Djokovic Bagels Wawrinka to Equal Federer and Edberg for Most Australian Open Finals

Well, it went to five sets as I thought it would but in the end it didn’t meet the expectations. I couldn’t watch the match because the Internet in Thailand was too poor, but looking at the match stats the quality was not what was expected. For both players, the unforced errors by far exceeded the winners. And, of course, Stan faded away in the final set as he got bageled 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 by Djokovic. In a way, I am glad this happened because I would have been even more frustrated with the internet here if it turned out to be another classic. This means the Australian Open, which is my favorite slam these days, turned out to be a bit of a disappointment this year. I’m trying to stay positive, but first Roger lost in the third round, Nadal’s form was poor(not necessarily a bad thing but it kills some of the suspense), neither of the semi-finals was particularly interesting, and now we have a poor match up in the final.

I am trying to believe that the final can be a good match, but since Djokovic and Murray play similar games you have an uninteresting match up. Basically, they just rally from the baseline and run every ball down until someone makes an error or hits a winner. The interesting match ups are always the ones where the opponents have very different games styles, like Roger and Djokovic, Sampras and Agassi, or Borg and Mcenroe. I’m not saying it can’t be a watchable match, and I will watch it myself if my connection allows it. Their 2012 Australian Open semi-final was a good match and their 2012 US Open final went to five sets as well. But it’s not a classic match up. On Sunday Djokovic will, of course, try to win a record fifth Australian Open title which I find kind of exciting by itself. I’m sure that is not the case for most Fedfans, but I think it’s always interesting when a player breaks a big record(unless it’s Nadal).

In fact if Djokovic does it he will have done something that Roger have not done himself, which is to win the most titles at any given slam. Roger is tied for the most slams at three different slams, but he doesn’t hold the record by himself at any of those. And he has come awfully close at holding the record himself at all of them. In Australia, he should have won that final against Nadal in 2009. At Wimbledon, he lost two epic five setters against Nadal and Djokovic. And finally at the US Open he should have won that 2009 final against Del Potro after he was a set and a break up. But if you are Roger you are not gonna complain about having the joint record at three out of the four slams. And maybe he can still get that record by himself at Wimbledon or the US Open which would be the ideal final big achievement. But if Djokovic wins on Sunday he will not hold the record in Melbourne anymore.

Personally I am not too bothered about that but yes I wouldn’t mind if Roger gets the record by himself in London or New York. I think Djokovic is the best player on medium to slow hard court anyway. Roger is the best on hard court overall because he has nine slams on the surface as well as six World Tour Finals titles. I don’t think Djokovic will ever surpass those records but who knows. He still has a long way to go. But I think he will get the record in Melbourne whether this year or not. And let’s face it he deserves it after the way he heroically defeated Nadal in the 2012 final, and in doing so he succeeded in slaying the monster where Roger failed in the 2009 final. I think Murray has a shot tomorrow, but Djokovic is the favorite. Murray has already done well to make the final after a tough year for him, but I think Sunday we will see the emergence of the Australian Open king.

 

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  1. Even I think Djokovic is the favorite to win this. But it wont do any good to Murray if he loses his first 4 finals at a slam. I think he already has the record of losing the first 4 slam finals. However Djokovic has lost 5 of his last 7 slam finals. He would want to set that record straight. The fact that he has never lost an AO final and that whenever he has reached SF there he has gone to win it may work in his favour.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good observations Nakul. Both these players have lost their fair share of slam finals but it seems Djokovic has the edge. They are 2-2 in slam finals and given that Djokovic is the better player and this is his turf I thinks he takes this.

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    Nakul Reply:

    I’m predicting a repeat of the 2012 season as far as the slams are concerned, with each of the big-4 winning a slam each. Long way to go but let’s see

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I wouldn’t mind that at all. Djokovic AO, Nadoll the FO, Fed Wimby, and Murray the USO. They should just all make a deal to let it happen that way. It would suit everyone’s agenda equally I think.

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    Eric Reply:

    i bet Murray and Fed would take that deal, not sure about the other two.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    True. But that would be fine with me. How about you?

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    Eric Reply:

    Oh hell yeah. And I’d take it again next year! And then Nadal retires before Roger and Eric is the happiest fan ever :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Personally I would prefer Nadal remains on 14 slams because that was the number I had in mind for him all along, but since I want Roger to win Wimby again I have to be fair and allow him another FO. Haha.

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    Eric Reply:

    I just really want Roger to win any slam one more time and for Nadal to retire first with fewer slams. My totally ridiculous fantasy is that it would all happen simultaneously at the 2017 French Open, but yes I know just how outrageous and greedy that is on every level.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Strangely enough I don’t care much anymore. If things ended the way it is now with Fedal I would be fine with that.

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    Nakul Reply:

    Djokovic can take both AO and FO which would mean Nadal will have a slamless year. Although that’s too unlikely.

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    jason Reply:

    2 Andy’s, 2 different bogeymen, 2 different slams. That’s what it will be if Djokovic wins tomorrow.

    Roddick has Federer as his Wimbledon bogeyman. Lost all 3 finals against him, and you could argue if he had won that 2003 semi against Federer, he would have likely won that final against Philippoussis as well. That makes it four…3 finals & 1 pseudo-final.

    Now another Andy is facing the same prospect.

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  2. I personally think that Murray has looked by far the best here in Australia. He’s lost like 3 AO Open Slam Finals. This is his 4th chance. He’s tied 2-2 against Djokovic in Slam Finals.

    He’s looked the best so far overall in the tournament. Obviously he got a TON of help from the draw. Both Roger and Rafa got knocked out. He has an extra day of rest. Something just tells me that he’ll win. And I think he should.

    It just wouldn’t be fair for Djokovic to have 5 titles from 5 finals and Murray to have 0 titles from 4 finals.

    I think that he’s a different Murray. I guess if anything once he wins this trophy, the first he should do is call Roger Federer and thank him!!!!

    Yes, thank him for being sparked and utter humiliated just a few months ago at the WTFs 6:0 6:1!!!

    What a story it would be! And what a magisterial turnaround. In a way, it would work wonders.

    Djokovic would be still number 1 but will have doubts.

    Federer will feel Better after missing on several opportunities last year (AO 2014, Wimbledon 2014, US Open 2014) and try to pursue a Slam, knowing that the opposition is very shaky.

    Nadal will be desperate to win Paris and he’ll be grinding it out with Novak. He may eve go empty-handed this year. It is NOT out of the realm of possibility.

    Murray will have a letdown after an incredible run and a deserved 3rd slam. It would be an incredible career already since he’ll have won 3 out of the 4 slams which would put in a great position to eventually also get the career slam. He did make the French Open Semis last year. And Nadal won’t be there forever.

    So, in any case, the compelling story is much more towards Andy Murray right now.

    I know that Djokovic and Serena are the heavy favorites, but I would love a surprise. Murray and Sharapova victories would be much more surprising and interesting. :-) )

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    Dolores Reply:

    So would I, Vily, love a surprise, a Sharapova and Murray win. Truly would be a more interesting victory. Hope never dies, remember!
    Best,
    Dolores

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You think Murray has looked by far the best but Djokovic is the heavy favorite? Hmmm I wonder why that is.

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    Vily Reply:

    Ru-an

    It’s because Novak is the Number 1 player in the world and because he beat Murray the last several times they met, including 3 times at the AO.

    I’d like to think that Murray will bring his A game and he’ll make it VERY difficult for Djokovic.

    I guess I see it at 60-40 in Djokovic’s favor. When I said heavy favorite, I was implying how the bookies would be favoring it. But we’ll see. Let’s hope for a turnaround tonight. Starting to get sick of Serena adding more and more to her GS totals at the age of 33 while Roger is stuck at 17..,

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    Mridul1 Reply:

    I think that djokovic always finds a way to win a match with most players except maybe Nadal. So i donot foresee murray winning the third slam even if djokovic is nott at his best. I would be so glad to be proven wrong

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  3. You’re lucky your internet didn’t work, Ru-an. I wish mine didn’t, I would have gotten much more sleep. That was a real shit show, unworthy of a slam semi by a long shot. Novak was TERRIBLE, I mean like a 6 out of 10 relative to the way he usually plays and Stan was just pathetic on important points and the whole last set. Boy, what a joke. I thought that Murray was fantastic in his last 2 matches and if he can bring that aggression to the final, Novak better step up his game fast. Novak is clearly the better player with the better head on his shoulders so if he can bring his best to the final he will win, but Murray really has a great chance considering what went on last night. Yuck. As for the Kim Sears / Mirka convo, c’mob folks, Kim Sears is unfreakingbelievable! Absolute smoke show beautiful, daughter of tennis coach and tennis fiend herself, AND trash talking potty mouth – wow!! That works for me!! The double standard is because Mirka was trash talking Rogers freaking doubles partner and supposed best friend… a few freaking days before the Davis Cup!! That deserves a double standard if you ask me. Excited for a good night sleep finally and the final. Cheers all!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Eric, would you have been equally amazed by lunatic Kim trash talking potty mouth if she would have said it to and about Roger???

    Mirka is dominant, but she has never hidden that fact. Kim just sits there like a sweet little angel, but she is behaving like a “demon”.
    I am not saying Mirka is perfect. Like I said, the “wags” could take a lesson out of Ciska on how to behave.

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    eric Reply:

    No, I wouldn’t, but it wasn’t about Roger, it was about Birdshit, in response to him being so freaking dumb that after he barely squeezed out first set win, tried to rub Murray’s face in it as they went to their chairs. All he did was piss Murray, and Kim, off– and feel both of their wrath. What an incredibly dumb move that was. And arrogant. And bullying. He deserved the ass whooping that followed and the sass that Kim delivered. She was defending her man, and that… I dig!!!! She reminded me of, dare I say it, you Katyani. If you were in her position and that big schmuck shit talked your man you would have responded just as fiercely, even if not with curse words.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Lol! So true that. Although Katyani would have responded much more fiercely. She would have gotten out the old flame thrower and burned the opposition alive in front of the whole world.

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    Joe Reply:

    I love this whole exchange! Extreme accuracy and passion all the way around.

    And when I think of how Katanyi would have reacted in a similar situation, somehow I see a vision of an Abrams tank in my mind…

    Please keep the banter going guys; the rest of us are loving it!!!
    :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Gotta keep it interesting with the lack of excitement in the tennis and all ;-)

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    Katyani Reply:

    Abrams tank?? Definitely Joe. But trust me…. me giving the evil look will be MORE than enough :-)
    I can get very overboard with my love for the Goat and the misunderstood Berdy, so do tell if it is too much :-)

    Right now I am watching the final. A lot of rallies. Also some beautiful points. I don’t want either one of them to win, so lets just go for the lesser of the two evil, Muzza

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    Katyani Reply:

    You got me there Eric, I would definitely defend my man too :-) But… unlike Kim, I would first look if the camera was on me or I would hold my hand over my mouth and then curse :-)

    But you have to forgive me Eric, as a Berdy fan I am protective of him. And it looks like I will be his ONLY fan for a longggg time to come :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well I don’t know what double standard they were talking about. I think that was just the Fedfan bias talking. And yes the Mirka situation was much worse given that Mirka bad-mouthed someone on her own team and Stan could actually hear what she was saying.

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  4. A bit off topic but perhaps an interesting discussion. What do you think of women coaching top male players, Ru-an? Of course we are referring to Mauresmo here.

    Although many, somewhat justifiably, looked down on Murray & Mauresmo partnership — poor early results & the oddity of a female coaching a male — it does seem that they start finding their groove.

    I am wondering, in women’s game perhaps there are several things they can’t do due to physical limitations, so what are the plus-es & the minus-es of having a female coach for a male player?

    Or perhaps these two are joined by their somewhat similar career paths? Mauresmo in early to mid years was a relative choker until she finally pulled it up together for a double-slam year in 2006. Murray was a relative choker as well…until he pulled it up together for US Open & Wimbledon wins in 2012 & 2013, respectively.

    Your views, Ru-an?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah I guess it’s nice that things are working out for them and that Murray is willing to try different things, but personally I don’t think getting a female coach makes much sense for a male. It’s like getting a coach that used to be a professional golfer or something. Women’s and men’s tennis is an entirely different thing and I don’t see many players follow his lead this time. I think it’s stupid.

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    eric Reply:

    I have never had a female coach but I will share this fact with you that I and my teammates all agreed upon. The best coach we ever had, and whom taught me so many amazing lessons which I still apply to sports and life to this day, was not even an athlete. He was a physically ungifted true sportsman who studied hard, had great passion, and wisdom, and instructed and inspired his athletes to become far better than he ever could.

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    Jiten Reply:

    I think Ru-an’s comment is in the context of surviving and succeeding in the ferocious competition in men’s professional tennis. Somebody may be excellent in bringing your talent up to a certain level, but the real test starts once you are in the senior tour. That is why many grand slam junior champions could not make the cut at the senior pro level. By the way, Eric, tell me the truth, you sure did not cut any salad during Federer-Seppi match?

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    Eric Reply:

    I swear I didn’t Jiten. I promised you no more jinxing salad breaks while Roger plays and I’m sticking to it! :))

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  5. The only real analysis of Wawrinka- Djokovic match in the whole internet… I put an excerpt from the article sos you can read the whole of it if interested. Any suggestions that Djoko made Wawrinka`s UEs is pure BS!Both players did not wanted to win this for some reason.Wawa wanted to lose a little bit more…which made the difference. This match is too bad for the sport…it shows that there is more than the win players are after and in this case this match could be added in the history of tennis as the ugliest semifinal ever. At this year`s WTF in London we saw mor eof these weird matches and our hero Fed not even showing up in the final. Tenis is duying with such pseudo professionals on court…

    How Novak Djokovic won one of the weirdest, ugliest Grand Slam semis ever

    “With Stan struggling to get any shot to land inside the lines, the Djoker started pushing like he was playing a 14-and-under tournament against a superior opponent. (Or, maybe this is a better analogy: Caroline Wozniacki circa 2010.) The kicker is that it was the right play! Djokovic didn’t need to go for any shots because Wawrinka was missing everything. He hit 69 unforced errors. Wawrinka’s gorgeous one-handed backhand abandoned him at crucial times — break points, 30-30 points, basically the whole match. Good thing he didn’t win, or else those three balls the winners hit into the crowd might have accidentally nailed some ballboys exiting the court. (It’s not like Djokovic was much better from the winner-to-UE ratio: He hit 27 winners against 49 unforced errors.) That was the killer for Stan: Djokovic played poorly enough that Stan could have made a repeat appearance in the final. It was there for the taking and he let it slip through his fingers.”

    http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/01/novak-djokovic-andy-murray-final-stan-wawrinka-score-ugly-semifinal-australian-open

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  6. I HATE SERENA almost as much I hate Nadal. What a monster! Jeez. I wish Roger would be able to PLOW through the opposition like that. Simply insane stuff. REDICULOUS..

    BULLSHIT. That’s why I don’t like tennis sometimes..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Don’t be silly. Nadal is a god compared to Serena.

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    Vily Reply:

    I suppose you are right ONLY because of the pathetic field that is Women’s tennis. If the same was in the men’s game, Roger would already have at least 20 slams by now.

    IN any case, I can’t stand Serena. Sharapova also did choke a little bit as well but it hurts when everything you do, the opponent does better. If Djokovic wins tomorrow (as expected), who know what will happen. I do hope that Murray won’t disappear tomorrow. Fatigue is not an issue so he should make a match out of it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No. I am right because it’s a fact.

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  7. “I think Murray has a shot tomorrow but Djokovic is the favorite. Murray has already done well to make the final after a tough year for him but I think Sunday we will see the emergence of the Australian Open king.”

    I guess that means it will be Murray for the win because you are rarely correct with your predictions. ;-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    When I get a prediction wrong it’s because I was jinxing. I have never gotten a prediction wrong. Get with the program.

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    Nakul Reply:

    Well Murray himself has said that it would be a big upset if he manages to win. I wonder if he’s trying to pull a Nadal here.
    http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2015/01/4/Australian-Open-Saturday-Murray-Final-Preview.aspx

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah because it wouldn’t be a big upset. They are 2-2 in slam finals. You would expect Djokovic to win though given it is in Melbourne. And hopefully he does.

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    Vily Reply:

    Hopefully? If anything I hope that he loses. A confident Djokovic is almost impossible to beat. And Roger needs all the help he can get in order to have a shot at a Slam this year. It’s Murray for me. Enough of that Djokovic.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes hopefully. Did you already forget that Roger had a 3-2 record vs Djokovic last year? You make Roger sound like a weakling who can’t fend for himself. Please stop it. And do you ever think of anything else than Roger? The world does not revolve around him and neither does the tennis world.

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    Nakul Reply:

    It wouldn’t hurt if Djokovic already had 1 or 2 slams before wimbledon. He won’t be as desperate to win it as he was last year. Moreover since 2008 nobody has defended their title there. Also since 2012 the runner-up has gone to win the title next year. No all signs are good.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    If you are worried that Djokovic will win the calender slam it is very unlikely.

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    Nakul Reply:

    Ru-an, looks like I didn’t make my point clear. That’s not what I wanted to convey. I’m saying that there are good signs for Fed to win this year’s wimbledon. Last year it was a kind-of do or die situation for djokovic. This year it won’t be the same.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right. And the fact that Nadal is less of a factor at Wimby these days helps a lot. We will see what Fed’s from is like though. I’m not sure if he will keep his 4.0 level up.

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    Nakul Reply:

    Yeah still a very long way to go. I think even Fed has realised it’s about time that he has to change his priorities a bit and focus more on the important tournaments.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    A lot depends on what Nadal does I think, and Nadal may soon become a factor again. But the clay court season isn’t really important for Fed, while Nadal hasn’t been a factor on grass of late.

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  8. Djoko just one the first set but I’m not sure he’s gonna be able to keep his level up to win this if it goes five sets. He really looks like he’s having some physical issues. Over time Murray can wear him down. I think he’s in trouble.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think that’s just the old rope-a-dope Eric. Djokovic often plays those games.

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    Eric Reply:

    Sure looks like it now. Fasciinating turnaround.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Almost lost the set there after being 40-0 up on his serve. Big game for him to win.

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    Eric Reply:

    Seriously Ru-an, how the hell do these guys do this. It’s unimaginable that they could keep this up for another couple of hours. It’s a war of attrition. Wow! I wonder if people realize just what special athletes they are.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah unreal stuff. Actually enjoying this much more than I thought I would. This could go top the 2012 final if they keep this up.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Djokovic rope-a-doping again. This is good stuff.

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    eric Reply:

    It’s fucking great. Loving it!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Murray fell for the rope-a-dope lol. Djokovic broke back and leads 3-2.

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    Nakul Reply:

    This shows the difference between the no. 1 and no. 4 in the world. Even if you play better than your opponent during most part of the match you can still end up losing it.
    Looks like Djokovic has become very strong mentally after losing those 3 consecutive slam finals.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Djokovic is just mentally stronger than Murray. That is the only difference. Their games are equally good. Djokovic has a slightly better serve, slightly better ground strokes, and slightly better returns. Murray has better volleys, hands, and variation. The difference is only mental. Murray gets down on himself. Djokovic doesn’t.

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    Nakul Reply:

    True. I also noticed that Djokovic has improved his net-game since hiring Becker but it’s still not upto the mark. Even now he struggles with overheads.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah I haven’t noticed and improvement in his net game myself. When he was serving for the first set at 5-4 he clowned up at the net and that almost cost him the first set. Fortunately for him his mental strength pulled him through. If he lost the first set we could have seen a very different outcome.I thought the first set was key.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Amazing. Djoker up 4-3 now.

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    Eric Reply:

    Djoker steamrolling now. There’s a reason why he’s number one in the world. Always so clutch, always makes you play the extra balls, always finds another gear.

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    Katyani Reply:

    What does “rope a dope” mean exactly??

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    Eric Reply:

    Mohamed Ali reference. Pretending you’re tired and hurt and suckering your opponent into relaxing or getting overconfident, then pouncing!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Bageled him. Got him big time with the old rope-a-dope. After trailing 0-2 in the 3rd set he acted like he was out of it and Murray took the bait. After that he lost only one more game to win 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0. Very enjoyable match!

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    Katyani Reply:

    Well Eric and Ru-an, I will give him that. Novak is the Goat of rope a dope :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah looks like a done deal now. 4-0.

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  9. I am seeing Andy is getting the same treatment Roger got :-) “Oh look at me, I am injured, tired and still I lead with 2 sets and a break” :-)
    But… I am enjoying the match. Yes, a lot of long rallies, but also some beautiful points….
    Come on Andy

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  10. Well that’s it. Novak played well. So did Andy, but he made some stupid mistakes.
    BUT…… sorry Andy. Novak did the same thing to you that he did to Roger at Wimby.
    “Look at poor old me… I am so injured and tired that I cannot go on, oh wait, let me just beat your ass and bagel you to just to make the wound greater.

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  11. Ru-an’s misplaced sympathy towards Djokovic did not account for the damage he can do to Federer’s chances, extending his dominance in a time where there are no more giants left (Nadal is a shadow of his former self, and Federer is fading fast), the so called protector of Federer’s legacy might become enemy number 1. to that legacy, if there is no one in shape to contest him. In conclusion, Nadal was the best thing to ever happen to Federer, he challenged him at his peak, when it was thought to be humanly impossible to do so, and they duked it out, made history and now comes Novak prancing by, with almost zero challenge, robing Federer of his destiny in Wimbledon 2014 and knocking at Nadal’s last bastion in Paris. Novak at his best is amateur level compared to Federer/Nadal in their prime, and that is fact. Welcome to the now sad state of tennis where one has the potential to rule them all (all being the scrubs we see on tour today (Birdshit, Defect Federer Clone aka. Dimitrov, One-Way Murray, Wrecked Wawrinka etc…)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Misplaced sympathy? Says the one who is supporting Nadal! Spare us the emo BS. Did you forget pre prime Djokovic defeated prime Federer in the Montreal final? Federer’s legacy is not under any threat from Djokovic. But if I were you I would worry about Nadal’s legacy. Djokovic could end his reign at the FO this year, in which case he is a done deal.

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    FeDaL Reply:

    I do not see it that way, the Montreal final defeat to Djokovic is anecdotal, of course Federer couldn’t win all the time (that would have been horrible for the sport, having someone with complete monopoly over everything)

    My point is that in their prime, Federer/Nadal deserved each other, they balanced each other out. Federer was the hardcourt/grass maestro and Nadal the king of clay and somewhat of a wildcard on hardcourts. But they earned their status because they were light-years ahead of the rest, Djokovic in that era was just a top 10 player and only now can call himself the best as the giants that are Federer and Nadal no longer have the stamina to play the way they used to play.

    Had Federer been a couple of years younger Djokovic would not have had 8 slams to his name, Nadal would undoubtedly have been in the same situation due to his inhuman playstyle which I believe we all can agree takes a massive Tool on his physique. To me Djokovic’s success feels fake, there is no inhuman Nadal to push him in every tournament they play at, and there is no Goderer to pass judgment on him and test his metal (Aka total beatdown from 2006-2010 where Djokovic was a child at the dinner table when Federer and Nadal ruled) I highly doubt Djokovic would stand a chance against Federer/Nadal 2005/2008 level, because back then he still had his shots, he moved just as well as he does now, but the playing field has just become degraded where no one is keeping him in check, and that is just not fun to watch.

    I love Federer (my top 4 players of all time) and have immense respect for Nadal’s ability to fight to the death with a physical playstyle unseen. I do not root for any of them, infect I loved seeing them play at their peak because they gave tennis both beauty and intensity. For me there needs to be competition, and as far as I can tell, Djokovic has none at the moment. and his current form (good enough, but still average for prime Federer/Nadal) is being uncontested by the scrub rooster the ATP has on offer right now.

    And you can’t tell me you aren’t disappointed at how the this final played out.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I’m not disappointed at all, and I have no idea why you would think otherwise. I guess you don’t read any of my posts and only comment to further you own agenda. I am delighted for Djokovic and I think it’s exciting that he got the record at the AO. You don’t see that every day in tennis.

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    FeDaL Reply:

    No you are wrong, I do read your blog on a regular basis and like it alot, my agenda is irrelevant and I try to present the facts as facts. But if Djokovic’s 5th AO title is something to celebrate, can we not then also celebrate when Nadal wins? What makes Nadal such a villian then? When Djokovic has had his fair shares of beating Federer, and robbing him of some key titles? (The 2014 Wimbledon being one of the most crucial one’s I can think of) I only ask that we show respect to Nadal as well, and not refer to him as a “beast” (although sometimes fun to read) and not uphold Djokovic and call his acts as “heroic” when he beats Nadal. I truly believe Federer has such respect for Nadal (and vise versa) that hammering Nadal in your blog is not in the Fedfans biggest interests, although you have restrained yourself over the past couple of years and have not been brutally aggressive towards Nadal, I feel we should all as Fedfans count every win of Djokovic just as much of a threat and potential loss for Federer as when Nadal wins, and in that regard not give anyone special treatment.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Fair enough and thanks for the blog follow. And yes I have shown Nadal a lot more respect of late. I don’t hate him the way I used to and it’s like Eric said, if I want someone to play for my life it would be Nadal. But as a person I am much more attracted to Federer and I enjoy his game a lot more too. You have to understand that it’s impossible to please everyone with a blog like this and I have stopped trying to a long time ago. I write whatever I want and if people don’t like it to hell with it. But they have to respect the fact that this is my blog and they can’t come here and say whatever they like. I will hold them accountable and if they keep it up they will get banned. There is no subscription fee to this blog. I only get the odd donation from some generous people. So I don’t have to take any abuse or disrespect.

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    FeDaL Reply:

    It’s all good Ru-an! I appreciate that we tennis fans have a means of communicating and sharing our thoughts in a mannerly fashion here on your site. Keep doing what you are doing, as a recreational tennis player/fan I can appreciate your commentary on our beloved sport, and as a Fedfan aaaand Nadalfan (I know heresy for many) I love to keep up with what Federer is up to so your blog is very much my source for that! Let us hope we see Federer rise to the challenges presented for this year, and that he is in good health as he grabs one more slam to show the scrubs who is who.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well I try to keep it a mannerly fashion but I also like some banter, and there is a fine line. So things get out of control sometimes but like you say it’s all good. I certainly enjoy sharing my passion for tennis with like-minded people here even though we all look at things differently. And don’t worry about being a Nadalfan. We all have to tolerate each other as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. Nadal has something Federer does not have an Fedfans will just have to come to terms with that.

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  12. Murray just seemed to inexplicably implode after leading 2-0 in the 3rd. All the shots start hitting the net and unforced errors were piling up rapidly. Had we oonly seen the play, we must have thought he was injured. He simply checked out after that lead.

    If he were trailing, it would make more sense… But checking out while you were leading?

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