Friday, March 20, 2009

Quote For The Day

“Overall it was a very bad day. There's not much to say. He played very solid. I mean, he didn't do anything special. It was all me making incredible amount of unforced errors. I just didn't have any momentum on the court. No feel for the ball, no movement. Just no solutions.”--Novak Djokovic

25 comments:

Beth said...

I could not watch this match but am beyond thrilled to see Andy in the semi! Nadal and Andy....let's hope they give us something to talk about.

oddman said...

Yeah, pretty cool. Was the last time they played each other at Queen's? I didn't get to see that match at all, dang it.
I was pretty surprised Rafa won that Queen's match (semifinal?), and pleasantly surprised with his excellent win over Djokovic there too. (in my top 5 Rafa matches last year)
Andy is the only guy of the four who's playing well and consistently right now. Fed - serve off, Rafa - still trying to find his HC game, AndyM - recovering from 10 days in bed with a bad virus. A great chance for Andy to go further.. (crosses fingers for anti-jinx support)

Who will be the winner?

elagio said...

disappointing, I can't figure out Novak. In my opinion, he is the most dangerous player on tour with his variety of shots he's capable of. But on the other hand he fluctuates so quickly, either wins a tournament or puts in no effort like this time... Was hoping for a Novak-Rafa rematch of last year, now I hope to see two Andy's in the finals.

Beth said...

Can anyone tell me what is going on with coverage of Indian Wells? I have a subscription to TennisTv and that's how I've been able to see the majority of what I've watched. ESPN has had very minimal coverage (4-7pm EST some days) and Tennis Channel is playing 'classic tennis' matches during most of the peak hours of these matches. I had no idea a tournament like this would basically be blacked out. How are the rest of your seeing the matches?

oddman said...

TSN in Canada is 'teasing' us with about an hour a day, usually around 1 pm, and with whoever is playing in that timeslot. I've seen Kohlschreiber and Murray only.
Otherwise it's livestreaming for me. And merci VB for the Nalby-Nadal match.

Craig Hickman said...

I don't think Novak possesses variety.

I posted this quote to see what the response would be.

If someone else had said it, I guarantee the collection of comments would be much different.

What gives?

rabbit said...

Craig, I think the lack of comments is because such a statement is not really a surprise coming from Djokovic. The quote fits in completely with how I feel about Nole. I am sorry, but even his sportsmanlike gestures on court (like the tight post-match hug) seem affected to me.

Craig Hickman said...

rabbit, you're probably right, but such comments would be expected if they came from, say, Serena or Federer, and that wouldn't keep people from jumping on them.

Perhaps this is an indication that no one pays him any attention after all.

Beth said...

I didn't really have much to say about Djokovic's comments because they just sound par for the course with him. Nothing surprising and nothing that really elicits any type of different feeling in me than those I already had for his tennis/personality.

Karen said...

I agree with Rabbit with Nole we expect this sort of comment. He is a talentless hack that was made to look good by the media and who was supposed to take down both Roger and Nadal. It has not happened but the media as it is won't to do instead of admitting that they called this one wrong decide to show up all the flaws that fans already knew about. Now they are doing the same thing with Murray who unfortunately for me I just cannot stand. Much as I love Roger I will be on a beach somewhere rather than watch his match today

Christopher Crocker said...

When Roger Federer or Serena Williams make a similar comment, though tasteless, it seems that there is often a small seed of truth at the bottom. Their opponents outplay them, but they often play markedly below their own level.

vince said...

How does a talentless player win a US Open, the masters cup, as well as four ATP Masters Series singles events?

Joker may not be everyone's favourite player, but let's keep some perspective.

All up, comments like "he didn't do anything special", or Roger's "I kinda handed the set to him" smell of poor sportsmanship... in some of these situations, the opponent has got inside the player's head... which forces the bad play. Novak had lost to Andy at the Aussie open earlier in the year and that no doubt was messing with his head.

Graf_sampras said...

I'm only able to watch from online streaming ...free. through what Craighickman gave us a couple of years ago ...


CHANNELSURFING.NET.


it opens on a schedule of sports events immediately --and you just click on the tournament...and it tells you the time to come on. i've watched most of them so far...hehehe...hurry -- get that channelsurfing.net .

first you have to have a player...like SOPCASTplayer.com...


or something like that...

first set -- murray OWNED roger..second set, murray opened and lost concentration and was broken...federer up 2-1, murray to serve to go 2-2.

as for the djoko/roddick match...djoko definitely was NOT the djoko of either Toronto 2007, AO 2008, or even the one that had a run to USO finals in 2007. Roddick played solidly enough with the additional of a much improved slice that was deeper, be the better player on the day.

Graf_sampras said...

i meant federer to serve for 3-1/.

15-15

Graf_sampras said...

as for using the description "talentless" about novak ? forgive me -- but one needs to know WHERE such comments come from...namely, probably fans of roger who are = OUTSIDE of whatever are novak's personal foibles that they don't like - simply was "unacceptable" to fans or those who PREFERED OTHER PLAYERS OF THEIR OWN to "challenge roger" -- so long as it is known that "roger would beat them ANYWAY"...

just so THESE players can have THEIR spot in the sun...

but the TRUTH is- if people WERE honest -- and disabused themselves of the dislike of novak or his family and all such nonsense -- HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR NOVAK since 2007 -- ONLY RAFAEL NADAL would have really challenged Roger FEderer in any seriousness...UNTIL MURRAY began HIS maturation.


the truth is -- people are MIXING UP their personal dislikes of novak - WITH his family's antics , admittedly annoying as they were -- with DEFINING HIM as "untalented".

that is silly, intellectually dishonest and simply nonsensical.


the truth IS -- IF novak was anywhere NEAR his better playing - with much accuracy and subtle changes that he can do well...there are at least 93 out of 100 players that will NOT want to play HIM....and THAT includes Federer, Roddick, and all the rest of them - besides the ONLY OTHER TWO or 3 PLAYERS : nadal, murray, nalbandian, that along with novak challenged roger federer...in ways the OTHERS simply have proven to be SUCH FAILURES at ...

and YET would be called by people -- TALENTED!

let's be REAL here!

Graf_sampras said...

i mean....if Novak is so "talentless hack" -- for someone that has won the AO by challenging the supposedly "most talented and complete ever" -- while trying to grow up in the fast rise that would certainly surround a player like that - in the context of WHO he is challenging --


additionaly being examined closely by the media, ESPECIALLY the western media because of his "country background" , and the nonsense misconceptions about the "backward east europeans"...who are suddenly rising --


what are WE to say abotu such "talents" that have been in teh circuit FAR LONGER, such as roddick who hasn't won a majro in years since 2003 - and until today is STILL struggling with LEARNING a few more "varieties" in his game?

and also wins some lesser tournaments WHEN roger or nadal or murray OR novak aren't playing that well?

what are we to say about such players as LJUBICIC ...or Ferrer, or robredo or berdych --? what have THEY DONE in all their years in showing that they -- more than Novak are "talented" and NOT "hacks" like novak is suppposed to be?


gimme a break!

someone said this statement after LOSING a match recently:

(regarding his opponent) "he didn't really do anything special...nothing spectacular...but I just wasn't good enough as I should have been".

GUESS which "UNTALENTED HACK" said THAT.

Graf_sampras said...

murray fell in the second set -- DUE TO LACK OF CONCENTRATION....easy to nderstand for a young player....

even including perhaps a moment of "overconfidence" or being lackadaisical which he has to correct...

but -- can one SAY perhaps that the TALENTLESS HACK ROGER FEDERER is getting beaten up by a TALENTED young player that OWNS HIM -- and HAD MURRAY been the same age and had the same start as Federer --

LIKELY MIGHT HAVE KEPT ROGER FEDERER from EVEN REACHING majors finals -- 13 times -- had they ever MET with Murray as PARTIALLY MATURE as he is -- even just now?

and that Roger Federer "the great" and "most talented ever" just HAPPENED to come and become "the real roger" during a SPELL of years when MOST of the REAL talents had INJURIES, BURNOUT, TOO OLD, TOO BROKEN DOWN, and plenty of ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDERS....

before the MATURATION of Rafael nadal through HIS injuries or growing up -=- or novak and murray coming to terms with THEIR talents and what to do with it?????

and that it is ROGER FEDERER that was the UNTALENTED HACK that just happened to be PREPARED at the RIGHT TIME to TAKE ADVANTAGE of

1) very old broken down players
2) burned out players
3) unfocused players
4) "players who see roger hit a few great shots and go home and wave the white flag"
5) or simply UNTALENTED HACKS

populating his surroundings?


all before NOVAK JOINED RAFAEL and before MURRAY joined novak and rafael

as ACTUAL TALENTED CHALLENGERS that are NOT FRIGTHENED of roger the HACK?

how would some people LIKE the tables turned that way about these matters of "untalented hack" as they call Novak Djokovic for doing thigs ON COURT such as WINNING some titles the OTHERS can't sniff at when they face roger the great....?

because - u know, it is VERY EASY to compose a VERY VALID essay on EACH PLAYER in the tour calling HIM "untalented hack" -- far more than it is applicable to someone like novak -- . .......


and as shown -- in the match -- Roger GOT OWNED in THIS match -- and IS OWNED by murray -- nadal , and -- when novak gets past HIS personal foibles and misdirection,,,and gets rid of whatever it is that bothers him regarding perceptions , etc....

roger will be OWNED by novak too --


3 players of the SAME GENERATION that did "NOT COME" with roger federer --

which an australian paper in 2008 said:

"are SO respectful of roger...to the point of being deferential".

might it be because THEY were SO UNTALENTED -- that roger federer LOOKED like the "most talented ever" and THEY look LIKE HACKS? -- of those of them that were NOT injured or burned out or too old?

people ought to disabuse themseklves of calling novak or others that have built and earned themselves some respect they deserve by winning and working at something -- "untalented hack" -- because there are PLENTY OTHERS that have been there for many more years since 2000 -- along with roger federer -- that

earned the title "UNTALENTED HACK"


far , far more than Novak Djokovic!

and THAT has nothing to do with their personalities or those around them.

you just have to look at what they DO and what they've DONE in comparison!


lol.

vmw3 said...

Graf Sampras
I like your analysis. Novak Djokovic, like it or not, was the person who put the first chink in the Federer armor, Nadal dealt him the deadly blow and Murray is helping to finish him off. Djokovic is only 21 and having emotional issues right now but he will get it together by the end of this year. I am thankful for all the tennis players that grace our world. Every last one of them have given me pleasure.

"he didn't really do anything special...nothing spectacular...but I just wasn't good enough as I should have been".

Who said this?

BTW Fed is out of Monte Carlo.

Helen W said...

vmw3 says:

Novak Djokovic, like it or not, was the person who put the first chink in the Federer armor ...

Sorry but I have to disagree. Rafa stood alone, for years, as the one foil against Federer. While every other player on the ATP basically believed they could never win against Federer, Rafa alone kept believing in himself.

Djokovic and now Murray came later.

Christopher Crocker said...

The nature, and irony, of an individual sport like tennis is that as you rise to the top of the game, your success breeds the players that will come to supplant you. The game changed so much from the beginning of Roger Federer's run at the top until now. This is not unique to his game, it happened before him with Pete Sampras, and before that with any other number of great players. His success brought the level of the game up, the coaches saw the way he was changing the game, and at least in a small part, trained the young players so that they could handle that type of player. The same thing will probably, and already has started to happen with Nadal. Have you seen the muscle that Andy Murray has put on over the last year? The new breed of players that will come up soon will in some part be modeled on playing, and handling a game like Nadals, which was built in some part on handling Federer, which was built in some part on handling Sampras, which was built ...

This is why tennis is such a beautiful sport - visual f*cking poetry.

Craig Hickman said...

Christopher, are those your drawings on you blog?

I assume so.

They are fabulous.

Christopher Crocker said...

Yes they are Craig, and thanks for posting my comment on the main board.

I failed to mention that I am a confirmed Federer fan, and, while Nadal's is now clearly the best player in the world, I still think that Roger's game, on his top form, and from a purely aesthetic standpoint, is the most beautiful to watch. Maybe I am biased, but isn't that what being a fan is all about. Perpetually shouting for the #1 sounds like an awful premise to me.

Graf_sampras said...

"he didn't really do anything special...nothing spectacular...but I just wasn't good enough as I should have been".

Who said this?

BTW Fed is out of Monte Carlo

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MARAT SAFIN said that a year or so ago ...maybe in wimbledon or some other tournament.

he has also said:

"when I was away because of my injuries...i was watching the tennis and I began to believe that the game had passed me by ... that it had improved ...but I realize now...that was not true at all...it is *I* that had become worse".

Graf_sampras said...

the remark by Christopher reminds me of a classic - "erstwhile dismissed for being useless" analysis f history ...because of until RECENTLY triumphalist notions :

"Capitalism's rise and dominance to come will also become the foundation for its own demise to be supplanted by true socialism"....


it was predicted by karl Marx.


and -- in fits and starts - especially through what he ALSO observed was "capitalism's inherent nature of instability and repeated crises which eventually destroy things" -- this is actually what is happening...

of course, capitalist's haven't admitted it ........yet. which of course is part of the reason of its very nature of "wealth destruction" in repeated crises...

each time building up the foundations for its eventual permanent demise...

exactly as economic theory and history predicted. ....

lol.

MMT said...

I agree that if Federer or Serena had made such comments, there'd be plenty of people to lambast them; however, I think it's only fair to Djokovic to see if the match statistics bear that out, and the ATP stats center only around the serve, which in Novak's case was about 54% 1st serves in, and that's just not going to do the job against a good player. I'd be interested to see his unforced errors and Roddicks winners before I hammer him for unsporting comments.