Novak Djokovic: It Was A Cat-And-Mouse Fight With Andy, And This Was My First Slam As A Father And Husband

by Staff | February 1st, 2015, 10:34 am

Novak Djokovic won his 8th career Grand Slam title outlasting rival and friend Andy Murray 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 in the final of the 2015 Australian Open. The title was also Djokovic 5th in Melbourne and the Serb remains a perfect 10-0 once he reaches the semifinal stage at the event.

Eight slams put Djokovic equal with legends like Ivan Lendl, Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors and Ken Rosewall. And since he’s only 27, he’ll have plenty of time to add to that haul if he so chooses.

In a tight first two sets, Djokovic shook off an early thumb injury which appeared to hamper his bid to serve out the first. He did eventually win it in a tense breaker, but Murray stormed back in the second, matching Djokovic shot-for-shot during extended rallies showing off his improved fitness and firepower.

Murray seemed to be wearing down Djokovic late in the second as he rolled through the breaker to even the match. It was the third straight Slam meeting the two split the first two sets in breakers.

Unfortunately for Murray, even as Djokovic began to have visible issues with his legs, the Serb fought on while Murray looked distracted. Once Murray leveled at 3-3 in the third, few would guess that would be the Scot’s last game he would win.

Djokovic ran off the last nine games to take the match, his 50th career Australian win. He also improves to 16-8 against Murray having now won four straight and eight of the last nine, including eight in a row on hardcourts.

But are they still friends, the two who first played at an under-12 event in France, where Djokovic could barely understand English requiring the two to use sign language to communicate.

Here’s what Novak said after:

Q. Talk us through that third set. Struggling with injury, then you went on to win 12 of the last 13 games.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. There were a lot of turning points in the match. As I think everybody predicted, it was going to be a big battle. Of course, Grand Slam finals for both of us, regardless of the record that I have here, and him playing also three times the final not winning a title, regardless of that, we both knew that, you know, we have equal chances to win it. Very similar match to the Australian Open final in 2013 when we played over two hours the first two sets. Tonight two and a half hours the first two sets. Very physical. Very exhausting. We both of course went through some tough moments physically. You could see that I had a crisis end of the second, beginning of the third. Just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge and get back on track. That’s what I’ve done. I started hitting ball and trying to be a little bit more aggressive coming to the net, shortening the points. I got a very important break of serve at 2-Love for him in the third that got me back in the match mentally, as well. It was a cat-and-mouse fight. It always is. We always try to outplay the opponents with the groundstrokes, with the long rallies, a lot of variety in the games: spin, flat, slice, dropshots. I think both went out with the full repertoire of the shots we have. I hope everybody that watched it enjoyed the finals. From my side it was definitely very exhausting. Just glad that I believed it all the way through. Saved some breakpoints at 3-All in the third set and managed to make that break and win the third. After that I felt huge relief. I felt I could swing through the ball. I felt the momentum was on my side and I wanted to use that. At this level very few points can turn things around on the court as we could see tonight.

Q. Even if you know him since you are both 11 years old, he said he was distracted by you limping or having a problem to the hand or foot. Should it happen between two people who know each other so well?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I’m not going to talk bad things about him in the press or find any excuses or something like this. In the match like this a lot of emotions go through, a lot of tension. It’s not easy to keep the concentration 100% all the way through. There was this interruption with people coming into the court. It was a long delay. I was a set and a break up serving. I lost that serve. He started going through the ball more, being more aggressive, better player on the court. He was not the freshest player as well in the second and third set. But it’s normal to expect that after the amount and length of rallies that we had. It’s just all so physical.

Q. What does this fifth title here mean at this moment of your career?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think it has deeper meaning, more intrinsic value now to my life because I’m a father and a husband. It’s the first Grand Slam title I won as a father and a husband. Just feel very, very proud of it.

Q. In what way?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: In a way that I’m a father and a husband (smiling). Well, you know, I try to stay on the right path and committed to this sport in every possible way that I have had in the last couple of years and try to use this prime time of my career really where I’m playing and feeling the best at 27. This is why I play the sport, you know, to win big titles and to put myself in a position to, you know, play also for the people around me. I know how much sacrifice they put in in my own career, and I try to thank them and not take anything for granted. As my life progresses, there are circumstances, situations, events that define these beautiful moments. Getting married and becoming a father in the last six months was definitely something that gave me a new energy, something that I never felt before. And right now everything has been going in such a positive direction in my life. I’m so grateful for that. So I try to live these moments with, you know, all my heart.

Q. How do you explain looking as if you’re almost out of it physically and mentally and then within two games managing to switch round to running. He thought you were cramping.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I wasn’t cramping. I didn’t call a timeout because I had no reason to call it. I was just weak. I went through the physical crisis in the matter of 20 minutes. And, honestly, didn’t feel that too many times in my career. But knowing in the back of my mind that it was a similar situation two years ago in Australian Open final, 2013, where two sets went over two hours, was a similar battle. Then I felt that I had some physical edge over him in that match. That was in back of my mind. That was something that kept me going. And obviously the importance of the moment, being in finals of Grand Slam. I didn’t want to give up. I try never to give up. Even though I went through this moment, I believed that I’m going to get that necessary strength. I’m going to have to earn it, and that’s what I did. I started hitting the ball more, covering the court better, shortening the points, and allowed myself to come back to the match.

Q. Was it a dehydration issue or energy issue?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, I’m really professional in terms of hydrating myself and getting the necessary substance, food, you know, these energy gels and stuff that you need during the match. It’s just that the length of the rallies and the physicality that we had in the first two sets have taken an energy from me. It’s normal to expect that you can’t always be, you know, at your 100%. So you go through some particular moments that you can call crises during matches like these. This is what I had in these 15, 20 minutes. After that I felt better.

Q. Is it a lingering result of the virus that you picked up in Doha?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It’s hard to say because that was now two and a half weeks ago. Maybe. Maybe now it came up, the consequences of that, the consequences of not being able to really get myself 100% fit and ready for this tournament. This practice week here was more of a recovery week, not a practice week. As the tournament progressed, I felt better and better. But, you know, I think the end of the day the willpower that I had on the court today took me to where I am now.

Q. Early in the second set you fell over and seemed to have a few points where you were struggling with your ankle.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, no, no, no. I wasn’t. Again, same reason that I mentioned before. You know, just the length of the rallies. That’s what has taken this physical toll on my body.

Q. Given the toll that you talk about and the willpower to overcome that, given all of that and that this eighth Grand Slam tonight is your biggest achievement? Would you say this is your greatest achievement on court?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I’ve had thankfully many great moments on the court in Grand Slams. I think every Grand Slam win is special in its own way. I can’t really compare. But this tournament by far has been my most successful tournament in my life, in my career. I enjoy playing here, enjoy coming back. Australia is a sports nation. They love the Australian Open. Another record-breaking year. The tournament sets up a standard for all the other tournaments and Grand Slams. It’s just such an enjoyable time to be out here. Andy was saying on the court, he listened to the comments of the other players and they all love this tournament. That’s one of the big reasons for this, is the facts that Craig Tiley and all the people from behind the stage, and sponsors of course, all the people who lead this tournament, are trying to improve facilities and accommodate players and make them feel good. Also going back to Australia as a sports nation, everywhere you go people are doing sport. They’re all fit. It’s kind of a very stimulative environment for sports. I love my time being here, and winning the eighth Grand Slam title and being mentioned in the elite group of legends in our sport is a huge privilege and honor. You know, I can’t say how proud I am. That’s going to serve definitely only as a great deal of inspiration for the rest of my career.

Q. You’ve won five now, which is a lot. Would you perhaps trade one, even two, for a win in Paris?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Ha! Don’t ask me this here, please (smiling). No, I strongly believe everything happens for a reason in life. I try not to waste my energy thinking, What if, what if, so forth. For a reason I’ve been playing so well here and winning five titles, and for a reason I haven’t won French Open yet. I’ll keep pushing and keep working and keep believing I can make it, at least once, until my career ends.

Q. When you lift the trophy, do you always think about the lady who has done so much for you, Jelena Gencic?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, of course. Of course. She’s not there only when I lift the trophy. She’s there very often in my mind. Next to my parents, my family, closest people in my life, she has done the most with them for my career, for my life in general. You know, this trophy, as much as it’s mine, it’s her’s.

Q. Did you sense in the court that Andy was distracted by your physical problems and that could work in your favor?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I haven’t noticed that, no. I haven’t noticed that.

Q. Do you see any difference between this match of tonight and the one with Wawrinka? You were in trouble sometimes both matches.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: They are both different players. Of course, both of the matches were very tough from every aspect. But different matches. With Stan everything happens very fast. You know, he hits the ball very strong and the points are pretty short. Not many rallies. Not at least as much as I had tonight.

Q. Which one did you play better?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I think tonight I played better. Tonight I had my ups and downs, of course. But I think consistently looking from the first to last point, tonight.

Q. Do you think you’re paying a price physically for all the tennis you played the last couple years and the end of the season last year being pretty tough? And just to understand the situation, I saw you get drinks against Stan from the stands and also today in the match. Is that just electrolytes? What are you getting from your camp?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, the first question was about paying a price. You know, look, I’m not injured and I have no major concerns for my body, so I don’t think I’m paying the price for a lot of tennis. As a matter of fact, I think out of all the top players I’m playing the least tournaments. I can’t really use that as an excuse. Of course, I try to set up my own form for the biggest events because that’s where I want to shine. That’s where I want to perform my best. So in terms of scheduling, I try to pay a lot of attention on how I organize my scheduling in advance. I try to stick with it as much as I can. Obviously this year I’ll have Davis Cup. That’s an additional couple weeks. But the schedule is more or less the same. I actually feel physically very, very good. I don’t think that this 20, 30 minutes tonight can cause a major concern for me for the future. In contrary, I think that being able to bounce back from that period of 20 minutes and finish the match the way I finished it can only serve as an encouraging fact. And drinks, electrolytes, energy drinks, the stuff that every athlete drinks. I, of course, am very disciplined, very thorough with what I drink, with what I eat. I think when all the small details that you think are small, you pay attention to them, in the end it turns out to be very decisive, especially for these kind of matches. I believe the healthy lifestyle that I had in the last couple years for which I had to make a lot of sacrifice – trust me; even this nice champagne here – you know, a lot of sacrifice in terms of my free time, in terms of some delicious meals. But still I enjoy what I eat; I enjoy what I drink; I enjoy the life that I have. It’s my choice. So I can’t sit here and complain about my life where I’m actually saying it’s the best life I can have. As everybody else, I’m trying to be the best that I can be. That’s why I pay so much attention to it.

Q. What is your fundamental mental strengths?
NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Mental strengths? In these particular matches and circumstances mental strength probably plays the most important role. In winning those matches, you need to be able to find that inner strength, mental, physical, emotional, especially when you’re down in the finals and when you’re playing a top rival. There’s a lot of things that can influence your state of mind. Of course, as I was mentioning before, it’s not always possible to be 100% concentrated for three and a half hours. But it’s important to keep going because you fall many times, but mental strength allows you to keep going.

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72 Comments for Novak Djokovic: It Was A Cat-And-Mouse Fight With Andy, And This Was My First Slam As A Father And Husband

Matador Says:

And the Oscar goes to…

Well done Nole, but you will eat clay again.

brando Says:

@Giles: it was at that he was at his weakest, and after drinking it he felt better. And the cameras of BBC caught him out something into the water. What it was? Who knows, but whatever he did out in certainly made Novak less fatigued.

Giles Says:

Brando. Oh really? Nothing escapes the eagle eyes of the BBC.

Humble Rafa Says:

There is no Big 4. There is the Big 2 and others.

Daniel Says:

Playees drink isotonics all the time. There ate paths he play bad two games than chage over and revover.

And Murry who always walks on court as if he is about to faint and run next point shouldn’t be bother by it. There were not even trainers call and break. If he had called the trainer than we could speculatr some more about stop momentun of opponent and etc. He just feel bad for a period on court. Something just happen to Nadal agaisnt Smyczek and to several other players before. Not surprising after 2 intense sets who last 2:35 min

django Says:

Lol I’m sure aussies will test him for whatever.

courbon Says:

That was left over bottles from Nadal camp…(-:

brando Says:

@courbon: no wonder he suspiciously put something into on the sly. Was it some vamos juice for a pressure ridden moment? Lol, on the side anyhow: congratulations my man on your guys win: plexicushion GOAT for sure.

Patson Says:

Fantastic. Just fantastic.

Congrats to Nole and all Nole fans. Well played Andy. The first two and a half hours were throughly entertaining.

The start of 2015 could not have been any better for Nole. Hoping that he achieves great things this year, especially that elusive French Open.

brando Says:

PS: here is the shocking stat of the match that nails the difference between the 2. After 4 sets, 3 and hour plus tennis: Novak Djokovic points won on 1st serve= 59%. That’s kinda low. But novak Djokovic points won on second serve=62%! That’s astonishingly high and ridiculous that Novak was winning more points % wise on 2nd serve than first. Andy Murray in comparison won a extraordinarily low 34% on 2nd serve. In essence: the difference between the 2 was the 2nd serve game wise. For one- novak- it was a reliable weapon, that bailed him out. For the other-Andy- it was the Achilles heel that cost him time after time and again. Infact: in the 3rd set Novak only produced 39% first serves in. Generally: no matter who you play you tend to ose such a set, especially against a returner like Andy. But in that crucial set the 2 big elements that swung it novaks way won it for him: superior 2nd serve and mental strength.

Dan Martin Says: My power ranking is up for Melbourne etc. I agree Nole’s ability to attack Murray’s second serve makes all the difference. A lot of people say second serves and returns determine success in tennis and it is true at the top level on down.

Tennis Fan Says:

And here is your slam champion flopping around on the court like a landed tuna …

Give me Fed back any day … please

courbon Says:

Thank you Brando.I guess you are impatient for Rafas return-couple of clay tourno’s and then IW.I think he will come strong at IW.
Regarding Novak, I’m happy but with the caution-he did start like this in 2012 and 2013 and had average year ( by his standards ).But even if he does his usual quota of 1 Slam and 3-4 Masters per year, I will be still happy….(-:

Hippy Chick Says:

Courbon i left you a post on the other thread,did you read it?….

Patson Says:

Everybody please celebrate like the Great Fed. Shed tears when you win, shed tears when you lose. Make it melodramatic; it should look like you watched ‘The Notebook’. And by the way, you suck if you don’t celebrate like Fed. He’s a personification of class and we should all learn to behave like the Great Fed.

courbon Says:

Hiuppy/ No I have not read through.
Ok, I found it-

Humble Rafa Says:

When tennis-x was down for a few minutes, I though may be Lenny and Leo had another set of twin sisters.


The Arrogant One retired

I mean an Egg Lover victory shouldn’t crash this forum.

Hippy Chick Says:

HR I thought that was just a problem with my computer that couldnt find a server….

Humble Rafa Says:

courbon Says:
That was left over bottles from Nadal camp…(-:

This is the type of useless stuff that stirs even the Humblest of Humble Ones.

Why? Seriously why?

Wog Boy Says:

The best compliment that Nole got came from Jim Courier when he was asked to compare players and what he thinks about Nole, and here it is:

“Take serve away from Pit Sampras and he is NOT best player in the world, take serve away from Novak and he is still the best player in the world.
Thank you Jim Courier for doing your job as god as always, such a knowledgable and fair commentator.

Last but not least, for those who are asking what was in Nole’s bottles question: What was that white pill that Rafa took and then played great third set against Berdych?

Brando Says:


No worries.

Re Nadal: As a fan here’s hoping your prediction comes true. Seriously though: I think the game also needs him too. Tennis is always at it’s best when there are many at a high level, and a fit, firing Rafa can only add to the party at the top not detract from it since his game has a charisma, spark of its own.

Re Novak:

At the end of the day: He won. Period. How matters little the fact he won is all that counts and is all that really interests the players when they walk onto court. Going forward it’s just too tough to predict the future. Not everyone has Jamie’s skill set on that front! :-)

But about the presents here’s what I think or is Brando’s Australian Open school report:

– Novak Djokovic: Man to beat and he’s deservedly so. I still see vulnerable aspects in his game at the deep end of Grand Slams. I do not consider it to be unfair to say he did show chinks at Wimby (Dimitrov, Federer) and AO (Wawrinka, Murray) at the deep end which suggests he’s not really at 2011 level. But: he’s clearly above the field at present, and he’s the man to beat until further notice. And I think his defense at time is just too ridiculously good. He’s a beast and a different kind of legend game wise to Fedal.

– Murray: A colossal step forward. From his dismal end to last year with many- including I- either writing him off or being negative about him, he now was only a 10% away from winning a Grand Slam! That’s huge! He’s gone from a ‘is he just a top 8 player now?’ to he’s ‘back and a serious Grand Slam contender’. I think he showed that if he improves his 2nd serve, mental stability then atleast to me the difference between his present scenario and winning Grand Slams is not all that much. Infact: if he improves his 2nd serve, becomes more mental stable, composed I see him winning Slams.

When Novak Djokovic would rather run to the net than have another baseline exchange with you at AO it tells me you must be doing something good, of note! I can see him being back to his old self and a title contender as he should be. Needs to have a big American Swing to ram home his momentum.

– Wawrinka: Big game player. Big stage player. Brilliant player. Will be a factor at all Slams regardless of best of 3 form. He was very, very good this event and gave a excellent defense only losing in the 5th set to Novak. That;s a excellent defense in my book.

– Nishikori: Surprising loss. Thrashing really. Tactically he played a poor match v Wawrinka. But I see a stability about him that makes me think he shall learn from his mistakes and will be a factor going forward for sure. Too good a talent, and young not to. You got to play excellent tennis to beat him and even then if Kei plays at a high level himself it will be a very tight affair. Top level player for sure.

And last but never the least, Fedal:

– Federer: I believe Fed when he say’s the Seppi loss was a blip. It was a freak result. Will he win a Slam? Who knows. If he is too, this final showed that he has to be able to win 20 shots rallies that happen alot, frequently: that’s tough for a 33 year old. 2 hour plus for 2 sets: that’s a tough deal to face for a relatively older player. But I think he DEFINITELY can beat one of the top guys, can go deep in a Grand Slam, and at Wimbledon-where points are short- a easy top 3 contender.

– Nadal: First and foremost: great to see him back. He’s embarking on a comeback, and a Quarter Final in a Grand Slam event in his 2nd event- I think- is actually a pretty good result. He needs time to get his game back. but I liked his attitude post Berdych loss and I think he knows what he needs to do. The competition is too good and level is too high that no matter how many Grand Slams you have won in the past, you cannot waltz in and dominate a Grand Slam in really your first event back! Hence: I think a quarter final result, is reasonably respectable and good. Needs more matches.

All in all:

Novak is the clear best.

But the chasing pack is quite big (Fedal, Muzza, Wawrinka, Kei) very good mix of talent, experience, form, pedigree and enough to keep things very interesting.

– Brando’s early season prediction?

I think the field is too good, strong and deep to allow a multiple Grand Slam winner this year. I can see a 2012/2014 type season with different Grand Slam winners due to a different top, elite player peaking at the right time.

It was not easy for Novak to win this AO in the SF/F. It was a real dogfight infact at times. And that’s peak, prime age Novak on his turf. Just that alone tells you its not easy to win ANY slam today!

skeezer Says:

“That was left over bottles from Nadal camp…(-:”

Didn’t know you were a Fed fan. Welcome. Get used to “Classy”. ;).

Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy……I read an article that stated he took an analgesic. I read up on that medication and its for arthritic pain. There are two kinds of analgesic meds… has narcotics, I’m sure he didn’t take that kind. There is also Tylenol… I don’t know what it was, but surely it was legit, as he took it for the whole world to see.

Okiegal Says:

What’s the big deal about what’s in the bottles? I’m sure something was mixed in it for recovery purposes……and I’m sure it’s legal, there again the whole world was privy to it.

Congratulations to Novak fans, he’s a beast.

So sorry to Andy fans, especially to Margot. You are right, he’s certainly come a long way from last year. You can be proud of that!!

Wog Boy Says:

Okie, do you think what Nole took wasn’t legit? That was my point for that pathetic Nolehater Rafa fan(s), not you and not other Rafa fans. Neither of them (Nole and Rafa) are stupid.

Wog Boy Says:

^^You answered before I posted, thanks:)

Patson Says:

O yea skeez, there’s just too much class with Fed. I can’t handle that much class in my glass.

Tennis Fan Says:

I was referring more to the part where the new champion feigned injury to turn around the momentum … Monfil would have been proud :)
… that strategy however wouldn’t have worked against a better opponent.

Sidney Says:

Great to see Nole win a 5th Aussie Open title. Unbelievable!

Good fight from Andy, especially in the first 2 sets.No shame in losing to the current top dog. Good to see him back in a GS final. I think he will challenge Nole for top ranking this year.

Go Nole!

mat4 Says:

I watched the replay of the match calmly, knowing that Novak has won, and after that read the interviews.

There were a few turning points in that match. The first one came with Novak’s thumb injury, that changed the physiognomy of the match, and after the second set, I even thought that Novak would lose, especially when he faltered physically at the beginning of the third set. Murray hit flatter, dominated the rallies, and only his lack of patience in certain moments, the fact that he went for too much too early in many critical points, kept the result in balance.

But Djokovic’s “passage à vide” at the beginning of the third forced him to change his overall strategy — to shorten the points, to play with more risks, more depth, more power, and Andy, who was also very tired, just couldn’t react before it was too late and lost the set.

The evident fatigue help Novak to play without tension and to go for his shots, and the number of his UE dropped dramatically in the third, while Andy’s remained at the level of the first set, something very important too.

The fourth set was an example of Djokovic’s “deconstruction” of an opponent game. You don’t know what he does (it does it too often not to be something of a rule, a characteristic of his game), you don’t see anything special, but suddenly it’s over, it’s a bagel, a breadstick, and I still don’t understand what is in question.

Sidney Says:

Respect for some Andy fans who are as gracious as their fave in defeat.

For others, not so much!

Wog Boy Says:

For Nol1e fans, some of the titles from todays “The Daily Telegraph”:


“Wizard of Oz Djokovic”


I am to lazy to look for the titles in other newspapers;)

django Says:

Re the bottles controversy – when they showed the bottles US talking heads said it was an electrolyte drink. They also said Murray uses a special formula made esp for his blood chemistry.
what is the big deal? If they think its dope they’ll take his blood or pee.

Wog Boy Says:


Best fans on TX, that is why I, appart of two posts last night, will not be commenting on Andy’s post match comments.

Yolita Says:

This was a magnificent performance by Novak. His mental fortitude is amazing to watch.
The first two sets were perfect tactical tennis, full of intensity and strategy.
The fact that the hacks in the presser room decided to focus on the period when Novak was at his lowes physically is beyong pathetic. Do these people even like tennis? How do they get the creentials to be there?
Whatever. They will always find ways to belittle Novak’s successes. But it still remaisn a fact that Novak has won the last two grand slam finals he has played, thereby reversing a not very good trend.
Congratulations, Novak. You made us all proud today.

Yolita Says:

Excellent post, mat4.
Congratulations to all my fellow Nole fans. :D
Commiserations to Murray fans. He’s one of my faves as well. So similar to Novak in so many ways.

mat4 Says:

Thanks, Yolita. I enjoy your posts on too.

I hope that Novak will find the form he had at the end of last year, when he played a strange kind of destructing tennis, making his opponents play so bad. He played deep, hit hard, and varied the ball each and every time, so it was very difficult to adjust, and to adjust over.

Gilbert wrote “Winning ugly”, but at his best, Novak is the greatest master of precisely this kind of game.

A few notes about some subtil improvements in his game:

– he definitely serves better, although it wasn’t obvious in the final; but more important, since he still doesn’t serve like Raonic, or Federer, is his widen arsenal of shots after a good serve to finish the points;

– his FH with an open stance is better, and it allows him to play much more efficiently DTL;

– I think that the work he does, in this moment, on his FH, causes more UE with this shot, but that the results of this work will be visible already for the FO.

Finally, WB, Patson, Courbon, jane, Danica… I hope you enjoyed the final!

mat4 Says:

About Andy comments:

First, Andy said prominently a lot about his focus in a crucial part of the match; compare this with Federer unaware that he won the match against Kei, or Novak waiting to serve at the moment he won a set against Stan.

Murray’s allows himself to be disturbed in critical moments of the match over and over again. It is something where he obviously has to improve. Says:

Novak is the man. I am not a big fan of his game, entertainment wise, but I am so impressed with him in how he presents himself. He is so far from the cocky teenager, and even from the “sore winner” he was in 2011, when he let his dominance of Rafa get him a bit puffed (e.g. the gun picture). As ESPN noted today, he is intelligent, funny, real, and gracious.

This is clearly the Novak era. And I don’t know when it will end. The fact is, though Fed may challenge him, how often is Fed going to even make finals? Same with Rafa off clay; his title matches with Novak are legendary, but he makes few finals off clay. I shouldn’t say few, thats unfair: I mean few compared to Novak. Last 3 years Rafa has 4 non-clay Slam finals, 4 non-clay Masters finals, and 1 WTF final, so 9 finals of note. Novak in the same period (and this is excluding his greatest season!) 6 non-clay Slam finals (plus this one), 9 Masters finals, and 3 WTF finals, thats 18. Double Rafa. And then, Novak is only getting better in his H2H against Andy, and unlike last year, the bloom has come off the rose of the up and comers.

Novak could be #1 for a couple years to come, and even if he doesn’t dominate, I think it is more than likely he will win a Slam or more a year for several years. In other words, his BOTTOM end prediction right now looks like 11 or 12 Slams.

But anything can happen in a “dominant” player’s career arc. Just look at J-Mac.

Wog Boy Says:

To use Aussie slang:
Bloody oath I did enjoy final, mate:) Says:

Just to follow up on the above post, reading ESPN comments on Bodo (who has basically copied my point!), many are pointing out that ROger and Rafa had more slams by Novak’s age. The difference is that when Roger was 27, we knew he had Rafa and Novak behind him and that life was going to get much harder for him.
With Rafa at 27, we knew he not only had Novak to contend with but injuries as well.
Novak is injury free, and there is no one “behind” Novak with the champion mettle like the above gentlemen. He has a “clear field” like Rafa and Roger never had.

Michael Says:

He already has 8 and so how many more will he have ? Difficult to say at this moment. But the path appears clear for him with Roger and Rafa off their peaks and Andy not looking that much challenging except may be at Wimbledon. The younger generation promised so much, but so far delivered very little and they might not be able to seriously challenge the supremacy and experience of Novak on a regular basis. So, it is all for Novak’s taking where he can take his future career for granted unless he is confronted with injuries.

Muhammad Says:

I lost a lot of respect for Andy. He is such a sore looser. He was ashamed of the bagel but tried not to talk about it and instead focus on something else, like the 3rd set? Hmm, I’m not buying it.
He didn’t mention the fact that Novak was a break up in the first before the fall and asked for medical attention for his thumb before the service game (that Novak lost). And the fact that Novak was a break up before the interruption in the second didn’t bother him either. That was all fine. But Novak not looking 100%, oh that’s a serious problem!
Andy you suck. Both Andy and Nole are drama queens but I’ve never seen Novak being a sore looser by trying to find excuses for his losses.

suresh Says:

Rafa is struggling. Fed is 33. No1e and Andy will be 28 by June. Both players struggled in the gruelling final. It just matter of time some younger player with good stamina, game and power steps in. I think big 4 r together for the last time.

Wog Boy Says:

One man most of us have forgoten is Boris Becker. Second GS in one year..I am very happy for him. One Serb (Boba Zivojinovic) costed him at least 3/4 GS titles, it was just fair that another Serb gives him back few of those. Very, very happy for Boris.

Wog Boy Says:

^^3-4 instead of 3/4

courbon Says:

Ah, Boba Zivojinovic…he baggeled Lepa Brena which was biggest thing any man could do in Yugoslavia!Respect!!!(-;

courbon Says:

@ mat4:Merci.Je suis très content

Wog Boy Says:

@courbon, yes, snd he did it in locker room, since they were best friends Boris wanted to do one better, so he fid it in storage room of London night club;)

Wog Boy Says:

^^”snd” is “and”, “fid” is “did”…driving and texting…no good.

courbon Says:

@ Wog Boy: I didn’t know about locker room! Well in those days, she was most desirable woman in Balkans probably ( apparently in Romania she was huge!!!). Boba was really a Bagdatis of 80’s…Talking about Boris-
4 years ago, my wife was driving around Wimbledon and I was next to her, when on the roundabout, 4×4 BMW , carelessly went in front of us.My wife got scared, I was about to shout: You moth***r… and then I realised it was Boris Becker.Like a typical man, I looked my wife and smiling said:It was Becker!My wife , still shaken, looks at me bewildered and says: I don’t care!He could kill us!! ( big exaggerating,she likes drama )

Wog Boy Says:

@courbon, you are younger, locker room story was well known in those days in Belgrade circles, you can’t hide anything overthere…well they are happily married now with two sons, millions of dollars, part time Miami and part time Belgrade, she was huge in Balkans, check her concert on You Tube in Sofia on Levski stadium, 100,000 Bulgarians were singing and dancing with Lepa Brena, they flew her in with huge helicopter…in those days:)

Wog Boy Says:

To help you out, and don’t forget, this was 30 years ago!!

courbon Says:

Ahhh…..those legs….

Wog Boy Says:

Yes, very healthy woman, this for (your) good night, more of the legs;)

Okiegal Says:

@Wog Boy
@Courbon…….Easy does it, you two, getting so excited about this female, Wog has lost all sense of how to text correctly…..thinking about these 30 yrs ago legs….put your thoughts into perspective……
Just image what they look like today…..that will slap you back to reality!! :) Just dajokin with you guys!!

Wog Boy Says:

Oki, it is ok, my legs don’t look the same as they looked 30 years ago .. but I have nice memories about my legs ..they were fast to get me out of trouble:)

Okiegal Says:

@Wog……you are never at a loss for words, amusing ones at that! Yeah, mine don’t either….dang it! I can always look at my HS yearbook and wish I was still that young innocent girl! :) These old legs don’t look the same but they can still cut a
rug! Lol

courbon Says:

@ Oki: Sorry coming so late back to you.
You are right-imagine that Wog Boy’s car on a Australian freeway swirling around, punching kangaroos and walabies, left and right…

joe strummer Says:

Novak’s victory is even more remarkable given the fact he had arrived to Australia not fully recovered from the stomach virus he contracted during the Qatar Open. Respect.

Okiegal Says:

@Courbon….Yeah, no prob….I’m getting a visual on that scenario……funny!! :)

Wog Boy Says:

@courbon, if there is one thing I hate and feel bad (sad) about, it is roadkill:(

Tennis Island Says:

We have to admit that Djoko is the best right now. Consistent and high performances presented in Australia are proofs

Wog Boy Says:

Respect for Nole, he handled Murray after match drama like a real, matured, professional, have a look at thi article from “The Independent”.

courbon Says:

@ Wog Boy: Nice article.Yep, boy grow up…

Hippy Chick Says:

Andy needs to move on its over now,but i think so is his bromance with Novak thank goodness,i hope this will actually challenge some of that anger and not lose focus the next time they meet,agree with everyone when they say i think Andy was more annoyed with himself than anything else?….

Wog Boy Says:

I think you are wrong, Andy and Nole don’t have a bromance since Lendl took over Andy, so I don’t see a point of you repeating, time and the time again, that Andy is losing to Nole because he is to friendly to to Nole, that is simply not the case and Andy has shown that in RLA with his facial expression during Nole’s speach.

Okiegal Says:

Didn’t I read on this forum that Andy was invited to Novak’s wedding……or did I dream that?? Anyone know for sure??

Wog Boy Says:

Okie, wrong, no other players but his family, relatives, childhood friends and DC team mates were invited to Nole’s wedding, like Tipsy, Troicki etc. Andy, Rafa, Roger and other ATP players were not invited so they couldn’t refuse invitation. It was very private and close knit wedding. Family and closest friends.

Hippy Chick Says:

Wogboy ok fair enough,no harm or foul….

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