Djokovic Dominates Nadal to Win 6th Beijing Title

Wow. Another unreal display from the world number one to smash Nadal 6-2, 6-2 and win his 8th title for the year. It was also his 56th career title. Can just say too good, no? The truth is Nadal was actually playing very well by his recent standards and definitely looks like he is improving. And one could argue that Djokovic could have played better given that he made 20 unforced errors, but still a very good performance from him.

This is what I expected after the slump in form against Ferrer. Don’t be fooled by the scoreline. Djokovic played on another level compared to the semis. And Nadal played much better than Ferrer. Especially in the first set Nadal was threatening to make it a competitive match. After the first point of the match, I could pretty much tell Djokovic is back in the zone when he won a superb baseline rally with some surgical shotmaking.

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He went on to break Nadal to 15. Then with Djokovic serving at 3-2 he was 0-30 down and at 15-40 Nadal held two break points to break back and level at 3-3. This was a key point in the match because once Djokovic held serve there he raced away. Since Nadal could not take advantage of his break chances at 3-2 it wasn’t unexpected that Djokovic broke him in the next game from 0-40 down.

In that game, there was a terrific rally where Djokovic lobbed Nadal and Nadal hit the tweener lob only for Djokovic to hit the overhead winner. Djokovic then held serve to love at 5-2 and clinched the opening set with a missile forehand winner. After the big onslaught by Nadal in the first set which ended up in him losing it 6-2 the second set was easier going for Djokovic, even with the usual MTO tactic from Nadal.

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Djokovic: “You’re just another victim, kid”

He stopped play in the middle of a game for the MTO and then right afterwards ran around like nothing happened. It didn’t deter Djokovic at all as he broke serve to take a 2-1 lead and then at 3-1 there was another point where Djokovic lobbed Nadal and this time Nadal didn’t even bother to run for it. It’s always delicious to see Djokovic lobbing Nadal and watching Nadal scurrying back, but this lob left Nadal with no chance.

Djokovic was toying with Nadal like a cat would toy with a mouse. He broke for a 4-1 lead and in the next game Nadal created a small opening with one of those ridiculous forehand down-the-line passes, but Djokovic crushed his hopes with a Becker-like volley on the next point. At 5-2 Djokovic screwed up a couple of match points but on the third he made no mistake as he closed it out in style with his 7th ace.

  • Final Thoughts

Well, that was another thoroughly enjoyable match as is always the case when Nadal loses but it was also great to see Djokovic taking no prisoners and destroying him. This means the head-to-head improves for Djokovic to 22-23, and he is now 8-1 vs Nadal in their last 9 matches and 15-7 since the beginning of Djokovic’s prime in 2011. Djokovic is owning both Federer and Nadal these days and it’s great to see.

At least Federer is putting up some better scorelines than Nadal though and winning the odd match. But it also has to be said that Nadal improved this week. In the first set especially against Djokovic, he looked close to his best level and the fact that he lost 2 and 2 to this Djokovic at Beijing doesn’t mean much. Djokovic is just that good and if I was a Fedfan I’d be concerned with Nadal’s form.

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Especially since he is in Federer’s half in Shanghai. Nadal will take a lot of confidence from this week and I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes semis in Shanghai. I hope he does anyway, and I hope the same for Federer. A Fedal meeting is long overdue and tennis needs it. As for Djokovic, he looks the opposite of burned out after a long season and I can see him dominating the indoor season the same way he dominated the rest of the season.

After another unbelievable week in Beijing where he didn’t concede more than 3 games in a set he now has a record to set straight in Shanghai where he lost to Federer in the semi-final last year. Will we have another Djokerer final or another Djokodal final? Or a Djorinka final for that matter? Stan also won a title today in Tokyo with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Paire and goes to Shanghai with maximum confidence.

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So the bottom half in Shanghai should be interesting. In the top half, the only guy who could probably be a threat to Djokovic is Murray but with Djokovic in his current form it’s hard to see him losing to Murray. Djokovic is currently equaled with Murray for most Shanghai Masters titles(2) and I think he wants to pull ahead this year. It’s been quite extraordinary what Djokovic achieved this year so far and the scary thing is that he is not done yet.

It’s been highly enjoyable to watch Djokovic dominate Federer and Nadal of late and 2015 has been my favorite tennis season to date. The Wimbledon and US Open finals have been the highlights, but it’s not done yet. I hope Djokovic wins all the remaining events he plays and this becomes the greatest tennis season in history. Like one of my readers said today: “Be afraid, be very afraid”(or happy if you prefer ;-) ).

Looking forward to Shanghai!

  • Highlights

  • Match Stats

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The is in your court.

Posted in ATP 500, Beijing.

43 Comments

  1. Great post, Ru-an.

    A few comments: first, I have problem loading your site. It tries to refresh the page often, and it just can’t do it, and the page sometimes disappear. I don’t know what’s happening, but when I try to write a comment, it is disturbing. It didn’t happen until recently, so I guess it’s just temporary.

    Then, about the semi and the matches before. Novak was in practice mode — he hit his FH as hard has he could, and these encounters against Zhang and Ferrer (I didn’t manage to watch the match against Isner, unfortunately) are a good indication where Novak is striving: big FH, short rallies, forays to the net, an utterly aggressive game. His timing on the FH is improved, and although he still uses a lot of spin, he hit flat more often than ever. Against a defender like Ferrer, a greater number of UE was to be expected, so, it was kind of normal.

    In the final Novak was more conservative with the FH, and he let his backhand speak. I am happy Rafa wasn’t tense and played his best — he had nothing to lose, after all — so there are no question marks about this victory. We can clearly see how much Novak has improved: a bit here, a bit there, but he’s slowly assembling the pieces together, and the serve/volley at deuce was not only exquisite, but reveals the player he hopes to be soon.

    There is a topic here we should think about — it’s the influence Federer/Djokovic had one on another. It’s in the details, but, IMHO, it’s huge. I’ll try to write more about it soon, since I have to substantiate what I have noticed with clips from yt, but now, without much thinking and without checking, I can say that Fed influenced Novak’s serve, his placement for the third shot (after the return), while Fed’s use of the angles (with the BH, especially) are similar to Novak’s (Fed has a better IO FH, Novak a great CC FH, so here there is a big difference). When we think about, it’s not by pure chance that they chose a similar type of player to be coach them: Becker/Edberg shared the same vision of the game.

    It’s important in another sense: the mixture of Federer/Djokovic will be the model for players to come, it’s a window in the tennis of the future. While it seemed for a few years that the hyperdefensive/counterattacking kind of tennis played by Nadal or Murray would become the norm, hopefully it won’t be the case.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks, Mat. Glad you enjoyed my post. About the problems you are experiencing with my site I am glad you informed me. These things are difficult to figure out but keep a close eye on it and if it doesn’t go away let me know. Sometimes these things just happen like recently when I kept getting an error page but it quickly went away again.

    I didn’t write about too many specifics for the match because I don’t want my posts to get too long so I am glad you brought it up. I don’t think Djokovic was ultra aggressive vs Nadal. A lot of his strokes actually landed quite short. Nadal is not like Federer who comes forward all the time so Djokovic could afford that.

    But Djokovic more or less does the same to everyone which is to choke the life out of them with unbelievable baseline consistency and precision. You cannot attack or defend against it. His backhand was especially brutal against Nadal and he hit several crosscourt winners with the backhand of doom.

    It is the greatest bh in the history of tennis. I like that you brought up Djokovic improved offensive fh and in general. The serving was great again today and made him impossible to break. That said, I don’t want Djokovic to play like Federer. And he can’t anyway.

    I think he is evolving and that it is good for his longevity to play more attacking tennis, but I still like that he is a baseliner. That will always be his strength. I like the odd S&V but I certainly don’t want him to do it all the time. I love to watch him ask the impossible questions from his opponents from the baseline with great depth and precision of shot.

    His ability to hit the lines is particularly impressive. It is also amazing how much pressure he can absorb from the baseline. The US Open final was a prime example of that where Federer threw absolutely everything at him but just couldn’t penetrate his consistency and defense.

    I think Djokovic learned from both Federer and Nadal and is a hybrid of the two. He’s got that perfect balance of offense and defense now.

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    Eric Manes Reply:

    Boy Matt I sure hope you’re right about the future of tennis. And I’m sure glad that djokovic’s game went more the way of Federer than nadal. For a while there I was quite bored with the djokodal endless rally matches but now Djoko is much more offensive and looking for faster opportunities to end points in his terms. Yes if this is the model of tennis that future generations will emulate than I will be one very happy fan. I think Djoko is such a smart and hard working guy that he really took the best from the best and has taken the game to a new level.

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  2. I think you are mostly right when it comes to Nadal, and he is certainly playing better than he has done of late, but there is really nothing there as a Federer fan that worries me. The consistency still isn’t there. You are right that he pretty much stayed with Djokovic for six games, but that’s no where near good enough. I know Federer is not playing as well as Djokovic is, but at this level of play he has almost no chance of beating a top 10 player, and if there weren’t any upsets on his side of the draw in Beijing I doubt very much whether he would have made the final. This is not to say that Nadal wouldn’t beat Federer if they played, because he usually raises his game massively to play Federer (when was the last time Nadal had a bad day against Roger?). But it would have to be a significant improvement from anything I have seen from him in the past year.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey, Charlie. First of all, I didn’t mean to be so hard on Fedfans. I felt kinda bad about laughing at Nakul’s comment. So I hope that didn’t affect your comment. But I must say you were the one who said Nadal was not moving for balls in the exho and now you are again saying he is not impressing you.

    I agree fully with Mat’s reply to you. Djokovic was just that good. Nadal actually surprised me with how well he took the ball on the rise and I have no doubt in his current form he could give Federer serious problems. I think the way he played today he would have beaten Federer.

    So I was 100% serious when I said I would be concerned if I was a Fedfan. It doesn’t take the best Nadal to beat Federer and today Nadal played close to his best. If today proved anything it was that Djokovic was not playing serious in the exho, not Nadal.

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    Eric Reply:

    As a Fedfan myself I think anytime Fed plays Nadal we should be concerned. Huge huge psychological advantage for Nadal. And a very bad matchup anyway as has been discussed here a million times. As much as I would want him to win any encounter the only time I would “expect” fed to win is fast indoor best of 3.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right Eric but I think Nadal’s form before Beijing was still such that Federer would be the favorite even given their history. Now Nadal is a serious threat to Federer again. He played a very solid match against Fognini but then just got destroyed by a rampant Djokovic. Shanghai is also still outdoors so that would help Nadal. The surface is pretty fast though so that would help Federer. I just wanna see them play. Nevermind who wins.

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    Eric Reply:

    Unfortunately I didn’t see either match but I’m sure you’re right anyway. I just wanna see them play too but no doubt who I want to win :)) ).

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    Ru-an Reply:

    How is your work going, Eric?

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    Eric Reply:

    Not gonna lie, it’s hard. We have an important meeting this Tuesday where we will present our ideas for the next draft. If that goes well, we are on track, if not we have to go back to work until they like our plan enough to give us the green light to start writing again. Fingers crossed.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good luck! Let us know how it went.

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    Eric Reply:

    Thanks buddy. Will do!

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    Jiten Reply:

    Hi Eric, what happened to your project that involved a trip to China? I am happy that you have abstained from cutting salad which has helped Fed to excel this year. Thanks a lot buddy. :-P :-) :))

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    Eric Reply:

    Haha, yes I will never make a salad during a match again!!! This is the same project that Ru-an was asking about. Still working on it for over a year now. They don’t call it “development hell” for nothing. But really I’m not complaining. It’s a fabulous opportunity and I’m getting paid to do what I love and have a shot at achieving something extraordinary. It is just very hard work and a long long process. I would say we are about half way to a finished script right now.

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    Jiten Reply:

    My best wishes as always!

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    Nakul Reply:

    Never mind who wins coz Djoker will be waiting in the final? :->

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha. I hope so. The thing is Stan is in Nadal’s quarter and Nishikori in Federer’s. Neither are guaranteed of a SF spot. Top half you would expect Djokovic and Murray to make SF.

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    Nakul Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, don’t feel bad about laughing at my comments. I just saw the funny side in the sentence but I agree with you on this. As a Fedfan I never want a Fedal match to happen again. I’m glad they haven’t met almost in the past 2 yrs. It’s such an overrated and loopsided rivalry.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Cool, Nakul. If I was a Fedfan now I probably wouldn’t want them to meet again either. But now I really want them to meet.

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  3. Ru-an,

    Of course, Novak and Roger won’t ever play the same kind of game. For my part, since my first fav was Connors, I like that brand of offensive baseline game with forays to the net, that mixture of offence and defence, and Novak at his best is the best represent this “all-round” tennis. Novak didn’t volley well today, but he made a few crucial, very difficult volleys, and it was great to watch.

    Juan José has written recently a great post about Novak’s game, perhaps the best assessment of his tennis philosophy. I believe I already gave the link here — it’s a must read, anyway, so I’ll repeat it:

    http://juanjosevallejo.tumblr.com/post/129214949803/14-paragraphs-on-the-difficulty-of-writing-about

    You can see what he meant even in these highlights: Novak changes the spin of his FH and suddenly, Rafa’s BH goes long. There are probably other examples if one takes the time to watch carefully.

    The new thing is the work put in the FH, which was lethal in the first three rounds, at the level of his BH. Of course, it’s not yet as reliable, but if Novak manages to play at the same level from both sides, it will be a nightmare to anybody facing him. At least, we know he can crush that shot very hard (and he did it a few times today), so it will be interesting to see how he will progress.

    I hope that more and more fans will learn to appreciate his textbook brand of tennis.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right. Djokovic’s bh is immense, but it’s tough to tell whether it’s better than his fh. The forehand is traditionally a better shot. What makes Djokovic so good that he is so good off both sides. There is no weakness for the opponent to exploit. But you are right that his fh improved. He is just a better offensive player now with a bigger serve, a bigger fh, and better volleys.

    He has fully matured as a player. Before he started working with Becker, I still thought he was too much of a grinder. And that cost him to lose his grip on the rivalry with Nadal during 2013. You won’t believe me, but I predicted this would happen back in 2011 already when I saw at the USO that year especially that Djokovic was not finishing points as early as he should against Nadal.

    He was hesitant to come forward or finish with baseline winners and that cost him huge. But after some brutal losses to Nadal in 2013 he made the adjustment by hiring Becker. That is the huge difference between what Federer did against Nadal and what Djokovic did.

    Federer did not want to adjust. He did it only recently, but it’s too late because Nadal owns him now. So all credit to Djokovic for making the adjustment and it has been massive for him. He can actually surpass Federer now whereas if he didn’t adjust after 2013 he may have been stuck on 6 slams indefinitely.

    Something else I want to mention is that I never thought of Djokovic like I did about Nadal. Back in 2007 when he defeated Federer in the Montreal final I already loved his game. There he played with the confidence of youth and was blasting winners all over the place.

    So I always liked his game but it took a long time before he would mature to his current level and could play like that with all the pressure and expectations he is under. Check this again:

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  4. @Charlie:

    I don’t agree about Rafa. He played near his best. More consistency against Djokovic? How? Novak was crushing the ball, and Rafa made — 7 UE by set in average, on a fast court? If this is not consistency, then I don’t know what consistency is, especially in a match where every ball had to be hit hard, deep, well — in one word.

    Then, Rafa was playing near or from the baseline, very fast. It’s something new, since he tried it for the whole match. I see him being able to beat any top ten player. Will he do it — I don’t no, but he certainly has the game right now.

    He lost 6-2 6-2 because Novak played at his near best and was better on BPs. The stats are telling about it. Not because he wasn’t playing well.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well said, Mat. 7 UE by set for Nadal especially with how early he was taking the ball was high quality. Nadal was playing a much higher risk tennis than he usually does. I know he did it intentionally because he figured it was his only chance and he was probably gonna lose anyway. And yes, the scoreline is misleading. Nadal played way better than Ferrer, but Djokovic raised his game a lot too.

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    Charlie Reply:

    Yeah perhaps he is playing better than I thought, I unfortunately missed the early part of the match (most of the first set) when he was supposedly playing his best. All I am saying though is that there was a serious drop off. Even though the set scores were the same from everything I read there was a marked decline in the second set from Rafa and he presented much less of a challenge. That’s what I meant by consistency, as in keeping up a high level of play for several sets. The way I see it he played slightly less than one set that was good enough to hang with Djokovic. Seeing as Federer is not playing quite as well as Novak, lets say for argument’s sake that Rafa takes the first set against Federer. No way that he takes the second set or the third set playing like he did in the second set, unless Federer chokes spectacularly IMO. And as far as BO5 goes in a grand slam, forget it. I agree that he perhaps played better than my initial assessment, but I still am not particularly impressed. And by saying this I am not in any way trying to take credit away from Novak for his win, as he played one of the best matches I have ever seen him play, perhaps even better than the US Open final.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well, how can you make a proper analysis without having seen the first set? That’s where Djokovic broke his spirit! Of course, he is going to drop off in the second set. As far as your hypothetical goes, if Nadal takes the first set against Federer the match if over. Always and in every format of the game. You are letting your bias get the better of you.

    Nadal owns Federer badly and if I was you I would hope Nadal does not make semis in Shanghai.

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    Eric Reply:

    Of course you are right Ru-an but I can’t stand it when fans wish for their player to avoid a confrontation. Really bugs me. I always want to see Fedal meet and always want to see Roger somehow rise to the occasion and slay the beast. Even if nine out of ten times it doesn’t work out.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    That’s the right attitude, Eric. I didn’t mean Federer should try to avoid Nadal btw. I hope he doesn’t. I really want them to play like I did when I was a serious Fedfan. Like you, I couldn’t stand fans who didn’t want them to meet. That seemed utterly pointless to me.

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    Eric Reply:

    Boy do I hate how true this is what you said, Ru-an: “if Nadal takes the first set against Federer the match if over. Always and in every format of the game” Fed has certainly gotten better emotionally lately but he is no match at all in that department for either Nadal or Djoker. And since the skill margins are so small at the very top, this psychological difference is absolutely enormous.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha yes, I can imagine how frustrating that must be. As much as tennis is physical it is much more mental. That is why Djokodal has had the better for Federer, despite the fact that Federer is clearly the most talented.

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    Charlie Reply:

    I just hope we can see them play so we can make a judgement, a lot can change in a year and a half, and I would be only too happy to hold my hand up and admit I was wrong if they meet and Federer loses. I admit that the previous post was probably biased, and I was speaking more in home than what I actually expect. I hope that something has changed over the last year and a half and Federer can win maybe 2-3 matches to make the H2H look a bit better. But more likely nothing has changed.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right. Far as I’m concerned that rivalry is dead. But I still want to see them play.

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    Charlie Reply:

    So much for that lol. I guess a Federer upset was due, he had made four finals in a row in the tournaments he entered including a masters 1000 and two grand slams. Murray will also probably finish as no.2 unless he also screws up in Shanghai, but tbh it was inevitably going to happen, and I don’t think it’s the start of a further decline, so I see no reason to be worried. It also perhaps gives me the satisfaction of seeing Rafa getting his arse kicked by Novak again. I have to admit to loving watching him lose as I feel like he is finally getting his comeuppance for all the questionable tactics over the years. I’m not bitter because he beat Federer so many times, I’m annoyed about the tactics he employs and what he represents. To me he represents tennis becoming just like any other sport. Winning is put above sportsmanship and doing the right thing. Remember what Smyczek did in that fifth set for Rafa at the AO? Could you ever imagine Rafa reciprocating in a similiar situation? I can’t recall any situation for Rafa like when Federer corrected the score to 30-30 from 40-15 when he was in a match-winning position against Wawrinka or when Djokovic gave a point to Stepanek at Wimbledon rather than replaying it. I just dislike Rafa’s attitude.

    /end rant

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  5. Fun post Ru-an. I wish I could have seen the match. I was laughing out loud picturing those lobs and nadal just giving up rather than chasing them down. Djokos lobs against Feds sabr were just outrageously brutal and I would have really loved to see him do that to Dull. What a glorious roll Djoko is on. I know you want to wait for all the numbers to make it undeniable to all, but come on, with this domination of EVERYONE, and sustaining it for this long, and only being a young and super fit 28, how can there be a question for anyone that we are watching the goat? Only thing I disagree w you about is that I don’t need to take anything away from Federer to fully enjoy the greatness of Djoko. I have plenty of admiration for them both and would be very happy to see them play a dozen more times against each other!!!!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hi, Eric. Thanks and sorry you couldn’t watch the match! Not taking anything away from Fed. He’s the most successful player ever. Sure Djokovic can surpass him but there is a long way to go. And I would like to see them plenty more times as well!

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  6. The racquet change was a huge mistake. Novak’s game, after 2008, changed for the worse: he played with more spin, and his game became more clay-like. His serve suffered a lot. By his own words, he needed more than a year to find the racquet that suited him, in 2010.

    About it;

    http://livingtennis.me/2014/09/17/is-novak-djokovics-racket-his-secret-weapon/

    Then, he tried slowly to come back to the game he played in 2007/08, but the regression on certain key shots was clear, and he improved others, so it was different. He played his FH shorter but flatter then, and I believe it was more effective than what he usually did after, e.g.

    And he was reticent to go to the net. Rafa often played floating defensive BH slices, but Novak never finished them at the net. He won the USO 2011 final in the fourth set because he had to finish points and keep them short, so he unleashed his shots.

    So, yes, the hiring of Becker was a great move, and it’s clear now. I’ll give this link to show what Boris did:

    http://i.imgur.com/exdK6Ej.png

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Interesting stuff, Mat. Especially that second link which shows how invaluable Becker’s experience was to help Djokovic win Wimbledon in 2014. When I first heard Becker was going to coach Djokovic it immediately made sense after what I noticed what I told you about in the 2011 USO final. Even though Djokovic won that match, I thought to myself this was going to cost him somewhere down the road.

    I am not making this up. You can look in past posts. It is there somewhere. It made me uneasy because Djokovic was lacking finishing power which is so crucial against Nadal. Nadal will test that more than anything in opponents and eventually it caught up with Djokovic. So when I heard Becker was going to coach him I thought to myself now there is a partnership that makes perfect sense.

    Of course, at first it looked like a failure because they needed time to find each other. Djokovic was not going to adjust his game overnight. But once they hit their stride they became unstoppable. It really is one of the great success stories and it was nice to read some of the details on that link you shared. I hope their partnership continue for many more years. They have great chemistry.

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  7. Yeah, Nadal had one real chance to keep this match competitive and that was when he had 2 break points at 3-2, 15-40 first set. After that he got thoroughly owned. Not sure if this has been mentioned, but we have to look at Novak’s record in Beijing as it is immense. Ferrer took 3 games in a set from him in the semis, and that was the most anyone got this year! Since 2009/10, only 2 players have even won a set off Djokovic in Beijing: Verdasco (2009 and 2013) and Berrer (2012).
    Murray/Federer/Wawrinka would have pushed him harder than Nadal did today (maybe won a set) but he’s just been so good at this event.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right, Krish. For some reason, Djokovic plays better at this event than any other. It is just ridiculous how dominant he has been. He is now within 2 wins of equaling Nadal’s most consecutive match wins at an event. Nadal was 31-0 at Monte Carlo I think and Djokovic is now 29-0 at Beijing. He will probably destroy that record and win Beijing for the next 6 years maybe.

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  8. 6262 is misleading, Nadal was great and Djokovic was out of this world. The match was actually tight as all points were heavily contested; no easy ones. I believe that Nadal is now possibly real No2 and he could be a contender again. There are realistic chances that he can get more majors. He has a heart of a champion. In my humble lay person opinion, Djokovic’s current level of tennis is the highest level ever played.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I like your comments, George. About Nadal having chances for majors, it is the same as Federer. They have chances but since Djokovic is so much better than them now it will be difficult for them. He owns them now. I like that Nadal is kind of back now anyway. It makes things more interesting for sure. The Djokerer rivalry has been at the forefront for some time now and although I’d love to see more meetings I don’t want them to meet in every final. That becomes boring, especially since Federer doesn’t seem to have the answer.

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  9. I saw the match, and I though Nadal played good game, but Novak played his “out of this world match”. The score is misleading, some or most of the games played were close and Novak was playing his A+ game and wining the important points. If he was playing at the same level and intensity he played Ferrer, I would say Nadal could get a set from Novak. But as we know, Novak excel when he plays Nadal and he bring his A game to the match.

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