Friday, January 25, 2008

The King Is Dead! Long Live The King!

by MadProfessah



Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer's winning streak in Melbourne last night by defeating the 12-time Grand Slam champion 7-5, 6-3, 7-6(5) in the semifinal, meaning that MadProfessah's predictions in both Men's semifinals were incorrect, and that the World #3 from Serbia has realized his potential as the new heir apparent to the soon-to-be-named Greatest Of All Time. He will now be in his second consecutive Grand Slam final, starting his streak, and ended Federer's streak of consecutive major finals at a record 10 (eight of which he won). The twenty-year-old, (6 foot 2 inch, 176 pounds) Djokovic is now the youngest player ever to reach all four grand slam semifinals in a career, something the current Greatest Ever (14-time Grand Slam champ) Pete Sampras never achieved (see correction in the comments) also achieved. It's probably only a matter of time before Djokovic reaches the finals of all four majors, which is something Sampras never did achieve and that Federer accomplished in a calendar year twice, in 2007 and 2006.

Djokovic will face French-Congolese wunderkind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the men's final on Sunday night. Hat tip to Towleroad who has posted shirtless pictures of both Tsonga and many more of Djokovic on the premium blog for gay men.

It will be interesting to see how this development will complicate Roger Federer's quest to exceed Sampras record of 14 major titles. Mad Professah has already predicted that it will not occur until Wimbledon 2009. I also think Federer will win the French Open before he retires.

17 comments:

kraa said...

Actually Pete did reach RG semi finals once (1996, lost to Kafelnikov).

Karen said...

Craig, you are supposed to start this entry by saying - hugs to all Fed fans and sorry for the loss. We do not mind that he lost. We mind that he lost to the Joker. No Fed fan likes the Joker. Not because we believe that he is a threat but because of the bad taste that his personality leaves in our mouths. That being said, every Fed fan is earnestly cheering for Tsonga. We hope that we get a straight set beat down. Can you believe the Joker was complaining that that the fans were cheering for Roger and not him. I wonder why.

rabbit said...

This Australian Open is all screwed up in a very bad way. I really hope Tsonga keeps up his form from his last match.

Mad Professah said...

Hey Karen, I posted it, not Craig. I'm a HUGE Federer fan, and I too am rooting for Tsongas. It would be higly improbablythat he could sustain his level against Djokovic. I am surprised Federer was unable to aise his level to beat Djokovic, which we all know that he can. I think from now on it will depend on whetherFed is having a good day or a bad day, before he used to be able to beat people while still not playing his very best tennis (or he really didn't need to go there).

tangerine said...

Well well, this is a nice surprise to see two slam finalists not named Federer or Nadal. Great! It looks like Novak took his own advice that he had given Tipsarevic and went out there believing that he could beat Roger and he did it in straight sets to boot. Novak, you da man.

I'm really looking forward to the final. For once, it's not set in stone who will win. The Baby Balls have finally arrived.

oddman said...

Wow, shockers! I didn't expect a three-set win from Nole, amazing. This AO has been interesting, to say the least, and not in a bad way, IMO. The kid from Serbia dazzled with his speed and footwork, making The Great One look slow.
Ah, karen, it hurts when your favorite loses, no? I was nursing the hurts yesterday, that's for sure. I think you'd still be hurt no matter who beat Federer, but yeah, the Djoker can be irritating. Very self-confident, that one.
Who's going to win? This one I think will go to the new young gun, JoWilfried. As long as he keeps his head like he has so far, I think he's got the better game right now.
Allez, Tsonga!

Karen said...

Prof, I did not watch the match (receivers down again) but I was so crushed this morning that I actually went for a run with my dog. Usually I walk. I was waiting for him to come back in the match but he just did not have enough left in the tank. I think the illness before the AO, as well as that 5 set match with Tipsy really threw his whole game out of whack. I noticed that he did not seem to be playing Fedlike tennis and if James Blake had believed in himself more he perhaps could have made his first semi-final at a major. Anywho, Fed needs to get some more rest, get that nasty virus out of his system, get himself a darned good coach and move on.

Kim said...

Federer beat himself with all his errors.

MMT said...

I just don't feel Federer attacked enough. I think he has been tactically complacent for a while now, and with the exception of Shanghai 2007 where he attacked his opponents relentsless (and demolished them) he has relied on his consistency and movement more than taking the initiative and attacking since the summer hard court season really. In the fall it backfired on him big time - Madrid and Paris and the first match against Gonzalez. Djokovic, Nalbandian, Nadal, Canas - they've all shown that if you can pin Fed behind the baseline, and he doesn't take the initititve to approach the net, he's beatable.

Katherine said...

Fed was beat by somebody who played better than him. simple as that. and i personally think that it is really annoying how Roger is always defending himself when he loses. he always says that he just didn't try as hard as he could have, which is a load of crap. and when asked if he thinks Nole will win in the final his response was, "I really don't care". very poor sportsman like. I am totally cheering Nole on and i hope he wins!

Karen said...

What do you people want Roger to say. Oh yes the Joker beat me. Please, as if. Fed will never give that arrogant punk the satisfaction of hearing those words. I for one was quite pleased with the way how Fed conducted himself at the interview. It was obvious to all those who watched the match that Fed was not playing at his best and believe me it was not because of what Novak was doing. Yes, he has the belief now and yes he has the game on any given day, just like all the rest of the ATP to take down Fed, but for how long can he maintain that. That is the ultimate question. Fed has been doing this for 4 years. He has been relentless in mowing down the opposition. The Joker had a good day at the office. The season has just started. Many tournaments to go. Many more titles to win. I say bring it on.

Craig Hickman said...

Everyone knows I'm no Fed fan, but he looked downright lethargic out there. His pallor was green; he was sweating all over the place.

I intimated before the event began that his illness might make a difference in his performances later in the week, and it appeared that it did. I've never seen him so sluggish. But he still managed to serve for the first set when he choked and his forehand deserted him and didn't return.

Compare his movement against Djoke to his movement against Blake. Night and day. While I wanted him to kick Djoke in the teeth, it didn't come to pass. But in my men's draw preview, I said change was in the air, so...

I only wish that if Raja was going to have this kind of bad day at the office it would have come a round earlier. But he never has off days against the Americans.

I wanted to see Blake play Djoke. Wasn't meant to be. Not at this event anyway.

oddman said...

Well, the positive I see for that Djoko win is that now Fed's gonna lose ranking points and Rafa's gonna gain some - all right! Cutting down the gap between 1 and 2.
Novak's going in the final with a lot of pressure compared to JoWilli, having to back up all that talk now. Let's see if he does.
And sorry for taking a bit of delight in Fed looking green and sick out there, I thought that was from the fight he was losing, though, not the illness 2 wks ago. He's not the best come-from-behind player out there. Grumpy was what I thought.

Craig Hickman said...

I'm not suggesting Raja was still ill, oddman, but that he looked weak.

Otherwise, I rather agree with your post.

;)

Dan Scarlett said...

Hallelujah!
Someone here a year ago (was it Day Lilly?) said they were sick of the permanent smirk on Federer's face. I was/am also. I'll take Djoke's obvious brashness any day, to Fed's over-hyped (and non-existent) 'humility'. He started trembling inwardly when Tipso took him to five, and it only got worse when Tsonga beat Rafa.
I agree with Karen that Blake-with self belief-- could have beaten Fed this time.
OK, if it makes you all happy, I'm rooting for Tsonga, tho I'd love to see Fed'a face if Djoke won.
Hallelujah!... the game of tennis is definitely the winner!

Craig Hickman said...

Welcome back, Dan.

Karen said...

No comment. Good night all