Novak Djokovic Interview: I Think I Have the Game to Challenge Rafa on Clay
by Staff | April 3rd, 2011, 10:20 pm

Novak Djokovic Interview
Sony Ericsson Open – Miami
April 3, 2011

Final: N. DJOKOVIC d. R. Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 7-6

THE MODERATOR: This puts Novak at 24 0 this year and the fourth player since 1990 to win the Australian Open, Indian Wells, and Miami in the same year.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Thanks for the info.

Q. Is that your strategy now, to lose the first set to Rafa and then beat him? Just tell us how you turned it around. You seemed to really clean up your game.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: As I said on the court, it was one of the closest and best finals that I have played ever. To be able to win against a great champion like Nadal is, of course he’s No. 1 player of the world, and at this stage he’s always playing his best.
I think it was very high level of tennis today. I think everybody enjoyed, even us playing. It was very close, and up to the last stroke we really didn’t know which way it’s going to go.
He did start better the match. I made too many unforced errors, and, you know, after half an hour, I was two breaks down and it was hard to get back. I started playing better towards the end of the first set, and that was important coming into the second.
I had lots of winners and I decreased the number of unforced errors coming into the second set, which was important to me. I wanted, you know, to make him play an extra shot, not give him a lot of free points, and try to get some free points out of serve, which wasn’t happening that much.
I had to work both of us had to work for each point in this match, especially in the third set. It was amazing final.

Q. Where did you find all the Serbians?

Q. Where did you find all the Serbians who cheered for you madly?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I didn’t find. They found me, I guess.

Q. Were you surprised by that?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, of course. Any support is welcome in this stage, especially in these very close matches. I think the atmosphere was amazing…

Q. Looked like near the end you may have been getting a little tired.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I didn’t finish my answer, but okay.

Q. Sorry.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Okay, you can ask me now.

Q. You looked at the end to be getting tired. You were going to your box.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, it’s intense. You know, I’m an emotional player and I show my emotions. It’s part of me, so I do communicate with the box in some ways.
Look, there is not much they can help me out. It’s just my outer frustrations, or, I don’t know, when I win the point or, you know, just screams, whatever. But it helps me to focus better after.
You know, as I said on each point, I think each game we played in the third set especially was very close. I had a lot opportunities on his serve in the third set; he had on my serve in the second and third set.
So really fortunate to get through this match. For these matches, you really play this sport. You know, to play the final address, three and a half hours against the best player in the world, you know, it’s incredible achievement for me. So I’m very proud of today’s performance.

Q. How important do you think was the fact that you did what you did in Indian Wells, coming back from a set down in the finals? Is that some kind of galvanizing situation as well when you were in the same situation today?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don’t think it affected today’s match too much, the one we played in Indian Wells. Maybe from the mental side slightly you have some advantage knowing that you won against your opponent that you’re playing against, you won against him two weeks ago. Not that much.
Because on this level really couple of points here and there decide a winner. So as I was saying before the match, I needed to play at top of my game in order to have the chance of winning against Rafa.
I think I’ve played on top of my level in the second and third set especially.

Q. How tough was the heat today, and how well did you hold up physically would you say?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think it was obvious that both of us were slowing down towards the end of the match. It was a physical struggle, but I knew I needed to hold on, try to hold my serve, try to get to the tiebreak, or eventually have some chance of breaking his serve, which I had a couple times, 15 30, 30 All. But then he serves well, played well.
So we were both really mentally tough. When we needed play well and come up with big shots, we did. In the tiebreak, it was really anybody’s game. It was point by point, and until the last shot, you know, I didn’t know if I was going to win or not.
So it was incredible match.

Q. Did you realize you were two points from defeat in there, or were you concentrating so hard?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I wasn’t thinking about it. Trying to take one point at a time and try to focus and think about the strategy each point, what I need to do to win that certain point.
I wasn’t going that far with thinking.

Q. You are perfect this year in your matches, 3 0 against Federer and 3 0 against Rafael Nadal. Regardless of the standings, do you feel like you the best player in the world right now?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I know I had the best start of the season, no question about it. It’s the best four months in my life.
But it’s only the start of the season. I think it’s a bit early to talk about getting that top spot in the rankings. It’s still quite a big difference. Rafa is, you know, definitely the best player in the world now.
If I want to have that shot, the No. 1 ranking, I need to play consistently well throughout the whole year. We all know that clay court is his favorite surface, and obviously somewhere where he plays his best.
But this is going to give a lot of confidence boost for the upcoming clay court season, the wins that I had on the starting tournaments of the year.
Still, this streak is incredible that I have, and I want to keep on working hard and try to get more success. So right now, the rest is something that I need most, because, you know, it’s been very successful but very exhausting and long four months of the year.
You know, then the clay courts come where I haven’t had a lot of success last years. So maybe that’s my chance it really try get some success.

Q. Are you surprising even yourself? Are you surprised you’ve been able to win this many matches in a row against good players?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: If you told me I would have 20 something wins in a row at the start of the year, I would take it, definitely. I didn’t expect that.
But it’s been couple of months with hard work and really dedication from every member of my team. We know that in the long run we want to make me as better player on the court, physically, mentally, emotionally, and this is what I feel now. It’s paying off, all the work we put into.
So it’s great to see that, and I just want to keep on going.

Q. You talk about the mental aspect. There has been a little bit of lack of toughness in the past for you. How proud are you that you overcame that, and did it today against probably the toughest mental player out there?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: That makes my success even bigger, No. 1 of the world now, as you said, one of the fittest ones around. He and Roger are extremely mentally tough players. They don’t give you a lot of free points, and seems like they always lift their level of performance towards the end of each event, especially in the big ones.
Results show that the last five years. They’ve been so dominant on big events. To be able to win such a close match against somebody that’s strong mentally and physically as Nadal is a great achievement.

Q. What have you learned about yourself through these wins? Must be some surprises there in terms of how well it’s gone. Anything about yourself that you surprised yourself with?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Um, you know, nothing special, to be honest. It’s true that I didn’t expect to be unbeaten this year so far in the season. But as I was saying, it’s something that I do for my life. I dedicate 100% of my time to the sport.
I knew when I was in a little crisis last year for six months that if I put in the hard work, I know that I have strokes, I know I have quality, I just need to be patient and my time will come. This is what’s going on now.

Q. It’s been amazing seeing you today, and I have to tell you everybody is always talking about you being an emotional player, and you just said it yourself. But what’s great to see today is you’re an emotional player with a brain. So you had some amazing shots. Like you said, a game plan. You could see that your brain was working on the court 100%, so I was so proud to see that.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: On this heat it’s really hard, yeah.

Q. It’s coming more and more in every match. What do you think about that? How did you comment?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Thank you for your monologue and very nice words. It’s very hard to answer on that, except that, you know, if you’re thinking about your brain in such heat. (Laughter.)

Q. Everyone knows you’re a power hitter, but the dropshot lob worked out pretty well today. Is this part of your future strategy against Rafa?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I cannot rely on that strategy, to be honest. He’s such a fast player. In some moments when he’s far back from the baseline it’s a good shot to play. I guess couple times it was successful; couples times it wasn’t.

Q. If you were to play the same match two or three years ago against Rafa, do you think you would have wilted in the heat? Do you think you would have been complaining? How do you think the game would have gone compared to today? How are you different?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Look, with time, it’s logical that you have more experience, that you have a physical ability to go through these matches, you have the endurance to get far, and you have you have to believe on the court, you know.
In the end, it’s all mental. We’re both physically fit. Of course, it was obvious that we were kind of dropping down with energy towards the end of the match. But, you know, in these moments against players like Rafa who is a big champion, you’ve got to believe you can win. That’s all. It’s all about self belief and stepping in and trying to take your chances if there is any.

Q. When did you start believing that you could?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I always believed. It’s just that it’s a process of learning. You know, you can’t always expect to play your best. You can’t always expect to win.
I accept every day of my life spending on the court as something new to learn and trying to take the best out of it and move on as a better player, better person. It’s normal. I’m still only 23, 24, so it’s still early stages of my career.

Q. You started out the match looking very relaxed, and Rafa on the other hand looked a little bit nervous.

Q. How much has your intuitive nature on the court gotten better? Do you feel much more intuitive?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, he had the better start, so I don’t know if I was more relaxed than he was, because he was 5 1 after half an hour. So he definitely was playing better in the first set.
But, you know, I believed that I could come back, and I knew that I am in this moment playing the best tennis of my life, so I needed to rely on my qualities and try to step in.
Obviously when you have a high level of confidence, which I do at this moment with so many wins, then it’s easier to go for some shots.

Q. What are you doing now that will help you in the clay court season, do you think?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, as I said, now it’s rest for couple days; Monte Carlo is just a week away. There is not much time really to rest, because you have to prepare as well.
But I really have a great team. I have really the best team of people around me. We’ll come up with a strategy to recover and to get ready for clay.

Q. Are you a better player from last year, do you think?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, of course. Of course.

Q. What’s your play schedule?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It’s Monte Carlo, it’s my home tournament, Belgrade, Madrid, Rome, and French Open.

Q. Mary Carillo suggested the other day we could be see a trivalry of you and Rafa and Roger. Do you see it that way, or do you think maybe you and Rafa have kind of separated yourself a little bit from Roger?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I don’t think Roger is separated. He’s still up there. You know, it’s obvious that he still wants to come back to the No. 1 of the world and he’s hungry for more success. Of course he’s not going to just pull back from that.
He didn’t have the best start of the season, but he was still in most of the tournaments semifinals, finals. So he’s definitely going to be one of the contenders for the top spot in the rankings in the end of the year.
If you want to call it trivalry or rivalry, whatever you want to call it, I don’t know. I just try to focus on what I do. Of course Roger and Rafa are the two biggest rivals that I have, and of course there are many more players out there are able to play great tennis. We cannot forget about them. Murray, Soderling, Roddick, the Spaniards.
The clay court season is coming, so it’s going to be interesting to see who’s going to play some good tennis there.

Q. 2009 you played really well on clay actually. The match today was very similar to a couple you had in Rome. What do you have to do on this surface to beat Rafa, if you meet him in a final again?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I have never done that, so…
If I do have an opportunity to play him on clay, obviously I have to be aggressive. Clay is the slowest surface that we have, and it’s surface that suits him best. Over the years, he’s been the king of that surface and a guy to beat. He hasn’t lost last years on clay. He comes up always with his best game on the clay court tournaments.
So if you want to win against him, I guess you got to step in, believe, and you got to play your game. I think I have the game to challenge him on that surface, and I showed that in 2009. I think we had some great matches in Monte Carlo, final; in Madrid, semifinal, so it is possible.
It’s just as I said, as this match is, it’s couple points here and there that decide a winner.

Q. Along your great ability Linda Robertson of the Herald wrote last week about that the Serbian players are these wonderful extroverted players and impressions and jokes. Is there a chance that you’ll always let that humor funny side of you be shared? If so, I was wondering if you’re going to ever be doing again some of your impressions of some of the great tennis players?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, everybody has a different personality. My personality is like that. You know, I like to have fun on and off the court. I am fortunate to have the people that I care about and that I feel good with spending time, traveling on the tour.
It’s important for me to have the people that I can relax with, that I can share my issues from the private life or whatever, things that are bothering me, not bothering, success, achievement. I have the family there, brothers, girlfriend.
I have many people who really want the best for me, and I care about them. So it’s that human relationship that is really important, you know, to have off court, especially a relationship that’s going to bring you a lot energy, positive energy on the court.
This is how I have been living and working for last couple of years of my professional tennis life. Somebody else likes to be more professional and serious. You know, I like to joke around sometimes. It just depends from a person. So I will definitely continue on doing what I was doing until now.

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43 Comments for Novak Djokovic Interview: I Think I Have the Game to Challenge Rafa on Clay

dari Says:

Nothing exciting here in the interview, but it sounds like novak is just gonna keep playing on! Maybe he wants to take out nadal at his beloved Monte Carlo. Nole does have residence there, would be cool if he got the title.

Dory Says:

Is he the most mature tennis player right now? Feels like it. Full of maturity and confidence.

jane Says:

Yeah, good perspective on things for 23 going on 24. He doesn’t get to carried away; he’s very professional and confident right now. It’s like he’s slipped into his own skin and it fits like a glove. Click. Zip, ready to go!

Duro Says:

Ha ha ha, Jane, nice one… Click, zip… Love it.

stu Says:

my only worry is that new Nole is turning into boring Nole with all his diplomacy and sensitivity and focus :S

Huh Says:

Nole: we know u always had d game to chalengn rafa on clay n u hav even don dat b4, bt d ques is if u can actualy beat Nadal on clay. For d time bein, 2 me, it doesn’t seem so.

Colin Says:

Huh, what a very appropriate name you have chosen. “Huh?” is what I said when I saw that nonsensical collection of non-words. Is your time really, truly so valuable you can’t take the time to post in English? It’s disrespectful to the rest of us, like a guy talking with his mouth full.

scineram Says:

Me neither comprehendo cannot words of his.

grendel Says:

Oh, I don’t know. I think there’s a certain charm to Huh’s lingo. Seems to mix text-speak and street speak. Colin – don’t forget, language never stays still, especially not a language like English, scattered over the continents. For the record, Huh raise the point of the moment:can Djokovic go from challenging Nadal on clay to actually beating him? That’s what we all want to find out.

skeezerweezer Says:

IF, and that is a big if, Novak can take down Rafa on Clay, a siesmic shift in tennis will start….

Rafa’s game, like most Spaniards, was born on dirt. To take him down on his home turf would be the biggest story in Tennis since Fed’s GS run. He is like 90 something percent career matches, a beast if there ever was one, and he just made it to 2 finals of his worst surface. ( although this last one I coulda swore I saw red dirt on there shoes )

As much as I like Novak, and respect his current run, don’t see it happening. Rafa loves the underdog stuff, and will eat this kinda talk up of Novak having any kind of hope going into Clay Season. If I was him ( I ain’t…so disclosure there ), I already did my talkin on the court on lay low till the twain shall meet on Clay..Rafa is still the BIG fav…bring it!

BeBop4000 Says:

Tsk Tsk Tsk, Novak
You really do not expect to beat Rafa on clay, now do you? If you insist on this pipedream, get ready to get smoked like a blunt !
ON CLAY: Rafa 6-3 6-4 6-4 No problemo !

Kimberly Says:

In can talk about rafa all day but there are other players,

I am interested to see what almagro can do in the bigger clay tournaments. Ferrer and verdasco, everything they can do rafa can but better. Allmagro will be interesting to watch. Towards the end of the clay season last year, I was form in g the opinion that he was the second best clay courter. I mean he torched verdasco, beat soderling in Madrid and another place later.

dari Says:

I thought nico was for sure gonna take one of those tie breaks against Rafa at RG last year. And he is more clay specific than ferrer so I always expect the surprises for him. Never paved too much

dari Says:

Whoops, never paid too much attention to clay besides Madrid and RG, cause I always had spring fever at new England college, but I will be happy to pay attention more this year.

Kimberly Says:

Nico is a mental midget. But a great clay gmae. Def. Top five techinically. However, he lacks mental stamina. If he were to play verdasco, Murray, soderling I mightconsidernhim a favorite.

Will be interesting to see what dolgopolov with his junk game can bring to the table. I am I hardcourter and there is nothing in can stand less than junkers, I would hate to play someone like him and would be tough to win just because I would be so annoyed at all his junk shots and weird game.

And delpo, actually I wouldn’t expect so much from him til Toronto. I still don’t think he is physically fit for the long grueling clay points.

And Raonic, I think we can pretty much say see you at queens. I don’t think he has much to bring to the clay table.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

As Secretary Rumsfeld says when discussing the impending clay season: there are things you know, things you know you don’t know, and things you don’t know you don’t know.
I hope something from that last group pops up in the next couple months!

jane Says:

Huh’s lingo is fun; I like deciphering it. Plus it reminds me a little of those lines in “dreamsong 4″ by John Berryman:

” I advanced upon
(despairing) my spumoni. — Sir Bones: is stuffed,
de world, wif feeding girls. — ”

Language should be played with; otherwise, it would never evolve.


Almagro is a whopping 0-20 combined against Rafa, Fed, Djoko and Ferrer.

jane Says:

^ wow that is whopping. It could be mental; I have noticed he typically does extremely well on the early South American clay swing but not as well later on.

Kimberly Says:

And he does well in the summer clay tourneys too. After Wimbledon.

jane Says:

Kimberly maybe it is just a mental block when he faces the top guys, or maybe he really is outmatched? Not sure as I haven’t seen enough of his clay matches to know. But even on hard courts sometimes he has looked really sharp but usually doesn’t go too deep. AO versus Tsonga last year I think, for e.g.

dari Says:

For nico, also not the best mover/fitness. For a.clay kid thats pretty important. He’s already pretty elite on the clay, and can really smack the ball through a clay court, a little improvement in fitness could help.

Huh Says:

colin: how r u? wat u gona do wid my respect anyway? is dat gona fetch u bucks? ;)

grendel Says:

jane, immediately before the lines you quote is:
“Filling her compact & delicious body
with chicken páprika, she glanced at me
Fainting with interest, I hungered back
and only the fact of her husband & four other people
kept me from springing on her

or falling at her little feet and crying
‘You are the hottest one for years of night
Henry’s dazed eyes
have enjoyed, Brilliance.’

Berryman is a funny, funny guy – or he was, before he topped himself. b.t.w.jane, language will evolve whether you play with it or not. It’s like a force of nature, and it’s out of our control. The results are not always good. For instance, there is an excellent word “disinterested” meaning “impartial” or someone who acts without a view to pushing their own interest. For a couple of years or so I have been reading American writers, some of them very good, who commit the deeply shocking solecism of employing the word “disinterested” when they mean “uninterested”. So angry does this make me I have given serious thought to writing a stern letter to the author in question or – since there is no guarantee that they would receive such a letter – marching to their house (having first flown to America) and demanding of them, in no uncertain terms, what the devil they mean by this. And possibly issuing a threat or two. However in the end, I couldn’t be bothered.

But the net result is: an excellent word has been effectively lost from our vocabulary, and “disinterested” is now synonomous with “uninterested”. Such is the effect of usage: natural selection in action, not always a pretty sight.

grendel Says:

Almagro strikes me as a great entertainer, not as a competitor. In matches I’ve seen of him with Federer, he’s nearly always gone toe to toe with him for about a set, looking highly dangerous. And then it’s as if he feels he’s done his bit, and he more or less packs it in.
If there were some way of combining his skills with, say, Ferrer’s tenacity – then we might have tennis playing product capable of defeating Nadal on clay…

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Grendel- agree re Almagro. Seen him also go toe to toe with Nadal for a set and wonder why he’s not a grand slam champ. Then he collapses.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Also, he doesn’t have Ferrer’s winning ways with children…

Kimberly Says:

Grendel and tv, agree about almagro, just wondering if maybe this year he will show more. Always wondered why he cant take his game off clay either.

Kimberly Says:

Belucci and Monaco would be others towatch.

jane Says:

Point taken grendel: many things contribute to language evolution.

aleish17 Says:

Already posted this comment from the other thread. Lemme post it again for the Nole fans out there!

Congrats to Jane, Sar, Stu, Duro and to all those who rooted for Djoko.

My man was clearly outplayed. Too many errors and double faults. He sure looked tense to me in their match. Djoko really put the pressure on Rafa.

Cant help but noticed the disheartened Rafa right after the match. Hope he’ll practice harder.

On to the clay season!

Please go back to your winning mode Rafa!

stu Says:

thanks aleish17! Rafa will practice harder and sweep the clay season again for sure! I think it is already too late for Nole to challenge him in terms of #career titles and records, but I do hope Nole gets to #1 this year!

DC Says:

Nole will definitely win one of the clay tournaments
If Nole consistently reaches the finals of the clay tournaments, Nadal & Nole will be very very tired by the end of the clay court season

Vox Says:

Read most of posts here… Some nice points…
Did you forget that actually Nole learned to play tennis on clay :)? You seem to know a lot about Rafa and Federer, but not too much about Nole, except recent stuff :))).
I think that his confidence and now his reputation can bring him many easy points and matches on clay this season. Rafa is great player, best on clay ever in history, he is left handed, fast, great spins, very troublesome on every surface… He is just like that naturally (but I think because he writes with right hand, that his playing with left hand was imposed on him)… But to say he will never loose on clay, against a player like Nole… A bit odd, you see tennis differently than me.. And Nole and Rafa, and all other players… I watch tennis because anything can happen, that is why it is so interesting! Who would have thought that Canas or aging Nalbandian will have two consecutive victories over Federer on HC when he was No1? And it happened. Please, don’t write Nole off before clay season has even started. He likes playing long rallies, he is patient, he has a great perception of his game, of match and of what opponent will play… And now he has stamina and is fit… Seems like even more than Rafa… And it wasn’t mental problems that kept Nole from wining tough matches… It were allergies, asthma and stamina… Now, we might see true Nole on clay. Very controlled game, very efficient, very aggressive. I’m not saying that he will defeat Rafa in RG, but in two sets win match… It’s highly possible… And if he can keep Rafa fighting for air… who knows.. even RG is possible :)))

grendel Says:

jane, evolution is involuntary, not guided. That’s always seemed implausible at first glance – how, for instance, could an organ as complex as an eye not be designed – but it always turns out to be true. I don’t see that language is any different. It is easy to foresee that what passes for English today in certain parts of the world will, in due course, evolve into what is effectively a foreign language. But not because anyone willed it.

Actually, what really intrigues me is how language got going in the first place. It’s infuriating that there can be no historical artefacts. So we are left to imagine. You can imagine grunts becoming ever more patterned and refined, over presumably immensely long time scales,with meanwhile the larynx evolving (co-evolving?) to accomodate increasingly sophisticated utterance.If we could just travel back in time and observe the minute changes building upon each other, so that what starts off as little more than ejaculations – primitive expressions of pleasure, anger, fear etc – gradually evolve into something recognizeable as language. To me, it is quite fascinating that there is no conscious design here at all. The Universe, a mere collection of atoms, expresses itself in us – an amazing thought.

margot Says:

grendel have u been watching Brian Cox, perchance? Am absolutely enthralled by idea that we r “children of the stars.” Breathtaking.

margot Says:

TV : 12.52 and b4: u r cracking me up today :)
Isn’t the slightly bizarre stuff the result of predicted text? I’ve noticed, is it Daniel’s posts, apologies if it’s not, are sometimes worthy of a quizzical raised eyebrow….

Cindy Brady Says:

Yes novak, you have the game. just dont choke like you usually do on clay against rafa.

this season reminds me a lot of 2009. all talk about nadal, djokovic and murray and after french open, tennis’ marathon man took over the season.

grendel Says:

margot – I’m not a fan of Brian Cox. He’s a perfectly reputable physicist,knows his stuff and so on but for some reason he feels that when he is on the box he has to gush and enthuse, climbing mountains (why?) travelling continents (why?) and gazing dreamily at the night sky, with a gooey grin permanantly fixed to his map. You know he used to be in a rock and roll band, so he’s kind of for ever “young”.
He doesn’t seem to have grasped that the extraordinary and breathtaking (I agree with you) speaks for itself, we do not need to be told endlessly in hushed tones,although we could do with some lucid explanation, which he is reluctant to engage in, feeling no doubt that it would be all too much for our pretty empty little heads;try and catch Jim-Al-Khalili who has had some recent physics programs on BBC4, and he is not afraid to tackle quite difficult questions).Cox also, imo, looks curiously like Rafa Nadal – I haven’t got many takers on that one, dunno why. Taken a peek at the Spiral yet?

margot Says:

grensel: you’ve done and dusted Mr Cox nicely! Um, I think he looks about 12, surely that’s a wonder of the universe ;) Yes, I agree it’s trixy, but I like tricks and mega enthusiasm so I 4give him. Will try and catch Jim as u recommend.
Yes, did watch “Spiral” and was SO disappointed, I guess after “The Killing” I felt this one is so over-stated.All they do is shout at each other all the time, which I can’t stand and the female lead seems deranged! Sarah was just pleasantly eccentric and is that REALLY how suspects are treated in France? Yikes if so.
U can c Dimitrov on Bet 365 at the mo., 18.15 Greenwich mean, btw.

margot Says:

oops, “grendel” apologies

margot Says:

2nd thoughts don’t watch, at present he’s being wiped by Gabashvili, just can’t cope with the weight of shot :(

grendel Says:

“the female lead seems deranged!” – well, there’s a history behind that. And if nothing else, you’ve got to admit the director has dug up some wonderful crumbly, knobbly faces. That disturbed chap with the dog – I’d guess he’s not an actor at all. The villainous judge – Francis Bacon would have hesitated before producing a face like that….ugliness is so much more captivating than what passes for beauty….

Pity about Dimitrov, though looks like he picked up. This is going to be a slow but – I hope – steady sort of ascent. – an argument for Murray not needing a coach. I am sympathetic to this argument, as you know margot. But – just a chap spouting away, no need to get agitated….

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