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2 Match Points down in US Open 2011:

4 Match Points down in FO :

Result : Same again and again!

Djokovic won against Tsonga and Federer to reach his first French Open Final where he will face his arch rival Nadal – just like 2011 FO SF!

Rather than going in detail about the matches, I will like to focus on a very important point: In both the matches, at match points, Djokovic was calm and fearless. It was as if he knew he was born to defy the odds. Infact it’s as if facing match points, he becomes more confident about himself.  I have till date never seen a more confident and relaxed player in pressure situations than Nole. Even Federer, Nadal- two of the greatest players in the history of tennis have been seen nervous and edgy under  pressure but not Djokovic.

When most of the players will try to play safe at crucial points, Djokovic loses all fear and goes for his shots with 100% confidence on his ability to make it through and forcing the other player to think what went wrong?  How many times, have we seen such a fearless display of tennis by any player facing match points? If it would have been just once, it can be termed as fluke but again and again Djokovic has proved that there is no better player than him to face crunch moments.

Even if we are fans of Federer, Nadal- we got to ask ourselves – who would we want to be playing for us in case our lives depended on it? Answer it honestly and atleast  I know my answer would be Nole.

What is it that makes Nole deliver again and again? I am no expert but in my analysis: let’s look at it this way - When it comes to the point where one decision can either make them  win or lose their  fight : 99 % of the times, people will try to opt for the safer option . And 99% of the times, people who opted for the safer option will regret their decision and wish what if they could have been more confident about their abilities?  1% of the times, people like Djokovic  have confidence in their abilities and think that we will as it is lose the match if we play safe based on our experience so why not play our shots and be positive. What is the worst that can happen? I will lose the match but that I have already experienced in the past playing safe so why not try differently?  In all probability, the opponent will  play safe so he will have more chances to win.

And the result is there for everyone to see. In real life too, playing safe is the most obvious option but if you want to achieve your dream, you need to take the next step: Believe in yourself and your ideas and play it out fearlessly and calmly. While others will be left wondering what just happened, you will march ahead writing your own destiny in an unimaginable way. 

As they say: Fortune favors the brave and I believe that’s what is exactly happening with Nole in present times!

Also: Rafael Nadal: Lessons from the King Of Clay!
Lost Hope?

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Novak Djokovic's Attitude : Fluke or Real?




2 Match Points down in US Open 2011:

4 Match Points down in FO :

Result : Same again and again!

Djokovic won against Tsonga and Federer to reach his first French Open Final where he will face his arch rival Nadal – just like 2011 FO SF!

Rather than going in detail about the matches, I will like to focus on a very important point: In both the matches, at match points, Djokovic was calm and fearless. It was as if he knew he was born to defy the odds. Infact it’s as if facing match points, he becomes more confident about himself.  I have till date never seen a more confident and relaxed player in pressure situations than Nole. Even Federer, Nadal- two of the greatest players in the history of tennis have been seen nervous and edgy under  pressure but not Djokovic.

When most of the players will try to play safe at crucial points, Djokovic loses all fear and goes for his shots with 100% confidence on his ability to make it through and forcing the other player to think what went wrong?  How many times, have we seen such a fearless display of tennis by any player facing match points? If it would have been just once, it can be termed as fluke but again and again Djokovic has proved that there is no better player than him to face crunch moments.

Even if we are fans of Federer, Nadal- we got to ask ourselves – who would we want to be playing for us in case our lives depended on it? Answer it honestly and atleast  I know my answer would be Nole.

What is it that makes Nole deliver again and again? I am no expert but in my analysis: let’s look at it this way - When it comes to the point where one decision can either make them  win or lose their  fight : 99 % of the times, people will try to opt for the safer option . And 99% of the times, people who opted for the safer option will regret their decision and wish what if they could have been more confident about their abilities?  1% of the times, people like Djokovic  have confidence in their abilities and think that we will as it is lose the match if we play safe based on our experience so why not play our shots and be positive. What is the worst that can happen? I will lose the match but that I have already experienced in the past playing safe so why not try differently?  In all probability, the opponent will  play safe so he will have more chances to win.

And the result is there for everyone to see. In real life too, playing safe is the most obvious option but if you want to achieve your dream, you need to take the next step: Believe in yourself and your ideas and play it out fearlessly and calmly. While others will be left wondering what just happened, you will march ahead writing your own destiny in an unimaginable way. 

As they say: Fortune favors the brave and I believe that’s what is exactly happening with Nole in present times!

Also: Rafael Nadal: Lessons from the King Of Clay!
Lost Hope?

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



He might be 0-6 against Djokovic but one thing is for sure, Rafael Nadal always had a big psychological advantage against Roger Federer. And today was no different.  Nadal won a tough 4 setter against Federer to extend his H2H 18-9. I have been a Federer fan for last 6 years. And to see him on the down roll after playing such vintage tennis throughout the tournament was heartbreaking. More than Nadal’s performance, he should be disappointed as he himself is to be blamed for the defeat today!

5 reasons leading to Federer’s downfall:

1)  Obstinate Federer: Time and again we saw Federer hit the short return towards Nadal's forehand.  Result - Either it was in the net or Nadal came out with a Forehand passing shot winner. Even though there were times when it was obvious that Federer needs to hit the shots on Nadal’s backhand, he still repeated the same mistake! It was clear by the fourth set that he will hit the approaching shot always on Nadal’s forehand and lose the point.Even the tennis analysts were puzzled by his stubborn approach.

2)   Unforced Errors:  I had said in my preview how crucial this can be and it turned out to be the match changer.63 Unforced Errors from Federer in the match vs. 34 of Nadal. The number in itself is a good enough explaination for his defeat.

3)   No answer for Nadal’s Forehand:  He simply didn’t have the answer to high loopy top spin forehands of Nadal. Nadal had one game plan and he executed it to perfection with constantly hitting his forehand to Federer’s backhand. Federer also supported him by hitting it back to his forehand. Although at the start of the set, it was a complete different scenario with Federer coming out and exposing Rafa’s backhand just like Djokovic did last year. But it was for a brief period of time only.

4)   Lack of Confidence: It’s a well known fact that Rafa is in Roger’s head and it was clear on crucial points. Whenever Federer was a break up, Rafa broke him back immediately. Inspite of being ahead in the second and third set, he couldn’t capitalize against Nadal. It was all a mental game between both of them.

5)   Lack of Variety: The drop shots which had worked so perfectly against Tomic and Del Potro were gone. He did try unsuccessfully in the first set once or twice but then they got extinct till the fourth set.

Although I must say that Nadal came out with a specific game plan (attack Federer’s backhand) and stuck to it no matter what. The tenacity that he showed in following his game plan was really commendable.  Roger had a blistering start to the match but as Nadal has always done, he wetted out the storm and hung on. Just like Djokovic showed us last year against Nadal, today Nadal showed it to us against Federer that if you can stick to your game plan, even if there are roadblocks at the start (he lost the first set), you will win. Hats off to Nadal.

Federer will have to do some real thinking if he is to defeat Nadal again in a Grand Slam. Till he sorts it out mentally and gets the belief back in himself that he can defeat Nadal, it will be difficult for him to improve his 2-8 GS record against Nadal. He needs to stick to the game plan and Nadal’s backhand: something which Djokovic has mastery upon.

Is this the end of Roger Federer’s era? Certainly not. He is the youngest 30 in the history of tennis and still in my heart, I believe that the great champion that he is, he will be able to motivate himself  and dig deep to make a strong comeback just like Agassi did in 1999.


Roger Federer- Responsible for his own Downfall?




He might be 0-6 against Djokovic but one thing is for sure, Rafael Nadal always had a big psychological advantage against Roger Federer. And today was no different.  Nadal won a tough 4 setter against Federer to extend his H2H 18-9. I have been a Federer fan for last 6 years. And to see him on the down roll after playing such vintage tennis throughout the tournament was heartbreaking. More than Nadal’s performance, he should be disappointed as he himself is to be blamed for the defeat today!

5 reasons leading to Federer’s downfall:

1)  Obstinate Federer: Time and again we saw Federer hit the short return towards Nadal's forehand.  Result - Either it was in the net or Nadal came out with a Forehand passing shot winner. Even though there were times when it was obvious that Federer needs to hit the shots on Nadal’s backhand, he still repeated the same mistake! It was clear by the fourth set that he will hit the approaching shot always on Nadal’s forehand and lose the point.Even the tennis analysts were puzzled by his stubborn approach.

2)   Unforced Errors:  I had said in my preview how crucial this can be and it turned out to be the match changer.63 Unforced Errors from Federer in the match vs. 34 of Nadal. The number in itself is a good enough explaination for his defeat.

3)   No answer for Nadal’s Forehand:  He simply didn’t have the answer to high loopy top spin forehands of Nadal. Nadal had one game plan and he executed it to perfection with constantly hitting his forehand to Federer’s backhand. Federer also supported him by hitting it back to his forehand. Although at the start of the set, it was a complete different scenario with Federer coming out and exposing Rafa’s backhand just like Djokovic did last year. But it was for a brief period of time only.

4)   Lack of Confidence: It’s a well known fact that Rafa is in Roger’s head and it was clear on crucial points. Whenever Federer was a break up, Rafa broke him back immediately. Inspite of being ahead in the second and third set, he couldn’t capitalize against Nadal. It was all a mental game between both of them.

5)   Lack of Variety: The drop shots which had worked so perfectly against Tomic and Del Potro were gone. He did try unsuccessfully in the first set once or twice but then they got extinct till the fourth set.

Although I must say that Nadal came out with a specific game plan (attack Federer’s backhand) and stuck to it no matter what. The tenacity that he showed in following his game plan was really commendable.  Roger had a blistering start to the match but as Nadal has always done, he wetted out the storm and hung on. Just like Djokovic showed us last year against Nadal, today Nadal showed it to us against Federer that if you can stick to your game plan, even if there are roadblocks at the start (he lost the first set), you will win. Hats off to Nadal.

Federer will have to do some real thinking if he is to defeat Nadal again in a Grand Slam. Till he sorts it out mentally and gets the belief back in himself that he can defeat Nadal, it will be difficult for him to improve his 2-8 GS record against Nadal. He needs to stick to the game plan and Nadal’s backhand: something which Djokovic has mastery upon.

Is this the end of Roger Federer’s era? Certainly not. He is the youngest 30 in the history of tennis and still in my heart, I believe that the great champion that he is, he will be able to motivate himself  and dig deep to make a strong comeback just like Agassi did in 1999.




As we all get ready for the most awaited showdown tomorrow at US Open- Best Player of the Year  vs Greatest Player in the History : Djokovic against Federer , it will be a good idea to look at their stats so far in the tournament and year so far as to see where they both stand and how it compares to possibly the best match of the year-French Open Semi Final.


Roger Federer

French Open SF
US Open  2011
Year So Far
1st Serve %
65
65
64
Unforced Errors
46
136

Winning % on 1st Serve
77
78
78
Winning % on 2nd Serve
50
57
57
Winners
48
169

Receiving Points Won (%)
40
47
27
Break Point Conversions (%)
16
43
39
Net Approaches (%)
79
68

Novak Djokovic

French Open SF
US Open  2011
Year So Far
1st Serve %
67
65
66
Unforced Errors
41
110

Winning % on 1st Serve
60
72
75
Winning % on 2nd Serve
61
57
58
Winners
40
111

Receiving Points Won (%)
33
52
39
Break Point Conversions (%)
31
57
48
Net Approaches (%)
50
66


As one can clearly see from above that although Federer has not been playing at his best this year, at French Open he managed to defeat Djokovic who is having a record year and possibly the best season in the history (66-2). If you look at the stats, one will realise that although Federer did not play good this year but he raised his game at FO SF : His receiving points won and net approaches shots won were more than Djokovic in FO SF.


Djokovic played at a level less than his normal best this year as seen from above. His first serve points % won were less than this year average as well as receiving points won which made the difference.



If Federer has to win, he has to play at his current level that he has been playing in US Open  and If Djokovic plays at his current level, he has a major shot tomorrow at winning the match. But we have to remember that tennis is also a battle of minds and Federer has an edge over Djokovic with him being the only player to have defeated him in best of 5 match. But Djokovic was under a lot of pressure in French Open with No.1 position at stake. So this time he will be a bit relieved to play with less at stake.

All in all, it will be a battle of baseline for both these players and the one who can mange to keep his cool, will come out with flying colors. This time I will just end with- May the best player win!

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New:Reversal Of Roles at US Open: Djokovic & Nadal- How did it happen?
Also: Federer vs Tsonga- Reasons for Federer's Impressive Win!

Federer Vs Djokovic- What Does Stats Have To Say?



As we all get ready for the most awaited showdown tomorrow at US Open- Best Player of the Year  vs Greatest Player in the History : Djokovic against Federer , it will be a good idea to look at their stats so far in the tournament and year so far as to see where they both stand and how it compares to possibly the best match of the year-French Open Semi Final.


Roger Federer

French Open SF
US Open  2011
Year So Far
1st Serve %
65
65
64
Unforced Errors
46
136

Winning % on 1st Serve
77
78
78
Winning % on 2nd Serve
50
57
57
Winners
48
169

Receiving Points Won (%)
40
47
27
Break Point Conversions (%)
16
43
39
Net Approaches (%)
79
68

Novak Djokovic

French Open SF
US Open  2011
Year So Far
1st Serve %
67
65
66
Unforced Errors
41
110

Winning % on 1st Serve
60
72
75
Winning % on 2nd Serve
61
57
58
Winners
40
111

Receiving Points Won (%)
33
52
39
Break Point Conversions (%)
31
57
48
Net Approaches (%)
50
66


As one can clearly see from above that although Federer has not been playing at his best this year, at French Open he managed to defeat Djokovic who is having a record year and possibly the best season in the history (66-2). If you look at the stats, one will realise that although Federer did not play good this year but he raised his game at FO SF : His receiving points won and net approaches shots won were more than Djokovic in FO SF.


Djokovic played at a level less than his normal best this year as seen from above. His first serve points % won were less than this year average as well as receiving points won which made the difference.



If Federer has to win, he has to play at his current level that he has been playing in US Open  and If Djokovic plays at his current level, he has a major shot tomorrow at winning the match. But we have to remember that tennis is also a battle of minds and Federer has an edge over Djokovic with him being the only player to have defeated him in best of 5 match. But Djokovic was under a lot of pressure in French Open with No.1 position at stake. So this time he will be a bit relieved to play with less at stake.

All in all, it will be a battle of baseline for both these players and the one who can mange to keep his cool, will come out with flying colors. This time I will just end with- May the best player win!

If you have any questions- You can mail me at [email protected]
Link to Facebook Page and Twitter.
New:Reversal Of Roles at US Open: Djokovic & Nadal- How did it happen?
Also: Federer vs Tsonga- Reasons for Federer's Impressive Win!


Novak Djokovic: 47-1, 7 titles this year, this man known as Nole to the tennis world has done the unthinkable. A feat achieved today earlier thought as impossible:  For the first time since Feb 1, 2004, there is no Federer/Nadal as World No 1. His lifelong dream has come true. For me, it was simply amazing to see the majestic tennis display by Novak Djokovic who certainly won lot of hearts by his grit and determination today by defeating Tsonga in 4 sets: 7-6.6-2,6-7,6-3.


5 reasons why he won today and became number 1 (a well-deserved throne): 
1) Best Returner in the Game: A lot of people had predicted Tsonga because of his serve and powerful shots. In my previous post, I had said that Djokovic will win because he is the best returner in the game and won’t give away points easily to Tsonga. If Tsonga has powerful shots, so does Nole. And that’s exactly what we saw today. He had 12 break points today. The best moment was to see Djokovic come back one serve down in the first set: 4-5, and hit the best 3 returns of the game and thus the comeback story started.

2) Never Give Up: Tsonga should have been the winner at so many times in the match if it were not for the resilient Djokovic. His never give up attitude even in points unthinkable helped him crush his opponent’s confidence. And the result was there, he got 4-1 up in the second set immediately and inspite of losing the third set, he won the fourth set comfortably. He might have been under a little bit of pressure in third set when he failed to capitalize on 6-5 up,serving for the match and two match points in the tiebreak. But that’s obvious-Dream of his life-You are bound to feel pressure. He again came back to win the match. There was no one stopping Nole today to achieve his destiny.

3) Variety: I have always said that to win on grass court, you need variety. And that’s what was shown By Nole. He was coming on to the net, playing good volleys and classical cross court tennis, had shallow spin on his returns which left Tsonga perplexed. He was not hesitant to try drop shots on occasions to keep Tsonga guessing. He had answers to every shot that Tsonga played today.

4) No Weakness: The way, Nole has played this year has been perfect.47 wins and 1 Loss. And the reason is simple: This player does not have any weakness left in his game. Grass Court was supposed to be his weakest surface and the way he played today clearly showed that it’s past now. At present, he is doing everything possible, sliding, volleying, hitting winners on backhand/forehand, good serves. Above all if one would have seen the game today, he was doing what Nadal/Federer are known for doing: Running their opponents throughout the court and dictating the play.

5) Will to Succeed: After losing to Federer in French Open, he had said he will bounce back. You could see it in his eyes today. When he was 5-3 up, 30-15, he screamed out COME ON and it was stamped then- Nole will become number 1. And that is the most important thing if a person has to achieve his dream- Will TO Succeed. Unlike Federer, he was motivated today and his body language suggested he had come prepared and was not ready to give up even after he let the third set slip away. The SIGN of a TRUE CHAMPION.

Tsonga who had defeated Nadal and Federer in his last 20 days was easily overcome by Nole by his impeccable tennis today: Something which he has shown again and again this year. He has become the new NADAL of tennis who has no weaknesses and is afraid of no one. He has become physically strong and mentally tough- learning at every step in his career. Who would have thought him as World No. 1 at the start of the year? Is this the start of new era in men’s tennis? Time will tell but one thing is for sure, tennis fans all over the world have an amazing time ahead. Time for FEDALOVIC!


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Novak Djokovic:New World No.1: How he joined the league of Federer/Nadal

Novak Djokovic:New World No.1: How he joined the league of Federer/Nadal


Novak Djokovic: 47-1, 7 titles this year, this man known as Nole to the tennis world has done the unthinkable. A feat achieved today earlier thought as impossible:  For the first time since Feb 1, 2004, there is no Federer/Nadal as World No 1. His lifelong dream has come true. For me, it was simply amazing to see the majestic tennis display by Novak Djokovic who certainly won lot of hearts by his grit and determination today by defeating Tsonga in 4 sets: 7-6.6-2,6-7,6-3.


5 reasons why he won today and became number 1 (a well-deserved throne): 
1) Best Returner in the Game: A lot of people had predicted Tsonga because of his serve and powerful shots. In my previous post, I had said that Djokovic will win because he is the best returner in the game and won’t give away points easily to Tsonga. If Tsonga has powerful shots, so does Nole. And that’s exactly what we saw today. He had 12 break points today. The best moment was to see Djokovic come back one serve down in the first set: 4-5, and hit the best 3 returns of the game and thus the comeback story started.

2) Never Give Up: Tsonga should have been the winner at so many times in the match if it were not for the resilient Djokovic. His never give up attitude even in points unthinkable helped him crush his opponent’s confidence. And the result was there, he got 4-1 up in the second set immediately and inspite of losing the third set, he won the fourth set comfortably. He might have been under a little bit of pressure in third set when he failed to capitalize on 6-5 up,serving for the match and two match points in the tiebreak. But that’s obvious-Dream of his life-You are bound to feel pressure. He again came back to win the match. There was no one stopping Nole today to achieve his destiny.

3) Variety: I have always said that to win on grass court, you need variety. And that’s what was shown By Nole. He was coming on to the net, playing good volleys and classical cross court tennis, had shallow spin on his returns which left Tsonga perplexed. He was not hesitant to try drop shots on occasions to keep Tsonga guessing. He had answers to every shot that Tsonga played today.

4) No Weakness: The way, Nole has played this year has been perfect.47 wins and 1 Loss. And the reason is simple: This player does not have any weakness left in his game. Grass Court was supposed to be his weakest surface and the way he played today clearly showed that it’s past now. At present, he is doing everything possible, sliding, volleying, hitting winners on backhand/forehand, good serves. Above all if one would have seen the game today, he was doing what Nadal/Federer are known for doing: Running their opponents throughout the court and dictating the play.

5) Will to Succeed: After losing to Federer in French Open, he had said he will bounce back. You could see it in his eyes today. When he was 5-3 up, 30-15, he screamed out COME ON and it was stamped then- Nole will become number 1. And that is the most important thing if a person has to achieve his dream- Will TO Succeed. Unlike Federer, he was motivated today and his body language suggested he had come prepared and was not ready to give up even after he let the third set slip away. The SIGN of a TRUE CHAMPION.

Tsonga who had defeated Nadal and Federer in his last 20 days was easily overcome by Nole by his impeccable tennis today: Something which he has shown again and again this year. He has become the new NADAL of tennis who has no weaknesses and is afraid of no one. He has become physically strong and mentally tough- learning at every step in his career. Who would have thought him as World No. 1 at the start of the year? Is this the start of new era in men’s tennis? Time will tell but one thing is for sure, tennis fans all over the world have an amazing time ahead. Time for FEDALOVIC!


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