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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #30 on: January 30, 2013, 04:40 AM »
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Andy has a better record over Federer than Djokovic. Wonder why that is?

Definitely it's a match up issue I would think (Murray mixes it up more), but also because Nole has played Fed more times, and especially in slams where Fed is very difficult to beat. Murray/Fed have met 20 times to Nole and Fed's 29 meetings (that's almost ten more)

Most importantly, Nole and Fed have met more times in slams that any other 2 male players in the Open Era!

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The Federer–Djokovic rivalry is the largest rivalry in Grand Slam history with 11 matches played against each other. Federer leads on hard courts (both indoor and outdoor) and grass courts, and they are tied on clay courts. In terms of number of matches played, it ranks as the seventh largest rivalry in the Open Era. They have played a record of nine semifinals in Grand Slams and met at all four Slams.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djokovic–Federer_rivalry
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #31 on: February 04, 2013, 07:01 PM »
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Comments 1, 2 & 4 about Andy in this article have been posted on the News Articles thread.


Djokovic vs. Murray: 6 Things We Learned from 2013 Australian Open Final  [27 Jan]

3. Djokovic Clutch When Required

Turning our attention to Novak Djokovic, it was clear throughout this match that the world No. 1 truly was clutch when he needed to be.

In a final where break points and broken serves were essentially non-existent in the first few sets, Djokovic's ability to come through with the goods was truly phenomenal.

Times like when he was down 0-40 and 1-0 early in the second set but would reel off five straight points to level the set on serve. He may well have lost the championship had he lost that game.

Even when he was two sets to one up, he went down 0-30 and then 30-40 in his opening service game of the set, yet he came through with the goods both times.

Djokovic delivered when he needed to here, coming up big at the right times. Murray would not break his serve all game.


5. Backhand Still an Issue for Novak

It will most likely get lost in the jubilation and deserved praise of Djokovic in this final, but he showed that his backhand is susceptible to inconsistency throughout this match.

Had Murray been completely fit and healthy, you'd have imagined that the backhand would not have survived as well as it did throughout the night.

The statistics aren't great for Djokovic, with the now-four-time champion hitting significantly less winners and more unforced errors on his backhand than the forehand.

Where the forehand had 27 winners, the backhand had just 11, and it also had a staggering 29 unforced errors. Even the statistics don't present just how poor Djokovic's backhand was here, giving up cheap points during the rally and allowing the Murray serve to continue to win easy points.

Had he not come through in that third set and won the 2013 Australian Open title, Djokovic's backhand would have been the main culprit for his failures.

Even the best have improvements to make.


6. Djokovic Truly Is the World No.1

Let us not take away from any of the brilliance and dominance Novak Djokovic displayed.

The Serbian became just the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian Open crowns, and he did so in style this year.

He completely and utterly deserves his ranking as the best player in the men's game, with no other player parallel to him right now. Sure, there is the Big Four, but he stands alone as the greatest in the game.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1503461-djokovic-vs-murray-6-things-we-learned-from-2013-australian-open-final/page/2
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #32 on: March 02, 2013, 08:32 PM »
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Nole getting into the spirit of things at the Dubai players' party Very Happy :

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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #33 on: March 02, 2013, 09:35 PM »
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^ I think Djoko thoroughly enjoyed that!
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #34 on: March 02, 2013, 10:52 PM »
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Djoko is a legend that's for sure.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #35 on: March 02, 2013, 10:57 PM »
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I know I'm tempting fate, but I really don't see Federer winning any more now. I honestly think it's getting harder for him to recover from back to back long matches, but also, the younger guys, Andy, Djokovic, etc, are on to him, although at present Andy has a better record over Federer than Djokovic. Wonder why that is?]


Because Djokovic is better than the fraud from Basel.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #36 on: March 03, 2013, 02:20 PM »
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Because Djokovic is better than the fraud from Basel.
Well that doesn't answer the question.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #37 on: March 03, 2013, 09:45 PM »
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lol Prodigy.

Anyway, players are easily legends these days and every other match is an epic match.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #38 on: March 07, 2013, 01:26 AM »
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Well that doesn't answer the question.

Wait I thought you mean Andy has a better head to head against Olderer then he does against Djokovic, not Andy H2H vs Fed is better than Novak's H2H vs Fed.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #39 on: March 07, 2013, 01:54 AM »
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Wait I thought you mean Andy has a better head to head against Olderer then he does against Djokovic, not Andy H2H vs Fed is better than Novak's H2H vs Fed.
Ah I see, fair enough. Couldn't work out why you thought Andy's record was better than Djokovic's vs Federer because Djokovic is better than Federer. confused

Would be interested to hear what Teejay actually meant, although upon re-reading it I would assume you're right.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #40 on: March 09, 2013, 06:54 PM »
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Serbian doctor on how he cured ailing Djokovic

Doctor reveals how he helped transform Dubai champion into a super-fit world beater after a TV diagnosis

“I’ve got to feel good because [Novak Djokovic] has got about 16 injuries. He’s got an ankle injury? Isn’t it both of them? And a back. And a hip. And a cramp. Bird flu. Anthrax. Sars, common cough and a cold.”

Former American tennis player Andy Roddick’s withering words about current world No 1 Djokovic at the 2008 US Open are scarcely credible in light of the Serb’s phenomenal form and fitness in recent years.

However, tennis aficionados will recall that today’s Mr Superfit was yesterday’s Mr Sick­note, a suffering soul who had the occasional habit of struggling physically and even retiring from tournaments, citing ailments such as gastroenteritis, cramps, dizziness, blurred vision and heat exhaustion.

Even though there was never any evidence of Djokovic faking illness – Roddick’s acerbic comments were in response to the Serb citing an ankle injury ahead of their quarter-final at Flushing Meadows – it was the sheer regularity of his body breaking down when the going got tough that irked his peers.

For many cynics, the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open champion was akin to a sickly, skiving schoolboy, who dipped into an endless well of spurious medical excuses to shirk a stern examination.

Even the usually imperturbable Roger Federer expressed his annoyance with the Serb when, as defending champion, Djokovic quit his 2009 Australian Open quarter-final with Roddick due to heat-induced cramps. Federer fumed: “He’s not a guy who’s never given up before, it’s disappointing.”

Thankfully for the struggling Serb, salvation would come in January 2010 in a freakish manner which would have Hollywood film scriptwriters drooling.

A medic from Djokovic’s home country of Serbia, Dr Igor Cetojevic, had, in his own words, ‘nothing better to do one day’, and so started watching television. By sheer chance, Djokovic was in action against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open, so Cetojevic felt compelled to watch a fellow countryman, even though he was by no means a tennis fan.

What he saw unfold was a depressingly familiar encapsulation of Djokovic’s limitations at the time as, after powering into a two-set lead, he struggled with his breathing in the searing heat to lose the next three sets and match to the Frenchman.

An experienced practitioner of alternative medicine, Cetojevic told Gulf News in an exclusive interview how he made an instant and extraordinary diagnosis that would change Djokovic’s life forever. He said: “The television commentator repeatedly said, ‘Novak is struggling with his asthma again’. But from my observations and experience with Chinese traditional medicine, I could see that asthma was not the issue here. Every time the commentator mentioned it, I said aloud: ‘it’s not asthma!’ I know that generally most asthma symptoms appear in the morning – and Novak’s match was in the afternoon. Also, if he really had an asthmatic condition, he would not have been able to play two excellent sets before the breathing difficulties appeared.

“I suspected that in Novak’s case his problem breathing resulted from an imbalance in his digestive system, particularly from an accumulation of toxins in his large intestine. In traditional Chinese medicine, the lungs are paired with the large intestine.”

Cajoled by his wife Francesca to help the 22-year-old, Cetojevic arranged to meet Djokovic in July 2010 at the Davis Cup in Split, Croatia. He connected the straps of a biofeedback device to the Serb’s wrists and forehead designed to measure stress, environmental toxins, brainwaves and food allergies.

Cetojevic said: “I found that he was very sensitive to gluten, a protein present in wheat, one of the most common foods in Novak’s diet. He grew up, like so many young people, frequently eating wheat-based foods such as bread, pizza, pasta and pancakes.”

As per his doctor’s advice, Djokovic had to adapt to a diet which would be manna from heaven to a grandmother, including natural fruit bars, gluten-free cereal with fresh berries and nuts and herbal tea, but which was at first alien to a young male in his early 20s.

The already skinny Serb also lost a lot of weight, initially due to his radical eating habits, but Cetojevic encouraged him to persist with them, insisting his health would soon improve.

The 51-year-old also advised Djokovic about the importance of a good night’s sleep and taught him relaxation techniques to help him remain calm and focused during a match. Djokovic had, by his own admission, previously felt cowed by the pressure of taking on the game’s two giants at the time, Federer and Rafael Nadal, and had the tendency to slump into despondency when the going got tough in important matches.

But Cetojevic taught him to take deep breaths, ignore the past and focus on the present in a bid to assuage his inner turmoil. “Novak needed to trust me,” the doctor said. “Once he did, his progress was rapid. I taught him several breathing techniques that helped him sleep and also helped him to focus on the present moment, the point at hand rather than be caught up in a past shot that missed or a future shot that could seal the outcome of the match. The key is to stay in the present moment – something that is easier said than done.

“He was a very good student, following my advice and achieving excellent results.”

‘Excellent’ is perhaps even an understatement given Djokovic’s annus mirabilis of 2011, during which Cetojevic accompanied him to most tournaments he took part in. The rejuvenated Serb won 10 titles and recorded a 43-match winning streak in what was arguably the most impressive season ever enjoyed by a male tennis player.

But Cetojevic had grown weary of the constant travel on the ATP Tour and secure in the knowledge that he had cured his protege’s ills, ended the partnership. “We have been in touch off and on since we stopped working together after he won Wimbledon for the first time in 2011,” he said.

Revitalised

And since then, like the rest of the tennis world, Cetojevic has marvelled at the revitalised former client’s astonishing levels of stamina and endurance, of which an Ironman competitor would be proud. These were exemplified at last year’s Australian Open when, after prevailing in a marathon four-hour, 50-minute semi-final with Britain’s Andy Murray, less than 48 hours later he emerged victorious in the longest and arguably most gruelling Grand Slam final of all time.

In five hours and 53 minutes of breathtaking, brutal tennis, featuring a dizzying array of punishing rallies, Djokovic emphatically showed the benefits of his new diet and improved mental focus in outlasting Nadal.
Cetojevic is particularly pleased that Djokovic has sought to spread the word about what he was taught. “I could talk forever about the importance for everybody to reduce gluten-containing products, sugar and soft drinks from their diets and maybe reach a few people,” he said. “But when Novak talks about it, when his own health was so obviously improved by changing his diet, thousands, if not millions, of people can hear the message and, if they apply it, can greatly improve their own health and wellbeing.”

While much of the time spent with Djokovic was serious and disciplined, the pair enjoyed many laughs together, particularly in Dubai, Cetojevic recalled. He said: “After he won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in 2011, his team and I were waiting outside for the official car to take us to our hotels. By the door was a huge poster of Novak’s face. His physio, Miljan Amanovic, took something out of this bag and the next thing I knew, Novak on the poster sported a black moustache made out of an elbow patch. I said to Novak: ‘Do you know this guy on the billboard?’ He saw himself with the moustache and started laughing. ‘Wait a minute,’ he said, taking out the thick marker pen he used to sign tennis balls, before proceeding to add a little beard to the poster. In the morning, the officials would surely have cursed the vandals who defaced the tournament’s winner’s picture. Little did they know it was the champion himself.

“But apart from being a joker, he is also hard-working with very strong determination. He would not be in the position that he is if he wasn’t.”

http://gulfnews.com/sport/tennis/serbian-doctor-on-how-he-cured-ailing-djokovic-1.1156174
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #41 on: March 10, 2013, 01:33 AM »
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^ A very interesting article, especially as rumours are once again circulating that Djoko has been using the controversial $75,000 CVAC (Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning) egg-shaped pod to enhance his performance.  Djoko admits he did try it out a couple of times at the 2010 USO but strenuously denies having used it since.

Also, only last week, the Serbian tabloids claimed that not only are Djoko and his long-time partner getting engaged but that Djoko is about to become a father, both of which
rumours have been neither confirmed nor denied by his agent who says "I do not comment on his personal life."  Well we all know what happened about his marriage in the autumn of 2011 at which Andy was to be the Best Man Whistle although I'd be very happy for him if the pregnancy story is true.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #42 on: March 10, 2013, 09:36 AM »
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Jelena having a kid :O
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #43 on: March 18, 2013, 12:58 AM »
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Jelena having a kid :O
Not a shred of evidence so far to substantiate this, and if it had been true I'm sure it would have made news outside his own country, especially as he doesn't even live there now.
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Re: Novak Djokovic « Reply #44 on: March 19, 2013, 08:03 PM »
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Nole is posting tweets about his "Nolefam" all over the world, think this is how he calls his fans. Yuk:(

13 maart 2013:I haven't wrote to you in a long time my #nolefam. But yesterday I finally went to check what are you doing and what are you talking about on twitter. I've noticed how strong and connected group we are now. Our #nolefam is all over the globe: from China, India, Australia to France; from Serbia, Germany to the UK, from Egypt, US to South America... many of you are great tennis fans and are cheering for me, and thank you for it! But what I love the most about you is that you talk to each other on many various topics that don't include tennis: like school exams, personal life challenges, love and fears... just like one true family!
I honestly believe that I have the best fans in the world! I am blessed! Thank you my #nolefam for being like a family to me and for being like family to each other! Love from my #teamfam Smile
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