Djokovic Obliterates Nadal in Real Monte Carlo Final

First of all let me just say thank you to the Fedfans who are staying involved after Roger’s departure and taking part in the discussion. It is encouraging to see and I hope some of the other Fedfans can join as in due time after realizing tennis isn’t just about Roger. Like I told Veronica today, Fedfans miss out on half the fun due to their narrow minded view. If they realized that Djokovic is not the bad guy but the only reason Nadal isn’t already the GOAT, they may enjoy wacthing him pounding the player that caused Roger so much heartbreak as much as I do.

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Getting the formalities out of the way before the war

I really enjoyed this match immensely. Never mind the French Open and who the favorite is there. Seeing Nadal getting utterly owned like this by a player who matches up well against him is sweet revenge for all those years that Nadal pounded Roger’s backhand into submission, again and again. Every time Djokovic defeats Nadal, no matter what the circumstances, is a triumph and release by itself. It is just delicious to see the Djoker’s masterpiece of a backhand neutralizing Nadal’s one destructive shot and rendering it powerless.

  • Opening set

Djokovic quickly found himself trailing 0-2 after getting broken in the opening game. Nadal came out like a house on fire and looked like he found his old confidence. But Djokovic would have none of it. He held serve and broke Nadal back straight away after setting up break point with a delicious drop shot and lob combo, that left Nadal scampering after the ball in vain. On break point he just made the return and Nadal nervously dumped a forehand into the net. Djokovic then consolidated to love if I remember correctly.

The normal order of things had been restored with Djokovic looking very comfortable against the clay monster. At 3-3 and 30-30 on the Djoker’s serve there came one of the several unbelievable rallies in this match. Yes it was a very high quality affair. It was a long base line rally after which Djokovic hit a strong forehand down the line. Nadal ran it down and hit one of those rediculous curling forehand winners down the line. Break point. But this time the Djoker was up to the challenge as he saved break point after successfully lobbing Nadal again and hitting the overhead winner.

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The masterpiece

There was another amazing point at deuce where Djokovic ran a drop shot down from Nadal after a long rally and hit a delightful cross court angled drop shot winner. Holding serve there was big, because in the next game he broke Nadal after one of many deep returns off Nadal’s first serve which forced Nadal into an error. Djokovic’s return of serve was one of the big features of this match. It was incredible how he kept pounding them deep off Nadal’s first serve, who by the way was serving quite big himself.

Djokovic then served out the first set to 30 to take it 6-3.

  • Second set

In the opening game of the second set Djokovic was threatening to run away with it as he held two break points on the Nadal serve at 40-15, but in his usual clutch way Nadal dug himself out of that hole and held serve. In the next game where Djokovic held serve to love he did another drop shot and lob combo which left Nadal scampering to the base line again and missing the following shot. That is a play I really enjoy seeing. It looks like Djokovic is toying with Nadal when he does that and I bet Nadal just loves it!

And at 1-2 and 40-0 on his serve Djokovic hit yet another drop shot and lob combo. This time Nadal jumped and tried to hit the backhand smash but it bounced before the net! I almost felt sorry for the guy. OK just kidding. At 2-3 and 30-30 with Djokovic serving there came another one of those big points. Another long base line rally ensued with Djokovic drawing Nadal out wide on the ad court and approaching down the line with that masterful backhand of his.

Nadal as usual made it as hard as possible for Djokovic with the next shot but Djokovic calmly put away a textbook volley cross court. Now that is something his coach Becker would have liked. Djokovic held serve and that is when the big game was played. At 3-3 Nadal raced to 40-0 but Djokovic reeled him in to the point where he had a break point. Nadal was already going crazy with fist pumps in the previous game to try and unnerve Djokovic and psyche himself up.

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The match point and celebration was highly enjoyable

But on the break point he played a defensive point as good as any I’ve seen from him and he erupted in a fist pump unlike any other. Djokovic’s reaction to that point was key I thought. I kind of expected him to be frustrated or surprised, but he just smiled it off and proceeded to break anyway. That was the most impressive thing about Djokovic today probably, his calmness and composure. He just looked in total control all the way, no matter what Nadal threw at him.

He played perfect tennis with a calm and confidence I probably only saw from him in 2011. He then held serve without much trouble I think and even broke Nadal at 5-3 as Nadal was trying to at least make him serve it out. That was a good message he sent to Nadal I thought. It made the difference between a straight set win and a good old spanking. It’s the kind of message he’d want to send Nadal if he has any chance of stopping Nadal in Paris this time. Usually I would have said Djokovic still had no chance to win the French.

But this win convinced me that the Djokovic of 2011 is back, and again credit to our oracle Veronica for calling it. The power, control, and composure he is playing with out there is just unreal. The only player who was ever capable of a higher level is Roger. You are welcome Fedfans. And yes his serve is still improved and also helped with this victory. Even his net game is improved and he didn’t miss a single overhead today I think. And there were quite a few. Nadal made sure he tested that area.

  • In conclusion

Djokovic is becoming more and more complete as a player and it does look an awful lot like the 2011 Djokovic is back. Veronica said he may be even better because he is more mature and complete now. The winning streak in 2011 was unreal but who knows where he can go from here. I do think if this version continues he would have a chance against Nadal at the French. I had a strong feeling that he would beat Nadal in the 2011 French Open final but then of course Roger prevented that.

The losses the Djoker suffered to Nadal at the French since then won’t help if they face in Paris again this year, but if he plays like today no one would be so stupid as to give him no chance at all. But there is a long way to go before then and much can happen. But Djokovic did what he wanted to do in Monte Carlo. He unceremoniously dumped Nadal out of the tournament after Nadal looked like he was seriously starting to threaten again. That said, Nadal would still feel good about his week.

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More attacking tennis from Djokovic won the day

I’m sure he will win Barcelona but who knows. Djokovic will take a much deserved two week break now after which he will come back refreshed to try and kick Nadal’s ass some more in Madrid and Rome. Surely if he keeps beating Nadal time after time it will have an effect on him in slams too. I thought that was what would happen in 2011 after he schooled Nadal in Madrid and Rome, but then Roger spoiled the party in Paris like I said. I think Djokovic is fairly deep in his head again after winning 5 of the last 6 meetings(and 13 of the last 20).

He just has to build on that in Madrid and Rome. And personally I am very much looking forward to those events. As for the final tomorrow you would expect Djokovic to win the title as he leads the head-to-head a staggering 18-2 vs Birdshit. But the main thing is that Nadal was prevented from winning yet another Monte Carlo title which would have been awfully boring. At least Djokovic already cost Nadal several clay Masters titles(4 + Monte Carlo). Now he just needs to translate that into a clay slam and we will finally have been delivered from the reign of terror.

 

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Epic match point and celebration:

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Posted in Masters 1000, Monte Carlo.

51 Comments

  1. Ruan–spot on! Nole is my second fave player to watch because you can see him getting better. Even his volleys (which are still miserable) are getting better. He made some silly ventures forward but I like the intent. He OWNED Nadal today. No doubt. Nads looks scared and his hair is thinning, a sure sign of all the stress. He may still win FO (as we know he’s a beast) but all these losses are bound to take its toll. Nishikori is playing Barcelona, and if he’s on, he can take Nadal too. And WTF is all this about getting tired? I mean, seriously, he needs to stop making excuses. He got beat, move on. Looking forward to clay. One dreams of Fed taking out Nadal on clay though. Sigh.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Cheers Sakhi. Yes Djokovic is not at all a bad substitute for Roger. That’s good to hear Kei is playing Barca. Showed already he can trouble NAdal on clay. Nadal said he was tired? Sure sign that he got pummeled out the today when he makes a silly excuse like that. Yes Fed taking out Nadal on clay would be nice but sadly I don’t ever see that happening again.

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  2. It’s great to see the Djoker dominance over Nadal after so much pain for Fedfans like you an me…
    Federer is too polite and was defeated by the “Manacor Mafia” (all the tricks in the “Gamesmanship” book by the “Nadull Nadoping Team”), but the “Serb Connection” took over the business…
    Djoker plays so well… It’s a real pleasure to see, he adapts to oponents, and changes the rhythm, something that Federer (because he is a genius, and cares of nobody) never even tried…

    Nishikori will win again in Barcelona, i believe the japanese also has the tools to take care of the “Manacor Monster”…
    Keep the good work.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Cheers Jaques! It’s a pleasure to have to as a reader :-)

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  3. Thanks for giving such a detailed analysis Ru-an. I couldn’t watch the match. I just watched the highlights but as usual they don’t give the whole picture of what actually transpired. You have covered all the key moments in the match and with such great detail. It’s nice whenever Nadal gets schooled in his own backyard, isn’t it? Another one of his streaks got ended yesterday. I don’t remember the exact number but I think Nadal had never lost a clay court SF before this. It’s another one of those innumerable records Nadal has on clay, and seeing them go down one by one, specifically by Djokovic is also a good thing.
    Djokovic is showing great class in dealing with Nadal on clay. He’s being cautiously polite and diplomatic about his chances against Nadal on clay and also at FO. After beating Nadal once on clay each in 2013 and 2014 just before the FO but still losing to him at FO must have taught him a lesson. Of course everyone knows that Nadal is a completely different animal when he plays at FO and even for a player of Djokovic’s caliber it’s tough to down him there. With FO being Nadal’s fortress, 99% of the crowd might be against Djokovic when they face off there, and we all know how vulnerable Djokovic is when it comes to handling the situations where he doesn’t get much crowd support. Hopefully this year Djokovic is improving in that aspect, which I feel is the most important factor, especially at FO.
    I noticed the fact that Djokovic grunts while playing against Nadal. I haven’t seen him grunting much at all against any other player. This might be a nice tactic since there are many players who get affected by Nadal’s grunting. Is this Djoker’s way of giving Nadal some taste of his own medicine? :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Thanks Nakul. It’s great that you appreciate the detail of my post. I am not always sure if people are interested in that much detail ad reading such a long post, so thanks for letting me know.I only go into this much detail when a match really grabs my attention anyway, and I have to do that to analyze the match properly.
    As for the crowd support at the FO I doubt that’s a big issue because the French is sick of Nadal and wants someone to defeat him. Did you already forget what happened in 2009? ;-)
    Finally the grunting is a good point. Djokovic is not like Roger who just lets Nadal get away with whatever he wants. Nadal grunts harder the more important a point gets so Djokovic grunts back. Again that is just beautiful to see someone giving Nadal his own medicine like that and it bugs the hell out of Nadal and his fans. They absolutely despise the Djoker which is of course delicious to see. The way Djokovic celebrates like when he won match point for instance is just so awesome. It’s destroying Nadal.

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    Nakul Reply:

    What happened in 2009? I wasn’t following tennis at all back then. Was the crowd cheering for Soderling in that match? If that was the case then it’s definitely surprising. French is sick of Nadal? LOL. If you consider Roger and his achievements at Wimbledon, the crowd there still wants him to win every time he plays. In fact where ever he plays the crowd will always cheer for him. Now that’s some difference in the class of the 2 players.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yep, they went nuts and Nadal complained about them afterwards saying the French crowd never cared for him or something along those lines. Was funny.

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    Nakul Reply:

    P.S. You typed my name as ‘Nadkul’. Hope it was just a typo, and you didn’t have any hidden intentions since it sounds very similar to some other name which you and I both hate. :D

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha sorry I will go correct it. In the comments I don’t always proof read. No offense intended I promise! ;-)

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  4. Good post Ru-an. Hopefully more will appreciate how gd Nole has been to fed fans… I just love how nadal gets a taste of his own medicine. So far so gd. Nole is as dominant as ever but I doubt 2011 can be repeated. That was an insane year. Nadal’s 2015 zero masters streak continues… Yeah! And lastly, birdy might as well just call in injured tmr. Zero chance in the final.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Hey Ben Chia where you been? Always fun to read about your Nadal hate. And I agree that the 2011 will probably not be repeated. Bt who knows. He is now already on a winning streak of 16 matches and he will be back refreshed in Madrid and Rome looking to win some more.

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    Ben Chia Reply:

    Hallo Ru-an, I have been silently reading your post because I noticed a trend recently. By not talking much about Nadull’s “poor” form, my prediction of his zero GS & 1000 masters streak stays alive. I know its a long shot but hey, its working. You usually get most predictions right but occassionally you get blinded by own personal prejudice too… I am talking about your fav birdshit taking the second set from Nole! I did not see that coming… ha! But I will expect a crazy bagle like response from nole soon. Lastly, keep it going. Don’t care what you call this blog, we (your fans) will continue reading it, no? Vamos! :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You are 100% right about me getting blinded by my personal prejudice in the past, but as far as the final today go I didn’t make any predictions in my post and later said in a comment anything can happen in tennis. Anyway Djokovic won so it turned out as expected. And thanks for being a true supporter of my blog. The ones that are whining never understood what my blog was about to begin with. They were seeing it through their own bias and prejudice.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    And well done so far on the prediction btw. That would be the best ever prediction if it came true, on several different levels lol.

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    Ben Chia Reply:

    Well, well, Birdy put up a decent fight in the end. I actually like his straight flat shots. Just mentally weak too often. Pity. A last comment on Nole’s current form “… first player to win the first three masters 1000 of a calendar year and Masters titles since 2011
    Djokovic = 18
    Federer + Nadal + Murray = 18” (blatantly copied from ATPworldtour). Best part is, he can actually continue winning the next few 1000MS. What a streak that will be! I’m actually rooting for him to do that almost* as much as wanting Nadull’s winless streak to continue. This year’s FO is going to be so interesting…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Crazy, isn’t it? He is not allowing Nadull a seat at the table, even on clay!

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  5. I reckon the final will be three sets. Berdych is no slouch on clay. Remember he managed to beat Djokovic at Rome in 2013 from 2-6 5-2 down, so he definitely is up for the upset once again.

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    steve Reply:

    It would take a brave individual to bet against Djokovic today. Berdych has a history of coming up short in big finals against Federer/Nadal/Djokovic.

    The stats are not in Berdych’s favor. Djokovic hasn’t lost a Masters final since Cincinnati in 2012 (!). Since then he’s won 10 in a row. Conversely, Berdych hasn’t won a Masters final in nearly 10 years.

    Djokovic is going to take this one home pretty handily, I think.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Well 18-2 tells its own story Conal and Djokovic doesn’t look like he is currently in the mood to lose, but yeah this is tennis and anything can happen.

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  6. Djoko should be the BFF of Fedfans because he has estoppel Nadal from overtaking Roger’s records.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Couldn’t have said it any better Rose. Being a Djokerer fan is the best.

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  7. Hey Ru-an, this is a very good and detailed post. I liked it. But I have to disagree on two things with you and agree on one. First, I totally agree with you that it is just lovely so see this being done to Rafa by someone else after all the time he did this to Roger. Priceless. Just priceless. Period.

    But… there are 2 things I disagree on. I watched the match while I was studying and I watched it without volume. But even muted…. I absolutely LOVED and LOVED the match. Most of the time I don’t care for Rafa vs Novak matches, even if Rafa is losing. Because they play a bit the same. Not much, but a bit. But this match was absolutely amazing !!! Too bad I had to study, otherwise I would have loved it even more. Very high quality. And…from both sides no gamesmenship, no acting tired, no no-nonsense, just 2 players giving it their all. They BOTH were amazing. Even Rafa. Even Novak. And Novak did something that I could not think was possible in this lifetime….. at the end of the match, he made me root for Rafa !!! Can you believe that?? Not for Rafa to win, but I wanted Rafa to atleast get a 3rd set out of it, because he deserved that. Nothing is changing, I still wanted Rafa to lose SO badly, but… I have to give credit where credit is due… the way he was playing… he atleast deserved a 3rd set (in which he had to lose ofcourse). Which is why I don’t get all of you guys comments saying that Rafa was owned or obliterated. Yes, the score was twice 6-3, but Rafa fought hard and didn’t get run over by Novak. I don’t understand why you all are saying that Novak owned him today. He made Rafa work, had some really great shots, but Rafa also made him work !!! Badly. This was not a bagel or a match like Roger vs Rafa at the Rome final in 2013….
    I am still no Rafa fan and I am absolutely thrilled that he lost, but he wasn’t run over by the Serbinator. Atleast… that is my opinion.

    Second thing I disagree on is a thing you keep bringing up Ru-an, which is in my opinion parcially true, but not completely: “that Djokovic is the reason that Nadal isn’t already the Goat”. You keep mentioning that, but isn’t that WAYYYY too simple?? Only because Novak stopped Rafa a couple of times in 2011, Rafa would have been the Goat?? What about Roger, who would have been able to do something 3 or 4 !!! years in a row that no one is able to do in about 40 years??? Win all the slams in a year. Isn’t it true that had Rafa not been there, or atleast not THAT STRONGLY, Roger could have won atleast 4 or 5 RG and have the career grand slam (??) atleast 3 or 4 years in a row?? Would THIS not have made Roger the absolutely Goat der Goats?? I know that Rafa could have won several slams in 2010/2011/2012 and that Novak stopped him…. but to me atleast…. it is not so simple by saying “oh well, had Novak not stopped him, then Rafa would be Goat”. You guys have seen more of the 2003-2008 years than I have, so I find it a bit difficult (and unfair to Roger) to just forget those years in which Roger was absolutely destroying and dominant. The only one able to stop him or keep him on planet earth was Rafa.

    Just to make sure you guys know this: this is not me being a blind Roger follower (which I have never been) and this is not me not being able to hear anything bad about Roger (because that is not true) and this is not me not being able to appreciate others than Roger (which is not true, because I totally loved this match)…. but this is just me trying to be fair to Roger. If 2010/2011 could have made Rafa the absolutely Goat…. then lets not forget who could have been the Greatest Goat because of 2003 and further.

    Ps: I have faith in my Tommy B… in my Berdy :-) Come on Berdy, show you can do that thing too that seems like only Roger can do… stop Novak :-)

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  8. I have to disagree on the gamesmanship. Nadal once again showed plenty of it…in the way he celebrated. Whenever he won an important point, and sometimes not even an important one, he always does that celebration of his in order to affect his opponents. He feeds off the crowd’s support, something which novak can’t do, and tries to give himself that boost of confidence every time while at the same time he knows how annoying this can be to his opponents. I mean a few “come on’s” and “vamos’s” never hurt anyone but I just can’t stand his over celebrating coz I know why he does it. It’s not very easy to make nadal lose his spirit, he just feeds off of absolutely EVERYTHING (mental giant).

    But what was particularly pleasing about yesterday’s match was the fact that Nadal is now trying to serve bigger and harder against djokovic because he’s just tired of djokovic getting everything back. Every time he served big, it came back with interest, and I would know, the server never likes that. When you think that your serve should be good enough to force a neutral return so you could then win the point, only to find that it has absolutely zero effect…can be extremely dispiriting. Well done Novak!

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Who are you disagreeing with Alex? I agree that Nadal as usual tried everything to get under the Djoker’s skin. He went over the top with celebrations, grunted, pushed everything back, etc. But Djokovic was immune(mental giant). Totally agree about Nadal’s serving too, and how Djokovic was able to send it back with interest time after time. Just delicious!

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    Alex Reply:

    It was meant to be a responce to Katyani’s post but then i realized only after posting it, and i couldn’t change it.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Ok I see. Yes you wouldn’t hear me say that. Nadal will always do whatever he can to disrupt the concentration of his opponent and get under his skin. He needs that and couldn’t win as much without it. Roger is too talented and nice a guy so he doesn’t bother, but Djokovic gets back in Nadal’s face which is always a pleasure to observe.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Wow Alex, looks like this is become a Djokovic fan blog :-) Honestly, Rafa was not using that many gamesmenship. Neither was Novak for a change. Why should he anyway, it was not like it was Roger on the other side that he cannot figure out how to beat unless use gamesmenship :-)
    To me, Rafa and Novak both played fair. Both grunted equally and both celebrated equally and both used the crowd equally.
    Anyway Alex, thanks for replying to my comment. Took me a while to type all that :-)
    Ps: although Berdych lost… so proud of him. Novak definitely underestimated him and almost paid the price for it. Unfortunately Berdych wasn’t that good on the key moments…. Too bad Berdy…

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    Ru-an Reply:

    If you have a problem with my blog I already said there is Jonathan’s blog Katyani. No need to bring your bias here. This is now a blog for tennis fans not for Federer fans. I read your last comment first and didn’t make a big deal of it, but you are taking it too far now.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, what did I say wrong? I just replied to Alex. Like I said, I absolutely loved the match between Novak and Rafa. Very high quality and I also loved the final (watched it without volume too). I didn’t think both Rafa and Novak used gamesmenship and that is what I told Alex. The final I loved more because of Berdych. Almost all thought he would get a bagel and a breadstick, but he fought hard. Made some mistakes at keymoments and lost. Roger had nothing to do with the final. And I just gave Rafa the respect I thought he deserved for the way he played. No bias from my side, but to be honest, I am just not a Novak fan like some of you.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I know what you said Katyani. It’s fine if you don’t like Djokovic but don’t ask if this is a Djokovic fan blog if it doesn’t suit you anymore. I have tried to make it abundantly clear on several occasions that this is not a fan blog, not even when it was mostly about Roger. If Alex has something positive to say about Djokovic there is no reason to call this a Djokovic fan blog now. Most of all this is a blog about tennis and anyone is free to like Roger’s rival Djokovic as much as they want. Calling him Roger’s rival is not even completely accurate because in many ways he is doing Roger favors and protecting his legacy. He deserves credit for doing something Roger could never do and you will respect that even if it bothers you.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an, yes, maybe my Djokovic blog comment was not right to say. I am sorry for that. I don’t hate the guy, I love him as an amazing tennisplayer, I just don’t like him as a person (just as I don’t like Rafa, Agassi and JMac as persons).

    But you have to try to get this too Ru-an: not everything I say is because of Roger or because someone is beating Roger. I have said many times before that the first time I saw Rafa play, I just thought something was off with him and I didn’t like him. At that time I didn’t even know about the rivalry with Roger. Same goes for Novak. He just had something that felt off to me the first time I saw him play and at that time I didn’t even know about his history with Roger. I do see players and not every thought about them involves Roger….

    As for respecting Novak because he could do something that Roger could never do… have to disagree on that. I respect Novak for the way he plays and for the way he has improved and is improving. But I don’t respect him or should respect him because he is the protector of Roger’s legacy. Novak didn’t start playing tennis to protect Rogers’s legacy, he started to play tennis because he liked it and for himself and his family. There is only one person on this planet who should protect Roger’s legacy and that is Roger himself. Novak won’t want our respect because he is “helping” Roger, he wants our respect because of the way he plays. That is what he deserves and should get from us. If we respect Novak for protecting Roger’s legacy, then we are being unfair to Novak. Atleast that is my opinion…..

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    Ru-an Reply:

    What on earth are you talking about? Who said anything about respecting Novak for protecting Roger’s legacy? This is what I am talking about Katyani. You just don’t make much sense a lot of the time. I said you should respect Novak for doing something Fed could never do, and I won’t have it any other way. Let me ask you something. Do you still comment on Jonathan’s blog? Does he still allow you to? Please answer me before you make any other comments. I recently asked you a question too and you ignored me. I really think you fit in much better there. I’m not chasing you away, but you’d have to adjust your comments if you want to continue commenting here. Unfortunately for you I do like to get involved in the discussions on my blog and I do read all the comments.

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  9. Well surprise, surprise! Berdych has consolidated an early break!

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    steve Reply:

    Conal, your prediction of a three-setter was right on the money. But Djokovic was still too strong in the end.

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  10. Djokovic captures the first set 7-5 playing B-level tennis. Five breaks in the set overall. Berdych played very well but he still lost. Will be very tough for him to come back after having the early lead. These slow courts require him to force the ball through the court, it costs him a lot of energy.

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  11. Interesting to see Fed fans become Djoker fans. Though I always preferred Federer – nothing to do with personalities I just prefer his style of tennis – I didn’t cheer against Nadal until after the 2012 French Open final. If you remember it was drizzly and Djokovic started to gain the upper hand despite being behind. Nadal and his camp bitterly complained and eventually the match was stopped. Uncle Tony then ambushed the umpire when he went through the “tunnel” out of the stadium. I’d read Federer fans complaining before about Nadal and his antics but put it down to sour grapes. But something about that whole affair rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t know if it was the right decision to stop the match but Djokovic was playing much better and I think he would’ve won that match if it hadn’t been postponed until the next day. It felt like an injustice and since then I’ve cheered for Djokovic and against Nadal, especially at the French. So I guess I became a Djokovic fan by accident.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I always liked Djokovic’s game but didn’t always care for his behavior on court. That’s was just the Fedfan bias in me though and besides Djokovic is more mature these days. Disgusting to hear about that 2012 FO which I missed. Just Nadull and his uncle getting away with murder again. Nothing new. But yeah what goes around comes around. And btw being a fan of Djokovic has nothing to do with sour grapes. Djokovic grew on me over time. In a big way he is Fed’s successor. I like his game because it also offers something different than Roger. Probably Roger’s weaknesses(bh + returns) are his strengths. So for me personally it’s a fresh change up. Also the fact that he leans towards defense while Roger leans towards offense, even though both can do the opposite very well too. In some ways they are actually very similar players. So yeah many reasons for me to like Djokovic.

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  12. Hi Andrew, I think it’s actually very easy to transit from a fed fan to a Nole fan. Simple reason 1, most fed fans hate Nadull. Finally (about damn time) someone appears who isn’t afraid of Nadull and gives him a taste of his own medicine. Sorry fellow fed fans, Federer is pretty much Nadull’s bitch same way fed owned andy rodick. Reason 2, doko is becoming better and better in a Federer-type manner. As if he wasn’t strong enough already, he continues to up his game. Broken in first game? No problem, come back stronger and get it back. He does it so often now, it’s become a huge advantage in his mental strength. What’s not to love? Some detractors might hate his rope-a-dope technique but I see nothing wrong with it. If u fell for it as a tennis pro, too bad for you. Nole tried it against fed who would have nothing of it at shanghai and won it by full throttle all the way. While Murray fell for it big time on numerous occasions. The list goes on…

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    Katyani Reply:

    Sorry Ben, not all Roger fans are Nole fans or will become Nole fans :-) Not all of us…. some DO see through Novak you know :-)

    Ps: people only do rope a dope if they don’t believe in their own abillities. If you have faith in yourself and your play and your sport, then you don’t need these things. Atleast…. that’s my opinion :-) Goes for every sport and for life :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Right, because Mohammad Ali didn’t believe in his own abilities.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Hey Ru-an and Ben, a lot of players use that rope a dope tactic, Delpo does, Andy does and more. But also a lot who don’t use that, Berdych, Ferrer, Roger, Rafa and more. I think players just don’t need that. And… Ali is wayyyy before my time, so :-)
    Ps: Like I have said many times before, I love the way Novak plays. The points he makes, the position he gets his body into, but the first time I saw him play… I just didn’t like him. Didn’t know about his rivalries with Roger or Rafa or Andy. Sometimes you just have that with a player. Not liking Novak doesn’t mean I am worshipping Roger, it just means…. I don’t like Novak. Simple as that. And I would rather have that Roger takes revenge on Rafa :-) Will happen you know. You just have to have faith and believe in Roger.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Yes I gathered as much. If you knew about Ali you wouldn’t be saying some of the strange things you do. Let me help you out. He was the greatest boxer of all time who found a way to overcome his biggest rival despite a match up disadvantage. He did it in a legendary fight called ‘The rumble in the jungle’ where he used the rope-a-dope tactic to tire out his physically superior opponent and knocked him out in the eighth round.
    Together with Michael Jordan Ali is probably the only sportsman that is recognized by almost everyone as the GOAT of his sport. Roger has most of the numbers on his side too but he is owned by his closest rival which is a blemish on his resume. And no Roger is not going to turn it around. It is too late. Time to face the facts and come out of your fantasy world. We all want to see it but that ship has sailed. The damage Nadal did to Roger at the 2009 AO seems irreversible. These days he doesn’t even show up in the next round when Nadal is waiting.
    The problem Katyani is that you mean well but you are quite naive and ignorant sometimes. You are like a little kid who makes sweeping statements they know nothing about. Since Jonathan deleted your comment and you came here I was happy to let you comment, but you may want to consider going back there if he lets you. You made it clear you don’t like the Djoker because of ‘the position he gets his body into’. The reason you don’t like him is because he is a big rival of Roger, even if you won’t admit it yourself. Your kind of bias and worship of Roger belongs squarely in Jonathan’s blog, so why bother commenting here? One thing if for sure, I will not tolerate any more Djokovic hate from you. I will delete your comments, just like he did.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oke Ru-an, I just read this comment and I will try to adjust.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    You will have to. There is no other way forward for you here. But do answer my questions to your previous comment before you continue.

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    Katyani Reply:

    Oke Ru-an. Please believe I am not ignoring anyone or anyone’s comments. Also not on Jonathan’s blog (to be honest, I don’t know why you bring Jonathan’s blog up). I have commented twice, in March I think, on both your and Jonathan’s blog that this year I will comment less, because I have 4 courses with exams. Coming Friday the 24th is my first exam !!! (very stressfull to be honest), so I am busy with my study. Watching tennis and commenting about it is great, but…. unfortunately I don’t have as much money as these tennisplayers, I love and need my job :-) So these courses are important for me and my future, if I don’t pass them then I will lose my Insurance-licence. In March I just wanted to share this because it is a big deal to me. I am not ignoring anyone, just… making sure I pass these courses and exams this year. It’s almost 1 o’clock here in Holland and I just finished studying. If you know what I mean “nog even de laatste loodjes” :-)

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I don’t know why I bother explaining things to you anymore Katyani but the reason I bring up Jonathan’s blog is because YOU FIT IN BETTER THERE. UNDERSTAND? YOU ARE A FEDFAN AND HIS BLOG IS FOR FEDFANS. Anyway I already made it clear that I will just delete your comments if they don’t fit in here. Good luck with your exams.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    I love your blunt way of speaking Ben Chia. It is both funny and honest. I can’t understand why any Fedfan would not like Djokovic. It’s not like they are substituting their love of Roger with Djokovic, is it? It makes perfect sense for Fedfans to be Djoker fans, but many of them just can’t see past their narrow-minded bias and celebrity worship mentality which has nothing to with tennis. For the rest of us Fedfans we are finally getting the revenge we longed for. It is just a natural progression, but there are always ones who are resistant to change and thereby making it difficult for themselves only. They are missing a feast. As for the rope-a-dope see my reply to Katyani.

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  13. Djokovic has really grown on me as well. I started to enjoy watching him after the gluten free diet was put in place. He became mentally so much stronger, his serve improved a lot, and he stopped that really annoying habit of bouncing the ball a million times before serving. When I realized how much he changed and improved, I started being a fan. I admire the effort to change and improve. Though when Djoker plays Fed, I still find myself cheering for Fed.

    I consider what Djoker is doing to Nadal on clay analogous to what Nadal did to Federer on grass. The clay court losses to Djoker must be messing with Nadal’s head, whether he admits it or not.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Haha after the gluten free diet was put in place. Nice one Albert. Yes he has become more enjoyable to watch in many ways. That ball bouncing habit and lack of mental strength was annoying. Definitely since the beginning of 2011 I started liking him more. Just a much more professional approach to everything. Of course when he plays Fed it has hard not to root for Fed.
    And yes losing to the Djoker on clay all the time is messing with NAdal’s head. It could translate into a FO title.

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