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


After the classic Fedal semi-final showdown yesterday, we have an equally intriguing match up lined up today: Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray.

Not much separates these two players. Their H2H is 6-4. They have met only once in a GS (Australian Open Finals 2011) and Djokovic won that easily.

Let’s take a look at their game stats till now in Australian Open:

Stats
Murray
Djokovic
  1st Serve %
57
60
  Aces
31
38
  Unforced Errors
112
115
  Winning % on 1st Serve
75
75
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
61
62
  Winners
181
173
  Receiving Points Won %
49
55
  Break Point Conversions
42
59

Their game stats till now has been almost the same except receiving points won%. Murray really will have to come out blazing with his first serve which was a poor 44% in QF.

In my view, everything will come down to who is mentally strong at crucial points. It will be a tough test for Murray’s mental toughnesswhich is known to be a bit vulnerable against top 3. Hopefully with Ivan Lendl at his side, he will come out with a better mind frame than previous meetings.

But then it’s too soon to comment on their partnership. Keeping in mind how impressive Djokovic has been playing since the last one year (Check out his game stats vs. top 4) , I will pick him as my favorite in 4.



Djokovic - Murray Semifinal Preview- What do Australian Open Stats Indicate?



After the classic Fedal semi-final showdown yesterday, we have an equally intriguing match up lined up today: Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray.

Not much separates these two players. Their H2H is 6-4. They have met only once in a GS (Australian Open Finals 2011) and Djokovic won that easily.

Let’s take a look at their game stats till now in Australian Open:

Stats
Murray
Djokovic
  1st Serve %
57
60
  Aces
31
38
  Unforced Errors
112
115
  Winning % on 1st Serve
75
75
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
61
62
  Winners
181
173
  Receiving Points Won %
49
55
  Break Point Conversions
42
59

Their game stats till now has been almost the same except receiving points won%. Murray really will have to come out blazing with his first serve which was a poor 44% in QF.

In my view, everything will come down to who is mentally strong at crucial points. It will be a tough test for Murray’s mental toughnesswhich is known to be a bit vulnerable against top 3. Hopefully with Ivan Lendl at his side, he will come out with a better mind frame than previous meetings.

But then it’s too soon to comment on their partnership. Keeping in mind how impressive Djokovic has been playing since the last one year (Check out his game stats vs. top 4) , I will pick him as my favorite in 4.






Is it just me or everyone else also thinks the same? I was left wondering after Federer’s win in the QF against Juan Martin Del Potro today. Federer didn’t even seem to break a sweat in his QF match  at Australian Open (2012). 

Throughout the past few years, I have never seen Federer tired or stressed out during the match. His style of play looks so effortless. In the current game where power is the main factor in the shots of top players, here is a player who seemed to me the epitome of style and effortlessness.

Every now and then we hear of injuries to the players. Federer seems to be a class apart and rarely comes in the news for his injuries. Even his single handed backhand in the game full of double handed powerful backhands is a treat to watch. To me, Federer is the single link that remains in the game which has transitioned from the serve-volley era to the powerful down the line forehand/backhand winners.

Whenever I see Federer playing, he reminds me of the past era and the playing style prevalent during the 90’s.  During his US Semifinal match against Djokovic in 2010, he never showed any signs of tiredness. Believe me, it’s a lot of hard work to show a 3-4 hour match look so effortless and elegant. 

In the finals- both Nadal and Djokovic were exhausted after the match which was an exhibition of power hitting contest with long rallies. Federer lost the match but he is the only person who has defeated and again came so close to defeating the player of the year 2011- Djokovic.

I really don’t know how tennis will be in the absence of Federer, but one thing is for sure that we are really lucky to watch him play. The more he plays, better it is for tennis fans. With his goodbye, we can also unofficially call it an end of the one handed backhand shots in tennis.

Even people who are not his fans will have to agree that with him out of the picture, who will they talk about, criticize and have long discussions on the forums. Tennis will lose its charm and elegance for a lot of tennis fans. No matter how harsh it may sound but he has single-handedly kept the interests of the 90’s fans still alive in the game.

All in all, Life will not be the same once Roger Federer says adieu to the game! Is it just me or everyone else also thinks the same?




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Roger Federer- The Last Link To The 90's?




Is it just me or everyone else also thinks the same? I was left wondering after Federer’s win in the QF against Juan Martin Del Potro today. Federer didn’t even seem to break a sweat in his QF match  at Australian Open (2012). 

Throughout the past few years, I have never seen Federer tired or stressed out during the match. His style of play looks so effortless. In the current game where power is the main factor in the shots of top players, here is a player who seemed to me the epitome of style and effortlessness.

Every now and then we hear of injuries to the players. Federer seems to be a class apart and rarely comes in the news for his injuries. Even his single handed backhand in the game full of double handed powerful backhands is a treat to watch. To me, Federer is the single link that remains in the game which has transitioned from the serve-volley era to the powerful down the line forehand/backhand winners.

Whenever I see Federer playing, he reminds me of the past era and the playing style prevalent during the 90’s.  During his US Semifinal match against Djokovic in 2010, he never showed any signs of tiredness. Believe me, it’s a lot of hard work to show a 3-4 hour match look so effortless and elegant. 

In the finals- both Nadal and Djokovic were exhausted after the match which was an exhibition of power hitting contest with long rallies. Federer lost the match but he is the only person who has defeated and again came so close to defeating the player of the year 2011- Djokovic.

I really don’t know how tennis will be in the absence of Federer, but one thing is for sure that we are really lucky to watch him play. The more he plays, better it is for tennis fans. With his goodbye, we can also unofficially call it an end of the one handed backhand shots in tennis.

Even people who are not his fans will have to agree that with him out of the picture, who will they talk about, criticize and have long discussions on the forums. Tennis will lose its charm and elegance for a lot of tennis fans. No matter how harsh it may sound but he has single-handedly kept the interests of the 90’s fans still alive in the game.

All in all, Life will not be the same once Roger Federer says adieu to the game! Is it just me or everyone else also thinks the same?




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Statsmeter has got 2 out of 2 now for rightly predicting the winner and the number of sets of the first 2 Qf (Federer in 3 and Nadal in 4)!

Coming on to QF 4: Novak Djokovic vs David Ferrer. Till now the head to head record is 6-5 and on hard courts it is 5-2. Ferrer won the last meeting that took place between them at ATP World Tour Finals.

Let’s take a look at the statistics till now in Australian Open for both these players:

Game Statistics
Djokovic
Ferrer
  1st Serve %
65
62
  Aces
35
14
  Unforced Errors
76
110
  Winning % on 1st Serve
77
74
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
60
50
  Winners
135
130
  Receiving Points Won %
55
49
  Break Point Conversions
63
71

I will let the stats do most of the talking here this time. If Ferrer has to win, he will have to improve his first serve, reduce his unforced errors and mix up his game today.

For Djokovic, if he has to win- he just has to play like DJOKOVIC. He is playing even better than 2011, is feeling fit and healthy and is fully confident to repeat 2011.Need I say more?

My pick- Djokovic in 3. What about you?


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Djokovic/ Ferrer: What does statsmeter indicate?




Statsmeter has got 2 out of 2 now for rightly predicting the winner and the number of sets of the first 2 Qf (Federer in 3 and Nadal in 4)!

Coming on to QF 4: Novak Djokovic vs David Ferrer. Till now the head to head record is 6-5 and on hard courts it is 5-2. Ferrer won the last meeting that took place between them at ATP World Tour Finals.

Let’s take a look at the statistics till now in Australian Open for both these players:

Game Statistics
Djokovic
Ferrer
  1st Serve %
65
62
  Aces
35
14
  Unforced Errors
76
110
  Winning % on 1st Serve
77
74
  Winning % on 2nd Serve
60
50
  Winners
135
130
  Receiving Points Won %
55
49
  Break Point Conversions
63
71

I will let the stats do most of the talking here this time. If Ferrer has to win, he will have to improve his first serve, reduce his unforced errors and mix up his game today.

For Djokovic, if he has to win- he just has to play like DJOKOVIC. He is playing even better than 2011, is feeling fit and healthy and is fully confident to repeat 2011.Need I say more?

My pick- Djokovic in 3. What about you?


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As per one of the tennis analyst on TV, Novak Djokovic is the most complete player at present in tennis. He has every shot in the books and is the most flexible player amongst the top 4. So I thought it will be interesting to see how he has evolved over the years in his journey  since 2007!


Here are his comments  since 2007. (Notice: Especially the way his confidence level seems to be going up and the positivity in his tone!)

Year
Comments - Novak Djokovic
2007
“I think I've improved a lot. Results are showing that I did everything -- I did everything right like I should do. I like playing here. I like being here. But I never had any big results in Australia. And this year I'm unbeaten still in singles, so it's really good thing.”
2008
I've been trying to work, you know, recently on some elements in my game which I think that are missing so I can be one of the challengers for the No. 1 or No. 2 spot in the world."
2009
Well, look, there is a pressure. But it didn't affect me today, no. I'm still trying to find the rhythm and slowly getting there. 
2010
So physically I'm ready. I mean, I'm moving well, and more or less gamewise overall I think I'm playing good enough tennis to challenge the best players in the world.”
2011
“Hard court. Hard court is my favorite surface. Two finals in US Open and two finals here. It's obvious; results are showing everything.
But, still, I feel I can do well at French Open and Wimbledon.”
2012
I feel that I’m at the peak of my career. I feel that physically, mentally, game-wise, I’m right up there. I can perform equally well on any surface, as I have proven in 2011. That’s my focus. That’s something that I’m thinking of. Just taking it slowly, step by step.  I just believe that I can win, especially against the biggest rivals in the major events. “

What’s interesting is to see how he has gradually reached his goals.His goal in 2007 was to get a big result in AO which he achieved in 2008. Then his goal became to find his rhythm, and challenge the best players in the world which he managed to achieve in 2011. Then his goal was to do well in FO and Wimbledon and achieved the same in 2011 itself.


Now his goal is to repeat the best year (2011) of his career - “But, look, I've done it once. Why not twice? Why not stay optimistic and positive about the whole season? It's a start.”  


Only time can tell us whether he will be able to achieve his new goal or not. But one thing is for sure with hard work and positive attitude; one can achieve his/her goals in life no matter how tough the situations are. Who better an example than Novak Djokovic himself?