Nadal and Djokovic to Meet in Wimbledon Final

I thought about making a positive post about Roger, but I think I’ll wait for the result of the final before I do that. After today’s semis we have yet another Nadal/Djokovic final. It is getting a bit boring, but this is my preferred match up given who was left in the semis. I don’t see how Tsonga could have beaten Nadal in the final and Murray was never going to beat Nadal either. I told you Murray would not have the balls to upset Nadal and that is exactly what happened. It is all a little too predictable for my liking. Murray started well. He was actually going for his forehand in the first set, which I thought was the key to the match. And not surprisingly that helped him to bag the first set 7-5. Robbie Koenig, who is a regular commentator on the ATP Tour, excitedly made a tweet that he could not believe how calm Murray was.

I replied that we will have to see about Murray’s calmness. Knowing Murray, I knew that could all change in a split second. At 1-2 in the second set and Nadal serving at 15-30 down, Murray worked him over in a rally and got a sitter of a forehand right by the net after Nadal was scrambling on the base line. Murray missed the forehand long. From being in control of the match and having a chance to go a break up in the second set, it was back to 30-30. But more importantly he let Nadal out of jail when he had him on the ropes. This is something you simply cannot afford to do against Nadal. If you show the slightest sign of inability to finish him off he will smell it like a hungry lion and make you pay dearly. We see this happen time and time again with players facing Nadal. We have to look no further than Roger himself.

The most recent being the French Open where Roger should have taken the opening set but let a 5-2 lead slip. Against Nadal you have to be a cold calculated killer. There is simply no other way to beat him when he is at his best. This is something that frustrates me greatly when I watch Nadal, because I know there are so few players who have the killer instinct to finish him. In fact there may be only one player on the entire ATP Tour who is currently capable of doing it, namely Djokovic. Anyway to get back to the match, it all fell apart for Murray after that point. He dropped serve in the next game(which I predicted) and from there on lost 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. He went away after his missed opportunity never to return. You know, it surprises me when someone like Robbie Koenig gets excited about Murray’s ‘calmness’ after Murray’s history of abundant choking.

The guy is simply a relentless choke artist. There are two certainties in life: death and Murray choking. Only the latter happens sooner and much more often. I hope he doesn’t win a slam because he doesn’t deserve it. That may seem like a cold statement to you but if he wins a slam it will be because he fluked it, and slams shouldn’t be fluked. It is the ultimate test of a player’s mental fortitude and only the deserving ones should win it. Murray doesn’t have a champions heart. It is what it is. Even though Roger is struggling at the moment, at least we can still take comfort in the fact that he is still mentally far ahead of Murray, and will be until the day when he retires. When you have Nadal playing Murray you have maybe the most clutch player in history against maybe the biggest choker in history. There can be only one result.

The Djokovic/Tsonga match was more competitive. Djokovic was two sets and a break up when Tsonga started coming back into the match and took the third set. Unlike Roger, Djokovic steadied the ship in the fourth and made sure Tsonga didn’t sniff a fifth set. So let it not be said that Roger deserved to be in the final instead of Djokovic. In a way I am glad it is Djokovic in the final and not Roger. At the French Open I thought Djokovic was the only one who could defeat Nadal, and now he will get his chance. Try to look at the bright side. If Roger made the final and lost to Nadal it would have been more devastating than losing to Tsonga. At least now there is a guy in the final who have beaten Nadal in four straight Masters Series finals. There are people still harping on the fact that Djokovic have never beaten Nadal in a slam, or that best of five is a different story.

But I think four Masters Series finals is more telling then one grand slam meeting, or at least on par. I think Djokovic deserves respect for that and he deserves being the new world number one. Having said that, grass is probably Djokovic’s worst surface. He never made the Wimbledon final before and I don’t think he has ever won a grass court tournament. It is tough for me to make a prediction about the final. All I know is Nadal would not have forgotten about those string of losses to Djokovic. He knows Djokovic has the killer instinct to beat him, because he has done it before. No doubt we will see mostly base line rallies and a lot of defensive play from both players. Djokovic’s backhand may be the key again. Nadal can’t break that side of Djokovic down. Instead Djokovic can use it to break down Nadal’s forehand.

I’m not so sure Djokovic’s defense is on the same level as it is on clay or hard, but it looks like he is sliding pretty well on grass as well. He needs to be able to retrieve a lot of balls from Nadal which will frustrate him and make him miss. Also Djokovic’s returns can play a big role. He is a great returner and it can help him to put a lot of pressure on the Nadal serve. Most importantly of all Djokovic won’t choke. If he loses it will be because Nadal outplayed him. That fact alone is enough to make me excited about this match. It is just unacceptable for Nadal to win another slam by facing someone who doesn’t believe they can win. That’s why I’m glad Djokovic made the final and not Tsonga. Djokovic will believe he can win given their last four meetings. It may be a new surface, but that didn’t stop him when they met the first time on clay this year.

I think this could be a classic match in the making and I am pretty excited knowing that there is a possibility Nadal will lose. As a Fedfan my second priority is to see Roger’s main rival and nemesis lose, after my first priority which is to see Roger win. The first priority is for the time being not an option, so the second becomes my top priority. Make no mistake about, the result of Sunday’s final could have far reaching consequences, even though Nadal was saved by Roger at the French Open. My worst fear is that Nadal wins and Roger has done nothing but help Nadal in catching up with him in slam count in the last two slams. However, if Nadal loses it will be a devastating blow to him. He would have missed a golden opportunity to close even further on Roger’s slam count, and Djokovic’s ownage will have increased over him.

If Roger’s slam count is gonna remain in tact then Djokovic must strike now and make it clear that he will be a big hindrance to Nadal in the future. If Nadal wins then people will keep saying that Djokovic can’t beat Nadal in slams, and the last four losses to Djokovic will have been erased. Nadal will have a clean slate and he will chase down Roger’s record. So you can see that this match carries a lot of significance in terms of the ‘Fedal fate’. A part of me thinks that Nadal will have his way, and he will take advantage of the fact that he was let off the hook by Roger at the French Open. It is as if Nadal always has his way. But another part of me knows how important it is for the ‘Fedal fate’ that Djokovic wins, and I know that Djokovic is a legitimate threat to Nadal. So I am gonna try to remain positive here.

I feel too emotionally involved to make a prediction though. It won’t be based on any logic. I’ll let you decide.

Roger Federer


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51 Comments

  1. I am actually happy for Novak! He deserves to be no1 and he is indeed growing on me. Murray lost it when he missed on fh during 2nd set. I like Novak chances of winning, playing well under pressure and he knows he can handle nadal. If he beats nadal trow, he will be his kryptonite, something we love to see

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  2. Ok the statement about Murray should never win a GS is emotional response. It’s pretty clear imo the difference between Murray & Novak who has won GS. Murray FH needs a strong forehand DTL and an inside out FH. Murray displayed it in the 1st set which allowed him to dominate. But errors went into his game after the FH miss, difference aswell Murray is not strong mentally to forget a mistake and move on. Murray must improve his FH DTL and mentally if he wants to win a GS, if he does those 2 things he will win it. As a huge Fed fan, we need another person with Novak to challange Nadal in the GS, to ensure Fed GS count remains same. If Novak wants to win 2moz he must win the 1st set, I believe he will win in 4 sets, he has owned Nadal on hardcourts and Clay which is Nadal best surface, there’s no reason why he cannot do it on Grass even though it’s not his favourite surface. The most important aspects of this match will be 1st serve percentage, if Novak can serve as well he did against Tsonga, I think he will win.

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  3. I think Djoker will win in four. You’re right about Djoker’s mental fortitiude. I think half of those Masters wins Djoker had, Nadal took the first set, you can correct me if I’m wrong. Point is Djoker likely won’t go away easily. Even if Nadal does pull out this slam, I think his hardcourt season will be a disaster. I doubt he can win another U.S. or Aussie final much less get to the finals. I do not know how you feel about Delpo, because I know he faded against Nadal in Wimbledon this year. But if you look at the positives Delpo isn’t really back in true form yet. He’s about 85% in play, but 60% to 70% mentally. Nadal did teach him a lesson about games-man-ship with that phantom heel injury, and strange restroom break at the start of set 2. Strange. Delpo couldn’t keep his cool…in truth what player would have??? So Delpo lost concentration which was enough for Nadal to edge him out. Delpo doesn’t get discouraged. As you know He lost to Roger several times in the semi’s in slams and he learned from it. Nadal I believe is on Delpo’s hit list. Hard Court season is on the horizon…Nadal better look out. Oh, quick question if Nadal should lose, will he cite his heel as a factor?

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    Steven Duane Reply:

    Oh, BTW I didn’t mention Andy Murray in my comment, because much like he doesn’t deserve a slam, he doesn’t deserve to be in a Federer Blog. hahaha

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Youre right, Delpo can definitely destroy Nadal on hard. As for your question……

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    Daniel Reply:

    Fully agree, phantom heel injury and strange restroom break are the tricks of an arrogant system that coaches Nadal. Didn’t you see the reaction of “His Highness” to the empire when he received a time warning? Disgusting.
    I do hope that Djoko will win and become world #1. Then we will witness a major change of the tennis world.

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  4. good post. Really thoughtful and mirrors my feelings. I am so glad it was Djokovic. Haven’t seen enough of either of Nadal or Djoker, but it’s my impression that neither has an aura of invulnerability right now. Nadal escaped Roger in the FO and Del Potro solely by his opponent’s self-destruction. I don’t think Djokovic will do that; at least not against Nadal. Still he did self-destruct a bit against Roger in the semi of the FO. On the other hand I think he has more confidence against Nadal than against Roger and his game lines up better against Nadal who doesn’t have an amazing serve like Roger.

    Here’s hoping his adhering strictly to his newfound diet! That will be the key, I think.

    I can see it going either way so I can’t make a prediction. I do agree that Nadal is not going to have a good hard court season and will not win the US open. It will be fantastic if Djokovic can beat him at Wimbledon. Then I think the only slam he really will continue to dominate is the FO and even on clay he is no longer invincible.

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  5. The fact that Djokovic is so full of himself makes him so unpleasant and most people cant stand him simply because of his big head. But this ego of his also has an advantage – he will never do a Murray and (as you said) choke and give his opponent the match on a platter.
    You’re right, Murray doesnt deserve a slam. I used to pity the guy until his pathetic performances at the AO this year and against Nadal yesterday. How many chances does the guy want?
    Its hard for ANY Federer fan to predict the outcome of this match without being prejudiced.
    Looking at the big picture, I too sincerely hope Djokovic brings his A-game tomorrow and puts Nadal in his place. He’s had an awesome run this year, he deserves to be #1 at this point more than Nadal or even Roger, and he sure as hell deserves this slam more than Nadal.
    And I think we’ll all throw up if we watch Rafa bite another trophy.

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  6. I am backing Novak to win against Nadal: I prefer my dopers to be the better tennis player. Also, like you, I wouldn’t have wanted to see Roger get beaten here again by Nadal, which I feared would have been likely had they met in the final.

    You are right, that quite apart from having the necessary skills, for a player to beat Nadal they have to have enough self-belief that they can do it, and the killer instinct to finish him off when the chance presents itself. Still, it’s going to be no easy task for Novak. Nadal keeps going up a gear as the tournament progresses. He made only one unforced error in each of the last three sets against Murray – incredible! – as well as hitting 36 winners in the match, and he is covering the court like a Ferrari, getting to every ball. The irony is that he claims he needs to play with an ‘anaesthetised’ foot (despite the MRI revealing no injury), that his ‘knees’ are still troubling him, as he requires more PRP treatment after the tournament (even though his doctors said last year his knees were ‘cured’), and that he will be missing Davis Cup because he is ‘tired’ from his busy schedule. With all that, you would think he could barely make it on court against Djokovic; that it could be a virtual walkover. No chance. I’m betting on the trainer being called or another MTO if it gets close.

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    George Reply:

    George Reply:
    June 17th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I believe Nadal would easily destroy Novak in Wimbledon.

    neil Reply:
    June 17th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    There is no way that Nadal is going to ‘destroy Djokovic in Wimbledon’.

    Apparently we look at it in a different way. I just hope you’re right and Djokovic wins tomorrow. I still believe Nadal will take him easily on grass though (probably 3-0).

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    Ru-an Reply:

    ‘I prefer my dopers to be the better tennis player’

    Do you mean by that that Djokovic is the better tennis player?

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    neil Reply:

    Yep.

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  7. haha…two certainties;death and murray choking…Ruan i loved it :-)
    It would be a cracker tomorrow…
    Mr.MTO vs the ultimate pervert…
    rooting for the pervert all the way :-)
    by the way,kvitova is a sweetheart…
    Liked her gestures after winning.
    it was a boring match though.

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  8. For me it’s plain and simple: if Nadal wins he is on the way to being the GOAT (and Fed the GOAT; Greater Of All Times After Nadoping)); if the Djuicer Djoker wins Nadoping for the fifth time in a row, then the Federer legacy as the GOAT will remain until the end of tennis times. Important game tomorrow, hey?

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    Ru-an Reply:

    Good comment Jacques, that is also the feeling im getting.

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  9. “…I am backing Novak to win against Nadal: I prefer my dopers to be the better tennis player…” Great comment indeed! It´s getting sickening to see a guy full of steroids, who looks like a quarterback rather than a tennis player, a cheater who deliberately stops the match when momentum is on his opponent´s side, win yet another Grand Slam Title. It´s a disgrace for Tennis that Wimbledon has already been and is probably going to be won by an oranguntan on PEDs, who can retrieve shots that would be winners against any other pro time and again, for more than 5 hours, hitting from impossible positions.

    I am surprised that I still punish myself, as I, once again, sit in front of the TV to watch this whole farce follow its course. It´s just that I love tennis so much, it´s difficult to stop watching. But this is becoming a freak show rather than a sport.

    Looking forward to a 7 hours final tomorrow. The last point of the match will be just as intense as the ones played in the first set, with both players covering all the court and blasting the poor ball with increasing power. May the biggest dopper prevail.

    PD: Sorry for my English, it´s not my first language, but I try hard not to make mistakes.

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  10. I need to clarify: I am also backing Djokovic to win, so I should have said: “May the most talented doper prevail”…

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  11. Of the two, I’d prefer Novak, but I think Nadal’s gonna win this one.

    We’ve seen a much more mortal-looking Djokovic on grass, a contrast from the hard-court season when he seemed to be bageling everyone. The difference, I suspect, is all in the surface.

    On grass he’s not as confident, “gluten free” or not. His movement isn’t refined enough to handle the tricky bounces of grass courts. He will make some crucial mistakes, and Nadal, who plays a simpler, safer game with lots of topspin and high margins for error, won’t.

    To expect Djokovic to win his first grass-court title in the Wimbledon final against a two-time and defending champion is a huge ask.

    Other players may acquire Nadal’s unbelievable strength and stamina, but they will never acquire his mechanical consistency.

    Djokovic still has to make shots; he has to think carefully about where to place the ball, time it well, etc.

    Nadal is freed from that mental burden. He just mindlessly grips and rips from the most off-balance positions, and the ball still goes in. He only has the vaguest idea of where he’s putting it, but that doesn’t matter because the topspin guides it safely in, even his mishits.

    Djokovic will have to think too much, Nadal won’t have to think at all, and that will be that.

    Nadal doesn’t adjust to different surfaces as Federer does; he plays the same game on every surface. Every court is a clay court to Nadal, every match a clay court match. Wind, bad bounces, other conditions–none of these affect his game because he has such enormous margins for error, far more than anyone else on tour. Thanks partly to the slowing down of all surfaces, he has homogenized tennis in a way no one has done before him.

    Nadal’s game is as machinelike as a meat grinder. You put some beef into a meat grinder, and out pops a pound of hamburger; you put seven opponents in front of Nadal, and out pops a Grand Slam title. It’s a completely mechanical and predictable process, and one that’s as dull and tedious to watch as the meat grinder.

    Anyhow, enough about Nadal. The King of Tennis will reclaim his crown. Perhaps not this year, but the next.

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    George Reply:

    ^ The definition of Nadal. I couldn’t agree more.

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  12. a doper or not, I will never ever root for Nadal coz of his attitude on court, his lack of respect from his opponent and being a cheater–WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN! it was clearly in the pictures during his MTO with Del Potro that he is FAKING HIS GRIMACE!

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  13. hey ruan, thought u should read this:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/sport-front-page/2011/07/03/i-ll-never-overtake-federer-s-record-says-rafa-nadal-115875-23243181/

    i have no clue wt nadal is tryna convey, fake humility? probably yeah….as usual puts himself down in the media on purpose to look like the humble boy.

    wt interested me was the last few lines…djokovic literally admitted tht he bends the rules to the limit when things don’t go his way n he is gonna do it tday also….wow, thts so cool….slowcoach final? lollz.

    n as usual, ur posts r epic! amzin analysis of murray…lol some crazy lines der….i won’t c the match tday, but if djokovic is on the verge of winnin, will surely switch on the TV n watch it but won’t c the award ceremony either way.

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    vaibhav Reply:

    by ‘thts so cool’, i meant tht it wud b cool to c nadal get a good taste of his own medicine of slowin down the game at the crucial moments…lets c who gets the code violation tday ;-)

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  14. Ruan, good post! As a Federer fan like you, my wish is for Djokovic to win. I sensed after the Australian open that Nadal would not win another hardcourt major and I still stand by it. There are too many good players on hardcourt, but in grass, Nadal has to be the best player and the favorite to win.

    Nadal has not lost a match in the last 3 times he has entered the tournament. He is a very good grass player and primarily because of his forehand. It is amazing how he can convert a slice from his opponent into an attacking option. I have never seen it happen on grass and I don’t know if I ever will. The topspin in this shot enables so much higher margin for error that it enables Nadal to play shots which are impossible or defy the laws of physics. He gets so many more free points on serve than in his early years. When he is serving well, he is extremely difficult to beat, especially on grass. He has his incredible defense almost intact, and his attacking game gets more tooth. It is not the type of game that I enjoy, but I am forced to admit that Nadal is INCREDIBLY good on this surface. His slice is another amazing improvement. He repeatedly troubled Murray in his match by slicing to Murray’s FH. Murray’s slices were useless because they went to the Nadal FH. THe only player who found an excellent response was Del Potro. To every Nadal slice, Delpo would slice back to Nadal’s BH and rush to the net and force Nadal to pass him. He lost a few points this way, but won a fair share of points as well. I am not encouraged by Djokovic’s game on this surface against Nadal. It appears based on the earlier matches, that Djokovic likes a higher bounce to play his attacking game. He will not get that on this surface, and he has to find a way to neutralize the nadal slice, which Nadal will be hoping to use as one of his key weapons. Djokovic in his winning streak has relied on a very consistent FH, but it is more streaky than his BH. Also Djokovic had a lot of success on clay going high to the Nadal BH. That won’t be as successful on grass. Based on the matchup on the surface and their records, you will have to favor Nadal.

    But there are intangibles which play an important role in the match up. The first is Nadal’s four straight losses against Djokovic, two of them on his favorite surface(although it can be argued if Djokovic matchup is better for Nadal on grass now). Nadal can look hopeless and dominated at periods, but he is a master at seizing the opportunity. Upoto the point at 15-30 when Murray blotched a sitter FH, Nadal actually looked lost. When Murray lost that point, Nadal recognized the opportunity and stepped up his game. And Murray crumbled. This is not something that Nadal will get from Djokovic. Djokovic has come back from dispiriting fighbacks from Nadal and still won games, sets and matches. For e.g. after leading 4-0, he let Nadal come back to 5-5 in Rome and still won the first set. That is very very difficult to do against Nadal. When he gains momentum, he goes on this stretch winning games where even winning a point looks difficult. Djokovic has fought these and still won matches. Nadal wanted to win every one of those matches and could not win. He lost because Djokovic refused to buckle. I think if that fighter in Djokovic comes today, Nadal will be under a lot of pressure. If Djoker can establish an early lead and keep his foot down on Nadal’s throat, say lead by a set and a break, all those demons of the four losses will come back to haunt Nadal.

    Let us see how the match up goes

    Serve – Equal
    Return – Djokovic
    FH – Nadal
    BH – Djokovic
    Slice – Nadal
    Volleys – Equal
    Defense – Equal

    There is no obvious pick from the matchup. I think the first set will be crucial. Nadal throws the kitchen sink at Djokovic and tries to send a message. If Djokovic can withstand that and win the first set, he has a 60% chance of winning. If he looses the first set, he has a 30% chance of winning. I think before the match, Nadal starts ahead by 60-40.. Wish Djokovic success

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    neil Reply:

    Aravind, very good analysis. Very interesting. Let’s hope Djoko takes the first set then!

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    George Reply:

    “although it can be argued if Djokovic matchup is better for Nadal on grass now”. Exactly. People seem to underestimate how good Nadal is on grass. I mean look how effective his shots are. Perhaps only Federer can stop him at Wimbledon. I hope I’m terribly wrong though. I can’t stand Nadull biting the trophy again…

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    George Reply:

    Things go extremely well so far! 2-0! And we all know Djoker is not a choker!

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    ARAVINDHAN Reply:

    Djokovic dropped serve for the first time in his opening service game of the 3rd…

    Even if he loses this set (1-4 down now)!!!

    He would like to open serve in the 4th & regain the momentum(Hope he doesn’t go the same way as Federer???)….
    He should win in possibly 4 sets maintaining the RECORD of Nadal not having defended any GS other than FO!!!

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    Aravind Reply:

    Amazing win for Djokovic.. I was right.. He withstood the Nadal attack in the first set and won it.. In the second, he did not relent.. It should have been a straight sets loss for Djoker, but he lost his concentration in the third.

    Novak is now truly into Nadal’s head.. It seems Nadal cannot win against him. Even worse than it was for Federer against Nadal, since he looses to Djoker on all surfaces(Hard, clay and now grass). The Nadal aura is punctured now..

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  15. Why so much hate to Nadal? Please, explain me. He has won 45 awards, has won many matches against all and every tournament. So why?

    Federer is God. For this reason I read this blog. I think Nadal is already in the history of tennis. Must be some reason.

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  16. Today’s Final will be a great occassion, but I agree with some recent comments by Borg. Borg said the match with Fed V Tsonga, it was first time he seen him dipped mentally badly. I agree with Ruan, this was a big mental blip since the 2009 Ozzie Open Final. Borg beleives that if Fed does not win a GS next year, he will retire in 2013. I think that will be the case so lets enjoy the matches that Fed plays because he might be gone soon, I hope not but I can see him retiring in 2013 if 2012 brings no GS.

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  17. Djokovic has won the 1st SET 6-4 in 41 minutes….

    I see the same pattern as Rome & Madrid Master finals where Djokovic where Nadal served incredibly till he was finally broken in the final game of the set!!!!

    If Djokovic keeps this up Nadal is looking at a STRAIGHT set loss!!!!!

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  18. Djokovic is tightening up. Nadal meanwhile shanks returns into court and makes break-points on dead net-courts to play his way back into the match. With luck like that he won’t need an MTO.

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  19. Nadal comprehensively outplayed. There is some justice in these things.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    :D

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    ARAVINDHAN Reply:

    Hurray!!! Djokovic has defeated Nadal 6-4,6-1,1-6,6-3 2hrs 28min for the 4th consecutive time.The only LOSS was against Federer in FO!!!!

    Interestingly Djoker needed the same 4 sets to defeat Tsonga-3hrs 7min & Tomic(Qualifier!!)-2hrs 41min as
    well!!

    CURIOUS QUESTION:How will ATP frame the seedings for the reminder of TOUR from now on????

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  20. Ru-an, you must be very pleased with the outcome of Nadal/Djoko Wimbledon match and so will be a lot of other FedFans. Will look forward to your post. Thanks.
    Kindly,
    Dolores

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  21. FUCK YEAH! That’s absolute pleasure! SO glad I was totally wrong about this match… Wow, what an ownage this is. 5-0! The definition of fruition for Novak I guess. I don’t like him but I respect him for what he has already done to Nadal. This is justice!

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  22. Hurray!!! Djokovic has defeated Nadal 6-4,6-1,1-6,6-3 2hrs 28min thus defeating him for the 4th consecutive time & the only LOSS was against Federer in FO!!!!

    Interestingly Djoker needed same 4 sets to defeat Tsonga-3hrs 7min & Tomic(Qualifier!!)-2hrs 41min as
    well!!!

    Thus he had an easier FINAL than his 2 previous rounds!!!

    It further proves the EDGE that Djokovic has against Nadal!!!

    How will ATP frame the seedings for the reminder of TOUR from now on????

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  23. Hurray!!! Djokovic has defeated Nadal 6-4,6-1,1-6,6-3 2hrs 28min thus defeating him for the 4th consecutive time & the only LOSS was against Federer in FO!!!!

    Interestingly Djoker needed same 4 sets to defeat Tsonga-3hrs 7min & Tomic(Qualifier!!)-2hrs 41min as
    well!!!

    Thus he had an easier FINAL than his 2 previous rounds!!!

    It further proves the EDGE that Djokovic has against Nadal!!!

    CURIOUS QUESTION:How will ATP frame the seedings for the reminder of TOUR from now on????

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  24. Wow. This feels even better than I thought. Too early to say, but I feel that Roger’s GS record is safe from Nadal. I do not seem him capable of beating Djokovic. Djokovic has owned much more than NAdal was owning Federer. He beat him on grass, clay and hard court and not just beat him. Blew him away.

    Ironically, Fed was the only one that stopped him. It just shows the ridiculousness of the H2h. I do think NAdal would have lost the French to the new wheat free djoker.

    Love it!! Sweet fucking revenge.

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    Ru-an Reply:

    :D .

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  25. feeling extremely satisfied and compensated….thumbs up to Ruan and all the posters on this blog…online beer party and it’s on me :D

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    George Reply:

    hahAHaHaHahAhaHAAhaha! I heard Maria Xisca Perello wants to join this party. She needs alcohol because she dumps Nadal *woohooo* lol

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    vaibhav Reply:

    hohoho im lovin this moment….damn, wt court coverage by djokovic, dude’s got a complete game , jst like how ‘prime’ federer had all the shots at one point of time……..btw, for maria, ve got a whole bucket of beer for u on my doorstep, loser’s party is outside the house :D

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  26. Will be interesting to see how Nadal handles being #2 and not to Federer who he was always chasing. I do think it shows Federer’s great heart and mental strength to keep fighting on after he had fallen. I don’t think Nadal has that. And let’s face it he has no way to beat the new Novak. He’s 0-5 to him in finals on three different surfaces and I don’t believe any of those matches were even that close. Novak’s dismantling of him, showed what an incomplete robotic player he is. Djokovic is a real tennis player, not Fed, but very, very good with all-around skills. He’s also younger than Nadal and has proven that he can win slams. He may well dominate for years now, though it seems Federer alone can still beat him. He may be a more likely candidate to reach 16, though I think that’s a very, very long shot.

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    Aravind Madhavan Reply:

    I think Djokovic has clearly passed Nadal now. Usually when a player beats another to become number one in that player’s peak, it is a passing of a baton. This is a very difficult loss for Nadal. We saw Federer fight and win his last three slams. None of them were straightforward.. It is now to be seen if Nadal can do the same.
    If Nadal does not add significantly to the slam count in the next 6 slams, he is not going to beat Federer’s record… He just will not be competitive when he loses a step.

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  27. That was the least confident display I have ever seen from Nadal in a grand slam. He has come from behind to win before but he never really looked like he believed he could do that against Djokovic. If the Serb was to maintain his focus the match was his for the taking. Nadal will now only beat him if he has an off-day.

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  28. I went for Nadal before the match began. But I always felt that if Djoker started well, the 4 consecutive losses will start telling on Nadal. That is exactly what happened. Djoker beat Nadal today using the same tactics in his last two victories on clay. Keep hitting to the Nadal backhand. Return Nadal’s serves back with venom and by outdefending Nadal. I thought that the Nadal slice would be a good weapon on grass, but everytime Nadal sliced, Djoker simply hit it back with topspin to the Nadal BH. Facing a relentless barrage, the Nadal BH simply broke down. Nadal made way more errors than usual, simply because he was just not winning the rallies and was forced to push harder than he usually does.
    As a Federer fan, I am delighted to see that Djoker is well and truly into Nadal’s head. Nadal looked helpless and lost during times in the match. Djoker, even when he was losing the third set, maintained a good body language. He lost concentration briefly in the third set, otherwise it would have been a straight sets demolition.
    I think Nadal is going to be hit hard by this loss. He moves from here to his weakest surface and the going wont get any easier. Look out for Del Potro in the summer. During moments in the QF and his match against Djokovic in the French open, he looked genuinely scary. He is not back to 100%, when he does, I think he pushes one of Murray or Federer from the top 4.

    Here are my predictions…
    1. The easy one – Djoker ends year end number one.. He has simply accumulated too many points and I think he will defend most of the points in the hardcourt season(and potentially add in WTF and US open)..

    2. Nadal will not beat Djokovic in a slam assuming both are fit. Sorry if Nadal cannot win against Djokovic on his weakest surface, he stands no chance. The last US open win was an aberration. Djokovic came off an emotional high by beating Federer in the SF after being on the losing end for three straight years and just could not match the intensity required to beat Nadal in the final. I thought that he needed to figure out how to beat Nadal in a slam once. He started off by winning 4 straight finals albeit in Masters series, with the first two on his favorite surface and hte next two on Nadal’s favorite surface. He gathered enough confidence to finally beat Nadal in a slam.

    3. Federer will not add to the slam count. Federer is “ageing” slower than most tennis players. I just don’t see how he will win another slam with Djokovic, Nadal, Murray all in their primes and dangers like Delpo lurking.. He needs to beat 3 really good players and I just don’t see it happening..

    4. Nadal will not beat Federer’s slam count. There are signs that his game is not what it was once and the competition is now intense. He is not a favorite in a hardcourt slam(having won only two in his peak). Well, grass and clay have gotten a lot harder. I think he ends at 13 or 14.

    5. Delpo will not be a one slam wonder. There is something special about a guy with as much power as he has and as much heart as he displays(to come back from 457 to top 20 in the rankingss). I think he has a chance to get back to the top ten by end of the year and with a flourish, maybe qualify for the year end tournament. what a story that will be!!

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    Duarte Reply:

    I agree partially with you.
    I think roger will win at least 1 more GS. He’s shown he can beat djokovic and murray is owned, his only problem is nadal. Federer has a mental issue when playing nadal. If federer doesn’t face nadal in a slam I think he will be able to win if he has a good day, although those days are becoming rare.

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  29. Well, well… finally someone other than the mighty Fed has taken down Nadal! Now the plodding Spaniard gets to see how it feels to be owned by a rising star, just like he has owned Federer (but only on clay, thank God). It will be interesting to see if he can handle this with as much grace as Roger did. It will be interesting to see how this Grinder of Grinders will react now that he realizes that winning 16 Majors won’t be so easy after all.

    I immediately disliked Nadal when I first saw him—the jumping up and down at the net before the start of a match, trying to intimidate his opponent; the constant fist pumping and picking at his butt; the anal retentive compulsions with his water bottles and God knows what else; the endless moonballs to tire his opponents; the fake medical time-outs to fluster his foes during matches when things weren’t going well; the eternal waiting, just for him to serve!… in short: the general tediousness and lack of imagination in his style of play. The only thing I admired about him was his amazing defensive skills as he ran down ball after ball, but even that got boring after awhile.

    Now, Djokovic has saved the day, and the tennis world’s horizon has suddenly brightened. I will always root for the aging King Roger, but whenever he gets knocked out of a slam, the Joker will be my new hero, even though I don’t like him much either. But anything, anything but Nadal! Anything to keep his slam count below 12 or 13 (and Glory be to God if it stays at 10!).

    I am done now, and I can rest in peace….

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