Djokovic Becomes Australian Open King After Defeating Murray in Melbourne

Well, that turned out to be a much more interesting encounter than I thought it would be. In the end, it was great entertainment that I feel fortunate to have been a part of. The first two sets were absolutely brutal and took 152 minutes to complete. They were on pace for a longer final than that 2012 Djokodal epic. The rallies were just brutal and something had to give. Murray drew first blood in the third set after he swung the momentum in his favor by winning the second set. He got the early break to take a 2-0 lead, but from there on he only won one more game in the match as Djokovic ran out a 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-0 winner. It all changed when Djokovic was looking like a spent force at the beginning of the third set. He was looking in desperate physical trouble and it looked like Murray was gaining the ascendancy. I knew better. I actually tweeted when Murray was 2-0 up that Djokovic was doing the old rope-a-dope.

And like clockwork Djokovic broke Murray back to square things up at 2-2. I mean if I could spot the rope-a-dope surely Murray could too, but he let it get to him. He even admitted it afterward in his presser. Djokovic have done this so many times in the past that surely as a player you are on the lookout for it. But this is just the difference between Djokovic and Murray. Djokovic is mentally stronger. He wants it more and finds a way. As far as their games go they are on a very similar level, yet Djokovic have now won six more slams than Murray. I would say Djokovic has a slightly better serve, grounds strokes, and returns. Their movement is similar although Djokovic may have the edge there too. Murray compensates with better volleys, hands, and variation, however. So the main difference is in the mental department. Murray is always berating and beating himself up.

Djokovic doesn’t do that. He also gets frustrated, but when he needs it he finds another gear. That may not be very noticeable on the surface, but it makes a huge difference in performance. Murray is still stuck on two slams while Djokovic is now squared with open era legends Connors, Agassi, and Lendl. But he is also now the title record holder at the Australian Open with five titles which makes him the Australian Open GOAT. Plexicushion is clearly very suitable for his game because he is 5/5 in finals at Melbourne Park. But the one that stands out is that final against Nadal in 2012. That is really where he gained my respect and admiration. He did something there which Roger failed to do in 2009 which was to defeat Nadal over five sets. Just to get back to the final today, I think the first set was always gonna be key. Djokovic broke first and took a 4-1 lead. Murray then broke back to make the score 3-4 but dropped serve again to trail 3-5.

Well played Kim…well played…

Djokovic served for the first set, but his net game deserted him once more. Far as I’m concerned hiring Becker has not paid off in that department. His poor net play almost cost him the crucial first set, but his mental strength pulled him through. He was a break down in the tie-break, but like I said he was too solid in the mental department to let it get away from him. The service breaks continued in the second set as Djokovic broke first again to take a 4-2 lead. Again Murray reeled him in to even things up at 4-4, and this time he would hold is own serve to take a 5-4 lead. Djokovic then took a 40-0 lead on his own serve, only for Murray to come all the way back and have a set point. I thought failing to take advantage there would cost Murray, but to his credit he hung on in the next game to save two break points on his own serve. The tiebreak ensued and this time Murray wouldn’t let it get away from him after getting the early mini-break.

He squared things up at a set all and at the beginning of the third set Djokovic looked in serious trouble, which is where the turning point came. It is a controversial situation and, of course, the Djokovic haters claims he is a faker and what not, but the rope-a-dope tactic has been used in tennis for ages and there is no rule against it. And besides he probably did feel very deflated after losing the second set. The intensity was just brutal in the first two sets and after losing the second set he must have felt like the wind was taken out of his sails. But Djokovic is an experienced campaigner and knows how to outfox an opponent. He was also just gaining a second wind in those first couple of games of the third set. Murray fell for it and he only has himself to blame. Djokovic is just better and that is all there is to it. The haters can call faking all they want but the record books state he owns five Australian Open titles.

So in the end like I said there were some amazing rallies and quality and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. The base line exchanges were just brutal in the first two sets but once Djokovic got Murray with the rope-a-dope he was a spent force. Finished. Done. Djokovic even bagels him in the final set just to rub it in. And as usual the calendar slam talk has begun which starts every year after Melbourne. Don’t people ever get tired of it? No one has won the calender slam in the open era. Not even Roger Federer for crying out loud. There is always a possibility but why even bother with it before Djokovic wins the next two slams? It will be hard enough for him to finally topple Nadal at the French. And I don’t think he is winning Wimbledon this year. Hopefully, Roger can do that and get the record for most titles at one of the slams himself. Djokovic have joined Nadal in that achievement now and Roger is still equaled for most titles in London and New York.

Spare a thought for Murray who goes to 0/4 in finals at Melbourne Park

So hopefully he can get the most titles at at least one of them. I’m sure most Fedfans want that to happen at Wimbledon where it all started for Roger, and this year may be his last best opportunity. I think Nadal is done being a threat at Wimbledon which is key for Roger’s chances there. You never know if Nadal can be back in the mix again at the US Open, and like we saw last year Roger can lose to someone outside of the top four who is on fire there too. I think there is another interesting year ahead in tennis anyway. And I’m glad the final today was a good match after the semis turned out to be a letdown. I had a lot of fun these last couple of weeks making posts and discussion with you guys again so thank you for your participation. It didn’t work out for Roger but as long as he wins Wimbledon this year who cares. And finally congrats to Djokovic, the new Australian Open king!

 

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51 Comments

  1. Thank you for this very interesting post! I enjoyed reading it.

    Personally, as an Andy Murray opponent I would mind the shouting and C’mons whenever I make an error. That would rattle me.

    Also Andy should know this behaviour of touching his legs etc. He does it all the time so he should recognize this when somebody else does it, too. I dont believe it is so much to distract or lull your opponent – but rather to take a bit pressure off yourself – like “even if I lose this game/set it was due to that slight injury to my leg…”
    I guess these athletes always feel a little twitching in their bodies because there is so much strain on them.

    So I believe Novak that he felt something strange going on in his body. Andy should have ignored it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You’re welcome Birdie. Glad you enjoyed it! You are totally right about Murray doing the rope-a-dope himself all the time. I think in Murray’s case he does it more to take pressure off himself, while Djokovic may consciously do it to lull the opponent. That is just my guess however. Can’t know for sure. And yes I’m sure some of their problems are real given the pounding their bodies take. But you are right, Andy should have ignored it.

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  2. Murray completely lost it in after the 2-0 lead in the third set. Having now lost 4 AO finals must be devastating, but his performance was dreadful the moment Djokovic broke back in the third set, it’s like something clicked in his head, and he was destined to lose. Still after watching the highlights again I can’t shake off the feeling that the Murray/Djokovic match up is as boring as it comes, so many thoughless shots, where you can see a mile away that they will benefit the opponent I know its not always easy to line up a cross shot or push the ball back to the baseline, but some of the shots Murray made in particular were basically just inviting Djokovic to get in and finish him off, I’d rather just check out than leave a ball floating at mid court for the opponent to just step in and slam it wherever he wants. Murray didn’t show much creativity in this match, there was no smart play where he tricked Djokovic and disabled his game completely like he did in the Wimbledon 2013 final. Maybe he should hire Lendl again, at least with Lendl he showed some spark IMHO.

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  3. Hey Ru-an, wow great final huh? Blowing that bad match-up talk out the water haha I mean these guys were using the whole court, coming in, playing the angles… Ah it was awesome. Shame Murray ran out of gas, but he can take a lot of positives, he’s definitely back. As for Novak what a great champion! I’ve always liked both guys, they’ve both proven their critics wrong almost as much as Roger has. Take Novak, they say he has a crap serve, it’s now a weapon. They say he’s not fit, then he becomes the iron man of tennis. Now he’s slowly but surely improving his net game and becoming quite the complete player. Now there with Agassi, Lendl, Connors I wonder how high he’s going to climb?!
    As for Andy he’s always been great in my eyes, just people get the wrong impression. As I’m a Brit I know how it went down. Basically way back in ’05 when asked by a journo who he’d support in the World Cup he jokingly said “anyone but England”. The British media completely took this out of context and painted him in a bad light. His global image has never really recovered. Only the British would do this to our most gifted player ever! Anyway since then he’s had an extreme distrust of the media and is very uncomfortable with being in the spotlight, and hugely anxious about it all. He’d love to be Stan Wawrinka in the shadow of Roger say because it would calm him. He has INTENTIONALLY gave journos nothing. Dour, monotonous, boring (like all his haters say) just so that he wouldn’t get any more grief. He also suffered quite an ordeal in surviving the Dunblane massacre as a young man so he’s just a very awkward nervous guy bless him. He’s a hero in my books. What’s happening now is that he’s finally loosening up and has gained a lot of maturity and confidence about being in the public eye and is a lot more comfortable with it all. The world is finally seeing the real Andy now, his runners-up speech was the most relaxed I’ve ever seen him ever and that’s great to see, it’ll help his game too I think.
    Gotta end with Roger though, it was just a bad day vs. Seppi. He’s still playing great tennis, and he’ll be more than alright, starting in Dubai. ALLEZ!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes it was a great final Tom and I certainly will think twice before I call it a boring match up again. Thank you for the enlightening comment about Murray. I knew most of it but I’m sure others can learn from it. I do have a lot of respect for him even though I can be quite harsh towards him. He is also an extremely talented player. And yes I agree that he is back which is admirable without Lendl.

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  4. Ru-an man, you did it again! Frame it dude, this is another one of your most masterful posts. One of Ru-an’s greatest hits. You really captured what an incredible athletic exhibition this was. And you absolutely called the rope-a-dope right as it was happening, brilliant. Although I was certainly duped by Djokers acting, I don’t agree that Murray was. What’s worse than that, I think Murray knew what was happening but still allowed it to piss him off and take him out of his game. The boy is an incredible athlete and tennis player but he is just no match at all in the mental department for Djokovich or Nadal, who are in a league of their own. Interestingly to me the margins have gotten so small playing wise that the mental side has become more important than ever. On a Roger note, I couldn’t help but think while watching this match that Roger would not be able to compete with these guys on the level of the first two sets. But that’s the amazing thing about Roger and his game. If he were playing, it would be a completely different match because he would dictate and either win or lose depending on his own play, not grinding for errors from his opponent. Ru-an your understanding of the game and analysis are so brilliant, I have a special request of you. Perhaps some time between tounaments if you have time, I would so love to hear your deep thinking on this topic, specifically how the match ups between the big four come into play and make thier matches between each other so different. It fascinates me and maybe others would enjoy it too. Anyway, congratulations to both players for their amazing high level of play and especially to the mental giant that Djoko has become. Gotta have it all to be number one in the world and he does. It was really nice watching yet another slam with all of you. Thanks so much Ru-an for making that possible.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha cheers Eric. I think the level was high in the first two sets but I think Roger 4.0 is capable of hanging with it. These courts are not that slow and with his serve, fh, and net game he can sure make life difficult even for these guys. That is why I was so pissed off that he lost to Seppi of all people. But of course it was really because of Nadal that he lost. I really thought he had an shot this year. He should have made the final at least to duke it out with Djokovic as to who is the AO king. I mean he beat Murray 6-0, 6-1 just recently. I’m sure he would have disposed of him had they met in the semis. Djokovic is a different animal on these courts but with his new found net game who knows what Roger could have done. But that is in the past now and maybe Roger can set things right at Wimbledon. And you are welcome for the blog. I appreciate you a lot as a reader.

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  5. I highly recommend watching the press conferences of both players. Again looks like Ru-an was right and Andy did think that Djokovic really was going through cramping issues. Djoko of course said he was having a genuine energy crises but that by shortening the points and conserving energy he was able to recoup in 20 minutes. Very very interesting.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Just watching the Murray presser now. He says he was physically just fine and that he is annoyed with himself for getting distracted. I think he was physically actually in better shape than Djokovic at the beginning of the third set, but he allowed himself to get distracted and Djokovic got an energy boost from it.

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    Eric Reply:

    Yeah, I bet Murray learns a lot from that situation and this match in general. Improving mentally will make a huge difference for him and I think now he really knows that. Gonna be a great year for tennis, don’t you think?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Sure. Murray is back in the mix and will be interesting to see where the big 4 goes from here.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Read the Djokovic one too. He mentions that he was break points down at 3-3, got the break after saving it, and won the third set. After that he became really confident. He also started going for more after being 2-0 down in the third which is something I noticed. I think he was really feeling the strain physically and decided just to relax more and go for his shots which ended up working in his favor. Was a very interesting match. Also like what he says at the end about mental strength probably being the most important thing in these matches. Couldn’t agree more.

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  6. Hey Ru-an, thank you for all your posts during AO. I had fun reading them and commenting on them.
    Bring on Dubai. I need Roger ASAP :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You are welcome Katyani. Glad you had fun.

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  7. Well, i think that wawrinka did not play bad after all as the blogs indicate. He took two sets from on fire djokovic and when the intensity is high you are bound to make errors. Of course, djokovic is ao king but wawrinka comes second in my book at least for this year. On another note murray would not have won any grandslam had it been the coaches of mauresmo type. It was simply due to lendl.

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    eric Reply:

    Nah, that was Djoko’s worst playing in years… Waw blew it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Agree Eric. Djokovic played poorly vs Wawrinka and was a different player in the final. I definitely would rate Murray as the second best player at the AO and take back what I said about Djoka being the real final. Stan himself said he was already feeling flat before the match with Djokvic. Probably the match with Nishikori took a lot out of him, and the same for Djoker vs Raonic.

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  8. Nice post to sum-up the first grand slam of the year, Ru-an. Before the tournament started I had read some prediction which said the finals will be Djokovic-Murray. I thought that was completely ridiculous. The fact was that Roger was in such a good form and being a strong title-contender and also there was the unpredictability factor regarding Nadal. But look how things turned out!
    When Roger lost, many Fedfans just become too down and most of them stopped following the tournament for good. However, I’m glad that this blog was still active throughout the tournament even after Roger bowed out.
    One of the most important things that I realized after following your blog for so long is that there is a huge difference between being a fan of your favorite player and being obsessed with him. Sadly, most Fedfans are obsessed with him. I appreciate the fact that you maintain the perfect balance between being his fan and being objective about him.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Cheers Nakul your comment means a lot. Because there are so few fans who can maintain that balance there are also very few who can appreciate that about my blog. To be honest this obsession from fans about Roger have actually began to put me off from him. The ones I follow on twitter are the worst. When he lost they stopped following the tournament and just tweeted about Roger. Celebrity worship at its worst. I was trying to be nice to these people who followed me by following them back, even though they had a lot less followers than who they were following. I regret doing so because their Federer worship makes me nauseous. And the worst thing about these people is that even though I try and tolerate them instead of unfollowing them, they always unfollow me first because I was not kissing Roger’s ass the way they do. Typical spoiled brat ungrateful attitude of Fedfans. I have even been thinking about making this a full on tennis blog that has nothing to do with player fandom. I still get people here who throws a hissy fit if I dare to compliment or enjoy other players other than Roger. But these people should be careful. I am tolerating less and less of their BS. I have already banned a prominent member of this blog in the last week, and won’t hesitate to do it again. I had enough of ungrateful spoiled brat Fedfans. If they can’t appreciate tennis as a whole they are not welcome here, because if it was not for tennis they would not know Roger in the first place. I’d rather have one grateful reader like you who can appreciate tennis as a whole than have a million idiots who kisses Federer’s ass 24/7. He is a human being for Christ sake, flawed like all of us.

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    Nakul Reply:

    I’m totally aware of the twitter situaton which you’re referring to. Infact I’m also one of your followers in case you haven’t noticed. I unfollowed a lot of people for the same reasons which you mentioned. I’d rather follow one person like you who tweets honestly than some obsessed fans whose only job on twitter is to post anything and everything about Roger. I’m also quite sure even Roger would be tired of such kind of fans, although I think he never bothers about it. I mean, everytime he loses a match, they act as though he’s on a deathbed and battling for his life. Those losses might hurt Roger way less compared to such people, as he knows it’s a part and parcel of the sport which he’s playing, or any sport for that matter, in contrast to some of the obsessed fans who act like it’s the end of the world.
    It’s also up to you on how you would want to take this blog forward. It’s your blog after all. People come to your blog because you write, and not the other way round.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah I know you follow me. I think I need to do some unfollowing myself. No more Mr. Nice Guy.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    It’s funny how some of these people are just waiting for a tweet from Roger, like their whole life revolves around him. I bet every morning they wake up they check their twitter if he tweeted lol. I even had to unfollow Roger myself or else I would see all the annoying tweets to him on my own TL. It’s just unbearable. Anyway these people are waiting for two weeks from Roger checking their twitter every day and tweeting to him while he probably haven’t even thought about twitter for two weeks. I think he does like all the attention though which pisses me off because it just gives these obsessed idiots even more reason to be obsessed. I mean it’s not like he wants to know them in real life, because they will probably stalk the crap out of him. It’s just like a superficial fascination with fame.

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    Nakul Reply:

    Yeah this was clearly the off-season which he was waiting for and he would have been relieved to get quite a long break. I didn’t get why you had to unfollow Roger though. If you follow a person you only get his tweets or retweets on your TL right? The conversations he has with others or what other people tweet to him won’t come in your TL I think.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    If you follow both him and the person that tweets to him then you see tweets between them.

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    Tom Reply:

    Nakul, Ru-an, you have summed up why I love this blog. Roger is my hero and I love following his career and watching his majestic tennis, marvelling at what a top guy he is despite ridiculous success that would turn the heads of lesser men. But that’s it, there’s no unhealthy infatuation there as it is with many of his fans. It’s sad in a way, how there are people who just want more more more and can’t handle a little competition from Nadal or Djokovic or heck any other player who might be in the spotlight for five minutes instead of their precious. Ha jokes aside, I just pity their insecurity really. It’s nothing new, every elite sports team/individual has these kind of fans. It’s alright, they’ll mature one day. Thank goodness that Roger himself is not like this and that he probably watched the final with a smile on his face since he’s a tennis fan like all of us.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well I had an unhealthy obsession myself, but never like these people on twitter. Luckily I’ve overcome that now. I used to get down and affected when Roger lost but when you start to appreciate what other players do it doesn’t affect you. For these people it is almost impossible to appreciate any other members of the top 4 because they are Roger’s direct rivals. I’ve never liked Nadal much because I just don’t like his game or personality, but I have learned to appreciate even him. I mean if you can’t appreciate his mental strength then you are in effect admitting that Roger has a h2h of 10-23 and 2-11 in slams against a guy who has less talent than him and who is mentally on the same level or weaker than him. So basically he is owned by a guy who is equal or worse than him, which doesn’t reflect well on him. There is nothing wrong with having Roger as your favorite player, but obsessing over him and not being able to appreciate anyone else who opposes him is unhealthy.

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    Eric Reply:

    Yeah, Rog was probably smiling until the 3rd set and then he had to think… damn I coulda kicked Murray’s ass. BTW, can you imagine being able to watch that awesome match and think that? Now that’s cool!!! :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I know what you mean Eric but I’m not sure it would have been so cool knowing that he could have made at least the final had he played anything close to his recent level.

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    eric Reply:

    Oh I agree and that’s exactly what I meant. That’s why I said he was only smiling for the first 2 sets – haha. I meant how cool it would be for anybody to watch a battle of titans like that and be able to think, yeah I could play that well, maybe even win it. Only 2 other guys on the planet could realistically think that. Even Raonic and how cocky and eager he is had to be watching and think, damn that is some fierce tennis, don’t know if I could compete on that level.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ah I gotcha now. Yeah I’m sure he would have beaten Murray. He had just beaten him 0 and 1 a couple of months ago after all.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Eric and Ru-an, just wanted to say that, I do think Roger might have sat at home and think to himself: “hmm, I could have won this” :-) There is no doubt in my mind that “before and during Brisbane”-Roger would not only have made the final, but he would have beaten Novak. But the “Roger who beat Bolelli” would not have beaten Novak.
    Even if somehow Roger found a way to beat Seppi, Murray and Berdych, he would have been too tired to beat Novak.
    On the other hand…. Roger was not in the final, because he was beaten by Seppi, who deserved the win.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well the AO courts are a decent speed, exactly the same as Brisbane I think. I think it suits Roger’s game pretty well and that he could easily have made the final, but I think he probably would have lost to Djokovic. But who knows. I think he would have done better than Murray, as in push it to five sets. We could have had something similar to the Wimby final. At least if Roger made the AO final there would have been no doubt that he is still at 4.0 level and he could have headed into the 2015 season with full confidence. Now things are more uncertain. Losing in four to someone you own 10-0 hurts your confidence.

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    elizabeth Reply:

    As a big fan of Federer I confess to feeling sad that he lost, but Seppi played well Roger didn’t play to what we think is his true potential that’s what’s sad. Roger himself has said on many occasions that you can’t win them all why this isn’t acceptable to many people I don’t know. I was a tennis fan long before RF and I am sure I will always will be. I have to confess that I absolutely hate the gamesmanship in tennis, I don’t think Murray would have won against Novak even without the distractions, and talking about distractions Murrays girlfriend should just have put her two fingers up to the world…would have been easier than having a T shirt specially made! I wonder if that was why Boris was so animated, can’t ever remember him fist pumping so much.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes you can’t win them all but that is not an excuse for losing to a guy who you own 10-0 in 4 sets, especially after the form you’ve been in. But I have said my peace about that whole affair and will let sleeping dogs lie.

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  9. Ru-an, thanks and congratulations once again for the excellent analysis of the AO final and being right on the spot about the outcome. While going gaga over Fed’s loss and probable pattern of the final had he been there, we have over-sighted the fact that this is the first time in 10 (or is it 11) years that Fed has failed to reach the semis of the AO. My question to you is, how is it going to affect his confidence level going into the remaining part of the season as over the previous years, where he used to be a part of a fixed pattern? Is he going to tweak his schedule because of this? As I had mentioned earlier, I still believe that his early exit from the AO may prove to be a bless in disguise in the long run as it provides him with more time to re-assess his game, practice and strategize accordingly. A sign of this could be the fitness session he is undergoing right now, a video of which was uploaded on his RF foundation facebook page yesterday.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Cheers Jiten. I knew it was the first time in 11 years that Fed lost before the semis. It was the last slam he had a SF streak going. I don’t think the early loss at the AO is a blessing in disguise, and I’m not just saying that because that saying has become a cliche. I think losing his last SF streak at a slam was a bad thing and it showed how much he is still affected by Nadal. If anything it showed that Nadal is a demon he will never exorcise. It also broke all the good momentum he has since last year and Brisbane. We will see how it affects him going into the rest of the season. Next is Dubai I believe where he defends his title. Will he lose more points? I think it’s likely but we will see. I am not very much attached to outcomes anymore and for me it will just be fascinating to see what happens from here on. I think Nadal will continue to rise. I believe he is playing on South-American clay next where he will continue to gain confidence. Then onto the North-American swing where he can start making semis and finals again, so it will be highly interesting to see how Roger copes with that. If he is about to face Nadal will he lose again? Will Roger 4.0 stick around? I’m afraid we may already have seen the end of Roger 4.0, but hopefully not. If he wants to win Wimbledon this year then Roger 4.0 will have to stick around. So I am kind of anxious to see what Roger’s form will be like after the third round loss at the AO, but also just excited to see how everyone else in the top four does. I think we can assume that Djokovic will keep dominating. The interesting thing will be to see what he does at the FO this year. I think Murray will also keep playing well after his resurrection at the AO. But for Fedal things are a bit uncertain now. They are still in the top four but their reign is beginning to come to an end. Will they win more slams this year, or are their slam winning days finally over…?

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    Nakul Reply:

    This year if Djokovic wins FO by beating Nadal on the final or otherwise, then we can safely say that Nadal’s slam winning days are over. With this new found mental strength which Djokovic has, he clearly will be a different animal compared to the previous 3 years if he faces Nadal at FO this year.
    I also feel that during last year’s wimbledon, Roger knew from the very beginning that it will be extremely tough to beat Djokovic in the final, especially due the losing streak in the slam finals which Djokovic was going through. This year may be even a better chance than last year for Roger to win Wimbledon, especially if Djokovic wins FO.

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    Jiten Reply:

    Thanks a lot Ru-an. While I admit that the Nadal holocaust continues to haunt Fed, I don’t think Dull will continue to rise. I could clearly see signs of physical depreciation on his body during AO and it looked to me that he is just somehow holding on to this sport (probably Aunt Tony factor) reluctantly. I may be wrong, but I didn’t see the spark in his game. He can definitely grow in confidence with some matches under his belt. But lesser known players are also beginning to pounce on the loopholes in his game which completely revolves around his brutal physicality. Once that factor is gone, his mental fortitude is likely desert him. One can argue that he has proved us wrong in the recent past after coming back from those so called injuries, but this time it seems to be slightly different. If his losing streak continues just a bit longer, I see no more miracle comebacks. There is a huge difference between the way Fed and Dull take defeat on their strides.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That may or may not be the case Jiten, but Nadal has proved me wrong too many times in the past for me to just write him off. I think after all the times I have written him off the least I can do is to not do it this time. I never in my wildest dreams thought he would reach 14 slams and equal Sampras. And I wouldn’t be so sure if I were you that the losing streak will continue. At the AO he has already won four straight matches. Given where he came from that is exactly the start to the year he was looking for, because now it is onto clay where he can easily build on that. He can easily win Rio and BA and then he will basically be back to his best going to IW and Miami. Then it is clay season and the only one who has a chance there is Djokovic.

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  10. Just read an interesting little article in the financial times that I thought might be a convo starter. What do you think?
    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/348c76a0-a89e-11e4-ad01-00144feab7de.html
    Ru-an, is it rude for me to post a link like that here? I think I’ve done it before but not sure. Anyway, just say the word and I won’t do it again. Cheers. E

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    Ru-an Reply:

    No it is no problem Eric. People post links here all the time and it doesn’t bother me. It looks like you have to subscribe to that site to view the content though, so I didn’t read it. I just saw the headline which said that opponents rarely test Roger’s killer instinct. I think there is probably truth to that. I think only Nadal truly tests it, and that is where Roger comes up short. The rest tests it to some degree and Roger does have a certain amount of killer instinct. You don’t win 17 slams without having it, but when he is truly tested in that department by the likes of Nadal he comes up short. We have seen it so many times in their matches that there can’t be any doubt about it. He almost always gets into a winning position but then fails to land the knockout blow. Anyway Jiten brought up a good topic that I may make a post about tonight, just to get myself out of the post-AO boredom/depression and for anyone else who feels the same.

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  11. so weird. It let me read it and now I can’t either. Too complicated for me to recount from memory but it was a statistics kind of article. Basically that Roger wins fewer matches than the other big four when he wins less points than his opponents do and also wins fewer matches than the other big four when he wins more points than the others do, BUT he wins a higher percentage of his matches than the others do. The conclusion was that when he wins, he wins by a wide margin, and does that often, but when it’s close, he loses way more often than the other three. I think this is something that we all sense, but the cool thing about the article was that they broke dowm the percentages and proved the point statistically. Psyched for your new post!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I think it’s pretty simple. He has killer instinct but not as much as Nadal or even Djokovic. Djokovic did in 2012 AO what he could not do against Nadal. Roger does have more killer instinct than Murray though.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    While we are posting links look at this funny article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thaddeus-mccarthy/why-rafael-nadal-is-my-he_b_6529870.html

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    Eric Reply:

    Oh man, Ru-an. Posting that link on your wonderful blog is like farting at a dinner party, dude. My 12 year old niece writes better. And the Fed doesn’t even have to practice argument – bwahahaha.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Author, advisor, and investor LOL. Huffpost lost some points in my book after allowing that fool to post for them. I could have done a much better job.

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    Eric Reply:

    Damn right you could and SHOULD! Send them an email and take that fool’s job. God that was painful. I only read the whole thing because I love you.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Love me? Careful now you have a wife. Haha. Maybe I will send them an email. Funny thing is I didn’t read the article myself as I knew it would be bollocks after I saw the heading. I just scanned over it quickly and that was enough.

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    Eric Reply:

    You might wanna try Business Insider too. They have more and more sports articles and always cover the GS’s. And don’t worry, my wife knows I have love for you and your blog and she’s not threatened. There’s quite a few lovable folks here, in fact! :-)

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  12. “No one has won the calender slam in the open era”.

    1969? Rod Laver?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yeah dunno how I missed that. He’s the only guy who’s ever done it though, and I think 3/4 slams were still played on grass back then.

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