Novak Djokovic: I Feel Excited About The French Open, The Expectations Are Big!
by Tom Gainey | May 21st, 2016, 3:12 pm
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It’s finally here. The French Open. And for Novak Djokovic it’s another chance at the only major title missing from his trophy cabinet and the one title that’s keeping him out of the GOAT conversation.

Djokovic has eyed the event ever since he lost in the final a year ago to Stan Wawrinka. So is he feeling the pressure? He says, no.

“I feel excited to participate in this year’s Roland Garros,” Djokovic said Friday. “Of course the expectations are big not just from my side but from people around knowing that this is the only Grand Slam I never won.”

Djokovic also isn’t worried about a sub-par week in Rome which ended in a 63, 63 loss to rival Andy Murray. In fact, he said things went perfectly.

“The preparation is going well this week,” he said. “I’m not going to change anything in particular. I’m going to keep the same, you know, kind of routine and program that I have been respecting for many years.”

“I got ten matches out of two weeks,” he said. “And it was a perfect way of getting the match play that I needed before French Open.

“I can comfortably say that in terms of match play I’m ready.”

Djokovic will begin play either Monday or Tuesday against Yen-Hsun Lu. But before then, he’ll celebrate his 29th birthday on Sunday.

“Age is just a number for me,” Djokovic said. “So I still feel like I have plenty of more years ahead of me, which gives me more comfort in terms of opportunities I’m going to have at the title of Roland Garros, which releases more pressure for me this year.”

And he’s not concerned if the French Open never happens for him.

“Even if it never happens, I need to be very humble and realistic and see my results and my career need to be satisfied with what I have achieved so far,” he added. “Even if my career was done tomorrow, I made some achievements that I must be proud of.

“So that’s how I approach things. I don’t try to approach them from a point of view of being obsessed with this tournament or with any other tournament, for that matter.”


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192 Comments for Novak Djokovic: I Feel Excited About The French Open, The Expectations Are Big!

sisay Says:

yes u have 4 or 5 years to play…but nole age is not just numbers, ask roger…anyway good luck


jane Says:

Idemo!


mat4 Says:

jane,

Some are really desperate for Novak to lose… I’ve always thought that it was enough to root for your fav, but obviously it’s not.

BTW, if he wins the FO, he will be the ONLY player to hold 4 GS on three different surfaces (even four, since the surface of the AO is different from the surface of the USO).


jane Says:

well that would be amazing mat4, and because Nole wants it, I want it for him, but of course we support him win or lose because he is who he is.


mat4 Says:

Yes, _Jane_, he has matured very well, and shows an intelligence and education far above the average level on the tour.

His devotion to his sport and his colleagues and his unselfishness are remarkable. I appreciated very much the way he fought lately for the ATP on several points, although it didn’t make him very popular.

And he seems to be very careful with what he eats and drinks.


Pauly Says:

Mat4

If Djokovic wants it bad enough he will win eventually
He’s got 5 years of tennis left to play so has Murray
Federer should retire after winning Wimbledon this year
Nadal can’t see him playing beyond 2017
The new kids will be taking over
Thiem will be number one with Zverev fighting for slams


Danica Says:

Well said Nole. You approach and see life from the positive side and know how to learn from everything negative that happened to you. And yes, because you’re so under our skin, I’ll second Jane – IDEMOOO !!!!


Wog Boy Says:

“For Nole fans but not because we are “supposedly” insecure but because we adore this dude!”

Yes jane, you are on the right track, tut tut;)


Pauly Says:

Danica

Your idol must be feeling the pressure right now but his draw looks so easy in paper however it won’t be that easy on court
He could lose early so could Nadal
The real danger now is Wawrinka he’s just win tournament against Djokovic’s bunny rabbit Cilic so watch out everyone
I’m hoping for Wawrinka vs Nadal final
The defending champion vs the former king of Paris
That’s the match people want to see Coz it would be exciting
Wawrinka won’t outhit Nadal like he did Djokovic last year I can guarantee everyone that !
Good luck Wawrinka Nadal we need to see this match


Jun Says:

Not sure what IDEMOOO means, but it sounds good!

IDEMOO!!!


Wog Boy Says:

“Idemo” means VAMOS;)


Pauly Says:

Djokovic can deny it all he likes but deep down he wants craves at least one French open title just like Lendl wanted one Wimbledon crown !
His trophy cabinet looks incomplete with one Roland Garros crown so he must be feel pressure Coz expectations are huge right now he’s got to get the monkey off his back & what a way to do it this year by winning the French open
He is number one in the world so anything short of Paris trophy will be big let down
12 tries surely this is his year ?
Great two weeks of tennis await us
Good luck to everyone


Travis Bickle Says:

It’s really nice to see how Djoker and Federer get along privately. Here is the clip when they skyped each other recently…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCg7mLrfvs


Jun Says:

I am feeling upbeat right now, but if some psychic tells me I am feeling down, then the psychic must be right, damn it!


chrisford1 Says:

John MacEnroe said in 2013 that “Novak really gets what it takes to be a champion. I never did at his age. But he gets it. Federer got it too, but Djokovic comes from a much different place in his mind on what a champion is. And I don’t think Rafa ever wanted the mantle. Djokovic speaks out for the ATP and on important issues even outside tennis, quite well. You know he is very bright and articulate. And he knows it is all about the next generation and the kids and passing it all on and a constant advocate for growing our sport and opportunities for children, like in China and the Emirates and India..Great for us working in the media. Accessible, friendly, and I think I said smart and well spoken. He enjoys being that person, and somehow he is not getting a big head about it. He could be champion for a while too. ”

mat4 is right. MacEnroe is right (and he sometimes isn’t on all matters tennis). I just hope that the the chase of records plus IMG and other forces dangling Federer size endorsement deals don’t stamp out his individuality and repackage him as bland and safe. Besides the tennis, he is a goofy and funny extrovert. There is a uniqueness to that. Becker saw it. When asked what it is like being with Djokovic away from the courts and cameras, Becker paraphrased like with MacEnroe:

“Him? A comedian. He’s a comedian. A very funny guy. You know. Even though he is very hard working and disciplined about aspects of his work and life away from tennis..Loves meeting people, loves dogs and babies. But you know that. At first it was a struggle to match Serbian and German personalities, but we knew if would work and we both started committing to making it work.”


Danica Says:

Pauly,
I never had idols. Even as a teenager, I never looked up to anyone. So, having one now when I’m about to turn 45 is really a laughable idea. I just root for Nole and believe he is a great guy.


Pauly Says:

Djokovic’s impersonations are very funny
Especially the Sharapova one hahaha 😂
Plus the Nadal buttpick impersonation classic very good to see some humour .


mat4 Says:

A big hello to all insecure Novak’s fan out here, jane, CF1, Danica, jun, and especially for WB, who is back.


Wog Boy Says:

mat4,

Was I not supposed to be back?:)


Pauly Says:

Danica

Your Serbian right ? I’m not Spanish but my wife is but that’s not why I go for Nadal always it’s Coz I love the way he fights his way through problems & he’s had more of those than most players combined
Injuries have cut him down at various stages of his career & still he comes back from adversity to while others might’ve retired Coz it was too hard
Nadal is a fighter that’s why he’s so popular


mat4 Says:

@WB:

No, but you didn’t post for a few days.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

Some people were commenting that you were gone from the forum. Looks like you are back. I just watched the highlights from the 2015 French Open Final. Two things stuck out to me. 1. Djokovic hit way to many balls central up the middle and got burned for it. 2. Nole was tired and forced to hit with more power, which actually wore him out more, needing to try and play so aggressive. Stan is a beast of a man and his power comes easy and effortless. So Stan really doesn’t get tired. Also, 2 times in Grand Slam finals where Djokovic was up love 40 in crucial parts of matches, and doesn’t break. The 2013 U.S. Open Final against Nadal in the 3rd set. Once Nadal held, I think he won 7 of the next 8 games to win the match. And it was the difference between Djokovic winning the all important 3rd set to go up 2 sets to 1. Instead he went down 2 sets to 1. The other was when Nole was up 4 games to 3 and love 40 in the 4th set. He had chances in that game. He didn’t play the breaks right. So instead of Nole breaking and going up 5 games to 3, he didn’t and lost 3 games in a row to lose the match. The point is, not breaking a player when you are up love 40 can come back to burn you and be a huge momentum shift for the other guy. I just can’t see Nole Playing that central this year if he were to meet Stan. I actually think Stan is getting to the final this year. Many don’t, but I really do. He was only 6 and 4 on clay going into the French Open last year. And this year isn’t much better. Maybe 7 and 3 on clay coming into the French Open this year. I just think Stan is going to pull it together. He feels so much less pressure playing over 5 sets. He has time to figure things out during a match and get hot. So I am saying it’s either going to be a rematch of last year or Nadal vs Wawrinka final.


Dave Says:

Pauly,

My wifes first language is also Spanish. She is from Mexico. Can you speak Spanish? I have to say I struggle with Spanish. If I’m forced to speak Spanish I do better. It’s quite a process learning another language.


Wog Boy Says:

Pauly,
Why do you presume that only Serbians are (can) be Nole fans? If you go on Nole forum you will find out that Serbians are minority and you will be surprised how many Nort Americans are going for Nole.
Around Easter time I worked (looked after) with the students from St Olaf college Minnesota on their NSW leg, they were doing their Environmental course in Australia, four months (Feb-May), 20 students and two teachers, they were even doing their test and exams in hostels and hotels they were staying. When the teachers picked my accent and I told them where I am from the first reaction was “You must going for Djokovic”. At the same moment few girls jumped and said “I am going for Djokovic too”. It was 19 girls and three boys, all twenty years old. One of the others said “I thought Federer is the best” and Nole girls yelled at her “No way, Djokovic is the best, Federer is the history”. I felt good, so I decided to give souvenir from this year AO to one of the girls on the last day befor they flew to Brisbane, I picked one that had big Nole picture on the door of her bedroom, she couldn’t believe it, she was over the moon and told me that loves AO the most out of all GSs. The professors were moved too so they went into their luggage and gave me really nice St Olaf cap which I proudly wear. Really, really nice and measured young people, thoroughly enjoyed my work with them.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

I had to go to take some British birdwatchers to bush, dirt road, sort of tag-along tour and the house we were staying is in the middle of nowhere, no wi-fi nor mobile servise. That why I said to my “fans” I won’t be accessible for a few days. British birdwatchers were keen to hear and see this bird besides the others:

https://youtu.be/VjE0Kdfos4Y

And we were lucky enough to find it.


lakie Says:

Danica ‘s idol is obviously Djokovic. If she thinks she doesn’t have idols then she hasn’t understood what idol means. It is apparent all Djokovic fans are insecure. They cry even when Djokovic gets a joke of a draw, they whine when the umpire doesn’t agree with Djokovic ( seriously do they really think the umpire is bound to agree with whatever their idol wants?) , some of them post hate posts, even dirty posts, doping posts etc against Nadal mostly but often enough about rigging and other accusations against Federer. mat4 sanctimoniously wonders how people can root against a player. Really, what a hypocrite. He is constantly making doping allegations against Nadal and posting pseudo analysis to discount Fedal. Oh this guy mat4 is such a saint, he just confines himself to rooting for his idol.


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

That bird is amazing. It was imitating a chainsaw and sounded just like it. That’s awesome. I love listening to the birds at my house on the mango trees and palm trees just outside my house and in the courtyard.


lakie Says:

Well all the tennis forums where I post, virtually every real Djokovic fan is a Serbian. The non Serbians are mostly Fed fans turned into Djokovic fans under the policy my enemy’s enemy is my friend! On another forum, the Serbian fans were extremely foul mouthed just like TB here and the focus of their lewd remarks was…Nadal…you guessed it. Djokovic just doesn’t have the international appeal of Fedal. Whine guys , whine. Doesn’t change the harsh truth. Federer is I think the most loved. Must be causing Djokovic and his fans a lot of heartburn. Djokovic tries so hard, too hard, to please but he is no match for Fedal. And in Madrid he proved he is just as foul mouthed as some of his fans by saying suck my… to the crowd.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

The sad thing is that if lyre bird was able to imitate chain saw it means she get a close contact with people that are gradually destroying her habitat.
I am lucky enough to live in the area with pleanty of bush, native trees and birds, and I am only twenty minutes from city center, best kept secret in Sydney;)


Dave Says:

That makes sense. Why would a chainsaw be that close. It’s to bad. It’s nice that you get to be so close to the birds as well. I really enjoy where I live as well. Any observations on the up coming French Open? I haven’t heard your take yet. About the draw, the weather being cold and wet. Any thoughts on Wawrinka? Nadal?


lakie Says:

In US, tennis fans are in a minority.Football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, golf etc are far more popular. In this tiny group of tennis fans Wog boy claims there are a lot of N.American fans of Djokovic! Hilarious!!!If by north american he means canadian, I can’t say with certainty but I think they are mostly fans of Raonic and Genie rather than Djokovic. Very few in any of the circles I move in (friends, school, work, club, sports…) have even heard of Djokovic and though virtually no one is a tennis fan, everyone seems to have heard about Federer!


django Says:

Guys,
Nole has a chance to win it either this year or next year. Let not your heart be troubled.


Jun Says:

Novak is such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing his story. Great he is in and out of the tennis courts!


Pauly Says:

Dave

Good on you !
My bestfriend is Mexican & he gives me all the jalapeños I want for free 😂
Great interview for Australian paper where Djokovic says he almost quit tennis after the US open Coz Federer n Nadal were too dominant
Wow THANK GOD he didn’t for tennis & his loyal fans


lakie Says:

If Djokovic doesn’t win this year with a joke of a draw, he is never going to win RG.


Pauly Says:

Wogboy

Where did I say only Serbians were Djokovic fans ?
He has lots of fans everywhere but of course Serbians love him most like Spanish love Nadal most Swiss love Federer most


Dave Says:

That’s awesome. My wife just bought some caribe peppers and is cooking them with cheese stuffed inside and bacon wrapped around them. They are delicious. Do you live in Spain Pauly?


lakie Says:

Djokovic discovered the new diet ( liquid?),Becker and the weak era to the cheers of his adoring fan base ( almost 100% Serbian).


lakie Says:

Pauly it is not correct that Spanish love Nadal most or that Swiss love Federer most. These guys have huge international appeal unlike Djokovic. Djokovic is loved most by Serbians. Most not only root for him but bad mouth his opponents. But they feel aggrieved if anyone roots against their idol. It is like blasphemy for this cult.


Jun Says:

CO-GOAT sounds really nice,doesnt it😁


Jun Says:

Love it!


skeezer Says:

Pauly,
I am not Swiss and don’t favor a player cause of his nationality. I like a players style and ability on court.


Jun Says:

Happy 29th birthday, Novak!

Amazing career, ended the fedal duopoly. Wow! 11 GS titles.

Truly a great champion. An even greater person!


Dave Says:

I am Canadian and never cheer for Canada in hockey. I always liked the way Sweden, Finland and Russia played hockey more. I like Djokovic the most because I can relate with him as a person and have a lot in common with him. So I feel more of a connection to him than other players.


Jun Says:

11GS titles and already CO-GOAT, per Mr Laver. Hehehe. Great champ!


Humble Rafa Says:

skeezer Says:
Pauly,
I am not Swiss and don’t favor a player cause of his nationality. I like a players style and ability on court.

Pauly,

I can vouch for Skeeze’s neutrality. His first 4 cats are named Charlene Riva, Myla Rose, Lenny and Leo. Any association with living people is purely coincidental. Others cats are unnamed at this time waiting on more information.


skeezer Says:

Pauly,
Don’t listen to HR, I don’t have cats. However, I can vouch for his Malloranish and his fishies, Dory, Sebastian, Toni, and Juan. Any other fishies are un caught and need to check back from time to time.


Okiegal Says:

I am Oklahoman and I love Rafa most!


lakie Says:

Maybe Dave is of Serbian ethnicity? If not, then he is probably the only non Serbian Djokovic fan here ( not counting the Federer fanbase turncoats)


lakie Says:

I think GL is British and she is a Rafa fan? Probably most of the Murray fans posting here are British? Looks like only Fedal’s charm works across borders. Any significant counterexamples?
By the way skeezer, who is Dory? Could identify the other fishes.


Jun Says:

Which makes Novak’s achievements even more amazing. US Open 2015 Final was a classic. I will never forget that one! Hehe.


Jun Says:

And of course the 2011 USO semifinal with the 2matchpoints saved. Hall of fame moments those were. And then afterwards the press conference was great for both players.😇


Jun Says:

The loser said he should be doing the other presser.😂


Jun Says:

I know where/who some here got their arrogance from.😎


lakie Says:

What was classic about us open final 2015? Maybe it was a classic weak era match ?


Anto Says:

I am an Indian and I am a Rafa fan. And Rafa go for the 10th. Vamos !!


Jun Says:

Just have to open your eyes, and most importantly your mind. Shake your prejudices off and then rewatch it. That’s all. It’s not hard but it could be for some.


chrisford1 Says:

I’m American with one immigrant parent and a part-Asian grandfather. I would like to root for an American tennis star very much but the appealing ones like Evert were mostly before my time. I keep looking but aside from Agassi in his later years when he had matured into a good character and had a style I approved of, not much to root for except the Bryan Brothers.

Never a true Fed fan, liked his game but did’t like the slavering 2nd Coming hype around him Had soured on Hewitt as a not that great asshole, same with Roddick. Safin was a head case and Haas and Nalbandian were always injured. Then I saw a 2006 event with Djokovic and a short interview. Both impressed me. I remembered his name. In 2007 I saw the teen had made QFs down in Miami. Tuned into that, the semi, and then the Final. Fun, and an interesting precision game and super backhand, service return that might bother the best. I was sorta a fan, then went all in as he won Toronto. In 2008 I added del Potro and Cilic as players I rooted for.

Not a drop of Serbian blood in me. But a dozen years later, I can see the lure of an ever-improving player still, his growth into a champion, and why some Serbs strongly think he may have impact and great success in pursuits outside tennis.


Danica Says:

Lakie, a laughinstock.


skeezer Says:

For some reason I do not believe some who say they are not from certain nationalities or culture. Seen too many posts that point otherwise. My imo.
Only 8 mil swiss, but a gazillion global fed fans.

Dory? Watch Finding Nemo ;) (aka Rafa)

“And of course the 2011 USO semifinal with the 2matchpoints saved.”
Yes and the same year Fed gave the 👆 In the epic FO beatdown and stoppage of the great Novak streak. Give it up jun, your worshipping too much. Too much yappin..


Dave Says:

Last time I checked this was a thread for Nole. All I have seen are attacks on people on the forum that like Nole. If people don’t want us to talk about Nole and some of the things he has done even against Federer, go on another thread. It’s quite simple.


anki Says:

Wonderful interview of Novak. Happy birthday Djoko. Who the hell says all Novak fans are from Serbia, nonsense I heard of Serbia because of Djokovic and I watch tennis mainly because of Novak.


Danica Says:

Happy Birthday Nole!!! Go get IT champ, you deserve IT more than anyone!


Dave Says:

It’s actually getting quite out of hand the past few days. It could be because Nole might accomplish something that no one has accomplished in the open era and it makes people that like other players like Federer insecure because of it. What I find absolutely amazing is that Federer has waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more natural talent than Nole as a tennis player and yet Nole is mentally stronger and could end up breaking most of, if not all of Federers major records before all is said and done. That to me is quite remarkable. Nole might not break them all, but he is sure playing some amazing tennis and getting peoples attention.


Jun Says:

That’s what’s amazing with Novak. He goes down, but picks himself right back up. Ain’t he amazing?

He doesn’t have the fan base of fedal, but he ended fedal’s duopoly anyway. That’s tough to do. Exhibit A – 2015 USO Final. Classic.


Wog Boy Says:

“Yes and the same year Fed gave the 👆 In the epic FO beatdown and stoppage of the great Novak streak.”

And then we had AO (few times), another USO and USO final, two Wimbledon finals, few masters finals and three WTF finals (including bad back one) alltogether 9:6 in GS matches, 12:6 in the finals plus bad back one, 23:22 h2h all those beatdowns inflicted on the GOAT, and he keeps coming back for more, is he mazohist or maybe sadomazohist, he enjoys pain and something else:))


Dave Says:

That’s what made 2011 so amazing. Nole totally shook the tennis world up that year and changed things from that point on. Federer should also thank Nole for beating him in 2010 and 2011 at the U.S. Open, saving 2 match points in both matches because it saved Federer from losing 2 more grandslam finals matches to Rafa. Federer was never beating Rafa in 2010 or 2011. Rafa has been in Federer’s head since 2008 Wimbledon. Nadal never lost again at a major to Federer. The head to head against Nadal is already lopsided and really lopsided at majors. It would have been that much worse. So Nole did Federer a favor.


Danica Says:

As far as nationalities are concerned, yes, I am Serbian. I also have a Serbian cousin who roots for Rafa. Maybe in my past life I was a British subject since my second favorite is Andy?

I am sure a lot of Serbs root for Nole because he is their compatriot. But I am also sure that a bunch of Rafa’s female fan base jumped the waggon because of his looks.


Dave Says:

Federer supporters seem to lose their memory when it comes to the Australian Open and his losses to Nole and Nadal their. His head to head is terrible against both in Australia. And 2008 a in his prime Federer losing in straight sets to a Nole that wasn’t even close to 2011 form. I could go on and on.


Dave Says:

Danica,

Don’t worry. You don’t have to defend yourself. People are just jealous and in attacking mode at the moment. That’s all their is to it. I don’t know why any of us are even taking the bait. Some people get off on getting under peoples skin. It gets them high. We are on a Nole thread. Not another players thread.


Wog Boy Says:

Dave,

Roger was Rafa’s toy boy even on hard courts, his fans are considering him best HC player ever and yet he managed to beat Rafa only twice on outdoor HC, only TWO TIMES, Rafa beat him as a kid in their first outdoor HC match, 2004 Miami, and Roger never had uper hand, the only place he was better is indoor HC WTF (4 wins) and Basel, tail end of the year where Rafa never plays well.


anki Says:

Nadal doesn’t have the fanbase of Federer. I don’t know why that matter isn’t highlighted. Novak has got fans. I am sick of hearing the nonsense formed by the western media. Even look at his practice sessions, it is a full house. Novak earned second next to Roger in terms of endorsement money last year, but he doesn’t have fans.. Sad life..


Dave Says:

Wog Boy,

It’s true. The media has hyped up Federer for sooooooooo many years and so many people have actually bought into the hype and believe the hype and see Federer being beyond reachable by any player. They are so biased towards Federer that they are blind to anything anyone other player accomplishes and have to attack that player or make up an excuse every time Federer loses. He had mono, his back was sore, he is past his prime at 27 years old. It’s crazy how people can’t see the reality of things sometimes. It would be so easy to make excuses for Nole or Nadal. Nole’s breathing problem that needed surgery, his issues with gluten that he didn’t know about before 2011. So I guess going by The Fed supporters logic, all the losses that Nole had to Federer before 2011 don’t count because Nole wasn’t 100% and had health issues that stopped him from being that good. It’s so easy to do this both ways. It really is.


Dave Says:

I guess all the losses to Nadal don’t count because Nadal is a lefty and hits his forehand with so much topspin. So it’s a match up problem and shouldn’t count right? Because Federer has a one handed backhand, so that’s not fair. Can’t count any of those losses either. Federer is past his prime since after 2007, because he started losing to Nadal and Djokovic more. So any loss that Federer got to Nadal or Djokovic after 2007, absolutely shouldn’t count for anything because Federer was past his prime. Nothing should count. I can just go on and on with everything I have heard over the years. It’s hilarious.


lakie Says:

anki, Djokovic has more fans than Nadal? Somebody hadn’t heard of Serbia till they heard about Djokovic? ’nuff said. Proves the fanbase has delusional and semiliterate components. No wonder these components make incoherent posts and babble some nonsense.
As for poor Dave, having been caught out in one lie he is sulking.


Dave Says:

I guess we shouldn’t count any of Federer’s grand slam wins where he beat opponents like Bagdatis or Gonzalez. Or one slam wonders like Roddick. We shouldn’t count a lot of his slams unless they were against Nadal or Murray or Djokovic. We can only count those ones because of lack of quality of opponent. See how easy it is to be biased both ways? It’s so easy to spin any story against any player. That’s why you have to go by tennis matches. If you aren’t in your prime anymore and don’t want to have a negative head to head against any player, than don’t play anymore. If you have a negative head to head against Nadal, it’s not your fault because it’s a match up problem. So it won’t ever count?


lakie Says:

Dave, your arguments are whines. Typical of Djokovic fans. Whine, whine, whine. Why do you think your whines are hilarious?Or did you refer to your hilarious attempts to prove Federer is not great?


Pauly Says:

Dave

I live in Australia now use to live in the former Yugoslavia long ago but of course politics destroyed that once united country


Dave Says:

Anyone that has to constantly attack other people on this forum is in pain and has to block out the pain by taking the attention off of his or herself and constantly attack other people to avoid the pain. It hurts to look at a persons self when there is that much pain buried. But if you do it, you will feel so much more content in the long run. come back when you start feel better and you can be civil and actually respect people and get along with them. Thanks.


Pauly Says:

Danica

Yes Nadal has lots of female fans but these days not so much of them like his thinning hair but his tennis talent will always bring in new fans
Federer & Nadal’s days are nearing an end but Djokovic nor Murray won’t be around forever either
We must focus on the new players coming up


lakie Says:

Take the day off dear Dave. Your pain must be excrutiating.


Pauly Says:

Lakie

Why are you giving Dave such a hard time ?
He knows his tennis trust me


Dave Says:

Pauly,

Thanks for letting me know. Do you know Wog Boy since you both live in Australia?


lakie Says:

Pauly Who says girls do not like Nadal’s thinning hair? They still hold up signs like ” Marry me Rafa” and scream ” Rafa Rafa”.
But you are right. High time the new generation took over. But they just aren’t good enough. I feel somehow that there is some big transformation taking place and whether it is good or bad, tennis will not be the same.


Margot Says:

Jun @9.58
Precisely why I admire Nole so much.
I’d love Andy if he came from Mars. The fact he’s a Brit is neither here nor there, but quite a nice coincidental “here.” Pity he’s not Welsh but hey, no-one’s perfect….;)
Unlike many other sports tennis fan bases do not seem exclusively linked to nationalities. Which is good because IMHO nationalism usually sucks.
One world.


Anto Says:

@Margot. True that. Nationalism sucks. It very much breeds stereotyping, which absolutely is bullshit.


Van Persie Says:

Happy Birthday to Nole, even if he’s not reading this ;)

P.S. Since we have a census here, I have to tell: I am not a Serbian, but I am a Nole fan.


Margot Says:

Hi Anto, so very true, but worse, breeds wars.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

Very nice to “see” you again :)


Okiegal Says:

My late husband’s hair was thinning too, did that make me not love him??? Crap no……..


Van Persie Says:

https://www.google.ro/search?q=federer+press+conference+AO+2011&oq=federer+press+conference+AO+2011&aqs=chrome..69i57.17570j0j4&client=tablet-android-samsung&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#imgrc=aOIZ5F-gzpLhNM%3A

my favorite press conference ftom Roger, after his loss to Novak. 6 months later, Nole was Nr. 1 :)


Margot Says:

@OK
Bald men rock, think Bruce Willis. But please no “comb over.” EEEEUKK! Or balding plus straggly thin pony tail, like some aging rocker. More EEEEUKK
LOL….do hope I haven’t insulted ALL the men on tennis now…..;)
Oops sorry, forgot, they are ALL “Tall, dark and handsome.” ;)


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

Lol for the post with bold guys. I like Jason Statham :)

P.S. also did always like “dark” guys, and ended up with one, who looks like Zverev. Same haircut and blond :)


Margot Says:

LOl VP….so you like “bold” guys eh? You minx you….;)


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..Yes thin pony tails and comb overs are pathetic…..I think I like the man bun better!!!


Margot Says:

@OK
Kit Harrington aka Jon Snow. Yum.


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

You caught me ;)

Well, If Statham would ask me out for dinner, I would not say no :) Bruce Willis…do not like him so much. Also do not like Ljubicic :)


jane Says:

Happy 29th to Nole!


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…not familiar ……but I know how to google……


J-Kath Says:

This is an appropriate thread for Nole today at least. DAVE, there’s only one or two posters whose comments are anti-Nole…Anyway, it’s his birthday and still in his twenties. Happy Birthday, Nole …have a happy year.

WogBoy: Welcome back in time for the big event.

MARGOT “Pity he’s not Welsh but hey, no-one’s perfect….;)”….Did you think I wouldn’t see it! Tut, tut, tut.
Some other idiot might see it and say, “Oh Andy Murray is not English he’s Welsh”.

PS: It might be good to have a Davis Cup event in Wales?


Pauly Says:

Dave

I don’t know wogboy


Pauly Says:

Lakie

We will miss Nadal Federer Djokovic Murray Wawrinka when they retire


chrisford1 Says:

I’ll see if I can beat Jane to this. Novak got in Friday, did a lot of promo stuff was going to go out with his wife for dinner. Instead they stayed in and did a fan podcast of them playing piano. 1.1 million views in 2 days.

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(they both cheated a bit on the familiar piano piece known in America as “Love Story” !)

Background story is they have stayed at this house before, Jelena Djokovic started futzing around on the piano there last year and caught the bug. And hates her husband’s saxophone practicing so she induced him to give it a try. And even allowing for the cribbing, Novak had two days of trying to get the piece down amidst a ton of other stuff, and did pretty good.

Takeaways
1. Jelena Djokovic is a nice looking and truly charming young woman. The couple enjoys their time together learning as a couple – new things and practicing them to get better. Great chemistry.
2. You know that Novak Djokovic is visibly having internal conversations with himself of court when a challenge arises. What he is thinking is likely on the lines of what he was saying out loud as he hit the piano for the 1st time for vid that was going to a large audience.
3. She is “Professor” to Novak in this and rumors have it she is resuming work on her doctorate while caring for their son while Novak is on the road. Boy is still too young to travel easily, so Mrs D seems to be using the time at home to work on her own ambitions.
4. The “cheat reveal” was quite droll.


chrisford1 Says:

The link I posted doesn’t work. I think you have to be inside Facebook for it to run. So this link takes you to Djokovic’s official Facebook releases

https://www.facebook.com/djokovic.official/posts/1147018448684338

Where it runs as “Friday NIght In Paris”.

Another takeaway (5) is at the end of the tape with Novak marvelling how new technology is changing the way we learn things. So much can now be done outside the traditional learning environment of only 20 years ago.


jane Says:

i posted the piano link on a different thread cf1, lol. :) so sweet

j-kath, but one very very persistent, baiting, and a bit racist seemingly.
or at least obsessed with nationality.


J-Kath Says:

Yes Jane

Absolutely. Overblown. Troubling.


sisay Says:

lakie…u remind me of brando…just i dont know if u r not him…please get your posts right…or get the f*** off…djokovic this djokovic that…djokovic fans this that ohhh jis it is meaningless…


Giles Says:

Was joker’s wife really playing the piano or was that a recording?


Margot Says:

https://twitter.com/kitharingtoncom

For OK and all discerning “gals” on here.


Jun Says:

lakie = Brando? You know it wouldn’t surprise me. Brando was borderline racist, and lakie is the full blown version.

Thanks, sisay.


Jun Says:

Masquerading as a fed fan…


Jun Says:

Oh boy! Plot thickens. This is gonna be good!


Giles Says:

Brando is Brando, has a unique style of writing. Nobody can mimic him.


Jun Says:

You know Giles, youre probably right. For once.

I take my lakie=Brando post back then. Brando was okay. I hope he didn’t morph into lakie. That would be awful.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot…..Thanks……he’s a cutie patootie!


Giles Says:

No Jun, I’m always right!


sisay Says:

giles

u r right brando has his unique style…jun u r welcome. i think lakie is off to check tennis x archive and find out who brando is…


jalep Says:

No way. Lakie isn’t Brando.
I’ve only read one person
on tennis blogs that comes
close to lakie.

lakie is not Brando, he who does
not do paragraphs………..
………………….

Much sharper wit than Brando, too.


Jun Says:

Novak’s birthday at the French Open!

Nice for the tournament (or its director) to make a press event of it. I also see ‘that’ ball kid in the background. I am liking the FO even more!

http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/video/djokovic-celebrates-29th-birthday-at-roland-garros-2016


jalep Says:

Been waiting an hour. Just heard a commie
on TC report that the later matches are
cancelled – players sent home. Still
hoping to finish what matches started.
Basically the first day is washed-out 😐
Paris:
http://www.accuweather.com/en/fr/paris/623/weather-forecast/623

Thanks to everyone who decided to try the
WTA bracket!


Dave Says:

Is it true that Nole doesn’t start until Tuesday? If that’s true, they are sure giving him the worst scheduling at tournaments lately. Making him start the latest. So he will have to play a potential 7 matches in 13 days. I wish he could play on Monday. But I didn’t see the schedule yet.


skeezer Says:

^oh brother!


Margot Says:

Unlikely Dave, as just heard, as jalep said, later matches are cancelled for today and will play tomorrow.
Weather is going to be a real problem. time they got a roof.


Giles Says:

If joker starts on Tuesday so will Rafa I think. They’re playing the top half first? So Dave, the scheduling won’t just affect joker, it’ll be Rafa too.


BBB Says:

Dave, Tuesday might be fine for him in light of the three touch matches in a row in Rome.

I have a hangover today and was really looking forward to watching tennis and doing nothing else.


Dave Says:

Okay. Thanks for the info. Guys. I really do appreciate it.


Dave Says:

Lakie,

I am honestly sorry if I have ever said anything to offend you in any way. I hope you can forgive me. I also hope you can forgive me for liking a player not named Roger Federer. I am sorry if this has offended you. I really hope you can understand this and we can get along. I sincerely hope you are well. Take care.


jalep Says:

This cake 😍🎂🍾
https://t.co/L9PQWMgCy1


RZ Says:

@Dave – keep in mind that the French Open added the Sunday start just a few years ago to extend the round 1 matches to 3 days rather than 2. So Nole starting on Tuesday isn’t so much a delay as the top half playing the day after bottom half plays. This doesn’t change your overall point about the possible crowding of his matches but wanted to add the context.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – hopefully it is gluten-free! :-)


BBB Says:

I’m not Serbian – in fact, my ex-husband is Serbian, so that should be reason enough to dislike Djokovic, if we’re being influenced by nationality.

I really like Djokovic. I didn’t at first – he was bratty and petulant. But, he evolved. And I admire that. I felt the same way about Federer, who was badly behaved as a teenager but matured into someone much more gracious. My problem with Federer is that he stopped being gracious once he was no longer top dog. (And some have questioned whether he was all that gracious to begin with, but he seemed so to me.)

Djokovic is an interesting guy. His quote at Indian Wells – that your convictions must be stronger than your doubts – is briliant, IMO.

CF, thanks for the link. That was fun to watch. His wife’s English is flawless. One nit – Love Story is a different song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A1KZKksGKE


jalep Says:

hahaha I was thinking that, too
RZ.
Also a little worried about
someone spiking the juice with
wheat germ, alcohol or
something. I’d be happy to apply
as a ‘taster’, yum.

Writing in short blocks like this
because the page wrapping is awful.
Also, there’s too much adware
on this site!


Van Persie Says:

Nole will celebrate also his 200 week as ATP Nr.1 starting with tomorrow :)


Margot Says:

That’s
a
good
idea
;)


J-Kath Says:

Gosh…that was a great birthday celebration for Nole. Charming.
Would have liked to see Jelena too.


bojana Says:

Giles,

This is very cute,sufficient to make peace at least for now.


mat4 Says:

CF1:

I didn’t know “Fur Elise” was called “Love Story” in the US. I thought it was the theme of the film, and, if I remember well, these are two different compositions.

lakie:

Glad to see you’re still here. You even wrote a lot of posts, although there was really no need, since you have nothing to say. But anyway, I am glad nonetheless, and I hope you’ll continue to be with us in this weak era and share our joy whenever Novak wins a tournament (something that’s happening quite often these days). Especially if he wins the FO.


Markus Says:

Mat4: Fur Elise is called Fur Elise in the USA, not by any other name. Love Story is the song from the movie of the same title, compsed bt Francis Lai.


Van Persie Says:

Giles,

Are you Micaela Bryan by chance ? :)


jane Says:

thanks Giles – that was sweet


Van Persie Says:

the tweet is really cute :)


mat4 Says:

Thanks, Markus.


J-Kath Says:

Sisay

You’re comments are often Very Interesting.
Are you new to Tennis-X?
I don’t recall your name. However, I’ve only been here about 18 months (I think).


chrisford1 Says:

Micaela ought to know her getting a smile out of Movak is easy. But 3 years ago, she had the ultimate challenge to make another tennis star smile. And did so.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BBRcr1qCUAAwgyJ.jpg:large

Guys and gals, I was right. Its the theme from “Love Story”. I remember vividly because I had to suffer through every minute of that rancid old insipid chick flick movie to get sensitivity props from anex girlfriend, and the theme was the only thing that seemed tolerable. When a couple people said I was wrong, of course I had to go double check.

https://youtu.be/WWjHAKlXZDM

Thanks for sharing Mike Bryant’s sweet from his daughter to Novak, Gilles!


BBB Says:

CF, I’m sorry because I’m arguing with you when I did like your post, but what the pianist has done in that link is played fur elise, and then segued into Love Story. The segue is around :52. I play the piano and have the sheet music for both pieces.


mat4 Says:

CF1,

It was Beethoven’s “Für Elise”. I’ve watched the film many years ago, so I don’t remember if it is played in it, but judging by your comment, it was.

The “Love story theme” on piano could be something like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5pAWHRSdg0

Here is the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rT46hVQHIA


mat4 Says:

@BBB:

Nice to read that you play piano! Although quite ignorant about music, I adore listening piano, especially Gilels playing Beethoven and Rubinstein playing Chopin.

I am listening to Vivaldi right now.


BBB Says:

Thanks mat! I haven’t played in awhile. I should get back into it. So therapeutic.


mat4 Says:

Indeed. There’s no better way to relax, even when you listen the Allegro ma non troppo of Beethoven’s “Appassionata”. Pollini also played it quite well, with a unusual lightness.


Dave Says:

Everyone is getting into classical music. I love classical music. In my car I have Dvorak, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Tchikovsky and Mozart.

I just finished learning and playing an underrated song written by Noel Gallagher. It’s called Talk Tonight. Great song.


Markus Says:

I used to say that if I killed myself, I would have Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 playing in the background. Now that I’m older, I have decided on something mellower, Barber’s Adagio for Strings.


chrisford1 Says:

Can we all just say we are right on this?
I’m the one that had to suffer watching the whole lousy movie to please a GF that selected it at Blockbuster Video! (remember them??)
Its “Fur Elise” they played AND the theme from Love Story. And the ultimate winner appears to be Jelena Djokovic for getting Nole to stop his awful saxophone practicing.


BBB Says:

Ok, CF, I give, LOL.


BBB Says:

I love Adagio for Strings. Always makes me stop whatever I’m doing.


Danica Says:

Giles, what a nice surprise for a change :). Thank you. That was adorable ;)


jalep Says:

Mozart’s Lacrimosa – 3 min. 20 sec. of heaven.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1-TrAvp_xs

and

Samuel Barber – Agnus Dei and 8 min. 40 sec. of profound beauty.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiuC_CaObbI


jalep Says:

Don’t give hate a chance – Jamiroquai true,
groovy, and for a lighter note.

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


jalep Says:

For the pianists here. Rachmaninoff’s Elegie from Morceaux de Fantaisie (Op. 3 No.1)
With sheet music to follow along. A personal favorite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97vYYcjDh3s

In honor of Nole and Jelena, of course.


Dave Says:

I love Erik Satie as well and Claude Debussy.


mat4 Says:

Rachmaninoff was a great choice, jalep.


Dave Says:

Alexandre Desplat is one of my favorites for movie scores. He has done a lot of great musical scores. I also really enjoy Jon Brion. He did a great score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


Okiegal Says:

My favorite pianist is Jerry Lee Lewis…..”Great Balls of Fire”!!! You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain….too much love drives a man insane, you broke my will, what a thrill, goodness gracious, great balls of fire”………..LOL!


mat4 Says:

There are so much great music that I restricted myself to piano and and few well known classical pieces. I have always preferred simplicity, and the sound of pianoforte is enough for me.

On the other hand, this end of thread, with so much understanding, nice posts, civility, made me feel very happy. We may have different favs, but it worked so well.

It was the magical spell of classical music, perhaps, but I tend to believe that most of the posters here are nice persons.

I am glad also to have been right about Giles. He defends Rafa with teeth and nails, but it’s what he fan does.


mat4 Says:

Sorry, errata:

He defends Rafa with teeth and nails, but that’s what A fan does.


mat4 Says:

Hi, Oklahoma girl.


Okiegal Says:

Hi mat4…..I am so sorry I can’t remember where you live……say for instance if you lived in Australia ….I would have said back to you, Hi, Aussie Boy!! lol


Okiegal Says:

I am listening to Golden Oldies right now…..late 50s and 60s…..takes me back to my youth…young innocent and very stupid! lol


Margot Says:

@CF!
Agree with you about “Love Story” EEUK! Sentimental clap trap.
But the sax is wonderful. “A Love Supreme” one of my favourite pieces of music.


mat4 Says:

Okie:

You can always answer: “Hi, you Flying Dutchman”.


Margot Says:

OK: Matt lives in France


Margot Says:

oops perhaps you don’t, Matt


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

I don’t live in France for almost three decades. I journeyed almost everywhere in Eastern Europe, in relation with my job, from Czech Republic to Macedonia. I still feel that my home is in France, but I spend less and less time there, although I love my mountains and miss them more and more.


Okiegal Says:

@Margot….I would have said Hi, Frenchie Kissie Boy….LOL
But he is saying Dutch??? Holland??? The land of two-lips, Windy Mills and wooden footware….did I leave anything out?? LOL!!


mat4 Says:

@Okie:

The “Flying Dutchman” is a ghost ship that can never find a port.


Okiegal Says:

We used to play a game when I was a girl at church gatherings it was called the flying Dutchman…….a silly game but when the boy had the hankie you always knew which girl he liked because he would drop it behind her back and vice versa…….


Okiegal Says:

2mat4….OK…. I’m good with that! As I said above a childhood game for me……


mat4 Says:

@Okie:

One always know when a boy likes a girl. But you never know when a girl likes a boy…


Okiegal Says:

@mat4, I am so sorry you don’t have a home??? LOL


Okiegal Says:

Yes you do mat…..if the hankie was thrown behind you by a girl, that would be a sign she liked you……


Margot Says:

Oh Ok….the days of cotton “hankies” are long, long gone…and I’m glad, horrible, snotty things.
matt, loving your “flying Dutchman” reference. Perhaps you should change your nom de plume. You’re “trig” on challenge, I think. How come?
And LOL I always thought Giles was too young to have a heart transplant…;)


mat4 Says:

I used Trig here too for a while, but after my first post about Rafa, everybody knew it was me ;-)

This is the reason:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylgV8OyTIFg


J-Kath Says:

Okie

You super hygienic Americans dropped ahem “snotty” hankies on the floor – to acquire yet another bunch of “dirt” to pass on to those you liked! Didn’t you collect loads of diseases? Or maybe it was good for the immune system?

I think I’d rather have a kick on the shins.

Margot: I got a small suitcase filled with never-used lace hankies when an Aunt died. I recently stuck them in a charity bootsale and they sold like hotcakes…so what are people doing with them?


Okiegal Says:

On snotty hankies…just because you all think I am a redneck from Oklahoma, pray tell, we did not use a snotty hankie…….we used a clean one. My gosh people give me a break……btw I wouldn’t take anything for my lavender lacy hankie that belonged to my grandmother. It is in my jewelry box where I have kept it for many years…..a prized possession of mine…..and no ya’ll it isn’t snotty!! JK what do you have a bur under your saddle about?? You are kind of going on and on about a childhood game…..sorry I brought it up…as usual….


mat4 Says:

@Margot:

About changing monikers… Identity is a complicated thing. But, in general, I like to be mat4 and to be myself. I’ve changed countries, cities, languages, being a stranger even in my family, but while I tried to improve, I never felt the need to change, to restart and not to be me.

Tellus stabilita… It would mean also that I had to restart afresh on T-x, where I feel fine and find a lot of pleasure chatting, even with “agents provocateurs” like lakie. I hope she will stop that little game soon.


J-Kath Says:

Okie

With Walter being American, it’s always been a bit of “you say tomato” and I say “tomata”. My hanky thing was a bit of a joke…but I’d never heard of it before….kept trying to think of anything said by his family…in Pennslyvania. Walter himself drove me crazy with his OTP hygienic rules.

Not much tennis on right now…fingers crossed for Andy…has a bit of a tight first set.


Okiegal Says:

J-Kath…..Oh, OK…thanks for explaining that to me….I thought you were serious……Margot said something “snotty” and you followed it up….just was surprised by it all…we’re good! Just woke up, stayed up way too late…will get to Andy’s match now. Have a delightful day!


sisay Says:

jkat

thankx for finding my posts interesting. i have been here only reading these interesting tennis x posts since 2013…i only started writing (very few and short) about three or two months ago


J-Kath Says:

Okie

Great to hear from you.
Today’s a big, big day. Rafa, Nole (and Lord forgive me, Andy trying not to lose in the first round). I’m going to my favourite sister’s on Monday for about 9 days so that we can scream at the TV in tandem…..so they had better all be there.

Cheers
K

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