Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin Del Potro For The US Open Title, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | September 9th, 2018, 12:49 am
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One more match to put a cap on a bizarre US Open. Maybe one event that for some can’t end soon enough.

We had the heat at the start of weeks one and two. The Mohammed Lahyani incident. Roger Federer’s issue with the humidity and air inside Ashe. Crazy late night finishes. Players excessively leaving the court – sometimes in the middle of sets. A make-it-up-as-you-go heat rule for the men.

There was Alize Cornet changing her shirt…on court! John Millman arguing he couldn’t play because his clothes were too wet.

What am I leaving out?

Oh yeah, on Friday Rafael Nadal becoming the first player to retire from a US Open men’s semifinal!

And then today’s women’s final, which I’ll get to in another post. For now, it’s the men’s final and maybe some sanity with two guys who shouldn’t surprise anyone for making it this far.

Novak Djokovic has been the best player the last few months, winning Wimbledon and taking Cincinnati to become the first man to sweep all nine Masters.

Del Potro’s been solid all year, winning Indian Wells, making the semifinals in Paris, the quarters at Wimbledon and he got a nice break with the Nadal injury.

So the final is set.

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal
The head-to-head here is 14-4 for Djokovic and he’s never lost to Del Potro in a Slam (4-0) or at the US Open (2-0). Plus, he beat him three times in 2017.

Del Potro’s is playing much better than last year, but I think so too is Djokovic. And Novak’s won seven of their last eight losing only that Olympic match in Rio when things were already getting weird for Djokovic.

We know about Del Potro’s power game and he’ll be fresh and hungry and won’t be intimidated by the stage or the opponent. And he’ll have the crowd behind.

I think Djokovic will be at the ready also. He looked really good against Kei Nishikori Friday and with heat no longer a factor, I expect no less on Sunday.

While I picked Djokovic to win the title, I’ll root for Delpo, but I don’t see how he gets through this.

The number one problem is the Djokovic backhand to the Delpo backhand. If Novak’s backhand is working, the match is over.

Sure, Delpo’s getting better, but the backhand just isn’t a weapon like it was in 2009, and a class guy like Djokovic (or a Nadal), will pick that apart and find holes.

Why hit to Delpo’s forehand when you are in a safe zone going to the backhand? It’s simple, but a lot of players aren’t good enough to execute that gameplan and keep the ball away from the Delpo forehand.

“Big return and some good backhands,” Djokovic said of beating Del Potro.

“One of the keys of the match will be return, how well can I return, how many returns I can get back in play, but also try to have some depth in that return, and how accurately I can serve myself. I think that’s very important. When you play a big server like del Potro, you feel pressure also on your service games.

“He’s a smart player. He prepares his tactics well. He always relies, of course, on the first big serve and big forehand, one of the biggest forehands ever in the history of this game. Down the line, hit across, any angle. That’s the big weapon.”

So Novak’s plan is to get the return deep and hopefully away from the forehand, then work the point from there. Fortunately for Novak, he does have one of the best return games and one of the best backhands. So it’s no surprise it’s been a good matchup for the Serb.

That said, if Djokovic drops balls short, he’ll get pulverized. And he knows it.

For Delpo, it will be serve huge, attack with the forehand, attack the return off the forehand and hope Novak has an off day with the serve and backhand.

“It will be a difficult match because we are close friends,” Del Potro said of the final. “For sure we both wants to win. But Novak has won the Wimbledon already. He’s playing so good. He will be the favorite to win on Sunday.

“But I don’t know. When I played Roger nine years ago, he was the favorite to win, as well. I will try to make the surprise again.”

Surprise again? Then there’s that. Del Potro is 6-foot-6 and hits the ball as hard as anyone on this planet ever has. And if his game his humming, it’s just to avoid him at all costs. Unless you’re someone with the skills of Novak Djokovic.
The Pick: Djokovic in 4.

With all the craziness of the US Open, who knows what will happen.


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174 Comments for Novak Djokovic v Juan Martin Del Potro For The US Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

Michael Says:

I go with Sean’s prescience. Novak in four or perhaps even five sets making it a fitting finale to the most demanding US Open in recent times.


great one Says:

Good signs for Delpo, serena repeats 2009 !!!


FedExpress Says:

“So the final is set.

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal”

are you drunk, Sean?


Van Persie Says:

Should be a wonderful final.
Will be happy for each one of those great tennis players to win it. Hoping a bit more for Nole to take it though.


Madmax Says:

VP,

A final with the two most gracious winners and losers in tennis. You can’t pick between them. I do think that Novak will come through, he is as hungry as I have ever seen him after injury. Both deserve to raise the trophy though.

Good luck to both!


J-Kath Says:

95% belief that Novak will win.


Joshua Says:

It’s Novak for me


Giles Says:

Come on Delpo, crush the faker! Lol


Mystic - Willow Says:

Would be great for Delpo to get rid of the one slam tag, and get into the company of Andy and Stan, but i just think Novak will be too much for him ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

lol Michael always thinks Novak will win choose what ….


AndyMira Says:

I agree with Sean…Nole in 4…He’s been so good in the 2nd week….His defense still jaw dropping and i think it’s very hard for DelPo to penetrate that steely wall….

God knows both deserve the win for all those tough & painful moments in the past years….But since Nole already won Wimby,this time i hope it’s DelPo moment..but honestly,it’s going to be tough for him to tame Nole in this mood…But let’s see!

Best of luck for both warriors!


Wog Boy Says:

Actually I think Delpo is slightly favorite.

One more thing, the moment Michael or CF1 post something the hater from UK is after them. You can bet your house if Michael or CF1 post something she will be after them in no time.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ as long as she is awake.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Oh god it was a joke lighten up , ive always had a pretty good rapport here with Michael ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

For what its worth i did actually agree with some of your posts on the other thread, but there was no point in me saying anything to you, as you wouldnt be interested, or have listened anyway, so it was pretty pointless ….


Daniel Says:

Agree with sean also, but just one see the 1st set, Djoko seems to have an issue in USO final, but those were pre roof and the change of wind on court.
With the bug structure court becimae more hot nut no more wind and more steady conditions. Hear is over so he ahould be fine.
And his FH was awesome in Kei match.

Maybe only if he starts losing and having a film on his head: “oh no, I am gonna lose another USO final to another different player may be in uis way.

For wise also DelPo only lost 1 set, tiebreak but he hardly played top competiton: Verdasco (not the same), Coric (staesdy but no Slam material yet), Isner is a always a weird match and Nadal worsen his injury first 40 min. Hard to judge.

Heart wants a DelPo win a bit more but think Djoko is on form, hungry and ready.

His celebration after Kei winnwas vintage Djoko all the way.

Hope at least 4 sets. They exchange sers for 1-1 m, than have a more excitong third. Straight sets will be an anticlimas for SF and Final after all well contested matches we have before.


Czarlazar Says:

Novak is a huge underachiever at this tournament, 2-5 in finals, quite bizarre considering he’s the King of Hard Court. However, if they both play as they have this fortnight, Nole wins his third US crown and 14th GS overall. With his winning record against the two so-called GOATs, and career dominance over Murray, Del Potro and Wawrinka, a win today would make it easy to argue that Nole is the best ever.


Daniel Says:

Not argue that he is the best ever yet. Bit a thir USO would make him, joint with Federer abobe Nadal in 3 Slams bar RG.

Djoko would go easuly abobe Sampras for good with 14 and the talk would be anout the 3 f them.

Taking their best Slams away we have:
- Fed 12 (minus 8 Wimby)
- Djoko 8 (minus 6 AO)
- Nadal 6 (minus 11 RG)

Also, Djoko would be 1000 ts in race lead innprome position to finish year end #1 for a 5th time tying Fed, 1 shy of Sampras and 1 anove Nadal.

He already has more weeks as #1, WTF and with shangai and Paris yet to be played a chance he finishes the year tied with Nadal’a 33 Masters or 32 just 1 behind. Plus hos positive HxH.

Meaning the only stat (most important one off coirse) Nadal would lead is 17-14 Slams.

But with Djoko’s 2 in a row and AO next, he would be primed to resume his camaping like 2015 early 2016.

This USO final is huge for him.


Daniel Says:

Just 6 Slams from Federer and 2/3 of Weeks as #1 won’t cut it still for him, long way to go.

Djoko’s winning will make the debate of him and Nadal increase as their stats are more comparable. They both have 4 Year End #1 and a Djoko win will make the race between the 2.

If he secures that he would just need a fee mroe Slams. He doesn’t even need to tie Nadla in my eyes. With his other resume if he finish 1 Slams shy from Nadal leading everywhere (#1 weeks, tear end #1, Masters, WTF, HxH, more Slams outside his best), case closed.


chofer Says:

Agree Nole is the favorite this time. Especially for the way he manhandled Nish. Truly ans impenetrable wall when he plays that way.

So, I go against whom I picked for to win this tournament.

I hope, at least, he gave me back some match (noe that I lost the money; kidding…) Well, that he plays well. I saw Delpo a bit too tentative against Rafa, like followinf the script too neatly. I won’t do ahainst Novak. Cone with your guns blazing and if Djokovic makes you commit mire errors than normal, so be it.


chofer Says:

Oh the typos again. Sorry.


AndyMira Says:

I just hope there will be no drama or bad umpiring for men’s final tonight…whoever win,we wanna see a ‘clean’ winner & match…so we can enjoy without feel bad/sad towards the other one…


Van orten Says:

Federer nadal djokovic
Will go down as the goats! Because of the sheer dominance in the last 15 years . It doesn’t matter who has more slams , no 1 s , masters or better h2 h
They are the best of their generation period.
Delpo Murray wawrinka in second row


Madmax Says:

Wog Boy Says:
Actually I think Delpo is slightly favorite.

One more thing, the moment Michael or CF1 post something the hater from UK is after them. You can bet your house if Michael or CF1 post something she will be after them in no time.

September 9th, 2018 at 5:22 am

Wogboy, really. Why are you here? Please don’t tell us you are a Novak supporter. You are deranged and really need to go plant your trees, such is your enthusiasm for labelling them. You are no fan of tennis. No fan of tennis. None.


Madmax Says:

Actually, on second thoughts. I enjoy hearing your ranting in the background when people irritate you because you cannot put forward a cogent argument. Like Giles.


Emilia Says:

Van Orten:

I agree with you, let’s enjoy the final. Those three players, Fed, Rafa and Nole are really the best, the GOATS. Nole has time to show in which order he will be a goat. I am rooting for him (I am his fan) but if Delpo wins I will not be bitter.
By the way, much injustice has been done to Novak by the American audience always rooting for his opponent. See what Navratilova said on that matter. And why? He is very nice as a person, witty, entertaining, tolerant, etc but he is Serbian coming from a demonized country…Would like to hear another explanation…


chris ford1 Says:

A great Novak&Delpo match would help push out the stench of Serena’s latest tirade from Arthur Ashe Stadium.
And both Delpo and Novak are “A” temperament characters, so that is very likely. Even if one is not playing t top level – the chances of another hot mess Final at the USO is almost nil.

Props to the players at the Men’s and Mixed doubles finals for excellent matches. Especially surprised and delighted that Bettaney Mattek-Sands is back after a horrific knee injury at Wimbledon last year and that Jack Sock stepped in after Bob Bryan became injured and helped Mike Bryan win back to back Slams at age 40.


Van orten Says:

The only uncompetitive final was last year and before that Murray v Federer . So here is hoping for a great one


Van orten Says:

Forgot 2014


gonzalowski Says:

congrats to Delpo by his SF win, and hid supporters here, as I recall, chofer and el matador.
and good luck to Nole and him for the final!


J-Kath Says:

The comments on this thread present a number of different views – vive la difference. They were all non-personal until the discordant poster joined in with the “hate-you” comments. Perhaps we should have a Bracket to expose the worst taunter on TX.

Meanwhile, an exciting match coming up and JOSHUA I agree with you 98% that Novak will win.


Daniel Says:

I am alreayd happy today as Brazilian Seybot Wild just won Juniors USO after RG semis this year. Kid has m talent and hit heavy. Hope he get a bit more height (at least 2 or 3 more inches) as he is just 6’ but only 18. 2-3 more years to develop.

Than my other 2 favorites play for finals.


chofer Says:

Thank you Gonzalowski!!

I’m super relaxed. Come what may.

And Daniel

Super jelous of your guy. See him play in futures tournament here. Very talented. Similar to chilean Nicolas Jarry.
Wish we had more like him. Axel Geller, only. Time will tell.


Margot Says:

Daniel: He does look a good prospect. OMG I saw a photo of him and he looks waaayyy over 18 ;) Our Jack Draper got to the semis and he’s only 16, so very pleased for him.
Glad the temperature has cooled down and hoping for an excellent, exciting match. Am sure it will be. Unlikely to last to the end, especially if it’s a 5 setter.
Very glad to see you on duty, chofer…;)


Daniel Says:

Match ON!!


Daniel Says:

Djoko dragging Delpo into errors. Serving for first set. super sharp as Kei match.


Daniel Says:

Margot, he was born 2000, true millenial.


Van orten Says:

Oh delpo . Djoker gave you a sleeping pill . Please wake up as soon as possible otherwise this will be over very soon . He fell completely asleep in that game he got broken


Sisay Says:

When Nole is on his terminator mode he can breack ones serve from 40_0 down.


Margot Says:

First blood to Nole! Early days but, while JMDP’s forehand is still a mighty weapon, his backhand is vulnerable to the accuracy and length of Nole’s fantastic ground strokes.


Daniel Says:

Great hold by Delpo to jot get broken to open second set. Djoko making a bunch of BH errors this game.

DelPo serving big when needed


Tom Says:

Seeing the match i think of 3 things if delpo had a strong backhand he would had close to a 50- 50% chance (Now more like 60-40%). 2nd the court is slow.
3rd The way Novak is sliding,(remind’s me of 2016), he is a match with Stan away from another injury.


Van orten Says:

Well I don’t think djoker will do a Federer and invite delpo back into the match


Daniel Says:

Djoko changing direction at will woth his FH. Hard for DelPo to come up with solutions. He would have to hold his on, serve close or avove 70% and wait a bad lapse game for Djoko to have any chance in this form by Djoko


Van orten Says:

The only gs where djoker is beatable in a form like this is Australia . There you can hit him off the court and hit enough winners .. he is a real animal on slow or mid pace hard court . It’s impressive to say the least .


chofer Says:

I propose Meryl to replace Delpo.


Daniel Says:

Djoko’s return the key, DelPo only 62% on first serves point won. That’s what happens when the best returner that ever lived is returning great.


chofer Says:

Nobody will ever notice.


J-Kath Says:

Agree Daniel: At this stage, it looks like a 2-0 2nd set for Novak – likely to be too much for Del Potro to change the dynamics for a subsequent 3-set win.


Daniel Says:

DelPo will have to do this more often, shorten points and go for broke. Stay in long exchanges won’t cut it


Daniel Says:

2 FH DTL winners. 30-30


Daniel Says:

Unleashed another FH DTL running away BH to set 1st BP


Daniel Says:

Loved Djokos, inner exchange with DelPo’s friends camarote LOL.


John Springer Says:

Djokovic being classy as usual. Telling the crowd to shut up. Pathetic


Daniel Says:

DelPo break back changing his pattern.

Djoko getting annoyed opening the door.


John Springer Says:

Djokovic being classy as usual. Telling the crowd to shut up. Pathetic.


John Springer Says:

Djokovic being classy as usual. Telling the crowd to shut up. Pathetic.


chofer Says:

Meryl enters the court. Nole is being cheated.


chofer Says:

Where are you Margot? I feel lonely here.


Van orten Says:

I correct myself . The only way for djoker to lose in a form like that is when some argentinian delpo fans get into his head


chofer Says:

I dream of Naomi Osaka haiku channeling Delpo now.


Margot Says:

Who was Meryl sitting next to? Looked a bit like Ryan Gosling, Meryl’s upped her game…;)
Nole getting very aerated Needs to calm down and concentrate,


chofer Says:

If the crowd at this point in his life enters Nole’s head, he should change sports to rowing, perhaps.


chofer Says:

Margot

I don’t know. Who would she support to?

I hope she screams “Mamma mia” on a Delpo’s FH and Djoko gets mad.


Margot Says:

^ They seemed to be right behind him when he got annoyed with them.


Daniel Says:

Delpo finding his FH range this set. Atter he was a break down not missing anymore FHs.

Djoko got a bit “scared”. Now we have a match.


chofer Says:

That’s karma.


chofer Says:

It’s ovbious people would want a match, no?


Van orten Says:

Letting nole off the hook there .


Daniel Says:

Djoko struggling this game, seems he is overthinking and second guessing


Margot Says:

What a bum job, wiping sweat off the court, yuck!


Margot Says:

Nole’s serve has gone awol, needs to return to base very quickly.


Margot Says:

Nice play!


Daniel Says:

Djojo can’t find a serve on ad side. 20 min game and he holds. 4-4


Van orten Says:

3 Break points . 3 second serves . 3 save returns . Tennis is tennis


AndyMira Says:

I hope Nole is aware the danger of DelPo’s on the run FH…He’s so good in that department too….


Daniel Says:

0 aces for Djoko. Versus Keu he had only 3 also, something he can improve.


chofer Says:

Apparently the roof is no waterproof


Margot Says:

Lol chofer, I thought it was sweat!


chris ford1 Says:

This may be a looooong match. Good!


Margot Says:

Delpo gotta get this set, I feel, or else might be a shorter match..


chofer Says:

If this goes to TB, I don’t wanne see Margot.

Text me:))


chofer Says:

Pity, this coulda been 6-3. Ouch.


Daniel Says:

Djoko serving under pressure t
Now to force the breaker.

If he wins tiebreak will serve first third set and can placenta a cold bucket on DelPos.

If DelPo ties than its all open.


Daniel Says:

Tiebreak It os. Tense for DelPo


Margot Says:

chofer I LOVE tie breaks….when Andy isn’t playing them…;)


J-Kath Says:

A fitting match for a GS Final – determination by both players. Still think my 95% certainty that Novak holds win even if he loses 2nd set.


Van orten Says:

Djokers 7 life’s are back .that return at 1:3 was not human . Again and again under pressure he delivers most


Van orten Says:

Poor delpo . He has it in him to beat nole but he cannot miss forehand’s like that in a breaker in a gs final


Daniel Says:

He misses 2 FH but he went for the shots. 2 SPs Djoko.


Amit Says:

Joker will win it. Cant wait to see the jokomaniac boy to run over all! That will continue until joker again is put in his place by someone else! Lmao!!!


Daniel Says:

Indeed VO Thay return was Wicked. And the scary os Djoko can play better If he improcedente his serve. 2 h and 10 min and no acesso is very unusual. If he finds his serve restante of year and next year he will be even harder to beat.


Van orten Says:

commentators saying that delpo lost this set all by himself .. there is no Federer over the net delpo that brings you back in a match . Almost over


chofer Says:

Well, it’s over. Delpo had his chances on 4-3 really.

His BH worked better against Verdasco.


chofer Says:

Commentators are right.


Margot Says:

Fab tie break and it’s 2-0 to Nole.
Hope you are still breathing chofer, glad you were able to borrow my sofa, such a useful item of furniture during tie breaks…:)
Excellent match but it’s bed time in the UK.
G’night guys n gals. Sweet dreams and flying machines.


Daniel Says:

Hard to see Djoko losong 3 sets now.

1 set away from #14 and third USO. Fitting as a player with his HC pedigree should have around Fed’s / Sampras tally.


Van orten Says:

Daniel Melbourne is way faster than us open . Shanghai is as fast as Melbourne . If nole wins Shanghai everyone Fasten the seat belts down under


Amit Says:

Woulda loved to see delpo win but its joker time again! Anyway, at least delpo reached slam final. He will play better again, as early as may be the AO 19! Joker will be cut to size soon,if not for anything else, at least for saving the folks here from the jokomaniac fanboy’s tantrums, lmfao!!! 😂😂😂


Joshua Says:

Tennis should really be reviewed. Novak served first in the match, got a break from Juan’s serve for 6-3 set; Service Games –> 5:4 Novak. Won second set in tiebreak; 6-6 tie. Is serving first again in third. Funny Tennis scenario:

If he manages a break on Juan’s serve and win the third 6-3, that would be advantage 5:4 to him, meaning he has had 16 service games compared to 14 for Juan.

That seems an unfair advantage to me.

What do you think???

Go Nol3 anyways!!!


Amit Says:

When delpo won USO 09, the court wasnt like this,it was much faster! This joker is tough to beat in slow hc, if it were faster like in 09, things could have been different, as delpo is better in faster courts.


John Springer Says:

Funny they admit to slowing down the court. Guess they need to change court speeds to give this joker a chance. Faster court and he would be done. Pathetic.


Daniel Says:

Yeshua VO,him winning either Shangai ir Paris which are both fast Will be telling.

Curiois to see if Djoko enters Beijing, he had huge success there in the past.

He is Just schedule for Shangai / Paris and WTF


Amit Says:

Nobody knows what will happen in AO 19. And it’s hardly a given that joker will win it.


J-Kath Says:

And goodnight to you Margot – am also off to bed – Monday is Monday.

Too soon for congrats to Novak – but to both players – you have provided a welcome final…bless you both.


Daniel Says:

Joshua,

Djoko served 1st in 1 set. DelPo in Second and Now Djoko again in third. It is beber even ubless they break to close and shift the order depending on How many sets are played b


Van orten Says:

Djoker is very good on a fast hard court too . But way easier to beat there . In Melbourne you don’t have to go for broke all the time to hit a winner .
Anyways a win is a win and the conditions are the same for everybody. I Remember people complaining about the courts in Melbourne this and last year and now the same in New York happened .


Daniel Says:

Agree Amit, AO is faster Now, there is Cilic, Fed, DelPo, Djojo, Anderson all liking fast courts.


Amit Says:

I am pretty sure that this joker resurgence is very short-lived. Dont expect him to repeat his 2015 exploits, unless you are ready to be disappointed! He will pick up 2 slams more, but that’s where he will be stuck. Not bad career for joker though, i must say.


Joshua Says:

Amit: I disagree with you. Novak has far better record than Juan on hard courts, fast or slow. He has won on numerous occasions on fast hard courts. I am sure you can’t say the same for Delpo.

So, please only FedEx is better than Novak on fast hard courts. And I tell u the advantage is little.


AndyMira Says:

God!Nole play with such confidence now!…It seems like a straight sets now….DelPo must not to make much mistakes from now on….Not wasting chances given….He can’t afford to do that…

I heard Nole’s record playing under the lights at USO also very impressive too….


Emilia Says:

Nole changing the rhythm. Fantabulous at moments and irritated at some. How can Delpo keep his face a mask being a Southerner?


Daniel Says:

Damm rubber Djoko.


Amit Says:

Even Murray or wawa kicked joker @$$ regularly on fast courts, including in GS finals more often than he did. He is king of slow hc. But pretty normal on fast hc. It’s his deluded maniacal fans only who think that he is invincible just coz he has beaten a burnt out fed or rafa a few times in USO, lmao! Even Rafa at his best used to dispatch joker comfortably in uso finals,lol! Its only after rafa’s burn out started that the clowns supporting joker could grow the balls and started bragging and in particular dissing federer, lmao!!


AndyMira Says:

Oh my God!….Nole’s defence!!whooo!!….I told u!!….He will destroyed his opponents will & spirit with his defense alone!


Van orten Says:

Hahahah what a rant


Amit Says:

Joshua

I dunno whose fan you are. But a certain jokotard has made me go crazy! Yes joker has won many great matched on fast hc. But when some idiots start saying that he would wipe the floor with federer anywhere anytime, i truly feel like putting those clowns in their place. I know btw joker>jmdp anywhere.


Daniel Says:

But the thing is Djoko os consistanlty winningg back to back majors. He did in 2011, 2015 and now again in 2018. Last time Nadal wonn2 straight Slams was 2010 and Fed 2009.

So, when Djoko gets on a row, watch out. And as he has done it many times before don’t believe this will ve short lived. Fed on papaer has only next year AO and Wimbledon. After he is 38.

Nadal is getting injury each times more oftne and in shorter Spams. He will just conpletes be 33 for RG next year.

And the next gen, young guns, newcomer abd whatever are not consistnat enough.

All of this shape for a new Djoko time. And he is just getting better and beter since Rome this year. Probably will finish year #1 also.

Back to #3 with today’s soon to be victory.


AndyMira Says:

Amit!….That’s alright buddy!…Calm down okay?


Daniel Says:

Djoko again getting broken 3-1 up. Mini ressurgence?!


Daniel Says:

3-3. This is already a 3 hours match and they are in middle of third set still.


Van orten Says:

The third or fourth resurrgence for delpo already in this match .


Amit Says:

Daniel

Believe it or not, joker resurgence is shortlived. He will win a couple more slams after this uso. But that will be it. Dont forget he isnt a young boy anymore. Age has its issues and everybody knows it except if you are like a certain jokomaniac!


AndyMira Says:

Oh no DelPo!!…C’mon!!…


AndyMira Says:

Nole break!….He’s too solid!…


Daniel Says:

Djoko breaks and will serve for the match.

DelPo foght as valliant as he could.


Van orten Says:

Congrats nole !!! Just too good !! I really hope when you lose again everyone will back off and leave you alone !!! You cannot have them all but enjoy this one


Daniel Says:

He did and is fully back!!

#14, 3rd USO and soon to be back at #1. Great comeback after early strggle and surgery this year. Trully one of the GOATs


Daniel Says:

I am all for DelPo in either AO or Wimby 2019. Love the net exchange. Love them both


chofer Says:

Congrats Nole! The Meryl impersonator didn’t work:))


AndyMira Says:

There!!….Hahaha….There he is with his 14th!!….Big big congrats to Nole & his fans…WB,VP,BBB & others!….There u go guys!….Enjoy it!!


Van orten Says:

He is truly one of the goats indeed .. I respect him a lot


BBB Says:

Del Potro so dang lovable.

Fun to see Djoker enjoy this one. Wimby was more of a relief.


chofer Says:

Is it me, or I cannot stand Jelena Restic? Well, pretty much like Mirka. I dunno, I find them o invasive and camera-attention. The opposite of low-key.

These are the only ones. Just in case some accuse me of mysoginistic.

I love hoe Kiki Mladenovic supports Thiem. And pretty much the rest of the spouses-girlfriends around.


jatin Says:

Big congrts to novak and his fans. He played TOO good today. Solid on all departments. He is back to his 2015 levels and now got his 14th Slam.
What a Legend !
Delpo played good, just couldn’t penetrate Novak’s unreal defence today. Good to see him back in the finals though.
The race to no 1 is going to be one heck of a fight from now on.


chofer Says:

Congrats Nole fans here!


BBB Says:

I think Jelena’s pretty low-key. No bling, nothing fancy in the box.

They put the camera on her, but that’s not surprising.


AndyMira Says:

There he is!!….His 14th!!….Simply simply amazing!…When he’s still even in bad shape after FO!!…Much much congrats to Nole & his fans…WB,VP,BBB,others…Enjoy it guys!….U deserve it too after all the pain!


AndyMira Says:

Chofer & other DelPo fans!….Sorry for the loss!…I hope he will win this too!…But it was not meant to be this time around it seems..


chofer Says:

BBB

Perhaps. When Nole was on a bump and with Pepe, many Serbians pointed his problems with wife. So perhaps I got that into my mind. Nevermind.

Anyway, great speech Nole. It made me tear up a little. I must be old.


Markus Says:

Congratulations to Djokovic. I don’t even think he has fully recovered from his injury yet. Next year, 2019, he may be in full flight. That would be very amazing to watch.


chofer Says:

Thanks Andy.

I’m fine. All of a sudden I forgot to whom Nole lost to in Totonto (?)


chofer Says:

Toronto, damm.


BBB Says:

chofer, you’re entitled to your opinion!

I will say this – I played with someone who hangs with Laver, and it seems Jelena is the victim in this situation, not the problem.


AndyMira Says:

Chofer!…Nole lost to Tsitsi in Toronto…


AndyMira Says:

God!…I hate to see the sadness of the runner up in any tournaments!!….Hope DelPo will not too heartbroken & will bounce back after this!…And i wish him all the best & will stay healthy & fit for more glory in the future!


chofer Says:

BBB

Well, you have some friends! That’s was the gossip in “the other” tennis forum during 2016. Old story. You never know who to believe in, but Serbians can be passionate about some topics.
I might be wrong,of course.

Tsisipas! Of course. Suddenly I totally forgot about that match. It seems so long ago!

I think this Us Open took like three years!


BBB Says:

I have heard a lot of people are friends with Laver because he’s so down to earth!

I didn’t believe the gossip in 2016, but if Laver’s a source, I’m more inclined to credit it, since he’s so well-known as a gentleman, and seems unlikely to repeat a mere rumor.


BBB Says:

PS. I was married to a Serb. Tell me about it!


chris ford1 Says:

BBB – “I played with someone who hangs with Laver, and it seems Jelena is the victim in this situation, not the problem.”

What, BBB? Novak was fooling around with Laver??


BBB Says:

Interesting that’s where your mind went, CF.


chris ford1 Says:

That’s a joke, BBB. I don’t think Laver cares that much or have much idea who in tennis is boinking who. And if he does, he would not gossip about it.
As was, your non sequitur implied you know someone who played with Laver and therefore, from Laver, you now know Jelena was not at fault in the alleged marital woes.
Maybe when the 3 Legends and Andy as remaining partner of the Big 4 write their ghostwriter assisted autobiographies 10-15 years after retiring, they may toss in some personal dirt. Then you’ll know.
But at the moment, whatever was bugging Novak besides his injury appears to have ended.


BBB Says:

You can’t joke about something unless your mind goes there first.

What was the non sequitur? Chofer and I had a back and forth, and my comment was germane to his. He certainly didn’t have a problem with it.

You chose to insert yourself, and to take it in a homosexual direction.


chris ford1 Says:

Since when is a joke a straight joke or a homosexual joke unless that is the topic of the joke?
I seriously doubt Rod Laver at 78 (in 2016), well away from the Tour and media work, has the inside track on the boinkings going on.

So my thoughts are like the largely unwelcome Rafa PEDs gossip. Show me real evidence, or stop your gossip.
Whatever, Djokovic is back and as dangerous as he was before 2nd half of 2016.


BBB Says:

Protip: When you joke that two men are having sex with each other, it’s a homosexual joke. When those men are straight, it invites questions about how your mind went there.

What does Laver’s age have to do with it? He’s at any event he wants to go to. He apparently pointed out that Jelena packed her bags and left the tournament where this thing that supposedly happened supposedly happened. Why would he know less than anyone else in the sport?

It’s not my business, but I also don’t go around blaming Jelena for Djoker’s problems.


chris ford1 Says:

Protip: Stop spreading unfounded gossip. Did Laver verify this rumor to your knowledge? I doubt it.


Humble Rafa Says:

Oxygen chambers. World Peace. Ice Baths. Medical Time Outs. Whatever it takes to win the USO. Congrats to the Egg Lover.


Mridul7 Says:

I dont know you Amit, but seeing your comments make me very sad. Its one thing being a fan of a player, but this is just utter disrespect of a champion. A tennis fan should not be like this.

And btw, when you are talking about Nole not being good on fast courts, fyi, he has won wimbledon 4 times now and WTF 5 times as well. Are there any faster courts?
And yeah, he also won Cincy just now, which was probably the fastest court of the year till now.


Mridul7 Says:

And talking about the upcoming swing, Nole has won Shanghai 3 times and Paris 4 times and the king of fast courts according to you has won Shanghai 2 times and Paris 1 time.


Madame X Says:

Mridul7, wtg, you slapped down that pesky Amit the best way possible….by rubbing his nose into facts.


StarvingActor Says:

Congrats Novak and fans!


Madmax Says:

Well done Novak. It’s amazing. You have really overcome that injury that caused you such grief. This will give Murray Hope for AO, Federer, the will, Rafa the grit, to fight it out again and not that long away. Only 5 months, (not that I am counting!).

Novak. Incredible feat.


Madmax Says:

And Delpo, our hearts are always with you, big guy. You will get your next slam, but not today.


Van Persie Says:

Am and others,

Thank you for the congrats.

I wanted to enjoy the final without posting….and, as I felt happy for Nole , I was sad for DelPo at the end of the match, was not in the mood to write something…was also very late.

I am wishing DelPo to have the chance again and I am sure he will not give up, he will have the motivation. Who knows, maybe at AO 2019?

About Nole,

Wow, he did it.
I could say he picked up at 2018 , where he left started to fail in 2016 at Wimbledon.

He reached now Pete’s record, his childhood idol.Amazing ;)


Van Persie Says:

^^ was meant: AM, not Am


Van Persie Says:

P.S. I do not want other Nole-Delpo finals!


Mystic - Willow Says:

left my congrats Van Persie on the new thread ….


Van Persie Says:

Thank you M-W :)


Mystic - Willow Says:

VP I dont want to keep arguing with everyone , this should be about tennis, theres enough hatred in the world without bringing it into sport, and attacking each other, these guys are amazing players, 14 GS and counting amazing stuff lol ….


Van Persie Says:

Fair enough, M-W. Appreciate the post and agree to that :)


Mystic - Willow Says:

Van Persie thanks, if only other posters out there were like you, and buried their grudges lol :)


AndyMira Says:

Ermm….I understand how u feel about DelPo VP!…..I also couldn’t come here when Rafa lost the other day…Only many many hrs after that was able to thanked all the commies from friends here….

I’m not a DelPo fans..but even i feel really sad for him VP…I think it’s the mixture of factors why he didn’t play like before the final…He maybe overwhelmed to be in the final…It’s been a long time since he’s been in a final in a slam…Also maybe too much respect for Novak too…Let’s hope he will be blessed with good health after this,and the result will come naturally for him…

Hey!Cheer up girl!Nole won at least!!…


J-Kath Says:

Saw a remark from Novak re. the Argentinian crowd’s encouragement for DelPo….Novak said he the “OLE’s sounded like his nickname (i.e. NOLE) hence it sounded like support for him and he enjoyed it.


BBB Says:

I’m not spreading unfounded gossip. I’m repeating Laver’s point of view in response to the argument that Djokovic’s problems are of Jelena’s making.

Of course, if you were actually concerned about unfounded gossip you would have defended Jelena a long time ago against accusations that she was responsible for his slump.


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