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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #270 on: September 06, 2013, 11:39 PM »
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it's such a load of rubbish that nole developed superpowers in 2011.
nole beat roddick,rafa,fed in succession in 2007, and played several 4-5 set matches back to back at wimbledon and the us open that year. in fact the match he won in round one versus steps was one of the longest ever. he reached the us open final anyhow that year.

in 2008, nole won a slam, a couple masters and wtf

in 2009, he pushed rafa to the limit on clay - he also hired a new trainer (muster's ex-trainer) to improve his strength and stamina in the middle of 2009

the serious problems came in 2009-2010 when he changed his racquet and hired todd martin, who did things like make him serve on his knees in practice! 2009 was awful, but things started to turn around the time of wimbledon in 2010; and he reached the us open final and won davis cup that fall - so there was already signs that things were on the upswing.

but even in tough times he reached the us open semis - for 7 years straight.  and even when he was double fault king in 2009-2010 he remained #3 (he held that ranking for longest ever in the open era, behind fedal) before he broke through! so obviously he was already an excellent player.

indeed, i'd argue that all the problems he had with his serve actually helped him become the returner he is today because he had to rely on his return to stay in matches for a while there!

but clearing up the breathing difficulties etc, which came about when he went gluten free, allowed him to play more freely. he also received the kind of mental boost he needed from winning davis cup and from the meditation techniques he learned from his doctor, which he talks about in his book, and which kevin mitchell quoted in the guardian:

"I used to freeze up whenever I made a mistake; I was sure that I wasn't in the same league as the Federers and the Andy Murrays. Now, when I blow a serve or shank a backhand, I still get those flashes of self-doubt but I know how to handle them: I acknowledge the negative thoughts and let them slide by, focusing on the moment. That mindfulness helps me process pain and emotions. It lets me focus on what's really important. It helps me turn down the volume in my brain. Imagine how handy that is for me in the middle of a grand slam championship match."

source: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2013/sep/06/novak-djokovic-us-open-wawrinka

it's clear nole used to panic in matches. it's also clear he had breathing issues.

but even then he played and won a number of long and rigorous matches. people forget this. people want to say he completely transformed in 2011. but it's not true. it was always there. he just needed to fix a few things.

same with andy. and then lendl helping give him that extra push so he could repeatedly reach slam finals, win gold and a slam back to back, reach ao final, win wimbledon etc...

anyhow, some people will be suspicious no matter what... so probably pointless to write this.

just trying to offer some perspective and history.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #271 on: September 07, 2013, 05:04 AM »
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Just figured out who he has always reminded me of:




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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #272 on: September 07, 2013, 06:53 PM »
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C'mon Novak!  cmon yeah
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #273 on: September 07, 2013, 07:09 PM »
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Novak takes the second set!  yay One set all!
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #274 on: September 07, 2013, 07:28 PM »
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Have to say have not posted for many months but have been following this website regularly.
Think Novak has/should have the measure of Wawrinka having the position of all the knowledge of Andy·s match with him. If the world number 1 cannot go fwd to the final against the world No.10--- something is wrong.
The fact that he lost the 1st set - won 2nd on a TB AND is still currently struggling says a lot for the pressures that Andy felt in playing Stan
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #275 on: September 07, 2013, 07:38 PM »
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Have to say have not posted for many months but have been following this website regularly.
Think Novak has/should have the measure of Wawrinka having the position of all the knowledge of Andy·s match with him. If the world number 1 cannot go fwd to the final against the world No.10--- something is wrong.
The fact that he lost the 1st set - won 2nd on a TB AND is still currently struggling says a lot for the pressures that Andy felt in playing Stan
I agree! I want Nole to win, because I know a fit Andy can beat him, so if Nole can beat Wawrinka, I know a fit Andy could have beaten him too! Hope that makes sense!
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #276 on: September 07, 2013, 07:41 PM »
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I posted this in the Other Players thread.

Nole has had a tough emotional year, with his dad's illness, death of his first coach, losing his much-coveted French Open (hoping to win in honour of his coach) and the massive media/sponsor commitments he has now. Including giving a speech at the UN last week.

Like Andy, he has his own pressures to deal with.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #277 on: September 07, 2013, 07:45 PM »
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Yes.....All the more reason to hope he wins!
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #278 on: September 07, 2013, 07:46 PM »
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Oh dear Caz....what know? Cannot agree that if Djokovic wins it makes Andy's task any easier over either of them! wavrinka is on a high atm....let's leave it there...just shows to go that even the BEST can go down every now and again
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #279 on: September 07, 2013, 07:51 PM »
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Yes.....All the more reason to hope he wins!

Also posted this earlier, CazzaBazza. Very Happy

I've always loved Stan's game. He's been a bridesmaid for a long time, but a lot of people have underestimated him.

His head is finally in the right place.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #280 on: September 07, 2013, 07:54 PM »
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Also posted this earlier, CazzaBazza. Very Happy

Self praise is no praise....typical Quine. nah
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #281 on: September 07, 2013, 07:57 PM »
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Agree. Been In Feds shadow too too long. However, just another nemesis for Andy in the future. Funny how all the more "mature" players are coming to their full in the last months
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #282 on: September 07, 2013, 08:20 PM »
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Maybe a little 'gamesmanship' going on here! Very 'Nadalesqe'!
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #283 on: September 07, 2013, 08:21 PM »
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Maybe a little 'gamesmanship' going on here! Very 'Nadalesqe'!
Yep and Djokoesque.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #284 on: September 07, 2013, 08:23 PM »
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Self praise is no praise....typical Quine. nah
Typical coming from a Loon. nah
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