2015 Australian Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray
by Staff | January 31st, 2015, 6:21 pm
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The first men’s Grand Slam champion will be crowned Sunday night in Melbourne when good friend and rivals Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray meet for the 2015 Australian Open men’s title.

This is their 24th meeting with the Serb leading 15-8 winning all four last year. This is also their 5th in a Grand Slam final. Djokovic has won twice in Melbourne (2011, 2013), Murray at 2013 Wimbledon and at the 2012 US Open.

Djokovic also beat Murray in the semifinals in 2011. He is 3-0 against Murray in Melbourne.

“I know it’s going to be extremely difficult to win the match tomorrow,” Murray said on Saturday. “I know if I want to win, it will probably be very, very tough and challenging physically. So I need to prepare myself mentally for that. But he has a fantastic record here. He obviously loves the court and the conditions. And, yeah, it would be a big upset if I manage to win tomorrow.

“I’ve never won against him here before,” he said. “I’ve lost to him each time that we’ve played. I think I’ve lost to him the last four or five times we played against each other, as well. Maybe only won one set in those matches. Yeah, I mean, it would be a big turnaround. I played him a couple times very close the end of last year and lost pretty comfortably. For me it would be a big turnaround in a few months if I was able to win. I’m not saying it’s not a possibility, but it’s going to be very, very tough.”

ITF NOTES
NO. 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB) v NO. 6 ANDY MURRAY (GBR)
Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 15-8

For 4 out of the past 7 years, the man who played his semifinal second has been the one who won the final, so recent history would suggest that Djokovic has the slight advantage in winning the 2015 Australian Open title.

Murray is bidding to end a 4-match losing streak against Djokovic and defeat the Serb for the first time since the 2013 Wimbledon final.

It will be the 5th meeting between these 2 players in a Grand Slam final which puts them in joint-3rd position on the all-time leaderboard for most match-ups in a Grand Slam final along with Andre Agassi v Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl v Mats Wilander.

This is the 3rd Australian Open final to feature Djokovic and Murray, which extends their lead for the most match-ups in the Australian Open final ahead of Jim Courier v Stefan Edberg (2) and Johan Kriek v Steve Denton (2).

Murray and Djokovic are the closest Grand Slam finalists by age. Murray is just 7 days older than Djokovic. The previous closest Grand Slam finalists in terms of age were Guillermo Vilas and Jimmy Connors who met at the 1977 US Open when Vilas was 16 days older than Connors.

Djokovic has a 13-6 win-loss record against Murray on a hard court.

4-time champion DJOKOVIC is looking to become the second man in history to win 5 or more Australian Open titles. Roy Emerson is the only man who has won more than 5 titles in Melbourne.

Djokovic is bidding to win his 8th Grand Slam title and move into equal-8th place with Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall on the all-time list for most major titles.

Djokovic is bidding to win his 8th Grand Slam title. He has a 7-7 win-loss record in his 14 previous Grand Slam finals and a 4-0 win-loss record in Australian Open finals:

3-time Australian Open runner-up MURRAY is looking to become the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open title after losing 3 finals. He finished as runner-up here in 2010 (l. Roger Federer), 2011
(l. Djokovic) and 2013 (l. Djokovic). Marat Safin is the only player to lose 2 or more Australian Open finals before winning the title.

If Murray wins the title for the first time on his 10th Australian Open appearance, he will set a record for most Australian Open appearances before winning the title.

Murray is bidding to become the first British man to win the Australian Open since Fred Perry defeated Jack Crawford in 1934.

SUNDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 4:00pm Start Time
1. Mixed Doubles – Final
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)[3] vs. Martina Hingis (SUI)[7]
Daniel Nestor (CAN) [3] Leander Paes (IND)[7]

Not Before: 7:30pm
2. Men’s Singles – Final
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[6]

LADBROKES ODDS
Novak Djokovic 4/9 v Andy Murray 7/4

WEATHERUNDERGROUND MELBOURNE FORECAST
Day: Windy with rain showers. High 67F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Sunday Night: Mainly cloudy. Low 59F. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

U.S. TELEVISION
ESPN has live coverage of the Djokovic-Murray final starting at 3:30am ET Saturday morning.

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382 Comments for 2015 Australian Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Novak Djokovic v Andy Murray

Michael Says:

What is likely to go against Andy is this disbelief that he cannot win against Novak at this venue. If he is to win the tournament, he has to go with a clean slate of mind ignoring the past and dealing with the present. In this tournament, he has played really well and his performance in the semi finals is bound to give him much hope and inspiration that he can really do it if he wished. So, the key for Andy in this match is approaching with a belief that he can win irrespective of the past record against his opponent. If he manages to balance his mind, he can definitely go places.


metan Says:

Go Andy, you could beat Nole at Wimbledon and USO, I don’t see any reason why you can’t beat Nole again.


Hamza Says:

@Michael

Even if Novak wins, I don’t think Andy’s belief would be a problem. The first time they played, he lost in 3 sets in the AO final. The second time in the semi-finals, he lost in 5, which was a remarkable improvement over the previous result. Then in the final the next year, he lost in 4. The last two encounters have been very competitive. Alongside that, he’s beaten Novak in the finals of both the majors he’s won.

I think Andy has a lot of belief. He believes he can win, and rightly so. Now, whether he wins or not, is another question.


Michael Says:

Hamza,

Yes, I agree. The attitude of Andy has vastly improved over the years. He is now a different player willing to take the challenge head on and convert it into an opportunity. Ofcourse, I am sure he will do all that he can to lift the title, but if he still falls short, then he has no other option but to congratulate his opponent for playing much better. That is the nature of sport where you have to be prepared for wins as well as losses.


Margot Says:

Hoping Andy plays well, as a fan that’s what you always hope for. Of course you want a win but if you feel your favourite did his darndest, then defeat is easier to cope with.
GOOOOOOO Andy. 4th time lucky! May the force be with you.


sienna Says:

Murray wins this and that would almost be a devaluation of slams.
Murray is half the player he was come 2013 and is owned by Federer.


Hamza Says:

@Margot

True that. Being a Rafa fan, despite being gutted that Rafa lost in the AO 2012 final, I was glad he gave it all. Now, I’m able to look back at that match and appreciate Nadal’s comeback in the 4th set notwithstanding he lost the match. It’s a match I wouldn’t want to forget. In contrast, I’ve never even bothered to look at the highlights of the Wimbledon 2011 final. That was a meek surrender.

I hope this match – irrespective of the outcome – gives fans of both players the feeling that both of them gave it all. I would hate to see Sean saying ‘I want my 3 hours back’.


Giles Says:

No need for stats, predictions and such like. If joker alienates the crowd we know the result already, no?


contador Says:

my work schedule does not allow much time for posting but from what i have been able to watch of this AO, i’m hoping to stay awake to watch this Final as it unfolds.

Andy has been pretty impressive. Nole has also been, for the most part, looking dominate but not quite as much as this fan would like.

echoing the words of Hamza above – hoping we see a great match with both player able to give it their all. a win for Andy means he will be a GS winner of all but the French Slam just like Nole. A win for Nole…very important too, his 8th GS …

should be exciting, hopefully. Ajde Nole!

may the best man win…


calmdownplease Says:

`Murray is half the player he was come 2013 and is owned by Federer…`

Owned by Fed
hahahaha
Please, don`t embarrass yourself any more, it’s painful…


Eric Says:

Andy is playing masterful tennis right now


Eric Says:

…Djokovic ain’t bad either


calmdownplease Says:

Yep first worry out of the way
He has come to play
Novak too


contador Says:

wow andy had 3 break points but couldnt convert.

a good fight from Nole and he holds off all danger!

loving the tennis so far


calmdownplease Says:

Andy is very close to the baseline, closer than Novak
Novak always going to the net is a good sign for Andy


calmdownplease Says:

Great Hold by Novak however.


brando Says:

Murray 0-5 for 2nd serve points won. Achilles heel.


brando Says:

Killer return by Novak, punishing Murray for not breaking from 0-40.


Eric Says:

Only Novak can win nine points in a row while his opponent is still playing superbly… sheesh.


Eric Says:

OK, nine points out of ten, whatever.


brando Says:

Novaks brought his dtl shots to the party for sure.


calmdownplease Says:

well Novak deserved that hehe
great returning
Oh Dear, I have the choice of either Andrew Castle or Mats Wilander
A little like choosing to be kicked or slapped.


brando Says:

4-1 novak starting to dominate Murray completely.


metan Says:

I am not give up yet. Come on Andy


Margot Says:

Nole playing superbly and jumping all over Andy. Eek!
But knew he would come out fighting and go up several levels.
Hang in there Andy


brando Says:

First Murray 2nd serve win due to nole UE.


Margot Says:

Lol CDP just what I feel! Can’t stand either but possibly Mats lesser?


brando Says:

Andy needs to hang in all he can do at the moment.


brando Says:

2nd serve getting murdered: 1/6.


brando Says:

Important hold key for Andy going forward: first serve is a must and he must step inside court more as novak gets in to easy.


contador Says:

andy with a break back chance. nole appears frustrated


Eric Says:

well well well


contador Says:

high speed chess match


contador Says:

deuce!


brando Says:

5 break points gone begging! Cannot do that!


contador Says:

another bp for murray

ajde Nole!


calmdownplease Says:

Missing more BP again but easing in now
Andy hasn’t come out all guns blazing, clearly
But if he can win this set after Novak playing lights out…
Well that makes it rather interesting in my view.
He breaks back!


Okiegal Says:

Andy showed some grit in that game…..back on
serve! C’mon Andy!!!!!


contador Says:

aargh….

murray is too tough. andy gets the break back


brando Says:

Back on serve well done Andy!


calmdownplease Says:

He played with more variety and it immediately caused Novak problems.
But he was being blown off the court for a while there so it makes it more difficult to do lol


Eric Says:

Andy isn’t exactly blowing me away with his variety at the moment but he’s playing great.


brando Says:

I must say: I think Novak Djokovic is physically struggling he has some issue. His body language is mute and he seems sapped to me. Anyone else feel he’s unwell looking?


metan Says:

Yessssss, Andy is genius


contador Says:

AO radio is very good if anyone hates their local commentators as much as i do..

turn sound off TV. and listen to AO radio…objective non-biased play by play


Hamza Says:

We’re going to have tons of breaks in this match ! Two world-class returners.


contador Says:

Bp Nole…

come on…


contador Says:

another bp nole


Okiegal Says:

Uh oh……shaky thumb……but shaky thumb and all, he still broke him…..again! Trainer coming.


Eric Says:

Andy can’t catch a break!


calmdownplease Says:

disappointing Novak serving for it without doing too much in that game


contador Says:

Nole gets the break but something wrong with his hand and has asked for the trainer….

but he is serving for the set


Margot Says:

Oi conty, thought u liked Andy…;) Have u had conversion on road to Damascus?
Andy needs better serving. Come on!


Okiegal Says:

Wow, what a point!


Okiegal Says:

Novak is sucking air!


contador Says:

andy is stronger atm


brando Says:

Hang in Andy!


calmdownplease Says:

brilliant break back
I’ve a feeling this first set is more crucial for Novak given his body language


Okiegal Says:

Way to go Andy!! Thumb is an issue atm!


contador Says:

nole will have the right thumb checked out by the traine


brando Says:

Novak is wobbly for sure and this is a chance for andy: he MUST serve better since the return is firing!


brando Says:

Novak agitated now complaining about crowd.


Patson Says:

Give me a break … i mean literally, give me a break Nole, and win the darn set already !


contador Says:

margot i like Andy just fine…

but i don’t like to see him win in straights. i want a good fight from both is all


Eric Says:

Novak is certainly out of sorts now; looks like he just wants to get to the changeover break.


metan Says:

5-5, awesome!!!
Come on Andy


Danica Says:

Novak was rightly complaining about the idiot who called out in the middle of the point. Hope his thumb will hold because he started stronger.
IDEMO NOLE!!!!


Margot Says:

conty u know I love u and just teasing!
The pattern of this match a bit like Berd match. Nole came out like a tornedo. Slowly painfully Andy pegs him back.
I know, I know Berd is no Nole. Just pattern of match.


metan Says:

The crowd is wild. Lol


contador Says:

nole! do not serve to the Murray forehand!

Nole gets the game on clutch serving

6-5 nole

Murray to serve…


Patson Says:

The idiots who shout in amidst the point should be called out. Show the man/woman on the screen, and escort them out, and ban them from attending any matches at the venue. That should serve as a good lesson.

Zero tolerance for stupidity.


Patson Says:

The idiots who shout amidst the point should be called out. Show the man/woman on the screen, and escort them out, and ban them from attending any matches at the venue. That should serve as a good lesson.

Zero tolerance for stupidity.


contador Says:

looks like a tie break coming…


Eric Says:

Mind over matter, kids. Novak hits back to back aces and suddenly his lousy, knuckle-glaring body language goes away. Now he’s a sprite!

Looks like a TB…


Eric Says:

Really good volley from Andy. Those are so hard to hit in down the line.

Let’s go Andy! He’s been great.


Okiegal Says:

Yippy, Skippy……just love a tiebreaker!!


calmdownplease Says:

If Andy can serve better towards 65% I think
the pressure will start to really mount
At the mo;
61% First Serve
and 43% 2nd serve
He’s s-l-o-w-l-y getting there.


contador Says:

margot, andy was sublime vs birdy…

and he looks more than ready and determined to win this.

nole will have to play through the thumb pain now…not sure he can keep up the level mentally to fight off andy….

stay tuned!


Danica Says:

Patson, agree. Such stupid calls bother both players and disrupt their rhythm. Such a shame that people don’t know how to behave during the match (flashes, lights, calling during the serve, during the point…)


calmdownplease Says:

DF perfect timing Andy!


contador Says:

okay, i take back what i said about the AO radio commentators

they have become decidedly more animated about Murray winning…still better than ESPN


contador Says:

4 all in the tie break!


contador Says:

5-4 Nole!


Patson Says:

This is the sort of tie-break you’d wish you could invoke Dr. Ivo’s spirit and start serving cannonballs.


contador Says:

5 all


contador Says:

Nole has a set point now


metan Says:

Great from Andy!


Eric Says:

Unbelievable. Novak… so lucky this set. Jesus.


Okiegal Says:

Exciting first set!!


calmdownplease Says:

Oh well
But Im not buying it that Novak will win because he edged the first set
Andy is in this one.


Margot Says:

Oh bum!
Just hope it’s exactly like Berd match ;)


contador Says:

Novak gets the opening set!

time for a still shot of something….vodka for me

great tennis! edge of the seat stuff


Eric Says:

Time to sleep… hope there’s another four hours of this top-notch tennis for the rest of you!


brando Says:

Murray will regret that volley at 5-5: should have nailed that one. Tough one to comeback now after that.


Danica Says:

Eric, Novak was not lucky, he played a bit better specially at the beginning of the set. How can he be lucky when he injured himself, however the injury is small. It is enough to mentally disrupt him for a while.

They are really equally good and little things will determine the winner.


brando Says:

Lol,novak is the toughest to read on court. He looks like he’s about to collapse and then boom: wins a 70 shot rally with a cartwheeling BH. Really hard to tell how he’s feeling.


Giles Says:

Drama Queen. Needs to win an Academy Award! Pffffft


Okiegal Says:

Why is Novak stumbling around out there tonight??


calmdownplease Says:

An early break
I know Novak is good at playing possum (as is Andy)
but when he is replayed in slow motion he is starting to look
like he is inebriated.


Patson Says:

Serving first in the second set should help Andy.
He’s got a break now !

Don’t get steam-rolled in the 2nd set Nole !


FedExpress Says:

Break muzza. but can he bring it home

nole moving like he is on drugs for a moment. now moving like a dream.

joker faking something to fool the opponent?


Eric Says:

Brando, you just have to avoid getting suckered in. Novak is extremely expressive; when he misses, he often looks deeply pained, as if the ball, his best friend, had betrayed him profoundly. When he wasn’t playing as hot for five or ten points, he glared at his thumb (not, mind you, immediately after he fell, when he still played great) as if it were actually effecting his play. Then, like I said, as soon as he hit two aces, the dark cloud melted away instantly. Basically, he uses physical signals of exhaustion to express mental frustration. But actually…he’s fine.

Danica, sure, I agree, Novak played extremely well. That was one of the best sets of tennis I’ve seen in a while. But still, it felt like Djokovic was–if not lucky–then let’s say “fortuitous” to win: there were several net cords, a bucketfull of close misses by Andy on important points (including the second- and third-to-last in the TB). Three of the four breaks of serve were amazing displays; Djokovic’s second just kind of fell into his lap. But you’re right; crediting luck is unfair.


Patson Says:

It’s not as bad as his antics in Shanghai 2013 against Delpo though :)


FedExpress Says:

that 2nd serve from muzza is just a joke


Eric Says:

I mean affecting. ARGH. They are going to kick me out of school.


FedExpress Says:

Break back nole

muzza is just useless with such a 2nd serve

preparing for a crying speech from murray like in ’10.


Danica Says:

It’s a tough match. Both already look exhausted but keep on fighting. True champs.


brando Says:

Okay: what’s going on with novak? Possible ankle injuries, errors creep in due to lack of movement: boom wins the game and skips to chair. Strange to say the least.


FedExpress Says:

is the roof open?


calmdownplease Says:

the quality has dipped precipitously


contador Says:

nole is having all sorts of troubles, Okie. the stumble he took in the first set tweaked his thumb…a stinger or scraped it…something and he made it through the tie break – brilliant serving helped. now it appeared he did something to an ankle but he is getting into Andy’s head when Andy needs to be ruthless and run ….take advantage of the situation, as he was a break up…

andy just needs to ignore what is going on with his opponent…which i think he will do. or maybe it is easier said than done…

nole needs to feel confident that whatever is ailing him is not serious enough to distract him…who knows if that is possible…

it’s a good match, regardless, atm


brando Says:

Andy is seriously letting chances go by here with his errors. Tighten up muzza!


brando Says:

Andy needs to steel up mentally here.


Margot Says:

They’re so cagey with each other, aren’t they? Tom and Jerry.
Have a feeling 1) whoever starts to hold serve more easily will win.
2) Nole plays clutch points the best of any.
@brando
Just ignore what Nole does. Means nothing. Very like Andy actually.
Standard right down now. First set amazing.
Am cheering myself up with comparing this Andy with Andy this time last year.


brando Says:

Damn that return 0-40.


metan Says:

Come on Andy. This second match is not so good.


FedExpress Says:

joker is such a faker

3 BPs for him


Colin Says:

Just too many fluffed shots from Andy. He could lose in straight sets.


brando Says:

@margot: agree on all.


brando Says:

Neither is playing steadily but the difference is: Novak rams home his advantage at the right times, whilst Andy doesn’t. It’s close but a key momentum thing at the moment.


Margot Says:

Eek! All over now, I fear :-(
Nole 2 good.


FedExpress Says:

@margot

murray too bad


Margot Says:

Lol brando, after our wee tiff yesterday …;) we are agreeing in EVERYTHING!


brando Says:

Strange quietness on the court. Worrying for Andy I feel.


brando Says:

Novak quietly improving now love hold.


brando Says:

13 points in a row for Novak now


Margot Says:

Lol FedExpress. My sentiments exactly :(


brando Says:

@ Margot: lol I know:-)


contador Says:

they are cagey with each other, exactly, Margot.

it was a physical/mental chess match, that 1st set.

though i am a Nole fan over a Murray one, i would not have a bit of remorse if Andy wins. what i don’t want to see is one of these quite evenly matched champs destroy the other. would like to see them both play to the best and the best man win.

both of them can have mental lapses for one reason or another.

Come on, Andy… hold your dammm serve


brando Says:

Well done Andy, major hold!


brando Says:

Andy needs to ramp up his intensity in this moment. He can do this if he gets more psyched up since right now its quiet and that suits novak.


calmdownplease Says:

finally a bit of interesting action :)
what the F?


Emily Says:

They are both so on edge right now. Novak yelling at the ball kids, Andy complaining about the big screen. Woke up in time for the tiebreak, but this is a different Nole from 2 days ago. Did a fan just run out on the court? This isn’t fun


Hippy Chick Says:

If Andy loses this set game over,as i doubt he could come back and win the next three sets :((….


Margot Says:

Am sure Andy will lose now. First set was crucial and like Hippy think if he loses this caputt! And think he will. His energy seems low.


Okiegal Says:

@Contador……Some posters seem to think Novak is a faker……I don’t think so. We clearly saw the thumb get banged up….but regardless how you slice it, he’s an awesome player. Looking a little bit dismal for Andy, sad to say.


metan Says:

Hope Andy wins this set


calmdownplease Says:

`His energy seems low..`

Strange that Andy waited for the final to play his worst match hehe
I shouldn’t be too surprised however.
Had he played like he had against Berdych the other day this Novak would be in all sorts of trouble.


calmdownplease Says:

NOW HOLD FFS!


FedExpress Says:

break back from muzza


brando Says:

That’s some Scottish grit there vamos muzza!


Okiegal Says:

@Margot……There ya’ go girl……still some life left in your guy!!


Emily Says:

32% points won on Murray’s 2nd serve is a stat he needs to up. Shame about people running on court during the “happy slam.”


calmdownplease Says:

Are we going to be treated to a Braveheart moment now?
lol


contador Says:

oh my, well, i read the comments by murray fans getting discouraged but this is far from over yet.

as you see Andy evens if up and has the momentum again…


calmdownplease Says:

great hold to love
And now..Andy STAY AGGRESSIVE
Because, well, it works


brando Says:

Momentum with Andy he needs to ram it home right now like novak did.


brando Says:

F$$$!


calmdownplease Says:

he ramming home the UEs at the moment


Marcus Says:

What just happened when there was no play? I missed it


calmdownplease Says:

hes still got the moves in there!


Okiegal Says:

C’mon Andy. Deuce!!!!


FedExpress Says:

SP muzza

he is fired up

nole usual choke after having break


contador Says:

okie, nole was not faking. perhaps it appears so to anti nole fans but he did fall and all players these days are concerned about wrist, ankle, whatever injuries. especially a top player at the beginning of the season. nole has too much to lose to play aggressively through an injury, however trivial it may seem to the public. he could jeopardize his season.

set point Andy atm.


calmdownplease Says:

poor Kim
I think she will only be swearing on the `inside` Today


contador Says:

that was a huge freaking hole by Nole!


contador Says:

hold not hole…..oh my


calmdownplease Says:

that point had a few of Jane’s `intangibles` in it


Okiegal Says:

@Conti^^^^ :)


calmdownplease Says:

Novak is turning the screws on the bad serving from Andy
An ace! phew


calmdownplease Says:

virtual match point


Emily Says:

Novak is being the aggressor right now, see what happens


Okiegal Says:

@Contador……The commentators accused Novak of sand bagging……I don’t know what to think. He’s no longer stumbling!! Playing great. Andy hanging on by the skin of his teeth atm.


brando Says:

What a fighters hold! Well done andy!


calmdownplease Says:

great hold despite the atrocious, almost suicidal serving


Okiegal Says:

Great hold Andy…..that’s more like it!! C’mon!!


calmdownplease Says:

`The commentators accused Novak of sand bagging`

Im taking the 5th on this


contador Says:

Any commentators you listen to tonight in English….Espn or AO radio will be pro- murray.

nole is no longer playing like he’s worried about his thumb or ankle but the english speaking commentators from the commonwealth of AO are less bias than the ESPN ones, imo.


Okiegal Says:

OMG…..I’ve stayed up all night for this match…you would think Rafa was our there!! Lol


FedExpress Says:

andy looks more exhausted than nole


Okiegal Says:

^^^ out there…..


FedExpress Says:

another tie break


Danica Says:

Commentators may talk wathever they want, they are never nice to Nole anyhow. One just needs to hear garbage that gets out of Wilander’s mouth for ex.

Another TB coming.
C’mon Nole!


FedExpress Says:

‘everybody” nole? who is that?


calmdownplease Says:

`needs to hear garbage that gets out of Wilander’s mouth for ex`

Wilander talks like he has early onset dementia
He’s ridiculous!


Patson Says:

Damn these tie-breaks. Do I have any nails left ? Errr


Hippy Chick Says:

I have to say thank god Boris is now Novaks coach,as it means i dont have to listen to him commontating on matches anymore,and Anne Keothavong i mean nice girl but come on commontating jeez….


calmdownplease Says:

Jesus, 2 and a half hours for 2 sets!
Set Points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What an awful shank
Oh Dear Andy come on


FedExpress Says:

oh man murray

that was a penalty

but he makes it

1 set all


calmdownplease Says:

GET IN THERE!
Now if he can settle a little more and serve better
Andy PLEASE serve better


brando Says:

What a f—— set that was 1-1 after 2 1/2 hours!


contador Says:

listening to BBC eurosport commentators whether it be tennis, cycling, whatever is always irritating but the USA coverage, for example universal sports network, tennis channel, espn, is really beyond nauseatingly bias toward any athlete of the anglo speaking type and prejudiced to say the least toward eastern european, italian, or southern europeans in general, save Rafa Nadal. i really just ignore them. nothing against murray in this case, he is playing brilliantly.

that said, i am rooting for murray to win a set here! and he does…


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..You can come out from behind the sofa. Your Andy is back in it!!! Great set from Andy…..even though a bit nervous!


contador Says:

^^ that was to Okie


Margot Says:

Just when you thought Andy was down and out, Andy patient aggressive brilliant takes the 2nd.
They can’t keep this up. It’ll be tea time in a mo.


Danica Says:

Andy deservedly won the 2nd set.
We are starting from scratch :)


brando Says:

Should Andy be 2-0 to up though? This set he won and should have been 6-5 up previous tie break. That said: could argue novak should be 2-0. So damn close this one!


brando Says:

That set though showed Andy’s fighting spirit and whatever happens now: the boy is certainly back and kicking!


Okiegal Says:

Some beautiful stuff from Andy just now.


Margot Says:

Lol Ok “behind the sofa?” Am at bottom of the garden nervously peeping through a telescope!
Whoever you guys have got cannot be worse than Lord Castle!


FedExpress Says:

novak looookkkkkkkkkkssssssssss very tired


calmdownplease Says:

Novak walking stiffly again which means he’ll probably win the set lol


FedExpress Says:

hahhaah novak cant control his legs anymore

alien attack


brando Says:

Andy: forget novaks body language and attack, attack,attack!


calmdownplease Says:

`Whoever you guys have got cannot be worse than Lord Castle!..`

How about Wilander?
Is Castle a Lord now?
What, for selling dodgy insurance to grannies?
Surely it has NOTHING to do with tennis.


Okiegal Says:

@Contador…..Dang those Yankee commentators….I think they are a little partial to my guy and Federer too!!


calmdownplease Says:

well for this set
Andy is 100 and 100 serve stats
Might not last however lol


Margot Says:

@brando 6,22am
Lol totally agreeing again….must be love…;)


FedExpress Says:

father time catching up hahahhahaha


Danica Says:

After the 2nd set Nole just asked for water, you could read it from his lips. So no, it;s not a “mix for recovery”, it;s just a bottle of water that Miljan has for him.


Okiegal Says:

Novak is panting like a sand lizard. I’m thinking Andy might be in a little better shape.


Danica Says:

“C’mon, one great shot for Stefan!” Oh, how I hate these ridiculous people that have no shame shouting such things. Yuck!


FedExpress Says:

7-8 and 3-5 GS wins-finals coming up


brando Says:

@margot: lol tis the stuff or rooting for muzza!:-) seriously though this is a repeat of 2nd set and Andy cannot let a repeat slip happen. Aggression all the way muzza!


FedExpress Says:

oh muzza

mental midget


Okiegal Says:

@Danica…..The commentators said he mixed up something. You know you can’t argue with those guys…they know everything. The mix might be of a sinister nature! Lol


calmdownplease Says:

Andy needs to put his foot down on this match
cut out the sloppiness and make his life easier
but he never does, never ever
Heading for another TB and a group heart attack shortly afterwards


FedExpress Says:

break back

muzza


FedExpress Says:

murray said: “he does that all the time”

epic

but he is right, nole looks fresh all of a sudden


Danica Says:

Oki :)))


calmdownplease Says:

Murray’s game is going down as Novak is magically better.
It goes without saying that Andy needs this set more than Novak does.


Margot Says:

@cdp
Those two missed crucial volleys Yuk!
Agree about putting foot down too.
And now comes Nole roaring back. Colossal momentum switches in this.


calmdownplease Says:

It’s like a very hairy, high quality WTA match without all the caterwauling that usually takes place there.
But all the drama.


FedExpress Says:

murray netting the crucial points with his backhand


Daniel Says:

Hahah. I’ve posting alone in the other thread and wonder where everybody was LOL


Margot Says:

Feel Nole digs out points when it really matters and Andy hanging around with sheer gritty guts.
Hope wrong.


Margot Says:

Lol Daniel keep up. Lonely over there..;)


Danica Says:

Daniel, LOL :)))


Daniel Says:

Djoko doesn’t seems right this set. Hos body language is awful, like defeated already.


contador Says:

well, as it goes, from what i saw, it is not that nole was faking his concerns over what he experienced. and it is irritating to read the pro murray fans that claim the faking. Murray has had at least equally as many matches where his neurosis got the best of him.

the better man will win and i think Andy will be that man tonight.

however i have a strict discipline regarding not drinking and posting…i think it is safe to say i am beyond the point of no return and will bail out at this point. i like Andy Murray and to me it looks like he has as good a chance as ever to win this but i have to stomach to watch Nole lose, so i go to snooze….lol….

have fun. i will nap this one out and be surprised to see who wins…later


Daniel Says:

At least this set is going faster. None could sustain what they were doing all the time.


calmdownplease Says:

`however i have a strict discipline regarding not drinking and posting..`

I wish I had adhered to that very wise rule
Would have saved me a heap of bother lol


calmdownplease Says:

Andy is showing his moves again
The pendulum swings again


calmdownplease Says:

and back again
jeez


Daniel Says:

Great hold by Djoko saving BP.


FedExpress Says:

murray in self destruction mode


Daniel Says:

2 FH errors by Murray now a drop shor and Djoko is 0-40.


calmdownplease Says:

stop shouting and start playing better Andy


Margot Says:

Really sloppy game from Andy. Guess 3rd set nole.


Daniel Says:

Indeed imploding, DF in BP. Djoko to serve third set 5-3.


calmdownplease Says:

so poor
Novak is going to serve for it
terrible, childish


Margot Says:

Worst game Andy’s played. Gr8 time to choose, not :(


FedExpress Says:

novak and murray cant be good friends anymore

novak is an actor, faking injuries

should get an oscar for that


brando Says:

Andy playing poorly now helped Novak to that


Margot Says:

This is it I fear. andy’s level is right down again and a dreadful game giving the br8.
Looks xhausted now.


brando Says:

Novak won the set with 39% first serve in: criminal of Andy to let him get away with it.


Daniel Says:

Novak takes the third. Think he will go all out to win in 4 beacise it doesn’t look good form him to go to a fifth.
He was way more agressive this set, returns as well and saved that crucial game at 4-3.


calmdownplease Says:

funny because his FS % was 79%
And he lost more easily than before
Novak was at 39%
lol


brando Says:

@Margot: agree. He could have won that set and IMO lost it because he mentally lost focus completely near the end.


Hippy Chick Says:

^Wonder if the bromance is over,i certainly hope so,Murray needs to concentrate on beating his rivals,and not so much on the friendship side of things IMO?….


Margot Says:

Agreeing again Brando..;) :(
Hope Nole doesn’t run away with this one now :(
Looks much fresher than Andy.


Daniel Says:

Momentum with Djoko now, break Murray to open fourth set with Murray net 3 FH’s.


calmdownplease Says:

terrible service game
AGAIN


brando Says:

Andy needs to dog deep here


Margot Says:

Old negative Andy back. But tired I guess so missing too much stuff which is making him frustrated.


brando Says:

Dig deep lol, novak up again now


metan Says:

Please Andy calm and focus. Just ignore what your opponent did on the court. Stick to your game.


brando Says:

Oh no!:-(


brando Says:

Andy 1/9 in recent games. All novak now.


calmdownplease Says:

Okay I take it back
Everyone that thought Andy would be crap were spot on.
I was wrong
You were correct
You ba*tards
lol


brando Says:

Andy’s gone physically now


brando Says:

Match points in effect now


calmdownplease Says:

Stick a fork in him


Margot Says:

All over now :(
Well played Nole. See you at RG…;)
Andy fans, just compare this year with last and rejoice.


brando Says:

Yep: this is like USO qf: Andy with him for 2 sets but tanked thereafter.


Daniel Says:

Djoko taking control now. Mureay missing easy shots with no confidence in himself anymore.


Hippy Chick Says:

First two sets were top quality,but the levels gone down now,Andy has capitulated,congrats Novak and fans….


metan Says:

Andy resigned!. Geeeeezzzz!
Hand over the cup to Nole!
Congrats Nole and all his fans


calmdownplease Says:

I am wondering why he is so fatigued however.
Was it the late year mega attempt to reach the WTF that has done for him.
TBH the fact that he mostly played well in this tournament has been the pleasant surprise despite this disappointment.


calmdownplease Says:

Yeah congrats to Novak and his fans
He really is the King of Melbourne


contador Says:

damm,

wish andy would focus and not start grabbing his thigh…

do not want this final over in 4

my nap is awakened and i am cheering Andy on to fight.

the tennis during this final deserves a 5th set. but…


Daniel Says:

Murray better regroup and make a game otherwise this could be another bagel set this AO


calmdownplease Says:

And now a bagel is in the oven
I hope tastes really bad Andy
You’ve certainly earned it


Giles Says:

Andy fell for all his antics then.


Daniel Says:

2 BP’s Djoko


Jeez Says:

So BAGGLE it is !!!


Danica Says:

Love Andy’s attitude. It is 0:4, 15:30 and he is saying to himself: “C’mon now!”
That’s the spirit!


calmdownplease Says:

haha
You have to laugh
Andy had his chances earlier in the match
Novak was beatable, but he threw it all away


contador Says:

jane, hope you are watching this


Daniel Says:

Damn, 5-0 Djoko and another Bagel set. Bizarre this bagels QF, Semis and Finals.

Seema the effort to hang with Djoko for those two sets where Andy had to come back twice was just too much. Both are tired But Djoko revert to finishing points with winners and agressive returns and Murray could not wore down Djoko.


Hippy Chick Says:

Damn losing the same slam 4 times,3 times to the same player,worse than Roddick losing 3 times to Fed at Wimbledon….


brando Says:

Worse thing is Andy had his chances: he had novak right there and I feel he let him off the hook.


Daniel Says:

Double match point


Hippy Chick Says:

Brando yeah totally agree….


brando Says:

Novak won 12 out of last 13 games.


brando Says:

Congratulations to Novak Djokovic and his fans, especially courbon, patson


contador Says:

ah. it is over…

congratulations Nole!

sad for Andy

i hope espn shows entire trophy ceremony


calmdownplease Says:

I think Andy should consider going on holiday while the AO takes place next year
0-5 would be devastating lol
Be fresh for the Grass instead.


brando Says:

Commiserations to Andy Murray and his 24/7 fans Margot, the DA and Colin. Great effort, fight and he’s back.


brando Says:

Gotta be honest: Andy had his chances today, could have been 2-0 and novak seemed like he was ready to Wilt. Novak dug in though and Andy punched out was the difference.


Giles Says:

Fakerovic wins


Danica Says:

You know, Andy is back. He is finally over the mediocre form that was the result of that back surgery. He will shine this year, I have no doubt. I really wish him the best.


Daniel Says:

Congrats Dkoko. Biggest AO Champion of Open Era, only 1 shy of Roy Emmerson.

First two sets worth the entire match and the fans tickets. Players just can’t sustain that level for too long. last time, was 2012 between Djoko and Nadal.

Murray played as well as he could for two sets but he is sure pissed.

This kind of match alternate and players get tired. Djoko had anticsnbut he was tired that period, something Murray and others done in the past.

Now Djoko had won his last 2 Slam Finals joining the 8 Slam group with Agassi, Connors and Lendl. 8-7 and set ti finally get another multiple Slam year.


brando Says:

Novak Djokovic now officially AO GOAT in open era: record 5 titles, 3 in a row.


Hippy Chick Says:

The handshake at the end was rather cold between the two according to the commies….


Daniel Says:

Murray will definetelly be one of top 3 favorites for Wimbledon and favorite for US Open as well.

But he needs to get a win over Novak Dubai/IW/Miami asap, he is on a 5 losing streak to Novak alwaysbolaying close but losing in the end. Another match where henlsot first set and lose. He needs to revert this because this rivlary needs more drama.


brando Says:

Can you get to the players please folks enough with the sponsors!


brando Says:

@Daniel: agree. How many has muzza lost in a row now though?


calmdownplease Says:

Andy is….almost back to his best, despite this turkey
The fatigue thing was a very serious issue last year, this year, it’s less so.
There will be other chances later on.


brando Says:

A great Scot: no doubt about it!


brando Says:

Great sppech by Andy!


Daniel Says:

Djoko continue his latest amazing record in finals. He is the man to beat every tourney and I am sure he will be more pumped up for RG this year after this great result. he already won a Slam this year, which already makes it an excellent year. Won his last 2 major finals agaisnt fellow big 4 and looks safe to enter doubke digits Slam club winning at least a major last 5 years.


Daniel Says:

Murray didn’t smile after Djoko nice words towards his future family. He sure is pissed of.


Hippy Chick Says:

Rafa will still be the favorite at the French,it all depends on where hes at physically?Also there is any extra week between the French and W this year which could benefit him?Novak has better numbers at W than Andy but i feel Andys game is better suited to grass than Novak and especially Rafa now,the USO is the most open GS with no repeat champions this decade,so you make a case for any of the top players,even a surprise winner like last year isnt out of the question?….


brando Says:

@Daniel: agree ‘re Murray not smiling. Not happy.


calmdownplease Says:

Actually re Novaks antics
Im far more irritated by Andy letting it get to him
How long has he know him for for goodness sakes?
He tried a few things Today like `oh that was a netcord, everyone heard it!`
No they didn’t
hahaha
Andy could have definitely played a lot better Today


brando Says:

Andy just walked off without patting novak who turned around thinking he would: interesting.


Hippy Chick Says:

^The presser will be interesting for sure^….


Hippy Chick Says:

I see this rivalry is becoming one sided now,and has lost its spark,i hope they are on the same side of some draws,sorry i dont share the enthusiasm of some about Novak and Andy been on opposite sides of the draw anymore….


Wog Boy Says:

Commiserations to Andy fans.


Jeez Says:

STATISTICS:

Djokovic Murray
8 Aces 10
1 Double faults 3
81/136 (60 %) 1st serves in 77/118 (65 %)
48/81 (59 %) 1st serve points won 50/77 (65 %)
34/55 (62 %) 2nd serve points won 14/41 (34 %)
205 KMH Fastest serve. 213 KMH
190 KMH Average 1st serve speed 184 KMH
158 KMH Average 2nd serve speed 134 KMH
26/37 (70 %) Net points won 23/33 (70 %)
9/16 (56 %) Break points won 5/12 (42 %)
54/118 (46 %) Receiving points won 54/136 (40 %)
53 Winners 41
40 Unforced errors 49
136 Total points won 118
4332 Distance Covered (Metres) 4411
17.06 Dist. Covered/Pt. (Metres) 17.37

Again 2nd serve won by Djokovic @ 62% mattered while Murray won just 34%!!!!


brando Says:

Wow: brutally, brutally honest stuff from Pat Cash and I have to agree: “Things started snowballing for Andy Murray once he lost concentration then, in the fourth set, everything went against him. I feel sorry for him.
“He has not put up a great fight. He melted down – he absolutely collapsed. I wouldn’t want to put a rose-tinted outlook on it – he melted down and will be disappointed. He hasn’t been in this situation too many times and it became too much for him”


Hippy Chick Says:

Congrats Wogboy,sorry im so p*ssed off,its all i can manage ATM…


calmdownplease Says:

Hippy Chic Novak beat Andy 5 times in a row last year when he was coming back from SURGERY
I don’t remember Nadal suffering any recovery from surgery when he was beaten 7 times in a row, do you?
Nadal found a way and so will Andy, and that goes for dealing with the rest of them.


calmdownplease Says:

sorry 4 times in a row,
this is now the 5th


FedExpress Says:

rafa has more FO than fed
and now novak has more AO than fed

congratz ;)


Hippy Chick Says:

CDP WHATS YOUR POINT?….


FedExpress Says:

currently only karlovic can challenge djokovic


jane Says:

commies to andy’s fans. the first 2 sets were remarkable, some of the points, wow. and the third set was full of drama. those protesters (who’ve apparently been arrested now), and nole’s shoes and andy’s f-bombs, and also kudos to kim for the sweatshirt. ;)

to all of you who predicted nole ftw (daniel you especially) you were right. i was really unsure what to expect, especially when gilbert tweeted the wind was gusting. and when sean had picked nole, well…

the second serve did perhaps make a difference. in set one nole had won around 70% on his and andy around 40%. it was still a close set, but i do wonder if that just eventually caught up?
.
anyhow, now nole has his very own record at a slam which is rather awesome. woooot! cheers to wog boy, mat4, danica, contador, courbon, patson, yolita and any other nole fans i may’ve missed, like those who sometimes posts here – kriket, kjb, bojana- or who’ve moved on – sar, stu and duro! xx

he’s just far and away exceeded my expectations over and over, even since he threw his shoes in the stands when he won his first masters…


Michael Says:

It is a pity that this match which promised so much by going through the proceeding in the first two sets withered away into a no contest when Andy surprisingly lost focus in the third set even being a break up which was forfeited soon. Andy was really looking in terrific form frustrating Novak from the back of the court in the first two sets moving him hither and thither. But, sadly for him, he just couldn’t maintain this momentum in the third and fourth sets and faded away into oblivion. The intriguing thing about Andy is that he makes the toughest of shots look so easy, but make the easiest of shots look so difficult. He fumbled, tumbled and shanked many easy returns into the net and over cooked angled and down the line shots. Possibly the pressure of a fourth final was getting on his psyche and he just couldn’t handle it although he tried his best to lay the demons of his back. The positives for him from this match is that he makes the first major final after his back surgery and that should give him some measure of comfort that he is still in the race. But, from the looks of Andy in the Presentation ceremony, it was evident that he was extremely dejected, disappointed and despaired. Who will not be so when you lose your fourth final at this venue ?


calmdownplease Says:

I would have thought it was obvious what my point is
HC, it was pretty straight forward.


brando Says:

More from Cash: ‘He needs a good, hard look in the mirror’
“If Murray wants to beat these guys he has to learn from this. He has won an Olympic gold medal, Wimbledon and the US Open and he is a seriously good player, but if he is to become a great player he has to fix this element.
“He needs a good, hard look in the mirror and get his head together, but this loss is not the end of the world. It’s not the worst thing for Murray to be almost embarrassed by the performance. Hopefully he will learn from it.”


Michael Says:

Congratulations to Novak for his fantastic record at the Australian Open by winning it a record fifth time (the highest in the Professional era) and this is first major after attaining father time which makes it even more special. There were many skeptics including me wondering as to how his father time was going to negatively influence his play. But, to the credit of Novak, he has once again demonstrated to the World as to what a great Champion he is and he has now joined the league of other illustrious Greats like Jimmy, Agassi and Lendl. It is a fantastic start for him and this would set him a big launching pad for the coming French Open which is the only major still missing in his gallery where Novak would be very eager to put the records straight and win his first title. With Rafa not looking that good in shape, Novak can well fancy his chances.


Michael Says:

Brando,

Hopefully, Andy will learn. But he is not getting any younger and infact one month older than Novak.


brando Says:

I think Andy can be proud of the first 2 sets: I set apiece and I think he was level on points in all. Cannot fault him there. But from 2-0 up in third to go 1/13 is just not on. I cannot help but feel: he had novak and then just mentally and physically completely capitulated. You can see the panic novak had on his face, but then how he gained life seeing what Andy was doing. And I think that NOT the loss itself is why he was dejected at the end: he let novak slip away not because of his brilliance but because Andy collapsed completely- both mentally and physically- and that will hurt him. He really had a chance tonight to win since Novak seemed on the ropes and more fragile than ever at AO but he let it slip away. That’s what disappoints his fans and will likely hurt him.


calmdownplease Says:

Well, we Murray fans were hoping for a `Braveheart` experience
In the end it was more like the `Proclaimers` on a rainy day in Glasgow.
Onwards and Upwards however :)


Michael Says:

Andy collapsed both mentally and physically – This is some what hard to take. I think some credit should also be given to Novak with the way he made the fight back reinventing himself by casting doubts in Andy’s mind. It is when Novak won the third set, Andy completely lost focus and let the match slip away without a fight in the fourth by getting bageled.


brando Says:

@michael: he will learn. But in some ways this was a repeat of USO quarter final: evenly matched for 2 sets and then a collapse from Andy. The thing that is a killer for him is: he had novak cornered, and too me- and that is my honest opinion- Novak there for the taking and seemed really fragile. I think a Nadal or Federer would have beat him tonight. Not because they would have played better than Andy. No way. But mentally they are strong enough to kill an opponent off when he’s looking very weak and for the taking. Andy just did not take his chances and in the last 2 sets beat himself in a myriad of exhaustion-true- but moreso self loathing for letting his chances go by. Novak did what true champions do: ride out the bad moment’s and wait for another opportunity. THAT is what Andy needed to have done: forget the missed chances and just stay present. He missed his chance to win a slam tonight as it really was there for the taking.


Hippy Chick Says:

CDP hmm OK,im just not really enjoying this rivalry much anymore,unless Andy can get some wins under his belt against Novak i dont jump for delight at the match anymore,been close is no compensation for actually having wins under your belt…


brando Says:

Bravo Andy for the honesty: “To me the reason why I lost that match was not a physical reason because I feel fine now.”


brando Says:

Andy admits he got fooled by Novak and suckered into believing his injury: “I’m frustrated at myself to let that [Djokovic injury] bother me. To me the reason why I lost that match was not a physical reason because I feel fine now.” Probably explains why he wasn’t as warm towards him at end.


calmdownplease Says:

@HC
Oh I agree.
Actually the first 2 sets were HUGE
I am often bored with their matches as they play such similar styles but it was pretty engrossing.
Over it now, not worried about Andy
He is still not fit enough for a 5 setter slam win
But I have no doubt he is nearly there….
Nearly.


Michael Says:

Brando,

I have to agree with you when you say that Andy lacks the killer instinct. Ofcourse, he was matching up with Novak very well in the first two sets when the later was even looking frustrated and doubts were creeping in his mind about the eventual outcome of this match. But, the snatching of third set by Novak proved to be the turning point which sapped the energies of Andy and from there he never looked the same player just meekly caving down to submission without a fight and that was a real disappointment for the spectators too who were expecting so much from this match. Infact the quality of Tennis for most part of the match was superb with Andy making the most difficult angled shots look so easy when he was hitting. Ofcourse to compensate this, he was shanking easy shots at will.

I agree this win is very important in Novak career and might prove to be turning point. His conversion rate in the finals of majors is certainly looking some what healthy and this should stand him in good stead. Most importantly it has given him a head start for the year.


Ben Pronin Says:

Couple of notes:

1, commiserations to Murray fans, not for the loss, but for the embarrassing display that was sets 3 and 4. This is why I hate when people predict Murray to win because he wants it more or some nonsense. And this also goes against what I’ve been saying the past 2 weeks about how mental strength is a distant factor in results when compared to the technical aspect. Not in this case. Murray snapped. I think physically he really is a notch below Djokovic. I like what Cahill said after the match, that he hit a wall physically and that affected him mentally because he did have Djokovic right where he wanted him and let it slip. But then it was just an utter mental collapse and it’s why, no matter Murray’s consistency, it’s a Big 3.

I didn’t watch the whole match. I started watching when Djokovic was serving 5-3 in the first and then went back to sleep for a little after the first set. From what I read here and on Twitter, Djokovic came out playing great. Then the thumb issue and whatever nonsense was going on in Djokovic’s head caused a letdown. From 3-5, Murray won 14/19 points. That’s domination. And the way he did it, just flat out outplaying Djokovic from the baseline. The only reason Djokovic even held at 5-5 was because of some good serves. It’s the reason Djokovic fans fear Murray. But then the tiebreaker happened. Djokovic just hung tough until Murray made a few crucial mistakes. Strange shot selection, poor errors, and a pretty unlucky miss on that volley.

This match was very very similar to their US Open match just a few months ago. And as a Murray fan, I wouldn’t be too happy about that. Last year he was coming off surgery. This year he was playing fantastic. Same result.

As for Djokovic, I’m thrilled for him. Record breaking win in a lot of ways. Joins truly elite players in the slam count category. And the narrative is completely different. He’s world number 1 by quite a margin points-wise and he’s now won 2 of the last 3 slams, playing in 3 of the last 4 finals. It’s great stuff. I hope that he at least wins another major this year and ends number 1 again.

This was a huge win for him. Huge. Last year you could have argued that Federer was super close to number 1 or that had Nadal played a full year he would’ve been 1. But that doesn’t matter now and I hope it helps Djokovic’s confidence. Also, I felt like had Murray won, he’d have a great shot at reaching 1 later in the year. It could still definitely happen and I expect Murray to have a great season. But Djokovic at least gave himself a solid cushion for a few months.

Apologies for the long rant.


brando Says:

@michael: good post and I agree. The difference tonight was not physical or game (other than 2nd serve which we about prematch). It was all mental and about match play. Novak mentally was much more solid, no screams, yells or drama. And then his match play was fedal like: riding out the tough moments, engaging in HIS not others own mental drama, not sulking too much and then acting like a vicious hunter the second his prey looked weak. That is the difference and what Andy lacks as barring 2nd serve all the rest is pretty much there.


Wog Boy Says:

Andy lost because hi didn’t have Dani in Nole’s box!

How pathetic exuse for losing the match and that comes from player that plays posum quite often. Not quite gracious in defeat, I thought Andy is better that that.


Giles Says:

Why does joker have to resort to all the faking on court? Does he not have any confidence in his game? He does it time and time and time again especially when he’s losing. Always playing dirty, that’s Novak Fakerovic. Shame on him. Why did Andy let joker get to him? He knows Joker’s history. Anyway more fool Andy!


Hippy Chick Says:

CDP you will have to excuse me,as im still feeling quite bitter,Andy was the better player in sets one and two,had a break in the third only to surrender it,then completely capitulate,still as you say its done now,so onward and upward….


brando Says:

@Ben: props for admitting to the mental element. Only thing I’ll disagree with is the physical element. I don’t think Andy was tanked since he said he felt fine himself post match and said that is not why he lost. I think it was mental: he had novak and did not nail. THAT is the difference between him and other 3: when they have chances they kill off their opponent 9/10. Today Andy did not.


Michael Says:

Very true Brando. Andy lost the mental battle and it is as simple as that.


brando Says:

Novak Djokovic: “I just felt weakness”.


calmdownplease Says:

If Andy is saying he feels fine now he certainly didn’t look it for a lot of the match
He was therefore Mentally fatigued by the altercation
And that kind of fitness takes longer to achieve on the court than fitness in the gym.


Ben Pronin Says:

Brando, I think he’s talking about his thumb.


brando Says:

I think the top players- for me- have mental and physical element at a high level with game. Fedal and Novak tick those boxes. But Andy just lacks mental right now and to be honest at the highest level: that is the deal breaker. Had Novak been weak he could EASILY be 0-2 sets down and 0-2. But he hung in and won a matches he could have lost. That’s all about superior mental strength to your opponent who showed first few sets he was equal to you.


Michael Says:

My feeling is that Andy could have been a bit gracious in the Prize distribution ceremony. Ofcourse, he was terribly disappointed losing his fourth final and that must be severely hurting him and his pride. It is definitely not an easy situation to be in. Yet, good sports person are those who hide those disappointments and atleast exhibit an artificial smiling face just for public consumption.


calmdownplease Says:

@Chill Hippy Chic
Its a lazy Sunday, clear the planner and get yourself down to the Pub for a nice afternoon breakfast and yes, perhaps an alcoholic beverage or 2 afterwards
;)


brando Says:

@Ben: possibly. For the record: I think Novak is NOT a cheat. Never have said so nor do I think so. But in my opinion: let’s just say he knows how to engage in match play tactics. Like Nadal, Federer: he knows how to play the game mentally outside the points. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s Andy’s fault for being suckered into it. He needs to sharpen up mentally on that front as he admits post match.


calmdownplease Says:

`Had Novak been weak he could EASILY be 0-2 sets down and 0-2…`

But Novak WAS still looking weak
He was there for the taking really.
There was nothing superhuman about Today at least.


Hippy Chick Says:

CDP LOL thanks and yeah will do,hope Rafa is back kicking arse on clay,and Andy wins Wimby,or vice versa,iii le happy if both win a GS this year,and GS this year….


Wog Boy Says:

Ben is right, Andy tried to wear Nole down but instead wore himself down. It is becoming pattern in their matches, time after time again.. He had everything he wanted, cold night, wind, high humidity and not quite 100% Nole, and he couldn’t do it, OK, blame Nole for “playing posum” for his loss!!

Nole fans, I am just having Jameson on the rocks for Nole’s victory, raise you glasses my friends and good night:)


Danica Says:

What antics, pray tell?! What faking injury? Are some of you out of your minds? How about staged run at the court by some lunatic right before Novak was about to serve? Let me remind you – he was playing better and about to win that set, having broken Andy and that interruption totally disrupted him and changed the momentum. Otherwise, it would have been 3:0.

And as far as Andy having all those chances: let’s not forget chances that Nole had, not the least having early breaks in sets one and two, being a better player in set one until that fall that mentally shook him.

I like Andy very much, he is my second favorite, but being pissed off because he thought Novak was faking is taking it too far. Andy is the one who is constantly doing that, even his brother jokes about it. When he sees the replay of the match, he will have to acknowledge at least to himself how wrong he was.


KatH Says:

Andy is only one WEEK older than Nole, not one Month – not that it matters much. It seems Andy fell for Nole’s hand-wrist problem and then took his foot off the pedal again when Nole went through some strange posture antics. He obviously felt he’d been conned – maybe he was but Andy should not have been so naïve – he was his own worst enemy.

At least he is back to No. 4 as of Monday.

Congrats to Nole (even if he did practise some gamesmanship.


calmdownplease Says:

@goodnight WB
And congrats!


Hippy Chick Says:

Michael i think Andy thought Novak was using some sort of gamesmanship,thats maybe why he was rather cold towards him?


Danica Says:

Thanks Nusi. Your words speak volumes about you.


Muhammad Says:

Nusi @ 8:42
No need to be a racist. This is a nice site with a lot of knowledgable people. You are not one of them.


Margot Says:

Congratulations to Nole and his gr8 fans on here: jane, patson, wog boy and all.
Stopped watching when 4th started to go down the pan so can’t commentate on closing ceremony.
But I hope he is bloody irritated with himself cos I certainly am bloody irritated him. He had his chances and blew them. Especially at the start of the 3rd when he broke Nole.
Don’t think he is nearly as fit as Nole either, which certainly didn’t help!


Ben Pronin Says:

Didn’t Murray complain about how he’s always called a faker when people were showing sympathy towards Nadal? Honestly, of all the players to be bothered by it, I’m shocked it was Murray.

Here’s the thing, acting tired or bending over or grabbing something doesn’t mean anything. It’s not faking or playing possum. People like to look at things in terms of how they feel about the action too much. Put yourself in Murray’s or Djokovic’s shoes. You’re a little winded? You bend over to catch your breath. Feel some pain in the back or thigh or ankle? You’re going to touch it or rub it or whatever makes you feel better. You know what you’re not going to do? You’re not going to give a shit about who’s watching or what they’re thinking or how they feel about it. You want to win and you feel some discomfort so you comfort yourself however you can.


brando Says:

@Nusi: that’s uncalled for. Novak didn’t do anything different from 12′ final v Nadal or what I have seen him do plenty times before. Ditto Nadal punching his knees, looking bothered. Federer clutching his back, stretching like his back feels stiff etc. THEY all do it. NOT too cheat: but as a mental thing to themselves that I need to get myself together. Concerning themselves with their thing, not the match or the opponent. And it’s the opponents fault if he gets suckered into. NO ONE tells them to believe it or pay attention. Nadal didn’t v Novak in 12′, Tomas didn’t v Rafael other night. But Andy did today: that’s his fault. They ALL play the game: but some are better at it than others and they certainly don’t fall for it.


Margot Says:

PS
And if Andy is in some way blaming Nole, dunno if he is or not, bloody well ought not to be either!


brando Says:

Novak Djokovic: “Boris Becker reminds me of the mental strength I have”. Props to Becker the coach: many doubted him-including I- but he’s shown he’s a great coach as well player. Props BB.


Michael Says:

Alison,

I am not sure what it was about ? Novak was in some physical discomfort in the third set and was showing it by way of expressions. Why Andy was distracted by it is hard to tell ? I do not honestly think Novak is so disingenuous to fake an injury during a match. Ofcourse players adopt some delaying tactics to halt the momentum of their opponents. But, I am not sure if Novak did this intentionally as a part of gamesmanship. Nonetheless, the fault lies only with Andy for getting distracted by such trivailities. As an experienced player, he has to concentrate on his own end little bothering about what is happening at the other end.


brando Says:

@ Margot: great posts by you and commiserations to you especially. Even if Andy is I think he’s only doing it in the heat of moment and really: he’s more p$$$ed off at himself than Novak. He knows he had him, physically he could handle but mentally just collapsed. That’s a tough and hard one to take. He’ll learn that next time: he needs to be poker face. Look at Nadal: down in a match ramps up the intensity. Federer: stone cold no matter what the drama. Andy completely has the game to beat these guys and the physical conditioning. But he needs to step up the mental element. In time I think he can.


brando Says:

“Nonetheless, the fault lies only with Andy for getting distracted by such trivailities.”: spot on and the bottomline in all of this. What one thinks Novak did is an opinion. But fact is Andy let it bother him, and that’s his fault not novaks. He needed to be street smart and he wasn’t then.


Humble Rafa Says:

What is the worst record in grandslam finals?


Humble Rafa Says:

Boris Becker reminds me of the mental strength I have

It’s better than “Stefan looks like Boris” anytime


Margot Says:

Cheers brando.
The love-in continues…;)


metan Says:

Amelie needs to teach Andy how to focus and calm down himself in the midst of tension match. He lacks that attitude.

What a nice match for first and second set.

Anyway Thank you Nole and Andy for entertaining us.


skeezer Says:

At this level the mental aspect is huge, at it clearly reared its ugly/beautiful head in this match.
Congrats to Nole and his fan base and commiserations to Murray and his fans.
Ben pretty much summed it up for me ( nice rant ) 8:26.
__
@Margot,
Head up, Andy will be back!


Matador Says:

The weaker mind lost again!

Djoker is a great actor but Murray is the biggest fool to believe the antics of Nole.
The scot has to blame himself for let away a great chance to win a third major.

Perhaps the dishes can be useful for Kim.


Margot Says:

Cheers Skeeze, am cross with Andy but am sure I can forgive him.
Just thinking how far he is on the road to recovery and his best form, helps.
As does the fact that he is seeing a sports psych. ;)


vox Says:

@ Danica February 1st, 2015 at 8:43 am: Spot on!


courbon Says:

Novak is amateur actor comparing to Nadal…That guy is a proper method actor-he can act through whole year-I’m weak, not 100%, injury here-there… but then he comes and he collect Grand Slams like my kids Pokemon cards. Now, surely he should get life time Oscar in a week, two?

P.S;Funny thing, Nadal fans are more upset on Novak then Andy fans…strange and funny.


brando Says:

@ Margot: sure it does, keep your head up and remember he’s in a greater place than a few months ago at least for sure. Good timesahead i do think.


Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon hi, Andy is my second favorite so im gutted he lost the final,it does hurt when youve lost to the same guy at the same GS 3 times,and also lost the same GS 4 times now,as for Rafa well most fans were pretty realistic,and our expectations were not very high to begin with,so whether its my first or second favorite losing i would still be gutted….
But congrats to Nole,yourself and all his lovely fans its his day and hes a fantastic player,8 GS ties him with Andre,Jimmy,Lendel,and counting as im sure he will win plenty more….


Patson Says:

I went to sleep when Andy won the second set. I truly thought this is going to be a five hour epic five setter. Surprisingly, that didn’t happen. It had all the ingredients to be one.

Commiserations to Margot, CDP, and all other Murray fans. You guys are great and the season has just started, so there’s plenty to look forward to.


jamie Says:

Nole won the AO like I predicted.

Nadal will win RG

Murray will win Wimbledon

The USO will see a new slam winner, a player will win his first slam ever at the USO this year.


Hippy Chick Says:

^Suits me,although its all gravy for Nadal at RG,i expect Nole is also gunning for it?^….


jamie Says:

^Nole will not be in the RG finale this year.


courbon Says:

Jamie, don’t you have any shame????
You predicted tha Nadal will win AO and Novak RG abouth month ago. And then when You have seen Nadal strugling last week you change your predictions.Have some self respect…


Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon no doubt they will change again between now and RG….


jamie Says:

I have never predicted Nadal for the AO. I have only posted here about 2 or 3 messages in a long time.


courbon Says:

Hi Hippy, how are you?Well, you are probably slightly cheesed off by today’s match.I can say nothing to make you feel better except-Clay season is coming soon…(-:


jamie Says:

A month ago I wasnt even posting here.


jamie Says:

My last messages were from like August or September of last year. After that I didnt post again until the AO started which was like 2 weeks ago. Get your facts straight.


jamie Says:

As for Nole winning RG, it will not happen this year. For many reasons. I have never predicted Nole to win RG in 2015.


Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon im good thanks,i dont begrudge Nole his win hes an amazing player,he really deserves his success,but yeah i do admit to been cheesed off,as Andy has been RU at this slam 4 times now,im looking forward to CC season but i have no idea where Rafa is at physically or mentally,and surely he wont/cant win RG forever the law of averages has to catch up sooner or later,although i hope he does?add to that hes nearly 29,and a GS for 11 straight years hmm?but hes Rafa so who knows,tennis is a funny old game….


Hippy Chick Says:

^BTW Courbon when i see your posts,than in itself makes me feel happier so thanks ;))….


Hippy Chick Says:

^Sorry that in itself^….


nithish Says:

a little late but congratulations to Nole for winning his 5th au open & 8th overall grand slam


Matador Says:

At 28 all tennis players decline and Djokovic will be no exception.

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