the most complete resume ever by a tennis players with all important titles.

He can complete the Career Masters (don’t know how they called it last year during Cincy) or the Golden Slams if he wins Olympics and next 2, something only Graffi could do.

One you think the bar is reached that we realized that he can actually have an even greater year and achievement. And I am dying to see if he can do it, hope so!!


jane Says:

which slams are thinnest, daniel?
are there fat slams? ;P
hope your baptism (was it?) was nice.


Giles Says:

Rafa has the Career Golden Slam, no?


Wog Boy Says:

Hats down @HR @@3:31 PM

You said it all!


Wog Boy Says:

______
George says:

I don’t know why most of the press is quiet about it (BBC, tennis.com etc.) when it is a big deal and puts Djokovic ahead of Federer and Nadal.
_______

You gave the answer at the end, “…puts Djokovic ahead of Federer…”, thats why.


Wog Boy Says:

Jane,

Thanks, great picture, truly great.


jane Says:

you’re welcome for the pic wog boy, as well as danica, bbb, and cf1 – it’s nice to see the mums sharing a moment. imagine: they raised these boys. how proud they must feel!


Wog Boy Says:

I am so glad Nole didn’t forget his coach and mentor late Jelena Gencic and dedicated his to her too between the others, Grande No1e!


Wog Boy Says:

^^ dedicated his win” should say


RZ Says:

Congrats to Nole and his fans on here. What he has accomplished the last year – or really the last 2 years – is truly amazing.

Hugs to Margot and J-Kath. Hopefully Andy will have his day soon.


RZ Says:

And congrats to Jalep for winning the Tennis-X Bracket, and to Mat4 and Aileen who were close behind in a tie for 2nd place. (I have to mention that I was 4th which is a huge accomplishment for me).


Wog Boy Says:

Interesting coincidence, at AO after that Simon match uncle Goran flew into Melbourne..Nole won AO. In Paris after Agut match uncle Goran flew in and Nole won FO. Uncle knows when his nephew needs him, he dedicated all his life to his nephews since he doesn’t have kids. La famiglia..


Danica Says:

Giles,yes, indeed, Rafa won and has career Golden Slam.
As for the asteriks and not really winning if Rafa was not beaten on the way, all one can say is: sorry amigo, doesn’t hold water. Rafa was in the tournament.


Okiegal Says:

I knew jalep knew more about tennis than anyone else on TX……..You go girl! A big congrats to you!!


mat4 Says:

And Novak beat him on clay, 7 times I guess, and he beat him in Paris too. No asterisk for Novak. No obelisk on his back either.


mat4 Says:

@Okie:

Go on tenngrand and congratulate her there. She’s ratcliff. I already did.


BBB Says:

The ability to withstand the pressure of winning the career slam, plus the current slam, with a highly disrupted schedule is amazing. It’s clutching at straws to seek an asterisk, as the tweeter acknowleged.


chrisford1 Says:

Jane – “you’re welcome for the pic wog boy, as well as danica, bbb, and cf1 – it’s nice to see the mums sharing a moment. imagine: they raised these boys. how proud they must feel!”

With Judy just as proud of RUP Andy, and rightly so. And the best thing is they are just as proud of their other sons and love them just as much.
The dads, too!

I think the picture of Judy and Djana will be making it to Andy and Kim’s plus Nole and Jelenas scrapbook and picture files on line. A reminder. They may soon be where those two are. The parents of a kid who has a great and worthy rival and you meet like and respect that rival’s parents. Then when one loses, it’s not so bad when you can celebrate, both families together for a bit – the efforts and achievements of both lids.


Danica Says:

Mat4 @5.45, that’s great ;). Looooved Asterix and Obelix growing up :).


Baa Says:

https://mobile.twitter.com/christophclarey/status/739550963485282304

“Growing up in Serbia, we played a lot of mini tennis.”


Vami Says:

@mat4
That drawing you use on tenngrand is by Hugo Pratt (Corto Maltese in Siberia). I like Hugo’s work a lot. I guess you know what I’m talking about, you being French and all, you guys even made a movie about Corto.


kriket Says:

Novak’s mum is called Dijana (Serbian spelling of Dianna), not Djana.


Vami Says:

Speaking of tenngrand, what a nasty site. I’ve read some comments and wanted to puke. And I thought this blog was silly.

Sean, your blog is much better than any of those fanatics driven hater sites.


Dan Martin Says:

My write up is here – https://tennisabides.com/2016/06/05/french-open-2016-novak-conquers-roland-garros-and-tennis/ Also, you can follow me on twitter at @danmartintennis – What a day! Historical records are not set or achieved everyday


Jun Says:

Dan Martin: ” but I think this is the greatest single accomplishment in the history of men’s tennis.”

I couldn’t agree more. Thanks, Dan!


Wog Boy Says:

Dies anybody have Wilander’s comments about Nole winning this FO. I just got some messages from my nephew from Belgrade and they are pissed off with Wilander downplaying Nole’s achievements, yet again. It will be much appreciated if somebody has and posts Wilander’s comments, thanks.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “Does” and not “Dies” :(


kriket Says:

Wilander often doesn’t have a clue about what’s going on. In his pre Djoko-Berdych match opinion, Berdych stood a chance of winning, and the match would surely go 4-5 sets. Goes to show how wrong he can get. He admitted as much after the match, asking Coretja for an opinion about what he got wrong in his prediction.


kriket Says:

They both comment for Eurosport.


kriket Says:

Btw. Coretja answered smth like “Well Mats, you talk so much, you’re bound to be wrong from time to time” lol :)


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks Jun.

Wilander can’t even pretend when he speaks about Nole, he never liked him, but at least can be professional and not to show that.

That’s why I like Courier as commentator, very objective, knowledgeable and doeasn’t take sides, very hard to pick who he would like to win. Real professional.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “can try to be professional ” should say


Jun Says:

I wonder if Mats felt slighted when Novak hired Boris instead of him. Just wondering…

Mats was a great champion though, no doubt.


Jun Says:

Mats did predict at the start of 2016 that Novak will win all 4 majors this year.

It makes me wonder if he changes his answers based on who’s asking the questions.


Wog Boy Says:

He certanly was great champion, but biased commentator too.


Jun Says:

Mats back in Jan 2016:
“The thing you have to appreciate about Djokovic, is that he’s doing it in one of the best eras in men’s tennis,” Wilander said. “It’s harder today. When Roger did it, Djokovic and Murray were not yet in their prime.”


BBB Says:

I don’t see Wilander as anti-Djokovic, but rather a guy who’s incoherent and all over the place. Aren’t there rumors about substance abuse?


Wog Boy Says:

What substance, in what form..liquid one?


Wog Boy Says:

BTW, congrats to Boris and Marian too, this is Boris sixth GS as a coach, not bad..not bad..


BBB Says:

The gamut, I think, WB, including solid and liquid forms.

I admit I was skeptical when Djokovic hired Becker, but his percentage is absurd. Perhaps when Djokovic has retired he will enlighten us as to what Becker did for him.


kriket Says:

Just listen to the sound of the strikes in this short match recap video. It sounds as if they’re hitting with sledgehammers lol. Astonishing..

https://youtu.be/tJ7MBFs31Bo


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,

Firstly I think it’s a chemistry, they just clicked, same as Nole and Vajda..after that everything is easier.

Sorry for my ignorance, but what is gamut?


BBB Says:

Sorry, gamut is the whole range. So if the rumors are true, drugs and alcohol both.

With Becker, it doesn’t seem to be tactics so much as getting mentally organized for major finals.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks BBB.


jane Says:

wilander’s a bit of a w@nker
he likes to hear himself blather.
i wouldn’t worry too much about what he says
he’s all over the place:
“any way the wind blows…”

aren’t we happy novak fans? omg!
i still remember late 2009-to post wimbledon 2010 period.
“the horror, the horror”

but that makes this success all the sweeter.
as does the “resistance” novak’s faced at every turn: from media, to crowds, to opponents.
he’s not an establishment guy. but still …. 12 slams, nole slam
*sorry to other fans*
but we have lease to gloat just a little today i hope


django Says:

I think the career golden slam is winning all 4 and a gold medal. I think steffi has calendar golden slam.


Wog Boy Says:

Thanks kriket,

Just look at faces of those kids looking at Nole, particulary that girl on right trying to touch him. Great photo.


skeezer Says:

C’mon Warriors!
The NBA Finals rocks.


Humble Rafa Says:

Wilander was a pusher who put the ball back in play, not much more. Sure, he was good at it.


skeezer Says:

Wanker? Pusher? That “pusher” won 7 slams. Regardless of the put downs here about Wilander, he has won 7 Slams, he knows more about tennis than this motley crew on tennis x. Give the guy his respect, even if you don’t agree with everything he says.


Daniel Says:

Jane,

Should be The Last two..😉


TennisVagabond Says:

I agree that its very strange to hear so much talk about the career slam, and not about holding all 4 at a time.
After all, if you say it the latter way, it includes and adds even more significance to the former. Fed and Rafa never achieved this. Nobody has done this since Laver. Very special achievement for Novak.

There were a number of mentions during the match of how few slams have historically been won beyond aged 29. What none of those commentators bothering with is, who is going to stop Novak? Its not going to be Fed. Even if Rafa or Murray can stop him once in a while at a Slam, certainly not a given, they’re unlikely to have a positive h2h in the future. Same with Milos and Kei. So, we’re really waiting on Thiem. Maybe. Besides him, is there anyone on the scene we really can see dethroning Novak before his game starts to slip?

I thought the story of the match itself, besides Novak’s sustained level, was Murrays drops to passivity after the first set. He seemed to come out with an aggressive mindset- I can’t pinpoint where it changed, but for most of the match he was just hitting rally balls, and he lost his attack mentality returning second serves. I haven’t read the match thread, as I watched on delay, s.o I don’t know whats been said about it, but I found it a real mental letdown by Murray today.


kriket Says:

I respect Wilander, even liked him as a player. But as an “expert contributor/commentator” he’s just a smartass, talking way too much and saying almost nothing of any substance. I watch his “Game, Set & Mats” on Eurosport, mostly because it’s hosted by Barbara Schett who is pleasant on the eyes, and to hear Wilander’s so-called expert comments and opinions on Grand Slam matches (the show is on during Grand Slams on Eurosport).
But I don’t give his opinions/comments much credit.


Daniel Says:

I believe this time next year Djoko will be accomplishing the double career Slam:-)

I will need an herculean effort for somebody ti take three set out of him in Paris next year if he keeps himself healthy.

He will be turning 30 and there is very reason to doubt that he will sure win Slam after 30 like past greats before him.

Curious to see how this win will affect his Wimbledon and if he’ll add a grass tune up. Now there is 3 weeks before Wimbledon and he may play Halle or Queens.


Van Persie Says:

hehe, I would have won the tennis bracket on Tennis x. In the main contest, I have 295 points. I used the moniker Ariadna. Have to congratulate myself.
Jalep, I have more points then you ;)


Van Persie Says:

Mr. Humble,

Nice posts from you ;)


skeezer Says:

Warriors win! 2 more pahleasee,
Da dunk and swish!


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Are U hiding your jealousy by speaking about Warriors here?
It is a tennis site :)

And I have news for You: Nole is the GOAT!


jane Says:

“I respect Wilander, even liked him as a player. But as an “expert contributor/commentator” he’s just a smartass, talking way too much and saying almost nothing of any substance. ”

exactly kriket! as a player, sure. as a commentator, no. do you remember when he said federer had no, erm, “balls” (not tennis) against nadal?

——

daniel, you’re just an awesome tennis fan, can i say it? have you been to all of the slams now?


Wog Boy Says:

VP

:))


Dave Says:

I agree that Wilander can be all over the place with his comments for sure, but I have to say that he has said some of the best things about Nole out of any of the retired greats. He isn’t biased against Nole in my opinion. I think Johnny Mac and his brother Patrick are biased. I think Barry Cowan respects and likes Novak as well.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

What’s up with your reverse psychology? Do you always say that Nole is going to have a hard time and put other people the favorite over him so that you aren’t disappointed? You actually said Murray was the favorite today? Your a funny guy sometimes. How is the book going by the way?


Michael Says:

Well, Andy described about Novak’s momentous feat much better. He commented in the prize distribution ceremony that although it sucks to lose, he was honoured to be part of the historic moment today. That explains the scale of Novak’s splendid achievement by winning that elusive Roland Garros by which he has killed many birds with one stone. First, he wins that elusive Roland Garros title after a hiatus of 12 years and after many repeated attempts where he was so near and yet so far. Second, by winning four majors in a row, he has acquired the distinction of winning the coveted Grand slam, an achievement which has been possible after about fifty years and which eluded even Greats like Roger and Rafa all these years. Third, he has surpassed both Laver and Borg in the count of majors and fourthly, he joins the list of peers and become just the 8th player in History who has achieved the honour of winning all the Grand slam tournaments.

Critics of Novak would ofcourse question this win considering that Rafa withdrew from this tournament mid way and any Rolland Garros win without beating Rafa on the way loses that much shine. But Novak is not Roger and he has beaten Rafa even on this court last year in straight sets and beat him recently at Rome too. So, Novak now has the upper hand against Rafa and other major rivals namely Roger and Andy in all their encounters which sadly was not the case with Roger and his 2009 win was undermined by some of his critics as one achieved by stroke of luck with Rafa eliminated early by Soderling.

So, what more for Novak ? He is now sitting pretty with 12 majors and is all set to overtake Rafa soon considering that the later is plagued by injuries and is not expected to add further to his slam collection. And considering that he is a late bloomer and has three more years of good Tennis left in him surpassing Roger’s count of 17 is within striking distance and who knows he might even achieve the Calendar Grand slam year by winning all majors in the same year. And coming to the Master series tournaments where he is the leader, he has to win only Cincinnati where he has already made five finals to complete the overhaul of Master series events and also becoming the first player doing so. And with Olympics scheduled this year, Golden Grand slam too is waiting for his taking.

But that is all in the future, and even if he doesn’t manage to achieve them, he has already embedded his name in the illustrious list of Legends of the Game.


Michael Says:

I feel very sad for Andy and his fans. The exemplary conduct shown by Andy during the prize distribution ceremony after such a bitter disappointment just goes to show the sportsman that he is where he was even courteous to an unruly crowd rooting overwhelmingly for Novak and trying to upset his concentration by shrieking and howling when he was serving. It seemed looking at the partisan crowd that the match was being played at Belgrade than Paris.

Andy knew that he was clinically overhauled by Novak and probably the downside for him is that he spend more time on courts than Novak with the earlier rounds proved to be an albatross around his neck where surprisingly he was extended by even a Veteran like Stepanek. That may have proved to be very costly today as shown by his tiring legs where he couldn’t sustain the momentum that he managed in the first set where Novak just took gear at a different level for the rest of the match. The first serves just deserted him and Novak kept putting pressure on his second serves. Nodoubt Andy has added a lot of pace into his second serves of late, but still they are vulnerable to attack.

And so, he totally lost his way in the 2nd, 3rd and most part of the 4th sets and showed some resistances only towards the fag end of the match which by then was too late. Now, the dreary prospect for Andy is his poor conversion rate in major events where he has so far made 10 finals like the Legendary Fred Perry and has managed to convert to two Championship wins which only translates into a strike rate of 20% which is abysmally poor by any standards.


mat4 Says:

@Vami:

It’s capitaine Nino. Drawn after Nino Ferrer. I have all the films and all the BD about Corto, of course.


danica Says:

Just to quote Wikipedia (for the lack of better source):
“Also, winning the Year-End Championship (known as ATP World Tour Finals for men’s singles and doubles disciplines, and WTA Tour Championships for both women’s disciplines) in the same period is known as a “Super Slam” “.
Meaning – With 4 consecutive majors and a WTF title to his name, Nole is a holder of a “Super Slam” (non-calendar, if it really matters).


mat4 Says:

About Mats Wilander:

I watched the match on Eurosport, and he was in a state of delirium. His comments had no relation of any sort with the drama on the court, and he was so pro-Murray that it was troubling. Chris Bradnam and David Mercer were much more objective, although, as it is normal, rooting for a compatriot.


mat4 Says:

This all said by a fan of Wilander…


danica Says:

From my view:
Mats – very anti-Nole more often than not.
Johnny Mc – quite the Nole fan.

Courier is pretty objective, balanced and really does not pick sides. Gimelstob is a bit pro-Nole.


chico Says:

I’m probably repeating people here but first the obvious:

4 Grand Slams won, on different surfaces, within a calendar year.

It has never been done before. Simple fact, will stay there for ever.

Congratulations Mr. Djokovic, you have earned your big mug of coffee :D.

And to all his fans, I hope you you really dwell on this, let it sink in and just enjoy.

As allways in life, it is never about one person, and after some hard celebration you might feel a bit hangover in the morning, but you have to recognize the times when it is time for a proper celebration hehe.

Then its only to pick up the pieces and move forward with a new perspective, new energy and the knowledge you know how to do something right.


chrisford1 Says:

Michael, a Finals conversion rate matters, and Andy’s record on that is poor?
So what! I’d rather have 10RUPs and 2 Slam trophies and all the Masters 1000 RUPs Andy had along with his 12 wins than be someone that rarely gets to 4th Round but got hot and won a few big ones at a few big events. A RUP, of course, by definition, wins more than 126 other guys entering playing a Slam.

Like Fed and Novak, he is almost always there towards the end, in contention.

Murray has won a total of 36 singles titles. This is a number that makes Andy an instant shoo-in to the Tennis Hall of Fame.
His consistent excellence has meant he has been in the top 5 earners for every year since 2008 bar one when he was eighth. Due to all those QFs, Semis and RUPs more so than his wins – he is the fourth highest ATP tour earner of all time with US$45m. Nothing dreary about being in the show almost all the time. No need to feel “sorry”for the best Brit player ever, who has made 180 million in endorsements and other revenue sources on top of his 45 million prize money.


Van Persie Says:

Mat4,

I have an open issue with you here.
I said some “nasty things” about FO in the last 2 weeks….am only a human being, and have to admit, am an impulsiv one :) I also hope, you did not take the those things personally

The crowd could have been nicer towards Andy (even if they did not behave like the crowd at the US Open), but I did not expect so much support for Novak there…it was unreal for me, as a Novak fan :)…so I will say: I love Paris and the FO. Ok, am an hypocrite now, but, nobody is perfect ;)

I am sure, Andy will get the same support from the crowd at Wimbledon; like he always does.


Bob Lewis Says:

This could be the first of multiple French Open wins. Why not dream big? Maybe first man to win 3 of each slam, someday. This year, calendar slam and golden slam are possibilities. Maybe break all #1 ranking records. Even if he never wins anything else, Nole is one of the very best.

Now that Novak won slam number twelve,
Into the history books we shall delve.
The eighth man to earn the Career Grand Slam,
Murray was the sacrificial lamb.
The fifth of June was a glorious day,
Novak won his major on clay.
Twenty-eight opponents went toe-to-toe,
but Nole defeated each and every foe.
Nobody since Laver had won four in a row,
The Serbian’s legend continues to grow.
For two weeks in Paris, Djoker went wild.
When he held the trophy, the fans cheered and smiled.
Now the season moves from clay to grass,
The third leg of the Slam he will try to pass.
If others wanna win, they should go play poker.
Because tennis is ruled by the mighty Djoker!


Michael Says:

Chrisford1,

Everything is relative. You cannot be comparing a player of Andy’s caliber to somebody like Tsonga or Berdych. That amounts to great injustice and pretty unfair to Andy of all.

The harsh reality is that Andy has vastly under performed and has not lived upto his potential. You would recall that at one point of time during the Fedal era, it was Andy who was considered as successor to the Fedal legacy more than Novak.

It is ofcourse his misfortune that be belongs to this competitive era where the achievements of his illustrious contemporaries are subjects of interest to arm chair critics, Tennis enthusiasts and former & present players and debated fiercely upon as to who is the GREATEST living player. But, then like Novak who was his childhood friend, he should have found out a way to resolve this Fedal Puzzle and later the Nole puzzle too as he has been repeatedly stalled in his tracks by Federer and later Novak.

Ofcourse, he has won 36 tournaments and has made many finals some of which are memorable and provide us with an insight as to the kind of immense potential that he is invested with. He has also made millions as prize money and endorsements. All these are significant achievements and there is no doubt on that score. But nothing succeeds like success while failure is an orphan uncared and unsung.

The World doesn’t remember the finalists, but only the winner in the ultimate analysis. So, although whatever you say might be consolation, it cannot definitely compensate the drought in grand slam haul.


Willow Says:

Andy is still the best player Britain has had since the great Fred Perry, hes won multiple GS, a singles gold medal, the DC with his country, has consistently made GS finals, and has been ranked in the top 4 for almost a decade, OK hes not of the same stature as the other three, but has had / still having a career many players would still kill for, so a little credit wouldnt go a miss, but i suppose thats too much to hope for (sigh) *ROLLS EYES* ….


mat4 Says:

@VP:

No open issue. Roland Garros is the worst slam. Full stop.

I hope that Guy Forget will bring a qualitative change to the tournament. At this moment, the AO and WB are much better organized, and WB has managed to keep its traditions alive, while the FO didn’t.


mat4 Says:

Dan Markowitz on Tennis-prose:

“Djoker’s run since losing to K-Nish at 2014 US Open SFs has been utterly absurd:

143-10 record (93.5%)…made finals in 25 of 29 tourneys, going 20-5 in those finals…Has gone 57-6 vs. Top 10 (90.5%)…He’s won 85.4% of sets played (334-57)…and he has 5 slams and 10 Masters titles — to put that into perspective, only 11 guys in Tennis’ Open Era have at least 9 Masters or Masters equivalent titles in their careers, and less than 30 players in the ENTIRE history of the sport have more than 5 slams in their careers.”


courbon Says:

Virtual high five to Old School Novak base-Jane, Wog Boy, Mat4, all the newer tennis X fans-danica, CF1, van Persie and others…

To all great Murray fans -specially Margot, J Kath, RZ, CDP-better luck next time-Andy is real fighter and gentelman.

P.S.-Margot, I loved your video link for French Artist in tennis-and as you said, we might not like the ending, watching it after yesterday final-I tought it was very funny ending..(-:

https://vimeo.com/166230016


chrisford1 Says:

Willow, he will have a statue built at Wimbledon next to Fred Perry.
The one thing I wish for Andy that anytime but the era he is in would have happened, is for him to have a bit of time as #1 Ranked player. He is easily better than 3/4ths of the players that made #1. So deserving of at least a few weeks after all the years of toil, where he can be the best player in men’s tennis. Just a couple of weeks, for crying out loud. But the other members of the Big 4 blocked t. He won’t get there while Novak is on this superhuman tear, but he still has a shot in coming years.


Willow Says:

Rather missing my point though, as i already said, not at the level of the other 3 GRANTED, would just be nice for a change, to actually see him being given credit for his achievements in his own right, seems too much to ask though ….


Vami Says:

Wilander has always been all over the place, I don’t mind him, I just don’t take him seriously. On the other hand, Cash is a real joke. He spends so much energy every time to explain that Andy is a better player but somehow rarely wins against Novak (?).
He was pissing his pants from joy in Rome, I mean the last time he’d had it right before that was in Canada 2015. I question the intent, what’s in the background. He can’t be that blind, probably just doing his job and talking about what his bosses want him to talk about. It’s just business.


Willow Says:

No astericks for Nole, not his fault Rafa pulled out with injury, by the same token none for Rafa in 2011 either, as some posters parroted at the time when he beat Roger instead of Novak, in final that Novak wasnt good enough to make that year ….


Dave Says:

Jim Courier had some nice things to say about Novak. He said that people should talk about the calendar slam after he wins Wimbledon and not before. I agree with that. The only one I feel can beat Nole head to head at Wimbledon is maybe Murray. Federer has tried the last 2 years and hasn’t been able to do it. This year, I don’t see that being any different. Federer will need to get through Murray and Djokovic back to back to win Wimbledon, if the draw holds up. Not an easy task. So it seems like for the 3rd Grand Slam in a row, it will be either Murray or Djokovic winning the title. Murray could have the advantage because he is 2 and 0 against Djokovic on grass. But Djokovic will have sky high confidence after the pressure of the French Open has now been released. The other biggest obstacle to Djokovic is a big server shaking things up and pulling off the upset earlier on, like Anderson was so close to doing last year. Kyrgios has the game to pull something like that off for sure, if they were to end up in the same part of the draw. Raonic will also be someone to watch now that he is working with Johnny Mac. I actually hope Djokovic plays one tune up tournament before Wimbledon this year.


Martin rivkin Says:

joker can win slams and events but will never be remembered for his persona thats something he cant win or buy hes like sampras marmite and think using big marker pen to cross him out history books creates better feeling! bore of mens tennis continues !!!!
least womens now fully unpredictable again!!!


Markus Says:

Current holder of all four slam titles. Great. Period. No ifs ands or buts about it. And Djokovic is not done yet with the rest of the year. Incredible but he has a very realistic potential of surpassing this already gargantuan achievement.


Markus Says:

@ Martin rivkin: I, for one, will remember Djokovic’s persona. He is a talented athlete who works very hard, very disciplined, and at the same time, very respectful of his rivals. He always gives credit to Federer and Nadal for giving him the incentive to be the best he can. He is a role model for everybody who wants to amount to something in his life.


Baa Says:

Eurosport’s Barbara Schett sounds like she is speaking of porn.
When they discussed nadal’s wrist prob,
she had a big grin on her face for 5 seconds.
Weird stuff.

Yesterday, John McEnroe was condescending & deliberately annoying
by telling novak that he went
years with “troubles”, as if Nadal was the only reason novak had
no French open win.
John distracted him with his fear of novak breaking
the 42 match win streak, and
his constant self-promotion with novak interviews in 2011
before the french open.
Novak’s always “held hostage” by the insignificant talking heads.
fools.
Pat McEnroe was pissed off because he had to talk about
4 straight slams & endless wins.
Certainly, not his usual arrogant praising of Fed and
shoulder touching when he spoke to Federer. Lmao


BBB Says:

Martin, you’re mistaken. Novak won over the French fans. The fact that they applauded him as they did when he lost to a French-speaker last year is a sign of growing appreciation, and it manifested itself again this year. Time is on his side. He’ll ultimately be appreciated for the fun-loving sportsman he is.


skeezer Says:

Congrats to courban, jane, mat4, danica and the rest of the Novak fans that have been here through the early years of his career here and cheered him on. Appreciate the fact that you were here during his problematic times and endured. He has fully matured into a great champion.
Great title, great accomplishment. There is no doubt is has deserved this title.


Markus Says:

That was a good read, skeezer.


courbon Says:

Skeezer: Thanks.For me this is enough-he has complete career and everything else from now on is a cherry on the top.
Going to the Wimbledon I think Murray and somebody like a Kyrgos can be genuine contenders.And off course Novak, as almost default these days…Federer probably too rusty after two inuries.
By the way, congarats on Warriors win-that was proper trashing


mat4 Says:

Thanks, Skeez. Fed should be proud to have a fan like you — tenacious, faithful, knowledgeable, but fair and communicative. Always a pleasure to chat with you.


jane Says:

thanks skeezer. definitely there’ve been plenty of nolecoasters!


RZ Says:

Some rankings updates: The Big 4 is back in the top 4. With Wawrinka losing points, Rafa is back up to #4. Thiem is now ranked #7 (yay!) and Gasquet is back at #10. Goffin is at #11 and is pretty close to getting into the top 10.

In doubles, Nicolas Mahut is the new #1. Very happy for him. Seems like such a nice guy. In the doubles race, the Bryans are back to #1, with PHH/Mahut dropping to #2.


chrisford1 Says:

Dave -”I actually hope Djokovic plays one tune up tournament before Wimbledon this year.”
====================================
It hasn’t been Novak’s way. Or Boris’s for that matter because the coach either suggested skipping or endorsed it as part of Nole’s Wimbledon preps – which Boris regards as his highest coaching competency, and has said it.

Novak plays the Boodles exhibition and practices at a private grass court Becker books that has the “feel” of Wimbledon courts, then onto court time Becker gets at Wimbledon proper. And some place Novak meditates at.

Can’t argue with success!


SG1 Says:

Great achievement for Novak. And well deserved. He’s just kept on going back to the well and finally, he’s completed his quest. And to end up as the holder of all 4 major titles at the same time? Things couldn’t be sweeter for him. Roger and Rafa each have their respective mind boggling achievements. Now, Novak joins them by doing something unique (and mind boggling of his own).

For Andy, it must be getting tougher and tougher. He first was running into a prime Federer who beat him 3 times in major finals. Now, Novak is sticking it to him. I really feel for the guy. As good as he is, Novak is just that little bit better and little bit tougher. Anyways, I hope Andy can win Wimbledon. It seems likely that his psyche desperately needs it.


Travis Bickle Says:

It’s good to see that cat lover skeezer has finally summoned enough strength to congratulate Novak and his fans today (10:28 above). Even though it was only a selected group of fans as approved by cat lover ;-)

Hey, better late than never – it was strange how all day yesterday he would pop his head on this forum and comment some basketball nonsense, especially considering that history was made in tennis yesterday… Our girl Van Persie noticed that much (perhaps that is the reason cat lover left her out of his congratulatory note)

But, it’s all right, we should respect the pain and suffering Fedal fans feel these days, especially after yesterday. Note that they have been conditioned to cheer AGAINST Nole, not FOR other players – their all premise of fandom was built on wrong foundation and now it is paying its just, bitter and painful dividends!
It is hard to for them to witness that coRNy and subjective peRFect being forever replaced by something more real and objective – the legeND …

However, in his defense, skeezer is not nearly as bad as many other Fedal fans, some of those are borderline psycho…


Humble Rafa Says:

The only reason Skeeze is in a good mood is because the Warriers won yesterday. Good for the cats, at least they will get half their daily food.


elina Says:

TB, I don’t believe that Nole reads this forum and as much as Nole’s fans are to be respected, what exactly is it that they achieved again?


elina Says:

That said, I am very happy Nole getting his French Open and holding all four slams at the same time and happy for the vast majority of his great fans here including you TB too many to mention without leaving someone out.

Outstanding achievement unmatched by any player since I started watching some 40 or more years ago.


elina Says:

TB @2.05 June 5th, hilarious post.

You NAILED it.

Respect.


Baa Says:

It’s not like fed and his goons were much nicer to Nole.
Fed loons continually ridiculed Novak’s game
when fedal got dusted off the court by Novak and
Nole WON 4 straight slams.
No doubt he’ll win at least 1 Olympic gold medal too.
That’ll put the nail on fed’s “aura” coffin.

Clown Roddick claimed that people insulted the other players
and praise the top 2 contenders, so he wants to
avoid all of 2016 French open news.
Roddick tried to smack Nole down, like a wrestler.
All because Roddick was desperate to prove
that he was a great US OPEN champ and davis cup superstar,
instead of a beneficiary
of luck and the bad call by a lineswoman
plus the DC captain Pat McEnroe’s cheating on clay.
and insulted Novak’s character after his physical problems.

Can you imagine Roddick getting 2 slam wins in
the worst era, 2002-2006, in history,
then fed fans screaming that Murray’s inferior to Roddick,
despite the Brit’s far superior game and all surface success
(not Roddick’s mindless ball bashing, fake injuries during clay season,
and Mickey Mouse tournaments)?


mat4 Says:

@Travis:

You missed a few Skeezer’s posts before the final.

Anyway, while I like your posts very much, you sometimes miss your target. I believe it’s the case now. Skeez never wrote anything against Novak, quite the contrary (he’s the guy that described Novak’s training in IW on this pages). He is a fedfan, a true one, but always respectful and friendly.


Travis Bickle Says:

@mat4

Hey, I did say he wasn’t as bad as other Fedal fans!
But you’ve got to admit his silence (and basketball comments) yesterday was a bit strange and due to at least some mild jealousy…


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

Did you miss his post after Nole lost to Vesely? Can you imagine he even beat Giles in gloating about Nole’s defeat to Vesely, but whatever.,


Okiegal Says:

It takes a borderline psycho to recognize a borderline psycho.. ..just saying…..

Btw, congrats to ALL Novak fans…..won’t name them one by one…..too old to remember exactly who likes who?? Commies to all of Andy’s fans. He made it to the finals with some tremendous play!! Not good enough against the #uno of the world…..waiting impatiently for Novak to topple…..but don’t see that happening for a long long time! Don’t be upset with me Novak fans…..just being honest…..!! Lol

Novak lifted his first FO 🏆……..8 more to go to be the real 👑 of Clay!! 😎 The 😈 made me say that!! Lol 🆗


Wog Boy Says:

I like the title of the article in today’s Daily Telegraph:

“Wham, Bam, Djoker Slamm”


Wog Boy Says:

“^^ “Slam” and not “Slamm”


django Says:

Haha okie, all Nole wanted was one. Rafa can go back to getting numero 10.
Honestly, I hope Andy gets one next year. Getting to the final was step one for him.


Okiegal Says:

@Durango….Lol Just having a little fun….Novak deserved the trophy, he is an awesome player and frankly I don’t see anyone on the circuit at the present time who can stop him…..very deserving. He might lose a set, but he always seems to bounce back and find another level and whoop up on his opponent! What can I say??…..not much….other than the fact that he is the very best player on the planet atm……kudos to him!!!


mat4 Says:

@WB:

I wasn’t posting for a few months, until Rome. So, yes, I missed that post. But anyway, one post more or less. I remember many positive things too.

I still believe you two shouldn’t be on a war path.


Humble Rafa Says:

He is a fedfan, a true one, but always respectful and friendly.

You must have caught Skeeze on a good day. He can be quite handful on other days.


django Says:

Yeah I know you were okie.
😃


Okiegal Says:

@django……🃏da man of the hour…the day….the month…the year…..the decade?? 😱 Oh,my!!


jane Says:

you’re very kind, okie, to give him his due just now. :)
any news on when rafa will be back?
i did see pictures of him with the wrist cast/splint/thingy.


Okiegal Says:

Da 🃏 man is on 🔥


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..I haven’t read a thing on Rafa…..and haven’t seen the pic you are referring too. I will try to find it. Tennis is no fun for me…..yet again …..but I am used to setbacks by now…..lots of experience. You are welcome…..As I said he’s on fire…..pahleeze someone put it out…… I think this could go on 4 ever..HELP😱!
Lol 😉😉😉


Van Persie Says:

Hi Travis,

No worries ;).I will survive without Skeezer’s congrats.
Was a bit depressed because of that yesterday, but I am fine now :)


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

You highlighted the fact (I had the impression), that many of Novak fans, did not post on Tennis X a few years ago. Well, the fact that I am not on Tennis X archives, does not prove, I was not a Novak supporter.
You are not a less American, if you did not fight in Vietnam, as an example


skeezer Says:

VP,
It was more than a “few” years ago. Nole’s career goes further back than that, especially the learning curve years ).
The ones I did not mention ( I did miss django and a few others from way back )are types that always pee’d on other great players in an attempt to make Nole look better. He didn’t need nor I bet wants that. And I have no respect for that.
One does not need to stand on the shoulders of the greatest and shout See me! See me! They just need to stand taller. He has done that with respect and matured into a great Champion. It’s his time.


Van Persie Says:

Skeezer,

Thank you for the feedback :)
I do not feel obliged, to tell you since when I started to root for Nole, because I do not think I owe you any explanation. Really do not care, what you think about me. I just was a bit surprized to see, that you mentioned the Warriors here and you said nothing about what happened in Tennis world, excepting the finals in mens doubles. That’s all. Did not need your congrats towards me.

I wonder, how would have the poster here react a few years ago if I would have mentioned the Bundesliga or other events in sports here, after a great victory from Federer.(without saying anything about his achievements)


Travis Bickle Says:

@Van Persie,

You go girl! You are catching hypocrites red handed…
Of course you would not show up here when Federer won his 17th major and talk about Bundesliga soccer – that would mean you are delusional and sick of jealousy. And fortunately, you are not – far from it!

HIstory happened in tennis and one shows on tennis forum not commenting about that and instead talking about basketball. Wow, just wow!


skeezer Says:

Wow. Just wow.
So now after I gave you the courtesy of responding, you want to switch to my comment on Basketball. I was watching the game at the time, and I have been consisent at posting that at times whenever they are on, no matter the subject. Has nothing to do with anything else. You folks switch subjects all the time and now your trying to call me hypocrite? Right. Kettle meet black. Just because you didn’t approve the timing of my congrats? Do I care? Take a hike. A long one,


Markus Says:

Skeeze, I’ve always told my kids that when people compliment you or congratulate you, the best response is a very simple “Thank you!”


skeezer Says:

Markus,
Thank you!


Willow Says:

People seem to read a bit too much into any comment sometimes ….


J-Kath Says:

RZ: Somewhere (on one of the strands) I saw your kind wee note when I returned home from a 9-day stay in Tropical Argyll (where I got eaten alive by midgies, gnats, flies and a few more dangerous flying objects.) So watched indoors every tennis game and replayed it when desired.

Speaking for myself, my view is Andy played too hard prior to the final. Took too long to banish inferior players and Richard and Stan took his last gasps. That said, wasn’t at all bothered that he lost to Nole who surpassed him for most of the match…wasn’t even close after set one. So kudos where they belong. Glad Nole was rightly supported by the majority of the crowd. Despite Andy beating the French star (Richard) he was not forgotten.

Too many excellent comments for me to remark upon, Michael, Courbon et al. Surprised I didn’t see anything from Margot.

On Nole’s supporters, lots of good stuff signalled by Jane, Wogboy and others – and, if it’s not too late. Well done guys, but especially Nole who deserved the win (without asterisks).


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

Thanks, never too late, you are a lady.


Jun Says:

A simple compliment deserves a simple thank you.

A not so simple compliment…

Thanks anyway.


danica Says:

Courbon,
If I may… I don’t consider myself a new poster here, rather a “return” :). I’ve been here in 2008 and had lengthy discussions with a poster Von who was a Roddick fan. Fought for Nole on many a blog, one being the Tennis Talk. Thank God it does not exist anymore. Didn’t bother to sign up on Tenngrand when the crowd moved there. It is 99% Rafan site which I don’t mind of course. What I mind are a few of completely blinded-by-hatred-towards-Novak posters that I simply refuse to answer anymore. That’s why I am back here where the atmosphere seems more healthy, friendly and is definitely more diverse.

Btw, a BIG thank you to all who sent congrats our way :)


Willow Says:

Forums tend to be dominated by talk about any one player depending on the success, no denying this one was all Rafa talk in 2013, now its about Novak, nothing wrong either way,but you cant blame people for coming and going either, if your not a fan of that particular player, you feel as if your not wanted, and the rest of the forum is celebrating, so you feel your getting in the way, so i disagree no forum is diverse, never has been and never will be, my two cents ….


AndyMira Says:

@Danica,although i already gave my congrats to all novak fan but i guess it doesn’t hurt to give it ESPECIALLY for you once again..can i ask you a question?This question is sound silly since rafa is very unlikely to win 4 slams in a row now..so we rafa fans will unlikely to experience such happiness that you’re experience atm…can you describe your HAPPINESS?I mean,is it like you can walk on a cloud?Or when you got your first job?Or got your first child?Or buy your first car?


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer….Good luck to the Warriors tonight! TBH…..I don’t believe they will have any problems winning it all….they are so freaking awesome and Curry is OTT!
(a simple thank-you is in order)…lol


Willow Says:

And it far from friendly either ….


skeezer Says:

OK,
Thank You! 😀🏀


RZ Says:

@Okiegal and Skeezer – I’m rooting for the Warriors too! They are a lot of fun to watch.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer….thank you for thanking me…..😀I 💜 🏀 2….


Okiegal Says:

@RZ…..Yes they are….one super duper ball team!


AndyMira Says:

@Skeezer@Danica@RZ..Good luck for Warriors..like okie said..curry is awesome!!

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