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@442 How can Roger be rated above Novak on all surfaces? Djokovic had beaten Roger 'the King of Grass' twice in the Finals of Wimbledon. On the Hard Court of AO, in the semifinals, he had beaten Roger twice in straight sets in 2008 & 2011. On clay, in the semifinals of RG 2012, he had given a drubbing to Roger in three sets.So much so, for the dominance of Roger over Novak on all surfaces!
Lots of commentary and speculation on this AO final but what happened to Nadal?3 straight set defeat! Most uncharacteristic without any fight back from Nadal...🤔What went wrong? Mental, physical, preoccupations, psychological problems not yet disclosed🤔😩????Loss of focus/concentration?
@447 - I do not accept that the young players lack dedication, some like Kyrgios and Shapovalov (who disgracefully tried trick shots while getting thrashed) and of course Tomic the tank engine have no discipline. But most of these guys are working furiously hard to progress. The simple fact is, RF, RN & ND are the greatest players to have played tennis and you shouldn't expect to see them matched.
@432 yes think you are right. The younger players have just not been up to it. They lack the dedication that the top 3 have
@444 - The main thing with Djokovic and Davydenko, they hit attacking shots into Nadal's forehand. Single handers don't have such a powerful cross court shot from the backhand, apart from maybe Thiem and Wawrinka. With Federer, it was mainly psychological. An aging Fed in 2017, with a new racket and more aggressive backhand, owned Nadal all year. A lot is the 'fear factor' with Rafa.
@443 People are just trying to reason why after such a clinical progression to the final, Nadal would be so out of sorts. As well as Djokovic played, Nadal's blow out can't be completely ignored. I don't totally buy the match sharpness reason tbh, but Djokovic stayed professional and completed a damaging demolition job in the end.
@436 I agree. Nadal is a bad match up for Federer as Nadal attacks the single handed backhand so well. However when he is playing well Djokovic is a bad match up for Nadal. His ability to hit backhands down the line from above the shoulders reduces the effectiveness of Nadal's go to shot. Davydenko could also hit this shot so was also successful against Nadal
It's noticeable that there are many comments about Nadal's fitness and/or match sharpness.I didn't hear much of this prior to the final.
Well done to Novak Djokovic - but where was Rafael Nadal? Strangely lack-lustre performance from him, totally uncharacteristic. I would still rate Roger Federer above Novak Djokovic on all surfaces. AO 2007, basically unplayable; USO Final 2004, 6-0, 7-6, 6-0. Would Kei Nishikori have beaten a prime Federer over 5 sets at Flushing Meadows? Use McEnroe answer...
MT 352 '...some fans only love you when you're winning'.How true. But Novak's real fans have stuck by him and believed in him all through the bad times when everybody was saying, with glee, that he was finished. He gives back such a lot to his fans, and this as well as his journey back to the top makes yesterday's final all the more joyous. (I'm not Serbian BTW but British).
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