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By: Von

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 22:35:04 +0000

I came across the following regarding the mandatory tournaments. "The ATP also plans to be more stringent in its examination of players who withdraw from 1,000 Series events. Each player who withdraws will be examined by a medical panel. The ATP plans to fine, and even suspend, players who disregard these rules." In gist, the conequences only apply if a player refuses to be examined by an ATP medical panel, at which point the player will be fined, and/or even suspended.

By: jane

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 19:18:23 +0000

Thanks Ezorra - I think!? :-) Roy - I agree with you; and he's exhibited this since I can remember, too. He's gracious in defeat and even in the face of other player's great shots. Plus he's a very fun winner too. Barring a few difficult wins and losses this year, that is - but then again, it's that very human part of Novak that I am drawn to. Anyhow, imo, he has all the makings to mature into an excellent player and champion of the sport.

By: Roy

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 09:27:54 +0000

Jane, The TMC Final 2008 once more shed light on a very appreciable quality of Nole: he consistently applauds his opponent's note-worthy play on Court. For example, at least twice during this match, I saw Nole applaud Davy's shot-making. And I have seen him do the same in Bangkok 2008 Final, when he appreciated the wonderful shot-making ability of Tsonga, again at least twice, if I remember correctly. And of course, the same quality was on display in earlier years also. Really, such graceful behaviour,makes Nole a wonderful top-quality Tennis-player, in my eyes.

By: Ezorra

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 03:27:24 +0000

gretchen; ;-)

By: gretchen

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 03:06:56 +0000

Ezorra: You're funny! :)

By: Tejuz

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 03:04:40 +0000

Well..i guess Fed wouldnt mind being seeded 3 for Australian Open. He would probably meet Nadal instead of Djoker or Murray in the semi-finals and he probabaly fancies his chances better against Nadal... on the non-clay surface.

By: Ezorra

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 02:37:04 +0000

Jane; I admire the way you defend Novak. Instead of putting excuses for his defeats (like he loss because he got blisters, he got jetlag, his opponent was healthier than him, his grandma was dying, his iguana had heart attack, blablabla…), you enlightening more positive value of him like he is a better front runner and a good fighter! Personally, I think it's good and very responsible statement. Anyway, good luck! Hopefully both Novak and Nadal will do better next year!

By: jane

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 18:29:44 +0000

Hi RG, I missed your post yesterday I guess; thanks for responding. I take, and agree with, both your points, with a caveat on the second one. Djoko does have that tendency to get distracted and let the crowd irk him; he needs to focus on the match itself in those moments, not let himself be pulled out of / away from what is important - winning! Djoko is a better front-runner than someone who can come behind for sure. However, I think we've seen signs of him fighting "until the bitter end" this year, as well as last year, and I hope it'll translate into the future. For instance, in 07, at both Wimbledon and the USO Djoko played some brutal 4 and 5 set matches against Hewitt, Baggy, and Stepanek; Novak even earned the moniker "marathon man" at the USO in 07. Certainly in 08, too, he fought Rafa hard at RG, almost taking the 3rd set and forcing a 4th, which was more than Roger did against Rafa there. Novak fought hard in the finals at Queens, Cincy and Bangkok against Rafa, Murray and Tsonga, as well, and against Rafa at the Olympics. However in some of these matches (not all) perhaps one did get the sense that once Novak sensed defeat he gave up the ghost a little. This was not so, imo, at the Masters Cup. There were a couple of matches where Novak stumbled or began slowly (Simon, 1st Davy match), but he fought through his blunders, and pulled out the win, almost, imo, "willing" the win. This is key for him, and on that I agree with you 100%. I'd like to see Novak continue to grind out wins even when not playing his best. It's notable, too, that most of the matches Novak lost this year were to top 10 players (one big exception being Safin at Wimbie); against them he has to believe in his quality most strongly - it was evident in his matches at AO & IW against Roger and Rafa respectively, and he won both. He needs to keep that belief when he meets up with a tough competitor, and as you say, fight on and impose his game AND his will. Here's hoping!!

By: gulu

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 06:41:12 +0000

All said, I'm incined to repeat that Murray's no mediocre player,he's I think an exceptional talent. However he along with the rest must not forget that there are the unknowns waiting for the kill ! By 2011, surely a new guy'd have arrived, unnoticed !!!

By: gulu

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 05:45:56 +0000

Why to talk of GOAT when I'm a vegetarian ! ;-)

By: gulu

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 05:40:42 +0000

If any player (Fed's included) starts thinking himself as the Greatest Ever,then it's a pity ! God's so great that He'll produce exceptional talents in every field & at a continuous rate & tennis is no exception ! So fellas,forget about the TENNIS GOAT !

By: gulu

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 05:29:34 +0000

Sensationalsafin,you are bang on target this time ! You are not the only guy fuming when Nadal and Murray describe Federer as the greatest ever,of course he's not(I have always said) !!! Nole speaks his heart out,is surely more honest than Rafa & Murray!

By: Ace

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 04:28:35 +0000

Hi everyone! Just wondering whether Fed is allowed to change his two scheduled exibition tournaments before Melbourne or does he have to go to them. They offer no ATP ranking points for Roger to gain at these exibition tournaments and Djokovic is nipping at his heels with only 10 points from no.2. Taking into account that Djokovic is going to Brisbane before the Aus. Open, which could mean he will be seeded 2nd going into the GS if he has some success, it seems logical that Federer would want to gain points simultaneously. I am not sure that you can opt not going to an exhibition tournament as easily(if at all!) as a regular ATP event.

By: RG

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:49:19 +0000

Ezorra: I agree with you. He is definitely exhibiting more mental maturity - his post match comments yesterday certainly reflect that. Now, on a more postive note - as jane mentioned in her previous post, he definitely has a good heart. On numerous occasions, I have seen him applaud his opponent for a great shot. Also, the warm embrace at the net after a loss shows that he is not a sore loser. Last, but not the least, he does a great impersonation of Sharapova.

By: Ezorra

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:30:16 +0000

RG and Jane; Maybe the word to describe Djokovic is "mentally maturing / mentally growing," I don't know... (Do those words exist in the first place? Sorry, my English isn’t that good)...

By: RG

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:08:31 +0000

jane: Maybe on second thoughts, "mentally fragile" may be a bit extreme. Essentially, the point I wanted to make was that - unlike the top players like Federer and Nadal, he allows the crowd to affect him/weigh on him when they are not rooting for him. One other point, I wanted to make is along the same lines of mental toughness - when he is down in a match by a set or two, he does not seem to fight as hard (or impose his will), especially against the top players. You can never say the same about Nadal or Federer. Except for the RG final where Federer was decimated, they never seem to give up till the bitter end. Maybe, I am being unduly hard on him. After all, he has won his first Grand Slam title and now his first Masters Cup title this year. But, after such a promising start to the year, I expected him to make bigger strides at the other Grand Slams. Anyways, as I mentioned in my earlier post, I hope he has his confidence back and has a great 2009!

By: kofi ofori

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 03:06:23 +0000

hey nadal, stop right there! you're never gonna get me fed, um, djok!

By: sensationalsafin

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 01:46:13 +0000

Smaller tournaments. Dubai is small but Madrid and TMC are pretty big. Not as big as a slam but still. I think the US Open loss had some to do with Murray being overwhelmed by the moment but mostly because Federer was playing with real purpose and wasn't about to let Murray stand in his way of continuing his slam domination. Hell, Federer wanted to play Nadal in the final so obviously he was ready to dismantle whoever he played. But Murray is 3-1 over Fed this year and 4-2 overall. I'm sure Murray would prefer to have the 1 win that Fed has but it doesn't change that Murray troubles Federer a sh*tload. Federer should be praised but it's really annoying to constantly hear "I won today against the greatest player ever." Great job! You're awesome! We know he's the best ever. If someone asks you, fine, say that. But I don't wanna hear, "yeah I won but he's the best ever so my victory isn't THAT big a deal," when they're obviously trying to say that perhaps they're capable of being the best ever having beaten the best ever. And Federer's not the best ever, he's one of the best ever. That's what I like about Djokovic, he praises Federer when he needs to but when he plays him he's just like, "yeah, I beat him, wanna fight about it?"

By: Von

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:36:45 +0000

Danica: "Roddick brings one word to my mind - explosive. Pure TNT." Agreed -- add "E" for electricity and "P" for personality to that. When he plays it's contrary to the song "There's a kind of hush ..." Is it any wonder he's still a marquee night match. Whew baby -- Let's go A-Rod! :P

By: Danica

Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:29:31 +0000

Roddick brings one word to my mind - explosive. Pure TNT :)