Novak Djokovic: Having Won All 9 Masters Is One Of The Most Special Moments In My Career
by Tom Gainey | August 20th, 2018, 3:24 pm
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Novak Djokovic was on top of the world Sunday winning a first Cincinnati title beating Roger Federer 64 64 in a final he had lost on five prior occasions, three to the Swiss.

The made Djokovic the very first player in history to have won all nine Masters events, something Federer nor Rafael Nadal have even come close to doing (both are two titles behind). And it may be a record that isn’t matched for decades.

Understandably, Djokovic was thrilled with the win.

“Definitely one of the most special moments in my career,” Djokovic said. “Achievements, making history of the sport that I truly love is a great privilege and honor and something that I’ll be very proud of for the rest of my life.

“This trophy has been a motivation, big motivation for me,” he said. “But at the same time I tried not to think about the pressure of really making history too much, because I have had already some failed attempts, three years ago with Roger, and coming into today’s match, I mean, wasn’t easy psychologically because I knew I lost to him every time I played him on this court. But at the same time, I liked my chances because I felt better and better as the tournament week was progressing.

“I felt that in the past when I had this particular, you know, circumstances in the tournament and matches where I come back, you know, from situations where I’m down a set and a break and I managed to win close matches, I usually come out semifinals or finals playing my best tennis.

“That’s something that I was hoping is going to happen again, and I believed that it will and it did. It was by far the best performance of the week.”

Djokovic already has won all four Grand Slams, won the ATP Finals, has finished No. 1 and won the Davis Cup. So what’s left? Olympic gold and maybe getting a bigger room for more trophies?

“It’s still much smaller than Roger’s room, that’s for sure, and Rafa’s and Jimmy Connors’,” he joked when comparing his trophy room to other tennis greats.

Djokovic now has 70 career titles, 39 behind the great Jimmy Connors, 28 from Federer and just 10 from Rafa.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC’S MASTERS TITLES
Indian Wells 5
Miami 6
Monte Carlo 2
Madrid 2
Rome 4
Canada 4
Cincinnati 1
Shanghai 3
Paris Indoor 4

OPEN ERA TITLE LEADERS
Jimmy Connors 109
Roger Federer 98
Ivan Lendl 94
Rafael Nadal 80
John McEnroe 77
Novak Djokovic 70


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115 Comments for Novak Djokovic: Having Won All 9 Masters Is One Of The Most Special Moments In My Career

BBB Says:

Interesting. I thought ESPN said Federer had only never won MC, but I guess he hasn’t won Rome either.


Humble Rafa Says:

In what way is the “OPEN ERA TITLE LEADERS” relevant to this article? Asking for a friend.


Madmax Says:

BBB,

I think you know this already. But yes, he has not won either. He has won 7 out of the 9 overall.

Federer has reached the finals here of MC, four times: three times from 2006 through 2008, losing each time to Nadal, and again in (2014 when he lost to Wawrinka.

Regarding Rome Masters, Federer has reached the finals on three occasions, losing each time to a Spaniard. It was Nadal in 2006 and 2013, and someone named Felix Mantilla in 2003.
He reached the final again in 2015, and lost to Djokovic.

I am sure Federer is still feeling happy about his achievements though BBB. I mean they are pretty ‘major’, right?


j-kath Says:

BBB: If the Olympics count he the Fed hasn’t won a singles gold medal – which is why I believe he will continue to play until 2020…this may have to include playing another Davis Cup to qualify.


Wog Boy Says:

“(both are two titles behind)”

I am pretty sure Rafa is three titles behind, Miami, Shanghai and Paris.

Congrats to Nole, you just proved once more that you are better player than 37 years old, you played 19 finals and result is 13 : 6 for you, 15 GS matches and result is 9 : 6 for you, 4 GS finals and result is 3 : 1 for you, all together 24 : 22 for you.
So-called “the GOAT” is proven inferior player, one one, to two players that played their entire career alongside him and yet cult members are calling him “the GOAT” but he is third best player of his era.
Most successful players, fact, the best player ever, opinion.


skeezer Says:

WB,
I was waiting for you to post to congratulate you. But as I read your second paragraph it made me hurl. So sorry.


Wog Boy Says:

Corrections:
Should say “one on one” and “Most successful player”


Wog Boy Says:

I am not here to be congratulated but anyone, particularly not by two faced people, I am here to state the facts.
Besides, I am not watching tennis, just checking results and YT highlights, that’s good enough for me until AO2018 and waiting for Craig Tiley to close the roof against the rules of extreme heat policy….during night match.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ until AO2019


Daniel Says:

The article says Nadal and Fed are 2 titles behind 9 Masters. Guess they are counting, and rightfully so, Nadal Madrid title when it was on HC (he won in 2005 before it shifted to clay in 2009) in the same week as Shangai. So for him to complete his Golden Masters he only miss Miami and Paris.

It would be kind of odd if he actually wins both this titLes (which I think won’t ever happen as he hardly play Paris anYmore). I mean, media will say he complete the Golden Masters without Shangai. It will just MAKE a mess.

Better he skip this achievement, LOL


AndyMira Says:

Whooo Daniel!….LOL!….Isn’t it too early to write Rafa off??My dude still playin’ & still winning left & right man!….U should learned a lesson or 2 this last couple of years Daniel!….Big 3 taught us that we shouldn’t underestimate them as long as they still play! & want to play….Including Andy!….


BBB Says:

Yes Madmax – my comment was mostly focused on ESPN suggesting he’d only not won MC. But I think I must have misheard because that’s not the kind of thing they get wrong.


Wog Boy Says:

“Djjokovic already has won all four Grand Slams, won the ATP Finals, has finished No. 1 and won the Davis Cup.”

You are allowed to mention that he also won NCYGS, first man since Rod Laver to hold all 4 GS at the same time and the only player in history to do so on three different surfaces. Don’t be shy Tom.


Daniel Says:

AM,

Its because Nadal hardly play Paris with interest. Its too close to WTF and he usually is not pretty fit this part of the year. He has only 1 final there and last year for example only played to guarantee #1 ranking and then shut down his season.

Its the same for Fed, he will never win MC nor Rome because of bunch of factors but mainly, because he doesn’t play it anymore (last 2 years).

Yeah, Nadal still have time and this year as he skipped a big chunk of season to get helot pre clay he may play the rest of the year fully healthy: USO, Beijing, Shangai, Paris and WYF.

Also last year by playing Beijing 5 matches (title) and Shangai the week after where he also played 5 matches, it took a tool on his body and he got injured. This year he is gonna be a year older.

If I had to guess, he will concentrate more on WTF than Paris, so to me, the 9 Masers for him is almost impossible at this point (32), a 10% chance if that.


AndyMira Says:

Daniel!…Yeah!Agree Rafa hardly play Paris with interest before…But, it’s because he’s already invested his energy so much from early season to USO…And when comes indoors,he usually don’t have much left or he’s injured…But,if Rafa have a season like thi s year,where he skipped 1st 3 months[due to injury]….And his new resolution to skip a few routine tournaments like Basel,Cincy[for example]…he maybe still have something left in his tank heading to indoor Daniel…[That of coz if he manage to stay healthy]…

Tho,i agree with u…the chance a little bit slim for him now…But,let’s see in a couple of years time…And that’s why what Novak achieved is really incredible!….I think he’s The GOAT in the making….


BBB Says:

TC is showing the 2012 USO final. I forgot how extraordinary the tennis was. Here’s to hoping Murray and Djokovic get the chance to have a match like that again.


Daniel Says:

Agree, this year the mini break he got will prolong his season and I believe he will be competitive till the very end in all tourneys. Same with Djoko who is getting better and better and Fed likes this part of the season as well. Even with a B game he made finals and serving was great until the best returner ever.

I believe no more big surprises for big tourneys left. USO, both Masters and WTF will be all won between these players: Nadal, Djoko, Fed, Cilic, DelPo and Zverev


Mystic - Willow Says:

Incredible achievement congratulations Novak ….


Madmax Says:

Wogboy,

Glad you are on here to state facts, and not a thwarted, opinion. We wouldn’t want that now would we, though I guess it could be the whiskey talking.

So let’s talk facts. Going back a few months I lifted some of your posts. Not what you had written about Federer, that goes without saying. Pure drivel. But it was what you said about Novak. How you chastised him, hated him, cursed him, turned your back on him, criticised his coaches, told him to leave his wife, that she was only with him for the money, and then I thought if I copied them here, that would be too easy for the likes of a turncoat. They are there, and I suppose when you become more sane, you can re-read what you wrote.

Fact: you are not a novak fan. You don’t deserve to be in the same airspace. Fans stay with their man through thick and thin. Whether they win or lose. Whether they have won their first wimbledon or their 20th slam, when they smash racquets, when they are ignorant, arrogant, philanhropic, big on the stage or microscopic, you stay. You support, you cry, you smile, you laugh, you hide, you go through it with them.

Not you. A Charlatan is what you are so really, spout your nonsense elsewhere. Your only special knowledge when it comes to tennis racks you up to zero, because you are filled with hatred for the man who is known to be the greatest tennis player there is to ever have played.

Roger Federer.

Here is another fact Wogboy. 20 grand slams. 20. Is’t that an amazing achievement?

Go and rest now. You are of course entitled to your opinion, but not your alternative facts Wogboy.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Federer 20, Rafa 17, Novak 13, thats the most important thing ….


Madmax Says:

Let’s be clear.

What Novak has achieved is historic.

Phenomenal. Not only that, the most gracious winner or loser. Love the guy. What he has been through and what he has achieved. Incredible, glorious Novak. I hope he enjoys the rest of the year and so he has to be the favourite going into the USO and also, I would add, the Year End finals. Has to be. Roger won’t be favourite, he has a chance for the USO, but I think his chances will be more likely London. He works hard to get there and he has won that tournament more than any other, including Novak.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Dont do philanthropic off court stuff personally ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

I Would say hes one of the favorites going into the USO, as Nadal has just won in Toronto ….


j-kath Says:

We should all have the right to vent when we want to without other people taking it upon themselves to dictate how we should be conducting ourselves. The other side of the coin is the OTP slavish adoration from some posters which is unwelcome to many.


Humble Rafa Says:

I am never the favorite unless it’s clay according to some whose brain needs inspection.


Truth Says:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToE0yvDmx8k

Fed fans might console themselves when they know the best sets played in a Slam against humble Fed. Nope, its not a Nadal match. Outfinessed, overpowered, outserved and outstrategized.
Winning in style without being overrated. No fake sportsmanship award gifted. No lapdog players from year 2003 to desperately cheer for opponents’ demise.


Truth Says:

Daniel, only a very tough player battles through masters and Slams. Novak values masters and Slams equally. Skipping tourneys and clay or indoor hardcourt season for no reason, as the rival dominates slams and mastersm sign that you’re not good enough to
win. If Fed was playing that overbearing loser Roddick this year, he wouldn’t have skipped matches. When Djoker is the only all surface player that improves his game year, Fed can’t deny that Djoker is the best rival and that Slam count matters only after they all stop playing. Djoker got injured due to winning a lot and figuring out his endurance and limitations as a person and competitor.


Truth Says:

* Masters is a sign


Michael@yahoo.com Says:

For sure, one of the most glittering achievements of Novak in a remarkable career and very tough to emulate. With both Roger and Rafa in their twlight years, this record will stand the test of time. Novak is special and the only achievement eluding him is an Olympic Gold medal.


BBB Says:

I think some of the acrimony on this board comes from what I consider a completely unnecessary obsession with deciding that one person is the greatest of all time. It creates a zero-sum game. My guy vs. your guy.

I really believe if people could just drop that part of it, the discussions here would venture less into hostility.

If someone wants to believe it’s Roger, that’s totally fine with me. I understand the arguments and think they’re valid.

But it doesn’t follow that anyone who has a different opinion is wrong.

As for me, I have no opinion at all. I delight in the ambiguity of it.


BBB Says:

As for Novak’s personal situation, I read up on his brother recently, and his brother’s friendship with Pepe.

If Novak essentially compromised his career for a year or two out of a desire to make sure his brother got to a healthy mental place – which, it seems to me, is a likely explanation for why Pepe was allowed to hang around – then I have nothing but respect for Novak, and his wife, for prioritizing family over career. What a brother.

And if Novak himself questioned the meaning of life because his brother was on the edge, then I say it’s the sign of a compassionate, thoughtful person who believes there’s more to life than tennis, more to life than chasing the ultimately meaningless faux-title of GOAT.

It is Novak himself, having won Wimbledon, who said they teach their son that life is more than trophies.


RZ Says:

It’s amazing what these guys have achieved, especially considering the tough competition they all have given each other over the years


Django Says:

This trio won’t be around too much longer.
Enjoy, people.


skeezer Says:

Surely anyone/everyone has a right to their opinion about where their favorite players stands in history. But when the try to step on, p!ss on, another player to make them great, it just shows the insecurity of the fan boy.
As for Novak, his outstanding achievements stand on their own. Weak era, who he has played. etc really doesn’t matter in the end. Records don’t care about the circumstances, either you won it, or you didn’t . Well done Novak!


Mystic - Willow Says:

Yeah that applies to all the players, i dont piss on players or their achievements, but its funny how posters dont afford the same criteria when it comes to my favorite here, such double standards ….


RZ Says:

It’s a golden era in men’s tennis. Let’s enjoy all of their amazing achievements while we can. Really you can make the case for any of them to be the GOAT depending on what criteria you choose (and I would say that Rod Laver is still in the running too). It’s an “embarrassment of riches.”


BBB Says:

Agreed skeezer, and well said RZ. My thoughts exactly.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Who cares why not just enjoy the tennis, and enjoy the idea that we have a number of all time greats instead of one GOAT ?


Amit Says:

Third best player of era title is more suited to Djokovic atm.. but that doesnt make him less than absolutely extraordinary! But to each, his own!


Amit Says:

We all have the right to have opinions, but trying to make it sound as facts is somewhat surprising…


Truth Says:

When Djoker wins, fedal fans talk about how horrible everything is. No one worries as much as Fed fans.

Djoker won 7 Slams in 3 years, with 2 months of time off.
He only requires 2 French opens, Cincinnati & 5 Australians to win masters and Slams at least twice, and equal Fed’s Slam #.


Madmax Says:

Mystic – Willow Says:
Dont do philanthropic off court stuff personally ….

August 21st, 2018 at 2:12 am

You should try it some time Willow.

J-Kath, as usual more recently, you miss the point these days. it’s fine that you have a good healthy relationship with Wogboy, but what is not okay is when Wogboy pretends he is a novak fan and to write that here, when he lost and was going through his struggles, then to come back on and start to cling to his feet.

No one is saying that people have not got a right to their opinion, but his choices of words and his vitriolic language are not welcome here. Fed fans are sick of hearing what Wogboy has to say and be quiet about it, he is a bully, And whether you agree or not with that J-kath, makes not one bit of difference to me. Go ahead and support your bully. I can read between the lines.

And when the day comes that you disagree with this opinionated bigot, good luck to you. Just watch your back. His intolerance, his dismissiveness his rudeness, his disrespect outshines anythng that you could ever say in his defence.


Madmax Says:

Amit Says:
We all have the right to have opinions, but trying to make it sound as facts is somewhat surprising…

August 21st, 2018 at 2:36 pm

You say it very sweetly and kindly Amit. There is nothing surprising about a bigot, other than they are what they are, sore losers with not a kind word to say. The soul is a bitter one. Pity.


BBB Says:

Madmax, there are fans of every player who do this. On this board. It’s not about bigotry or sore losers – it’s about having such an obsession with a particular player that the concept of an objective discussion about that player, or any other player for that matter, is received as an existential threat.

I’ll be delighted if it comes to an end.


Amit Says:

Madmax

Djokovic himself had the good sense to say that Fed is most probably the best player ever, just recently.. So cheer up! Most acknowledge that Fed is the best ever! And that includes even Djokovic, Rafa, and Sir Laver! Cant get any better than that! So cheers!!! 👍👍👍


Amit Says:

Madmax
Anyway, there hasnt been a player better than Federer, in my eyes, and in my senses! And thats what matters above any opinion to me personally! Honestly I havent seen a better player in my entire life, and I have a life of more than 29 years!


BBB Says:

Laver said Djokovic was Federer’s equal…


BBB Says:

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the portion of the program where said fans cherry pick data to support the argument they wanted to make anyway!”

The most amazing thing about that clip is all the empty seats.


j-kath Says:

Lendl is going to be Sasha’s new celebrity coach. Evidently wee Andy advised him to contact him.

To whom it may apply: Burns said it all: “Oh would the Lord the giftie gee us to see oorselves as others see us.”


TGIT Says:

The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft aglay


Wog Boy Says:

Jk, with love from Sydney:

https://youtu.be/tP9CPMsJN7Y

Enjoy it with a sip of Skotch


BBB Says:

The most amazing thing about that clip is that Djoker was still wearing Adidas!

I remember totally schooling my four-year-old niece at cards.


j-kath Says:

TGIT…voila! – very wordly literary or a native of Scotland?

WogBoy: U-tube more difficult for non-members to access recently…saw the beginning – but yep – a sip of the Scotch is always a pleasure.


TGIT Says:

j-kath-

Loved the reference. No, not native but LOVE Scotland. If I had the $ I would have a second home in Edinburgh. Stunning!


Travis Bickle Says:

Really, when one compares the Big Three in terms of overall achievements (without bias of course), it seems like Novak’s feats are most impressive and span entire spectrum of tennis, not just a single category (e.g. slams).

Most importantly – Novak won 4 consecutive slams on three different surfaces – this is a monumental achievement that is unlikely to be equaled by Fed and Rafa! (strangely, this feat got so little publicity in the media considering how monumental it is?!?)

Novak won all nine masters, another huge achievement that is also unlikely to be equalled by Fed and Rafa.

He holds the most (47) big titles, defined as slams, masters and world tour finals (i.e. events that award the winner 1000 or more ranking points). He had to play only 3.1 events per title won. Fed has the same number of big titles (47), but he needed 4.4 events per title won. Rafa has 42 and he needed 3.5 events per title won.

Finally, Novak holds winning head-to-head record against both Rafa and Fed, which (factually) indicates he is better than either one of those two when they compete against each other.

Additional trivia could be the strength of competition to win these titles, but I am too lazy to analyze that one – however I am sure Novak’s competition was much much stronger than Federer’s for example…

This was an attempt to look objectively at greatness and not focus on a single category such as slams for example. Novak won majority of his 13 slams by beating either Fed, Rafa or Murray (sometimes even two of them), and was not as fortunate to play finals against likes of Philippoussis, Safin, Roddick, Hewitt, Gonzales or Baghdatis or even Cilic. It should also be said here that Rafa also had strong competition for majority of his slam wins!

Just stating an (hopefully) objective opinion, without trying to diminish other players or their devoted/overzealous fans ;-)


Daniel Says:

TB,

Correction:
- Fed has 53 big titles: 20 Slams + 6 WTF + 27 Masters
- Nadal has 50 big titles: 17 Slams + 33 Masters
- Novak has 49 big titles: 13 Salms + 5 WTF + 31 Masters


Travis Bickle Says:

Thanks for correction Daniel!

I was going by this old (Aug 2016) ATP stat…

https://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/djokovic-ties-federer-big-titles-2016

My point about efficiency in winning big titles still stands, I guess. Novak needed the least attempts to get his titles, by a healthy margin…


Daniel Says:

Yeah, he has the best ration and also the best percentage of big titles out of total titles:

- Fed: 53/98 = 54% of his titles are big ones
- Nadal: 50/80 = 62,5 % his titles are big ones
- Djoko: 49/70 = 70 % of his titles are big ones

But he is the one who least played 250 and 500, he would have won more of those but it may reduce his big ones. Majority of Nadal and Federer 250 are start of their career. Djoko started playing big titles since an young age as his ranking improves fast.

But if he keeps this pace, he may have the best percentages.

USO is crucial for all 3 of them.
- 21 for Fed will be an unreachable number, with Nadal at 32, 33 next year during RG.
- 18 for Nadal makes 20 just around the corner
- and 14 for Djoko place him back in the conversation for good surpassing Sampras beyond any doubt. Can give him a 5th Year end #1 and will be favorite for multiple Slams next year as well.

Also if nether of them wins USO will be fun as well, specially if it is DelPo (major comeback story) or one of the young ones.


Van Persie Says:

Amit,

Correct: Djokovic said: PROBABLY the best ;) But then Fed also called Djoko: Nr.1.

Look what Bollettieri thinks:

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/wimbledon/wimbledon-2017-novak-djokovic-wins-second-round-nick-bollettieri-greatest-ever-a7827726.html


Van Persie Says:

But I agree with RZ, these 3 and Laver should be considered the greatest ever. That’s also subjective, considering the medicine and tennis is different from 70′s.
I have a preference for Djoko and Rafa though.


Van Persie Says:

To add: “Correct: Djokovic said: PROBABLY the best ;) But then Fed also called Djoko: Nr.1.”….think the 2 are trying to bury the hatchet. Was a bit of mutual a*s licking, nothing more. They will play at Rod Laver cup together.


Hm Says:

Djoker has the most rounded results but he probably lost too many GS finals to ever catch the other two. They have way better conversion rates. Djoker was mentally weak in his early years and also went walkabout recently, this has cost him. Ironically at his height he was perhaps the toughest mentally, when he began to conquer Nadal on clay it was madness. But Fed and Nadal are more mentally consistent throughout their careers.


j-kath Says:

Hm: Yes, agree. However, Novak is 6 years younger than Roger and Rafa 5 years younger – I’m thinking that “rounded results” can only be measured when all three retire. I’m guessing Roger will play thru the summer of 2010 and have a final chance to achieve an Olympic gold and if Novak and Rafa remain healthy 4/5 years later.


j-kath Says:

TGIT: Thanks TGIT. FYI We owned a Georgian house in the so-called New Town in Edinburgh – (the old town being much older)- but we sold it after my hubbie & my brother-in-law disturbed Spirits in huge basement – originally servants quarters. Hubbie (a US geologist)was adamant and only after bedroom ceiling fell in and nearly killed us, did I believe him.

PS: If we have a bad Brexit – Edinburgh may become more affordable???????????????


Mystic - Willow Says:

Madmax @ 2.48 pm why lol ? what i mean is i dont ass lick the rich and famous who do the whole charity shabang, its great they do it, noteworthy blahdy blah, i just dont make a song and dance about the whole thing, if you want to pat the players on the back for doing it , and say how wonderful they all are fine by me, just dont ask me to, theres plenty of people that walk the streets everyday giving money to charities, many of those have very little themselves, and also get no recognition what-so-ever, yet the rich and famous get patted on the back and seem to be considered way more important than jo public, to be honest ive more respect for average people that give their money away to charities as they know how it feels to go without, peace ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Novaks an amazing player, but still is way down on GS count compared to the other two, and i dont think the other two are done when it comes to winning more GS either, you can dress it anyway you want but GS count is the most important thing ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

J-Kath my late mother was part Scottish, funnily enough though ive never been there, hope to one day, here it has alot of stones circles, and some very spiritual places to visit ….


j-kath Says:

Yep Mystic-Willow: Think you’d love it. Also it has been called the “Athens” of the UK…sorri your Mum isn’t around to join you.


Margot Says:

Kath: friends of mine have got a flat in Edinburgh within spitting distance of John Lewis and the station. Their son was at uni there, and having pots of money they bought it for him, as you do…;) Having said friend’s grandparents were Scottish. Fab flat, great high ceilings and views over the city and beyond, to die for. But it is the top floor of one of those old Georgian blocks with a preservation order on it, so, of course, no lift! Those stairs….with luggage…….Eek!


Amit Says:

Van Persie

Novak was right in saying “probably” . He also cannot exactly call him the best player ever, coz it isnt that easy to determine the GOAT. Best of generation is one thing, or as i said best of my life, but best ever??!! Not so easy for anyone!!! I think Fed is the best I saw in my life. But my life isnt very long anyway! 😛
Moreover i also dont like people calling Sampras as sort of lesser than the big 3 of this generation! Sampras too had great rivals, and he at his best was as lethal as anyone i have ever seen! And Sir Laver missed 7 years in prime from playing professional tennis! And only he has a perfect CYGS and 2 of that thing actually!!! Cant imagine him not winning quite a few more slams in his prime, if he were allowed to play! And Bjorn Borg too is way too great, to be ignored! So people can have different opinions without feeling guilty!
My point is if many saw something great in Fed and felt him as the best of this generation, then others shouldnt have problem, unless of course his rivals are disrespected by ultra-enthusiastic Fed fans.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Greats instead of goats, is why ive never believed in that topic, still thats just me ….


Amit Says:

Nature doesnt make many goat-types anyway, he controls them through tigers, lions, cheetahs, wolves and hyenas etc! 😉


Amit Says:

Marat Safin was a headcase too! But a fave of mine! If he werent a mental type, then Fedal would have had their task cut! He was game-wise almost invincible when focussed, but only lacked mental calm to become more accomplished! Anyone who calls Safin a nutter is my friend, but anyone who calls him an average player is my foe, fandom-wise! 😉


Van Persie Says:

Amit,

I respect your opinion. Djokovic is the greatest ever for me as he brought me back to watch tennis regularly.
Until AO 2012, I watched only GS finals, and not always…used to root for Rafa against Fed, when they played finals. Have to admit I did not see all the matches from Nole in 2011, only US Open final against Rafa, when I rooted for Rafa. I did not even know back then there is not much love between Nole and Fed :)…

AO 2012: I was dizzy after my Bday party and enjoyed my morning coffee and lunch by watching that match….was rooting for Rafa…and ended up by being “in love” with Nole. lol
Then, I started to watch also the masters and became a big Nole fan. Watched his big matches before 2012 only later :)
I always felt sorry, that I missed a big year: the 2011, and I was pleased he repeated that in 2015(but still have this regret I missed his early years)
I am watching all the tennis tournaments due to Nole, so, he ‘s the Greatest ever for me.

As a child I liked Ivanisevic, in some Wimbledon finals.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Always loved Pat Rafter, gorgeous in his day, and loved his game ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Loved that Wimbledon final between Rafter and Ivanisavic, was so dissapointed that Pat didnt win that final after having MPs, but how could anybody not be delighted for Goran, that moment he won the title, nobody can buy that, it was wonderful ….


BBB Says:

Amit, I think Safin was both too talented and too intelligent to be able to execute. As I’ve said before, intelligence is not necessarily a bonus when you’re an athlete. The most discombobulated I’ve seen Roger look when he wasn’t just having a bad day (e.g. Sunday) was the AO semifinal, where Safin had him wrong footed and falling down.

I can’t remember what interview – it might have been GQ 10 years ago – where he described the tortuous process in his head when he was playing. He was trying to play the perfect shot, not necessarily the good-enough shot.


Amit Says:

Van Persie
I too really fight with my friends over Fed being better than Rafa or Nole, and thats what makes us drinking beer or wine together even funnier! Some of myfriends happily curse Rafa or Nole as worst ever, and the Rafole brigade among us return us the favour cursing Fed every way possible!! And then we happily eat and drink tohgether and bid good night to each other cursing each other!!! 😂😂😂


Amit Says:

BBB

I too remembered the same semi of 2005 while posting here regarding safin! 😀


Van Persie Says:

Haha Amit,

I get it :) Have a few fed fans colleagues at work. I entered in my office so glorious on Monday morning ;) hehe. Was not even tired, as the match ended so late.


Truth Says:

Fed claimed his thigh was badly hurt in the 2005 Australian semi.
He didn’t hurt it before mentioning his 25 match winning streak. He was a very sore loser and his 2005 game wasn’t superior to his 2014-2016 game.
He also barely got past Roddick at 2004 & 2009 Wimbledons.
Of course, he only faced bad volleyers and predictable slow guys.

His serve was easily broken in the 2005 Cincinnati final, but stupid Roddick twisted his ankle and collapsed. Fed received so much sympathy and Roddick pretended Fed respected him, the money-obsessed, abusive, overrated fake player. It was a huge joke.


j-kath Says:

Yes, great Margot: Absolutely, those stone stairways; the up and down lift used by previous generations, maids, the big windows from which contents of toilets were dumped on the street….great actually. Ours needed a lot of work – we had the whole building – mad to have sold it. It must have been close to your friends as we could almost see Waverley and the edge of Princes Street. It was the end house and had a parking place and tiny garden at the back.


Amit Says:

“Van Persie Says:
Haha Amit,

I get it :) Have a few fed fans colleagues at work. I entered in my office so glorious on Monday morning ;) hehe.”

😭😭😭 oh no!!! 😭😭😭😛😜😜😜


Amit Says:

Van Persie

Fed will win next time vs Nole certainly I hope and your fedfan colleagues will pull your leg in workplace, LOL 😲😨😉😛😜😜😜


Amit Says:

Van Persie

I also like Goran! 😍

Mystic Willow

I was also a big fan of Rafter vs Ivanisevic at Wimby! 😍


Amit Says:

Willow

Tbh i kiked Rafter too as a player! Those guys were pretty exciting in their own ways! #OldSchoolTennisNostalgia 😍


rognadfan Says:

Little late to be here but what and amazing feat by Nole. This will be THE record I think he will hold for a long time.
Congrats to one of the best of all times.

Now, I said this in another post immediately after Wimby too, only downside of Nole coming back to top is some of infamous haters coming up down from the rock. Like the “Psychotic New York Taxi Driver”.
But besides that all good.

Congrats to Nole agains. I didn’t get a chance to see any of the matches at Cincy but it sounded like he too struggled throughout the tournament. But I won’t be surprised at all, if he runs away with the USO title. Infact to me he is the favorite there.


AndyMira Says:

Yeah!…Agree with u Rognadfan!…I also will not be surprised if Nole manage to grab USO,even if he play only 60-70% of his former self…That’s what makes him great…Able to execute even not at his perfect self…As a Rafan,i hope Rafa can give a stern test once again to Nole…Rafa almost ‘got’ him on his weakest surface at Wimby…So,hopefully a more favourable HC in NY will give Rafa a better luck this time….


Van Persie Says:

Amit,

“Fed will win next time vs Nole certainly I hope and your fedfan colleagues will pull your leg in workplace, LOL 😲😨😉😛😜😜😜” ..not sure this is going to happen, but you never know.
And Nole can afford to lose 1 match to Roger. He still leads: 24-22 :D

rognadfan,

come on, Nole fans were pretty harmless here.
Imagine this place if Roger had won on Sunday ;)


Van Persie Says:

Do not think we have a clear fave for this US Open.

Rafa and Nole won the last masters on hard, but they were not very convincing, and there is DelPo or Cilic who could win US Open.

Roger did not look great in Cincy, as Rod Laver said, he would need a sweet draw. To be honest, I would see him as fave after former champions DelPo and Cilic.

I expect a good run for Stan, but do not think he will go very deep in this tournament. He might do better in slams starting with next year.

Zverev Jr might have a good run, he will try to impress his new coach for sure.


Van Persie Says:

As for Andy, it would be a good sign for his future,if he won 2-3 matches at this US Open.


Margot Says:

Kath: friend’s flat is top end Broughton St. Very near what was once a wonderful chippie. More refined these days….by which I mean it sells salad…;)


Margot Says:

VP: Que sera, re Andy.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Andi Mira but Rafa just won in Toronto, i would say hes in with a chance too at the USO, and has also been playing great all year, or doesnt what hes achieved count anymore ?


Mystic - Willow Says:

Amit one of the great under achievers in tennis IMO ….


j-kath Says:

Margot: Ours was No. 12 Broughton Street – (think odd nos. opposite/across the street?)not sure what is top end or bottom end?. Salad for the Scots? U must be joking – but of course they think they are much more refined in Edinburgh vs Glasgow!!!. Anyways, last I heard it re-developed into a Business collection centre ie took telephone messages and offered post boxes. Have a cousin in Edinburgh – must go see him.


Amit Says:

Van Persie

That’s exactly it buddy: “you never know” is the fact that you stated!!


Van Persie Says:

Yep Amit, until never, I will enjoy Nole’s latest achievement ;)


AndyMira Says:

MW…Calm down!…Of coz Rafa has a chance!Nobody said otherwise…And yes he just won Toronto…And yes,imo he’s co-fav along with Novak & Rog…BUT,i want to see his draw first Al!…Do u know that he could get Kyrgios & Tsitsipas B2B in 2nd @ 3rd Rd??Not to mention that it’s very possible he will get Nole again in his quarter…U have no idea how scared i am when i think of this!What if those 3 dragged him to 4 or 5 sets before semis/final?He only needs just 2 5 setters Al!,and his chance will be very slim indeed!…

U forgot he got DelPo in QF & Nole in semis at Wimby?And both went to 5 setters with 10 hrs of play B2B…And after Nole’s match Rafa said,he has nothing left in him coz he gave everything in both matches…He drained mentally & physically..So..as much as i want Rafa to win,i want to see his draw 1st Al….I would be very stupid if i believe that he will win USO just bcoz he won Toronto & play great all year!….All i know is that,he will go to NY with full of confidence & will try his best to defend his title…I also will pray that he will blessed with a very nice draw & also a good health…The rest,it’s up to God…Vamos Rafa!!


Wog Boy Says:

“I said this in another post immediately after Wimby too, only downside of Nole coming back to top is some of infamous haters coming up down from the rock. Like the “Psychotic New York Taxi Driver”.
Who on earth do you think you are to judge other posters and decide who is good and who is not good to post.
You got carried away dude, keep posting or go under your rock and let other post when and how they please!


Truth Says:

Here’s a gem from hater Andy Roddick.

https://twitter.com/andyroddick/status/1019310884458500096

He wants more money for Slam finalists that could be mediocre, but he doesn’t want a lot of salary rewards for mediocrity.

In his world, he would’ve made $2 million/a match for losing in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 & 2012. For not improving his game when Fed was very old at age 27.

Wasn’t this the same deluded Federer troll that was mad at Djoker’s comedy impression of his mediocre predictable serve, at his kids’ day exhibition with Djoker in 2008?


Truth Says:

https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Roger_Federer/58671/roger-federer-in-2017-i-may-have-played-my-best-wimbledon-ever-/

Fed didn’t remember a 2005 Roddick Wimbledon final score. It was so boring, to say the least.

Fed says he was more happy in 2017. What a genius. Lol

What a coincidence. Of course, Djoker was in need of surgery but the guru and brother Marko stopped him from taking care of himself.
—-

Federer also recalled his second Wimbledon title, in 2004. ‘I think title defence is always particular, now going into the tournament it was a completely different feeling, everybody expects you to win and it makes everything change. I played a good tournament, to be honest I don’t remember much from the week, I went into the finals, I played against Andy Roddick, and defending (the title) came easier for me than winning the first time. I enjoyed being the favorite and it was special.’

In 2005 he won it again in a great season for him. ‘One of my best years on Tour, I felt like I had to win Wimbledon at one point, everything was preparing that way, there was no guarantee but I felt I was feeling as good as I ever felt at Wimbledon that year, I think I lost a set and played a wonderful final against Andy Roddick. It was a special year, I barely lost some matches that year.’


Margot Says:

Kath: What a small world! I meant the end that’s almost in the main drag, George Street? Just across the road from John Lewis.


Margot Says:

PS Kath: Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities- small, bags of culture, enough history for a history freak like me to be kept happy for centuries, Rebus, great eateries etc etc


Mystic - Willow Says:

Andi Mira hmm okay, i just dont get you lately, i know you love the big four etc, but you seem way more enthusiastic and confident lately about Novaks Cincy and Wimbledon win, than you are about Rafa and his Toronto and RG win, and you didnt say all that much after he won in Toronto, you said before RG when he started playing on clay how Rafa will have a hard time winning against the new and improved Novak, and how you were not that confident about his chances of winning RG this year, even though he was defending champion, won it last year, and now your confident about Novak and how hes your pick to win the title, and now your not that confident about Rafa and his chances, i just dont get it ce la vie ….


Andy Mira Says:

MW….”U said before RG that Rafa will have a hsrd time winning against the new & improved Novak & how u were not that confident about his chances of winning RG this year”….

Oh!…I really said that Al?Oh wow!I must be reallyyýy mad to say such thing!….I mean,to have such trust on Nole to bested Rafa on his sacred place when Nole still very much in a funk & play very poorly….Also,if Novak that poor,how come i can say that was a ‘new & improved’ Novak??…Urghh!!…I didn’t make much sense at all at that time Al!!…Nonetheless,would u please kindly put up a link where i said all those crappy things Al!So,i can read & smack myself with a vengence & to defend myself against ‘The mother hen’ in u….I’m on the rosd now,it’s sucks to dig all those old thread on a such small phone!


Andy Mira Says:

Oh!…about i didn’t say much about Rafa & all his win,u mean u didn’t notice that i didn’t talk much about Rafa in the last 20 months?Here’s my reason Boss!…

First of all,as we all know Novak & Andy were in their worst moment in that time…U also know my nature if i cheering for Rafa,i will do it in my crazy way…i will woohoo’ed & screaming with joy without shame…honestly,i dont want to do that when those 2 still struggling with injuries of their own…i want to respect their situations & most importantly i want to spare their fans feelings…i thought,it ‘s very inappropriate of me if i still acting my usual self…so,instead of doing it on TX,i went to TG & celebrated like crazy with our fellow Rafans there…also blogging live with Miss Okie on FB…that’s what i did for the past 2 years…clearly u didn’t go much on TG,if not u already aware of this fact before berating me like this Al!…

Oh how about millions other Rafans out there who didn’t come to TX & celebrating his win here?U okay with that?Not angry with them?


Madmax Says:

-kath Says:
Lendl is going to be Sasha’s new celebrity coach. Evidently wee Andy advised him to contact him.

To whom it may apply: Burns said it all: “Oh would the Lord the giftie gee us to see oorselves as others see us.”

August 21st, 2018 at 4:57 pm

J-Kath, you miss the point completely. But enough of this.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Andi Mira okay then, why should you feel guilty about celebrating when your favorite wins, you shouldnt have to apologize for enjoying what Rafas doing, and when Rafa was going through his slump and Novak was cleaning everything up, its not like anybody here gave Rafa a second thought or gave a damn , nobodies berating hun its just an observation, weve been friends for a while now oh well ….


ChrisFord1 Says:

Been in the wilds of Nova Scotia, no phone reception, no tether to my part of the firm, glorious. But I missed the Cinci Final and just got back Thursday, so I’m late congratulating Djokovic and all his other fans on his latest great career achievement.

And he has two or more of every other Masters, so he could quite plausibly get another Masters Sweep if he wins Cinci again in the next 4-5 years.

And of course, both he and Rafa are hoping to one day get a double career Slam. Nadal just needs the AO, Djokovic needs another FO and both were close to winning another title in the past and both will be favorites at the AO and FO.

Past the GOAT stuff and insistence only the Slams count, and not making allowances for weak eras and times when equipment and courts were very different (fast hardcourts for Sampras, all the caveats of Laver’s day – I think both Federer and Djokovic have ably shown that they can win on any surface, indoors and outside. (Rafa has his indoors bugaboo, and lopsided clay court title record).

I wish Novak well on the comeback trail, hope Andy can be competitive again soon, and look forward to the present generation of “young guns” to show who will eventually replace the Big 4 in part or all 4 in the next 3-4 years.

On Djokovic and Fed in the same quarter for the USO- that sucks.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Nadal never has been given much credit for his achievements, and he never will, always the back handed compliment attached ….


Giles Says:

MW. Because this is basically a Federer fan site.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Giles no but try again ….


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