Novak Djokovic: I Haven’t Had Too Many Draws Like This, It’s Quite Amazing, But It Is What It Is
by Tom Gainey | March 10th, 2017, 10:44 am
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If Novak Djokovic wants to win a sixth Indian Wells title and fourth straight, he’s got his work cut out for him. Djokovic is in the “Quarter of Death” which also features Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios who just beat him last week in Acapulco.

“I haven’t had too many draws like that,” said Djokovic. “Itโ€™s quite amazing to see that many quality players in one section of the draw. It is what it is. Obviously Nadal and Federer are just starting to re-build their rankings. We’ll see what happens in the first few days of the tournament and we’ll have some very strong matches. This is probably one of the toughest draws we’ve had.

“It’s a very strong field. This is one of the strongest tournaments we have in the sport. Everyone wants to do well. The draw is something you have to accept and deal with.”

Speaking to the media Thursday, Djokovic also reflected on what has been a tough six months.

“I feel much better in terms of game, in terms of mental side, than I was some months ago,โ€ Djokovic said. “Generally, if I see myself with a broader perspective today and comparing myself to the end of last season, I’m a different player. I feel more comfortable, more fresh. I look forward to competing and I feel more confident on the court.

โ€œI had to re-motivate myself and get back on track and I feel like right now it’s much better than it was.”

And he says he’s still hungry to win.

โ€œIf I’m not hungry to have success in this sport, I wouldn’t be sat here talking to the media and playing this tournament,” he said. “I’ve achieved so much in my career that I’m obviously very content and I could easily stop today and say, ‘it’s been enough’. But I keep going because I have that drive in me still and I have that flair. As long as that’s present, I’ll keep on playing.”

Djokovic, who is in doubles Friday, opens singles play Sunday against either Kyle Edmund or Gastao Elias. He was just one title (Doha) in the last seven months. He is not just defending Indian Wells title points this month, but also Miami.


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86 Comments for Novak Djokovic: I Haven’t Had Too Many Draws Like This, It’s Quite Amazing, But It Is What It Is

Van Persie Says:

Can’t believe, that Djoko and Viktor won against Bopanna and Cuevas. Was a very entertaining match


Wog Boy Says:

Nole, your grandfather and all ancestors are turning around in their respective graves, if you can’t go back to chunky meat, start with minced meat and cheburek and AlmazanKitchen is doing this specially for you:

https://youtu.be/7Tig_s_CEzc

Go back to your roots man, clear your mind, the spirits of your ancestors are all over this video, in the river, in the bush and forest, in the air, in the fire, in the snow, this is where you came from, not some sick, brainwashing sects.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
Amen


Wog Boy Says:

Warning..this is food porn video!


Wog Boy Says:

And again Nole, if you can’t handle beef, try this free range chicken, I gave up offering you pork (the meat that your ancestors loved the most) and again warning, this is food porn You Tube channel, classified R:

https://youtu.be/YRL0Wu5ZX1Y


Amit Says:

Wogboy: Nice way to kill me!!! I died watching the almazan kitchen burger!! So simple and delicious!!!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ wish the video turned to reality and I just jumped to the snow and bite into that goddamn burger!!! Nom nom nom!!!


Amit Says:

Seriously Wogboy, the burger screamed my name!!!


Amit Says:

Seriously again Wogboy, Novakhas gone mad!!! Or else he’d not give up on such lovely Serbian food for some vegan BS crap food!! Hell, If I were him, I could give up on even tennis by now, but not such food, lolmao!!๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น


Amit Says:

Oh and nothing like pork really!!! Yummy!!!


Margot Says:

Oh guys please, can you not put discussions about meat onto the off topic thread? This is getting really, really tedious now!


Wog Boy Says:

Don’t you have skip button? Besides, this is Nole’s thread, we are discussing his habits.
If you don’t like it skip it.


Wog Boy Says:

Amit,
That’s what happens when you disconnect from your roots..see “Nole post FO2016″.


Margot Says:

No you aren’t discussing Nole’s eating habits, you are discussing your own. Dunno if you’ve noticed, but not too many people posting here. Coincidence?


Wog Boy Says:

So?


Wog Boy Says:

Not to many people posting anywhere.


Wog Boy Says:

Again, if you don’t like it skip it, you are just another poster, no?


HJF Says:

Like an episode of “Come Dine With Me “, rather than a Tennis forum ….


Chrisford1 Says:

Margot – Novak fans are trying to understand his rapid fall and what steps might take hm back to the winner’s circle. Totally expected on a Djokovic thread.
A lot of the theories discuss his restricted diet making him sickly looking thin and sapping his strength so he can no longer do serves and putaway shots with strength behind them, a loss of stamina.
Others blame his wife. Others blame a ‘burnout’.
A bad for him dietary choice screwup maay be hard to fix, as Djokovic put his name and prestige behind the idea that Vegan is the way to go. He envisions his own Vegan restaurant concept as a potential global franchise so it would be hard to backtrack, in the open, and have a Smashburger platter in the USA or gorge on some Serb meat dishes he grew up with in public view.


HJF Says:

Rather than blaming diets, the wife, the guru, the next door neighbour etc, it could just be possible that other players are actually better than Novak now ….


skeezer Says:

“A lot of the theories discuss his restricted diet making him sickly looking thin and sapping his strength”
Crock. It’s in his head, that is the only place where its making him play sickly on the court.
This all “diet” thing, you guys serious? Do you see what your encouraging the guy to eat? No serious professional athlete is on a daily dose of that fattening artery clogging stuff you all are talking about and showing from YT. The only thing that food will do for you is want you to take a nap afterwards, raise your cholesterol, and slow you down. There are plenty of skinny tennis players, that is overall the natural athletic looking tennis bod the game requires. Give it up and buy yourself a high protein smoothie. Then go out and get some exercise.


Margot Says:

CF1:
“Oh and nothing like pork really!!! Yummy!!!”
All about what Nole is/isn’t eating? Yeah, right. Not the first time either Nole’s diet has been discussed and all discussions about what he is/isn’t eating degenerate into a meat loving orgy. Enough already, or go on the off topic thread, FFS not trying to stop you talking about the joys of meat. but please…an exciting tennis tournament is on at the mo.
HJF @9.33
Agree.
Skeeze @ 12.48
Agree.


BBB Says:

Venus is vegan because of her sjogren’s issues. You don’t need meat to be an exceptional athlete.

Djokovic seems like a complicated guy, and it doesn’t surprise me that he’s having a slump. To me, it’s mental, not physical.


Wog Boy Says:

Are you people serious? Roger, Rafa, Andy weight is 84-85kg, they are much the same height as Nole, Nole ideal weight is 80kg, the weight of old Nole champion, he is still listed as 80kg, but he admitted himself recently that he lost some weight and he is around 75kg. He lost the pop (zip) in his shots and speed of his serve not because of mental issues, but because he doesn’t have a strength of prevegan Nole.

He is bantamweight fighting heavyweights, as simple as that.

โ€œOh and nothing like pork really!!! Yummy!!!โ€
It is obvious that somebody is trying to be PC since some posters don’t eat pork due to religious reasons, that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it, we are not forcing them to eat it.


Wog Boy Says:

Any loss of weight affects physical abilities same as sudden change of diet, that is not a rocket sience. Nole beca vegan aroun year ago, the results are very visible, it doesn’t surprise me that he is in denial, but that some of his fans are despite all of evidences, I believed that was exclusive for fedfanatics.


skeezer Says:

Alexander Zverev Jr. 86kg, 6’6″ in Height, hits a monster ball, skinny as a pole.
Point is it is not about bulk muscle or a few kg’s here nor there, timing from the bottom to the top is everything. The guy can whip it, whip it good.


skeezer Says:

Also there are other ways to add healthy kg’s, it’s not all about how much meat fat you should intake, quite the contrar.


steve-o Says:

This site should set up a dedicated forum where only Wog Boy can post, so he can talk to himself all he wants about pork recipes, Serbian folk maxims, conspiracies to change court speed, and religious cults.

I’m sure he would have a blast, and it would be really entertaining to see how long he can keep up the conversation with himself. (My guess is forever).


Wog Boy Says:

Wrong as usual, we are talking about sudden loss of natural weight and change of diet, not about natural weight which is in Zverev case, let’s ask The other three to lose 5kg each and to see their results.

Another wrong, nobody was talking about “meat fat”, but “meat”, ser the difference? Keep trolling.


BBB Says:

Djokovic can gain weight without eating meat.

Did he become vegan, or vegetarian?


skeezer Says:

“..letโ€™s ask The other three to lose 5kg each and to see their results.”
If they wanted to, they would. They haven’t. Nole apparently is happy with it. You should support him in it, not just be a fair weather fan boy. Trust me WB, its more in his head than in is body.

“Another wrong, nobody was talking about โ€œmeat fatโ€, but โ€œmeatโ€, ser the difference? ”
Every vid you posted has loads of meat fat in it. You not watching? There is fat in meat.
Keep trolling yourself.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole is fully vegan, Jelena said recently that his diet is more or less same as her and her diet is 70% raw vegetables and 30% boiled rise and pasta. She is proud of her diet.

Scientifically proven best diet (particularly for the heart) is Mediterranean diet, educate yourself, those videos are standard cooking with free range meat, that’s good fat, Nole can eat it grilled, no difference as long as it is meat (lean beef, pork or lamb),I grew up on the food cooked on pigs fat, we used to eat peace of brad with pig’s fat on on, tomatoes onion, red paprika for recess, between the meals while grandmother was cooking lunch.
I have never ever had high cholesterol, blood pressure even today, my GP of 30 years told me that she has rarely seen patients that neve went out of normal in blood testing, though that doesn’t mean I will die from natural causes.
Keep trolling, but try to educate yourself.


Wog Boy Says:

steve-o,
Last time I checked this is Nole thread, so what exactly is your problem?
Roger thread is two streets on left and you are free to exchange your knowledgeable tennis analysis with your mate skeezer about “the GOAT”, I might even come over to read it, but I won’t post, I promise.
I am actually very bored these day so I am trying to spice the things on TX little bit, like threesome, foursome …you know?;)


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,
I already answered your question, but just to clarify since I have to go, their diet excludes completely any food of animal origin (any meat, fish, eggs, milk, dairy products…) and sugar.
For my dear “friends” that are going to miss me…I’ll be back.


BBB Says:

Thanks WB. I really don’t see food as his issue. Motivation, yes. But if you have help making your meals, a vegan lifestyle isn’t much of a burden and is perfectly healthy.


Daniel Says:

Anybody watching Murray? He eas leading 4-2 and than lost 6 straight games and almost lost seven as Pops had 15-40. He saved that crucia game and now is BP down 1-2 second set. There is just something in the desert that nulifies him. Go figure!


kjb Says:

Pospisil played a smart game, chip n charge, serve and volley. I like it. With all the doubles he plays he is on point at the net. I will never understand why Murray hasn’t locked down a decent 2nd serve yet. It really is a glaring hole in his game. Hes never done much at Indian Wells though, and Miami is one of his best, so we will see.


Amit Says:

Wogboy: Actually Novak is 2 inches taller I guess, than Rafa and Fed, and same height as Murray.. And I agree with you about the BS rice pasta and vegetables(raw!!) depriving him of the much-needed energy… From my very own experience I can say that the day I eat mostly fruits or such rice and low oil-salt veggie dishes, I feel little dull.. And I never avoid sugar, in fact sugar is needed to recharge the body!! And even the animal products!! If one doesn’t eat properly, one can’t do even mental exercise properly, let alone physical exercise!!! And how on earth can a top class athlete be happy and willing in his mind to compete, when all he is having is just boiled rice pasta and raw veggies!! Even cows prefer decent food cooked with bit oil, and milk etc, these days, compared to the crap that Novak is having these days!! Yuck!! Feel sorry if Novak is surviving on the things you said these days!! A decent meal (other than just boiled stuff) can only do him a world of good, particularly mentally!! People underestimate often the mental agony of a man who can’t eat a hearty decent meal!! No work is possible without decent food!! Ours is India, an ancient civilisation, and even here the importance of animal products like milk, cheese etc is paramount!! And these days fish,meat,eggs are a part of daily life!! So all in all, Novak has no logic not eating well and instead chewing raw veggies like cattles!!!


Czarlazar Says:

WB and Amit are absolutely correct. Going gluten free is ok, but going vegan is a mistake for an athlete in one of the most physically draining sports. It’s not only deprived him of physical energy but also affected him mentally, as his melancholy post-loss interviews vividly illustrate. A tiger would cease to be a tiger if he switched from meat (other animals) to boiled vegetables and rice.

PS: the origin of the vegan diet is Pepe Imaz (cult leader weirdo) and his wife Jelena, who appears quite irritable of late (cussing him out on a live Facebook video feed and vacationing alone with a girlfriend), not to mention malnourished ever since she embraced veganism. Bad influences on a guy who is at the top of an ultra competitive profession. Time for Nole to step up and wear the pants, as well as replace cultism/false gurus with Jesus.


Wog Boy Says:

Preach it Czarlazar, preach it.

I have vegan friends, they are all like slow motion, physically and mentally, literally so, they look like they are high on something and in that “peace brothers and sisters”. They are good friends of mine, I love them and respect their choices, but they are not top athletes nor they can be. You picked excatly mental state they are permanently in as permanent vegans,, melancholy, they couldn’t care less if the wotld is about to fall apart.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^^ ….and in the “peace brothers and sisters” mood…


Amit Says:

A tiger will die rather than even think of boiled rice and veggies, lol!! And EFF that idiot pepe, he has ruined Novak, and jelena herself has become angry/irritated due to lack of proper food !! I’d bomb a man who suggests me to have boiled pasta and raw veggies as my chief meals!! They can only be my mere stupid brekkie, though I would hate them even for breakfast,lol! And am sure Novak cannot wholeheartedly enjoy such bs ever in his right mind!!


BBB Says:

How then is Venus doing so well?

I think generalizing about diet is a mistake. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,
Remind me how many big titles she won since she turned vegan, I am pretty sure Nole can stay top 10 as vegan, but is that what he wants? Is that what his talent deserves?


BBB Says:

She just made it to the finals of the AO with an auto-immune disorder that should have taken her out of the game altogether.


Czarlazar Says:

Venus had to go vegan because of Sjogren’s Syndrome. Either that or quit tennis five years ago, and she’s cobbled together solid results since, and currently a #13 ranking in a weak ladies tour. Nole on the other hand did it by choice on the advice of two apparently unstable individuals, ie, his wife and their common spiritual guru, the creepy “Mr. Hugalot.”
It’s clear that Nole’s abandonment of his core foundation is not helping him, as he’s acting/sounding increasingly airy/fairy, and has become hypersensitive to criticism or advice from well meaning people. He no longer speaks with his former Davis Cup coach Obradovich, who is begging to try to help him if allowed. He fired Becker prematurely, and perhaps one reason was Becker’s frequent criticisms in second half of 2016 about Nole’s lack of work ethic. He also forbids his dad from speaking to the media, in his obsession to cultivate a saintly image with his fellow players and media. No longer does Nole wear the Orthodox Christian necklace or cross himself after big wins or flash the three finger salute. Constantly heaps lavish, flowery praise on his vanquishors, even if they’re journeymen (Querrey, Istomin) and prattles on about tennis not being his top priority. If his objective was to become a neutered, new age generic celebrity acceptable to the mainstream Western media, I’d say mission accomplished. However, if he has any desire at all to get back to being a dominant tennis player, he has to go back to his roots — the “me against the world,” traditional, masculine, God-fearing Serbian alpha male. With generous helpings of grilled meat thrown in.


BBB Says:

Confusing causation and correlation – if there’s even correlation.

Look, I was married to a Serb. I get it. But it’s not Djokovic’s job to make you feel good about Serbia.


Czarlazar Says:

Nole doesn’t owe me anything nor am I asking for handouts. Rather, he owes it to himself to maximize his chances of leaving tennis as a legitimate GOAT contender, head high and fighting to the end. What he’s done since last July is putting his legacy at risk, which’d be a tragedy for such an otherworldly athlete and decent human being.


BBB Says:

He doesn’t owe himself that unless that’s what he wants.


Czarlazar Says:

PS: just saw Nole beat Kyle Edmund in two tight sets, and he celebrated his win with his patented “boob toss” to the four sides of the stadium. Yet another symptom of what ails the poor guy right now. Let us pray…


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,
I respect your opinion, but let’s be honest, WTA tour is joke and it’s been for a while, one GS final in the last 8-9 years doesn’t really make you top player, it’s rather embarrassing for WTA tour. As much as I respect your opinion, and I do, taking Venus as example for a top vegan athlete is just not good enough, as I said, Nole can hang around top 10/20 for a next few years with no problem thanks solely to his talent and experience, but that, without big titles, won’t make him top athlete, he will be only former top athlete, former.


Travis Bickle Says:

@BBB

I’m not a Serb and won’t pretend that I get the reasons for Djoker’s troubles, also never been married and won’t pretend to know reasons for divorcing one’s spouse, but nevertheless I find it intriguing that you claim to “get it” when arguing with these Serbian guys, and even throw in the fact you were married to a Serb…

You may “get it” and WB and Czarlazr may have it all 100% wrong with empty arguments and non-existent correlations and hyperboles. However, could there be a small (tiny, even microscopic) likelihood that you actually don’t get it in this particular case, which resulted in your divorce from the mentioned Serbian man?


BBB Says:

I’m saying that veganism can improve your performance rather than inhibit it.

Was Nole vegan during the FO?


Travis Bickle Says:

@BBB

That’s amazing confidence!
I like it, a lot, but can easily imagine many guys who don’t ;-) especially in marriage.

It could be hard to carry out mundane marriage arguments with a wife who doesn’t allow even microscopic chance of her being wrong… Mental wear and tear eventually kicks in and the marriage is kaput!


BBB Says:

Why would I be wrong about why my marriage ended?


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t know if Nole was vegan at FO, he started around that time, but that wasn’t his best FO anyway, it was only FO that he won.

TB, BBB is solicitor by trade, we don’t stand much chance;)

BBB, if you think I don’t know how it feels when you don’t eat meat and animal products then you are wrong. I am in the third week of Easter lent, just two months ago I finished Christmas lent. In our faith we have six weeks lent before Christmas and Easter and few shorter ones during the year, plus every Wednesday and Friday, I respect it as a part of my tradition and it is good detox for the body. I don’t know in which category that goes, but lent means no food of animal origin except seafood. (meat, eggs, cheese, milk). Even I can have fish and cook in oil, I don’t feel physically better and more improved at the end of lent (fast). I am trying to imagine somebody who permanently does that, lees seafood and oil, no way they can improve their physical abilities.
Just watched Roger after Nole, Roger’s SHB is twice as strong as Nole’s DHBH, not to mention FH and serve, and he is 10kg heavier and few cms shorter. Nole was twice broken in the second set, his serve is just floating and waiting to be killed, if it was more experience player instead of Edmund Nole could ask Andy for the spare seat on his flight to Miami.
If he is to lose, I would prefer to do it against Delpo.


Margot Says:

Carl Lewis became a vegan in 1991. Didn’t slow him down. Navratilova and King also veggies.


Margot Says:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/meat-and-environment/
And there’s this of course but I expect all you POTUS supporting meat eaters are climate change deniers as well.


Wog Boy Says:

Anyone with a little bit of brain will admit that it is not meat production that is destroying environment, but overpopulation. How you are suppose to feed Africa whose population almost tripled in the last 37 years, yes tripled, if you don’t produce food?
Anyone with a little bit of brain knows that environment will be destroyed by cleaning forest in order to grow corn, canola, rice, wheat to feed world booming population even if all word is vegan you still have to feed the world.
Why don’t you pack up, all you leftist smartasses and go to Africa and teach them birthcontrol, like China did, like India is doing.
Population of Africa in 1980 was 477 million, today is 1.2 billion. Even USA would have a problem to feed its population if it tripled in the last 37 years.Who is destroying animal habitats in Afrtica, US President?


Wog Boy Says:

And yes, global warming is the biggest con of 21.st century, started by Al Gore, but not without reason.


Wog Boy Says:

Just for the record, I didn’t start political talk, see above British lady, hypocrite lady, that protesting against the other country building the wall while her own country built one on the French side of the channel to stop refugees entering UK, while Germany ended up with 1.3 million refugees UK took hardly any and they are directly responsible for the mess in the middle east and North Africa, first clean your own backyard then lecture others.


skeezer Says:

@BBB,
Laughed so hard at your answer @ 9:40.
So pitch perfect ;)

@TB
There are two ways to argue with your wife, and neither one works.
Happy wife, happy life. Love your wife truly and she will give you back all the love you need.
—-
@WB,
Watch the film Forks over Knives. Netflix. Be educated.


Van Persie Says:

Lol Skeezer,

Who’s your lucky lady ?


Van Persie Says:

P.S.

Have watched Nole playing the 2nd set last night…I am starting to think, the he might not reach the World Tour Finals this year. Honestly.


Travis Bickle Says:

@VP (at 4:57 am)

Her real name is “Inflatable Doll – model #ISD-3467″. They’ve “met” online.
He calls her Candy ;-)
They never argue and she gives him all the love he needs.

The only problem is that he has to guard Candy from his cats and their claws – scratching hazard!!!


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Nole is is sinking faster than my English stuffy Boris that I threw into swimming pool without knowing that stuffy can’t swim, when I realized that he is sinking like a rock with eyes wide open staring at me I jumped in to take him out, he was liking me thinking we were playing games.. I couldn’t stop apologizing to my Boris.
The difference between my Boris and Nole is that Nole managed to get rid (or somebody else did that) and cut the ties with all the people that were able to stop him sinking and bring him back to surface, he is done,


Van Persie Says:

TB,

:)))))))))))))

This discussion about husbands and wives reminds me on a joke.
2 housewives are having a chat. One of tehm tells: “My husband is an angel!” The other one replies: “Mine is still alive!”.


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

Cheers :))


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Last year at this time, Nole was reaching almost every final…now Nole fans have to fear a 2nd round against Edmund???… WTF. It is really weird.


steve-o Says:

The idea that someone like Djokovic, a top-echelon player in a super-competitive, zero-sum individual sport like tennis, would find the motivation to win another Grand Slam in love of country is the most fatuous thing I’ve ever heard.

As Nietzsche pointed out, great human beings do what they do for themselves, in pursuing their personal star, not for anything abstract like country or family or whatever. There may be some who say that they do it primarily for some external motive, but they’re full of it.

Even great humanitarians like Gandhi and MLK were following their particular path and their particular genius. That this path happened to lead them to serve others is pure coincidence.

If Djokovic wants another Grand Slam, he’ll get it, irrespective of whether he’s sufficiently pious or patriotic. Wearing a particular religious symbol has nothing to do with it.

If you’re religious, you might say that luck and enlightenment come from God. But the desire, the motivation, comes from within. To say otherwise is to deny one’s responsibility for one’s own choices.

My feeling is simply that Djokovic has achieved everything he wanted in life. With a wife, a kid, the Career Grand Slam, 12 majors, millions of dollars, worldwide fame, being worshipped as a god in his home country–what else could he want?

Djokovic seems to me one of those people who draws his motivation from being at war with the world. But once you’ve won that war, achieved worldly success beyond your wildest dreams, then the motivation wanes and disappears. Who is left to fight?


BBB Says:

WB, as I said, diet is an individual thing. It doesn’t surprise me that some people feel they function better with meat. I just don’t think it’s true for everyone.

His serving seems off to me.


Wog Boy Says:

You definitely know nothing about Nole and his drive to success, you learn nothing about Nole through all of this years and what made him champion he was, you don’t judge others through yourself.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ not for you BBB


BBB Says:

steve-o – I agree with you. And not just career slam, but 4 in a row.

He made a remark during the FO ceremony along the lines of knowing he had put his family through a lot to achieve it. Maybe he has mixed feelings about continuing to demand that of them.


BBB Says:

Sorry WB – I agree with steve-o :)


Wog Boy Says:

This is what Nole was carrying in his bag five years ago, nothing religious or patriotic to motivate him for his matches;)

https://youtu.be/vePJvIqpM1g


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry BBB, that doesn’t mean I agree with you.


Daniel Says:

Also agree Steve-o, people tend to place to much enphasis on nationalism. In the end, you are batling yourself and your inner demons. Nobgody trully knwo what goes beyond ones conscious and thoughts. we just like to know we do to kind of have some sense of control, but in the core, we just have to accept that there is no control, itยดs an ilusion.

The interresting part of this new pahse wiht Djoko is how will he fare when playing his rivaas and if that sparks the old flame back in him. He lost to Murray in London battle for #1, so he is to get back on track this year.

Nothing would be better for him to have to face an in form (almost) Nadal and get one of those old battles again. That could spark something in him again. I like yesterday match, he won fighting back that second set.


skeezer Says:

@TB,
Is that your experience with a woman? You got a lot to learn. Suggestion: stay off Tinder and inflatables, it will end ugly for you when you actually find out she/it can go flat.
Mine is a real woman, and the only “inflatable” thing going on between us is my ego. Try a real live woman, if you have the courage. Who knows, you might get “lucky”. Good “luck” with that.
—-
Steve-o
Agree. Summation: his answer for future success is in is head.


Margot Says:

Not “lecturing” but “educating.” Lol.


Czarlazar Says:

@WB — Contrast Nole’s mental state and overall life perspective back then, per the contents of his equipment bag, and where he’s at now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAtgxaJmXL0&vl=en

The word that comes to mind is “finished,” mainly due to the poor guy becoming severed from his roots and his core being. If he wants to return to be #1, he has to embrace his true self and abandon the imposter that orchestrated the putsch and is (temporarily?) occupying him.


Czarlazar Says:

Regarding Nole, unfortunately not even an eternal optimist like Chauncey Gardner believes “there will be growth in the Spring.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYeVQzTVyLk


Wog Boy Says:

Czarlazar,
There is no point arguing with a people from America, Brazil or God knows where who are saying they know us better than we know ourselves and what can and will motivate us. They throw little bit of Nietzsche, From, Feuerbach to make their case sound more academic.

We know that Nole’s free fall started when he went to lala land and disconnected himself from his roots starving his body and mind from the juices of motivation and inspiration that came from his roots, through his roots. Tree dies when you cut it’s roots, same is happening with Nole’s career, it is all but dead.


Wog Boy Says:

Care Lazo,
Before I go just one thing, the only person from the west that could say he knew our being inside out was Swiss German Dr Rudolph Archibald Reiss describing us as:

“โ€œYour people are patriotic. I do not know a nation in which legendary national heroes live so long in the national soul as is the case with you. Your people are democratic, and truly democratic, not in the way the politicians are. Among your people, a man is valued for being a man and not for his suits and titles. The people are proud, but not mean. Finally, you are smart people, one of the brightest I have ever known in my lifeโ€.

He indebted us so much that we can never ever repay it:
http://www.heroesofserbia.com/2014/08/dr-rudolph-archibald-reiss-friend-of.html?m=1


BBB Says:

+1 for the Chauncey Gardner reference.


Czarlazar Says:

Reiss was a great man who died too young. It’s a shame we don’t have more friends like him in the West. Would love to see an English translation of Cujte Srbi but don’t know if it exists.
As for the know-nothings who interject with their hollow philosophies, I don’t pay them much heed. My grandfather had a good term to describe such folk: “skolovana budala.”

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