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Category Archives: Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray d Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
Impressive performance. Well done.
Say no more.
Despite the raw physical power of Juan Martin del Potro, the lanky Argentine entered his semi final against Novak Djokovic at a heavy disadvantage with serious knee injury which hampered his movement. In a way it was one leg against two and the outcome was almost certain but the way it played out was incredible.
There seemed to be no way Novak was going to let the opportunity of a second Wimbledon final go without a battle to the death.
As it turns out Juan Martin del Potro was more than happy to battle to the death despite his knee injury.
Four hours and 42 minutes later on a sunny warm London day Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3. Read more
It was another hideous hyper-extension injury to the left knee of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the first game of his quarterfinal against David Ferrer that left many wondering if he’d done serious ligament damage. Somehow Juan Martin not only got up and walked on despite the pain but beat David Ferrer in straight sets.
It’s going to be another story in the semi finals against Novak Djokovic who has the power to match Del Potro but a flexibility that is matched seemingly by no one except a Cirque du Soleil acrobat.
Hopefully Delpo can find some stability in that knee to take him just a bit further.
It has been just four months since Rafa returned to play after a seven month injury time out but the Spaniards body appeared to be near it’s powerful best during the four hour 37 minute match which he won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7.
Normally a slow starter, Rafa raced out of the gates as did Djokovic, both keen to assert themselves on the baseline and both refusing to back down at any point. Nadal drew first blood at 4-3 and then confidently held during a relatively routine first set. Read more
The opening set saw some brilliant play from Kei and some continuing worrying signs of poor form from Rafa before he finally started swinging his forehand and asserting himself.
So far Nadal’s tournament has been characterized by unusual conservative play with the Spaniard himself saying he felt more anxious than normal. Read more
For the first time in this years Roland Garros tournament seven-time champion Rafael Nadal won in straight sets but it was far from pretty. Nadal beat the entertaining Italian stallion Fabio Fognini 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a battle that saw Nadal struggle to get going and Fabio produce some brilliant shots.
Taking notes from those who have seemingly recently decided Rafa is no longer a figure to fear on clay, Fognini went out hard from the beginning of the match, taking advantage of Rafa’s less than stellar play. Read more
These boys are used to playing with pain every day. They’re used to running on blisters that the rest of us wouldn’t even dream of taking weight on and Novak has certainly improved his mental toughness over the last few years but he did loose it over the horrible ankle sprain he suffered during yesterdays Davis Cup match.
‘Injuries are part of the sport and you try to avoid them as an athlete as much as you can. The nature of the injury is still to be determined.
One hour, one hour and a half after the end of the match, all I can say is it Read more
Boy Djokovic is lucky he’s so bendy because the slow-mo replay of this ankle sprain is savage!!
It was bound to happen eventually given his dynamic movement on court and the way he slides on a hard court but it’s still hard to watch.
Somehow he’s still playing.