Showing posts with label Djokovic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Djokovic. Show all posts


"Heroes aren't born in the final act, They are born in the struggle of the plot." That's where the new Djokovic was born.

Rewind to the years before 2011 where Djokovic regularly struggled against the likes of Federer and Nadal, be it service, be it returns, be it any area of his game.
Fast forward to today, he is the man who is unbreakable and has the look of a warrior who knows that he cannot be broken.

When it comes to pressure situations, there is no player who plays more aggressively on break points or match points than Nole himself.  60 out of the last 66 break points has been saved on hard courts by Djokovic till date, he has made the historic comeback against Federer in US Open last year and Murray in Australian Open this year. Not to mention after his heartbreaking loss in Olympics, when everyone had thought that this will really effect his mentality, when there were rumors about his personal problem, he has come strongly and better as a champion (Roger Cup winner and now the finals of Cincinnati Open) and a fighter who wants to make a statement to the world that nothing can stop him from his path  He recently commented on his facebook account:

 "I really missed the feeling of raising a trophy. And I still have a big hole in my heart for missing out the chance for Olympic medal. I dreamed of it and I know how much it meant for my country. But sport taught me to be strong while winning, and even stronger when losing. That became part of my character by now." 

Sports has taught him to be even stronger when losing and that has become his character, such a powerful lesson we all can learn when faced with adversity on our own lives, when we feel we have lost everything and now nothing good can come up in future. If there is one thing we can learn is rather than giving up, take control of your own destiny and shape your future after facing  disappointments.

What more can be said of Nole except that in tough situations, the champion in him become even more dominant and shows us who he is in reality. The way he has won Toronto and reached the finals of Cincy, is in itself  a remarkable example of how well he has bounced back from his defeat in Olympics. It makes me go back to an old adage:

"When the going gets tough, the tough gets going"

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Novak Djokovic: The Toughest Competitor!



"Heroes aren't born in the final act, They are born in the struggle of the plot." That's where the new Djokovic was born.

Rewind to the years before 2011 where Djokovic regularly struggled against the likes of Federer and Nadal, be it service, be it returns, be it any area of his game.
Fast forward to today, he is the man who is unbreakable and has the look of a warrior who knows that he cannot be broken.

When it comes to pressure situations, there is no player who plays more aggressively on break points or match points than Nole himself.  60 out of the last 66 break points has been saved on hard courts by Djokovic till date, he has made the historic comeback against Federer in US Open last year and Murray in Australian Open this year. Not to mention after his heartbreaking loss in Olympics, when everyone had thought that this will really effect his mentality, when there were rumors about his personal problem, he has come strongly and better as a champion (Roger Cup winner and now the finals of Cincinnati Open) and a fighter who wants to make a statement to the world that nothing can stop him from his path  He recently commented on his facebook account:

 "I really missed the feeling of raising a trophy. And I still have a big hole in my heart for missing out the chance for Olympic medal. I dreamed of it and I know how much it meant for my country. But sport taught me to be strong while winning, and even stronger when losing. That became part of my character by now." 

Sports has taught him to be even stronger when losing and that has become his character, such a powerful lesson we all can learn when faced with adversity on our own lives, when we feel we have lost everything and now nothing good can come up in future. If there is one thing we can learn is rather than giving up, take control of your own destiny and shape your future after facing  disappointments.

What more can be said of Nole except that in tough situations, the champion in him become even more dominant and shows us who he is in reality. The way he has won Toronto and reached the finals of Cincy, is in itself  a remarkable example of how well he has bounced back from his defeat in Olympics. It makes me go back to an old adage:

"When the going gets tough, the tough gets going"

Visit this blog everyday to start your day with a motivating quote to get you going for an amazing day!

For any questions, you can mail me at [email protected]


What do you do against a player who has defeated you 3 times in the GS since last year, who has taken away the World No.1 ranking from you, more than that who has owned you mentally?

You challenge him on your own turf daring him to do the unthinkable…You are ready for the challenge, you have put in hours and hours of work daily to improve your game,  you are ready for the moment, you are ready to reverse the table.. But can you?

Yes, because we are talking about the Wall here…the player who is mentally the toughest competitor out there…the player who is the greatest clay court player in the world….

 53-1, 5 sets dropped till date, 7 French Open titles…something not even the greatest players like Bjorg, Laver, Federer has been able to achieve… Ladies and Gentleman: That’s Rafael Nadal for you!

Rain Delays, heavier balls, nerves, nothing could stop this warrior who is also one of the nicest guys on the tour, to claim his 7th French Open title. When he first won his French Open in 05, no one had thought that this 19 year kid from Majorca would surpass the record of Bjorn Borg in a matter of just 8 years.

Both Nadal and Djokovic were running for a place in the history,  one trying to win his 7th French Open title trying to cement his status as the greatest clay court player, the other trying to be the  seventh player  to win a career grand slam.

The match was pretty interesting with Nadal coming out yesterday in ominous form and winning the first two sets comfortably. But then mother nature interrupted and Djokovic won 8 straight games (first time someone has ever been able to do that against Rafa on clay court and the only human element shown till now by Nadal on this surface).  And then again play was called off to be resumed the next day. And when it did, Nadal came out playing with the same intensity that he has always been known for.  It was just 10-15 minutes in the game and the question in everyone’s mind was: will Djokovic even be able to keep his own serve leave apart the thought of the next set?

The final scoreline was 6-4,6-3,2-6,7-5 with Djokovic committing a double fault on match point. To  be fair to Djokovic, he played good tennis but against Nadal on clay court, good, great are not enough. You have to be at an exceptionally high level to beat this guy on his own turf (which makes Soderling victory even more special). In the words of a commentator when Nadal won his 11th GS equaling Borg and Laver : "This is the best marriage one will ever see between a player and this court!"

Nadal once again proved to all of us that it is the human will which defines the realm of our goals. Things thought impossible are only so because of the limits of our imagination. I have always believed in this one line: If one man can do it so can you! But Nadal today has redefined it: If one man has done it, I can do even better!

And with Nadal winning today after what he went through last year:  Only one quote comes in my mind:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."



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The PhenomeNADAL Experience against Novak Djokovic!



What do you do against a player who has defeated you 3 times in the GS since last year, who has taken away the World No.1 ranking from you, more than that who has owned you mentally?

You challenge him on your own turf daring him to do the unthinkable…You are ready for the challenge, you have put in hours and hours of work daily to improve your game,  you are ready for the moment, you are ready to reverse the table.. But can you?

Yes, because we are talking about the Wall here…the player who is mentally the toughest competitor out there…the player who is the greatest clay court player in the world….

 53-1, 5 sets dropped till date, 7 French Open titles…something not even the greatest players like Bjorg, Laver, Federer has been able to achieve… Ladies and Gentleman: That’s Rafael Nadal for you!

Rain Delays, heavier balls, nerves, nothing could stop this warrior who is also one of the nicest guys on the tour, to claim his 7th French Open title. When he first won his French Open in 05, no one had thought that this 19 year kid from Majorca would surpass the record of Bjorn Borg in a matter of just 8 years.

Both Nadal and Djokovic were running for a place in the history,  one trying to win his 7th French Open title trying to cement his status as the greatest clay court player, the other trying to be the  seventh player  to win a career grand slam.

The match was pretty interesting with Nadal coming out yesterday in ominous form and winning the first two sets comfortably. But then mother nature interrupted and Djokovic won 8 straight games (first time someone has ever been able to do that against Rafa on clay court and the only human element shown till now by Nadal on this surface).  And then again play was called off to be resumed the next day. And when it did, Nadal came out playing with the same intensity that he has always been known for.  It was just 10-15 minutes in the game and the question in everyone’s mind was: will Djokovic even be able to keep his own serve leave apart the thought of the next set?

The final scoreline was 6-4,6-3,2-6,7-5 with Djokovic committing a double fault on match point. To  be fair to Djokovic, he played good tennis but against Nadal on clay court, good, great are not enough. You have to be at an exceptionally high level to beat this guy on his own turf (which makes Soderling victory even more special). In the words of a commentator when Nadal won his 11th GS equaling Borg and Laver : "This is the best marriage one will ever see between a player and this court!"

Nadal once again proved to all of us that it is the human will which defines the realm of our goals. Things thought impossible are only so because of the limits of our imagination. I have always believed in this one line: If one man can do it so can you! But Nadal today has redefined it: If one man has done it, I can do even better!

And with Nadal winning today after what he went through last year:  Only one quote comes in my mind:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."



Lost Hope?

If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]http://twitter.com/#!/ApekshaHA or http://on.fb.me/pouTOy 









“I can defeat Rafael Nadal 7 times in a row- Because I am Novak Djokovic- The player with indomitable will and confidence.”

The message that was conveyed to the entire tennis world  as Djokovic tore his t-shirt after winning the longest match (5 hours 53 minutes) of the Grand Slam in the open era.

Result: Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in 5 sets:
5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5

Djokovic who was just 2 points away from winning his 5thMajor GS in the 4th set was taken to the fifth set by the sheer tenacity and determination of Nadal. It was a match filled with so many twists and turns that nobody knew until the  fifth set as to who is going to win the match. But in the end, Djokovic simply outclassed Nadal through his mental strength and calm attitude during crucial moments in the match to claim this third Australian Open GS title!

Nadal played beautifully during the first set, getting his first break against Djokovic at 2-2. Djokovic was pretty flustered after the break as he threw his racquet and went for a t-shirt (color) change. That pretty much set the tone of the match. Although Djokovic broke back again 2-4 down only to be broken back again at 5-5. Serving at 6-5, Nadal finally managed to win the set on his third set point in 1 hour 20 minutes.

Just when it looked like Nadal had finally got to terms with Djokovic in terms of mental advantage; Nole came back with a zen like approach and got a break at 2-1 in the second set. Nadal held the serve and then with his resolute determination broke back to level the match at 5-4. When it looked that Nadal has bounced back in the game, Nole stepped it up and from 30-40 (after a correct overrule by the umpire), won the set on a double fault by Nadal in 66 minutes.

The third set proved to be a nightmare for Nadal who lost it very easily. He was broken two times in the set and Djokovic won it 6-2 with just 7 unforced errors. Just when it looked like Djokovic will cruise through the match, Nadal somehow hung in there fighting his heart out at every point. The turning point came during the 8th game of the 4th set. At 3-4, Nadal faced 3 crucial break points. The set went in for a tie break which Nadal won 7-5.

In the fifth set, a tired looking Djokovic was unable to hold his own serve as Rafa took a lead of 4-2. But then this is Djokovic we are talking about- the calmest tennis player. He broke back twice to take a lead for 6-5 and served out the match. In the end it was the fighting spirit and calmness of Djokovic that prevailed and he won the the marathon match. This was a win which reminds you of Nadal’s epic win in ‘09 in two 5 set matches against Verdasco and Federer. The only difference- the winner is different!

What was more inspiring to see was the way with which Djokovic & Nadal fought this battle mentally as well as physically. After losing to a guy 6 times in the final, when Nadal was down mentally, he nearly reversed the battle of minds and clearly today, it was a match of pure will and determination!

More importantly, it showed to the world that anything is possible till the last moment. You need perseverance, determination and belief to make it possible.

This match will probably go down as the match which has taken the tennis to a whole new level. Great Warriors, Fighters and Friends with each other- Djokovic and Nadal will be saluted by tennis fans for the best match of the season!

In the end, I will sum up the match with this quote:

"The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”


Evolution of Novak Djokovic- Australian Open (2007-2012)!

Novak Djokovic (The Steel Man) wins the Battle of Will against Rafael Nadal!



“I can defeat Rafael Nadal 7 times in a row- Because I am Novak Djokovic- The player with indomitable will and confidence.”

The message that was conveyed to the entire tennis world  as Djokovic tore his t-shirt after winning the longest match (5 hours 53 minutes) of the Grand Slam in the open era.

Result: Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal in 5 sets:
5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5

Djokovic who was just 2 points away from winning his 5thMajor GS in the 4th set was taken to the fifth set by the sheer tenacity and determination of Nadal. It was a match filled with so many twists and turns that nobody knew until the  fifth set as to who is going to win the match. But in the end, Djokovic simply outclassed Nadal through his mental strength and calm attitude during crucial moments in the match to claim this third Australian Open GS title!

Nadal played beautifully during the first set, getting his first break against Djokovic at 2-2. Djokovic was pretty flustered after the break as he threw his racquet and went for a t-shirt (color) change. That pretty much set the tone of the match. Although Djokovic broke back again 2-4 down only to be broken back again at 5-5. Serving at 6-5, Nadal finally managed to win the set on his third set point in 1 hour 20 minutes.

Just when it looked like Nadal had finally got to terms with Djokovic in terms of mental advantage; Nole came back with a zen like approach and got a break at 2-1 in the second set. Nadal held the serve and then with his resolute determination broke back to level the match at 5-4. When it looked that Nadal has bounced back in the game, Nole stepped it up and from 30-40 (after a correct overrule by the umpire), won the set on a double fault by Nadal in 66 minutes.

The third set proved to be a nightmare for Nadal who lost it very easily. He was broken two times in the set and Djokovic won it 6-2 with just 7 unforced errors. Just when it looked like Djokovic will cruise through the match, Nadal somehow hung in there fighting his heart out at every point. The turning point came during the 8th game of the 4th set. At 3-4, Nadal faced 3 crucial break points. The set went in for a tie break which Nadal won 7-5.

In the fifth set, a tired looking Djokovic was unable to hold his own serve as Rafa took a lead of 4-2. But then this is Djokovic we are talking about- the calmest tennis player. He broke back twice to take a lead for 6-5 and served out the match. In the end it was the fighting spirit and calmness of Djokovic that prevailed and he won the the marathon match. This was a win which reminds you of Nadal’s epic win in ‘09 in two 5 set matches against Verdasco and Federer. The only difference- the winner is different!

What was more inspiring to see was the way with which Djokovic & Nadal fought this battle mentally as well as physically. After losing to a guy 6 times in the final, when Nadal was down mentally, he nearly reversed the battle of minds and clearly today, it was a match of pure will and determination!

More importantly, it showed to the world that anything is possible till the last moment. You need perseverance, determination and belief to make it possible.

This match will probably go down as the match which has taken the tennis to a whole new level. Great Warriors, Fighters and Friends with each other- Djokovic and Nadal will be saluted by tennis fans for the best match of the season!

In the end, I will sum up the match with this quote:

"The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”


Evolution of Novak Djokovic- Australian Open (2007-2012)!

INSIGHT INTO NADAL'S MIND AND HIS BATTLE AGAINST DJOKOVIC:




Just a year back, Nadal was at the top of the world recording easy wins over his opponents. It seemed that nothing can go wrong and was being thought of as the top contender to surpass Federer's record of 16 GS.


And all of a sudden, a wave free of Gluten hit him and knocked him down from his World No. 1 ranking as well as Wimbledon & US Open Crown.


After being called as the best,you lose to a person whom you have defeated 12 times and he rips you apart clueless 6 times in a row, ! Imagine yourself - Best worker year in and year out –Suddenly your co-worker (2 places down since 3-4 years) comes and takes away the crown not once-6 times! No matter how hard you try, you are not able to surpass him/her at work-place.


Result- You are bound to feel demotivated ,loss of self-belief in yourself no matter how many times close ones tell you to remember you are the best! At least I will! Will coming second or beating other colleagues even matter?


Nadal who was the best all of a sudden lost 6 finals in a row in 2011 against Nole! The main reason, I feel, is the loss of self-belief, and the mind wanting to reverse his results against Djokovic! When he lost once or twice to Djokovic last year, he thought he would be able to bounce back! He believed he was the best- that’s why he defeated everyone in French Open. He thought he can defeat Djokovic but now after 6 times, his confidence has been finally shaken and his mind can see a repetition of trend!  He has really started to doubt his game! And that’s why, although he is still the same, his mind has one thought-Will he be able to defeat Djokovic ever?

What I am trying readers to understand is the psychology of a human mind! Nadal is no different. He is also human. No matter as fans of Nadal, we would want him to win thinking why has he all of a sudden started to play so vulnerably, is his game over? My answer- No, simply because- he is still amongst the best. It’s just that he is trying to find a solution to defeat Djokovic. And once he does that, he will return to normal!


We can look at Federer, after 2008 he has not been the same old Federer we were so used to see! Why? Because he still hasn’t been able to find a convincing answer to Nadal! And the trend has reversed for Nadal- with Djokovic posing a mental battle to his mind! I believe that till the time, he finds an answer to Djokovic, no matter where and against whom his wins are- he won’t be the same Nadal we have known since 2006.


 HOW CAN HE OVERCOME DJOKOVIC?


It’s a step by step process: A father took his boy (who was very good at mountain climbing) to the biggest mountain in the country and told him to climb that! He tried to climb, he failed. Tried it for multiple times, and still the same result. So the father after seeing this told the boy- you have been the best since last 5 years, stop thinking this is the biggest mountain- break it down into small goals and think you can do it! And when your mind poses doubt or fear, just think of me and moments when you have climbed mountains like this! And the boy thus climbed the mountain.


1) Shut out his mind about the past and stop thinking about Djokovic as the unstoppable machine:When Nadal played in Wimbledon/US Open- the thoughts of losing to Djokovic were present in his mind! And he admitted the thoughts had an effect on him! This time when he plays Djokovic, he will have to take the match game by game. Look at Federer in the SF 2 days back, when he was a set and break up, he crumbled and gave away the match. Especially at the crucial points, Nadal will have to shut out his mind.

2) Find out someone to look upto at crucial points:I know it’s difficult to shut out your mind- it is bound to go back. In those moments, he will have to find or think of someone ( & certainly his family can help showing positive signs and believing in him) whom he can look up to and give him the strength and belief that he can win during the game. The outbursts of his father and family during Wimbledon could have made anyone nervous!

We all have one such person in our lives- Whenever I am in toughest of situations- I think about 1993- Wimbledon Finals (Steffi Graf against Jana Novotna 1-4 down 30-40 in the third set and how she managed to win Wimbledon) & instantly my fears vanish -be it my exams, interviews or anything! My mind is instilled with a belief and confidence! Only if at 5-4, In Wimbledon Final, Nadal could have not committed those 2 unforced errors! And no guesses why those two happened at crucial points!

And Nadal himself said last year - He didn’t suffer that much, the reason why it’s a bit tough on him.For Nadal fans: In words of Helen Keller:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

So Nadal right now is in phase 1 of suffering and if we go by words of great Helen Keller, he is bound to rebound back and achieve success!

                                                                                                                                 

Not Tennis Anymore, It’s Officially Battle of Minds - Djokovic & Nadal

INSIGHT INTO NADAL'S MIND AND HIS BATTLE AGAINST DJOKOVIC:




Just a year back, Nadal was at the top of the world recording easy wins over his opponents. It seemed that nothing can go wrong and was being thought of as the top contender to surpass Federer's record of 16 GS.


And all of a sudden, a wave free of Gluten hit him and knocked him down from his World No. 1 ranking as well as Wimbledon & US Open Crown.


After being called as the best,you lose to a person whom you have defeated 12 times and he rips you apart clueless 6 times in a row, ! Imagine yourself - Best worker year in and year out –Suddenly your co-worker (2 places down since 3-4 years) comes and takes away the crown not once-6 times! No matter how hard you try, you are not able to surpass him/her at work-place.


Result- You are bound to feel demotivated ,loss of self-belief in yourself no matter how many times close ones tell you to remember you are the best! At least I will! Will coming second or beating other colleagues even matter?


Nadal who was the best all of a sudden lost 6 finals in a row in 2011 against Nole! The main reason, I feel, is the loss of self-belief, and the mind wanting to reverse his results against Djokovic! When he lost once or twice to Djokovic last year, he thought he would be able to bounce back! He believed he was the best- that’s why he defeated everyone in French Open. He thought he can defeat Djokovic but now after 6 times, his confidence has been finally shaken and his mind can see a repetition of trend!  He has really started to doubt his game! And that’s why, although he is still the same, his mind has one thought-Will he be able to defeat Djokovic ever?

What I am trying readers to understand is the psychology of a human mind! Nadal is no different. He is also human. No matter as fans of Nadal, we would want him to win thinking why has he all of a sudden started to play so vulnerably, is his game over? My answer- No, simply because- he is still amongst the best. It’s just that he is trying to find a solution to defeat Djokovic. And once he does that, he will return to normal!


We can look at Federer, after 2008 he has not been the same old Federer we were so used to see! Why? Because he still hasn’t been able to find a convincing answer to Nadal! And the trend has reversed for Nadal- with Djokovic posing a mental battle to his mind! I believe that till the time, he finds an answer to Djokovic, no matter where and against whom his wins are- he won’t be the same Nadal we have known since 2006.


 HOW CAN HE OVERCOME DJOKOVIC?


It’s a step by step process: A father took his boy (who was very good at mountain climbing) to the biggest mountain in the country and told him to climb that! He tried to climb, he failed. Tried it for multiple times, and still the same result. So the father after seeing this told the boy- you have been the best since last 5 years, stop thinking this is the biggest mountain- break it down into small goals and think you can do it! And when your mind poses doubt or fear, just think of me and moments when you have climbed mountains like this! And the boy thus climbed the mountain.


1) Shut out his mind about the past and stop thinking about Djokovic as the unstoppable machine:When Nadal played in Wimbledon/US Open- the thoughts of losing to Djokovic were present in his mind! And he admitted the thoughts had an effect on him! This time when he plays Djokovic, he will have to take the match game by game. Look at Federer in the SF 2 days back, when he was a set and break up, he crumbled and gave away the match. Especially at the crucial points, Nadal will have to shut out his mind.

2) Find out someone to look upto at crucial points:I know it’s difficult to shut out your mind- it is bound to go back. In those moments, he will have to find or think of someone ( & certainly his family can help showing positive signs and believing in him) whom he can look up to and give him the strength and belief that he can win during the game. The outbursts of his father and family during Wimbledon could have made anyone nervous!

We all have one such person in our lives- Whenever I am in toughest of situations- I think about 1993- Wimbledon Finals (Steffi Graf against Jana Novotna 1-4 down 30-40 in the third set and how she managed to win Wimbledon) & instantly my fears vanish -be it my exams, interviews or anything! My mind is instilled with a belief and confidence! Only if at 5-4, In Wimbledon Final, Nadal could have not committed those 2 unforced errors! And no guesses why those two happened at crucial points!

And Nadal himself said last year - He didn’t suffer that much, the reason why it’s a bit tough on him.For Nadal fans: In words of Helen Keller:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

So Nadal right now is in phase 1 of suffering and if we go by words of great Helen Keller, he is bound to rebound back and achieve success!