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Federer was always pompous and polite while Nadal lived the principles and modesty. Djokovic’s problem is clear that he cannot hide his negative emotions in every match. Djokovic was inherently unpopular, and it was the fastest way for him to turn into the villain in the eyes of most tennis viewers.
“Nole” may not be as flexible as Federer or as industrious as Nadal, but if you combine Federer’s IQ and Nadal’s endurance, you can create a Djokovic-like player. Technically, Serbian tennis players have clearly reached the level of at least the level of two seniors, to join them in creating the concept of “Big 3”.
But from the perspective of the fans, there is no compelling reason to explain that a player with 276 weeks ranked number one in the world, owns 17 Grand Slams, won the Masters 1000 and ATP Finals, confronted marginally better than both Nadal and Federer, hated so much.
Federer as the artist, with perfection as perfect and accurate as a Swiss watch, Nadal is like a warrior, with the power of a Spanish gaur, combining these two extremes, you have a battle to be expected and be forever mentioning, Djokovic, nicknamed “Iron Man”, who grew up in Serbia in the bombardment of war, experienced hardship and hardship, was an outsider in the battle between ‘Artist’ and ‘ Combatant”.
The estrangement of the crowd on the field does not affect Djokovic’s behavior in real life. Present at most major tournaments, Ben Rothenberg, one of the New York Times’ tennis managers, revealed that Djokovic is the most generous and friendly tennis player he has ever seen.
However, Djokovic – who has never denied his desire to become the greatest player – once again chose the title over the love of the audience. In a frustrated mood, the Serbian tennis player still managed to use tactical acumen and experience to adjust everything back to the right trajectory.
Won the 17th Grand Slam and regained the number one position in the world, Djokovic simultaneously approached the two records he considered the most important in a player’s career. He is only three weeks behind Federer and Grand Slam and 34 weeks at the top of the ATP. Djokovic is causing those who do not support him to expect a miracle that derailed the most destructive machine of felt in the past 10 years.
But there is a simpler option for all, which is to enjoy the best tennis and appreciate more of what Djokovic has brought to the sport: the fierce competition unprecedented in history.
The passion has only weakened a bit in the past 10 years, when the power balance of the tennis sport has been tilted towards Djokovic. Before Djokovic was crowned at the Rod Laver Arena on January 30, 2011, he had only one Grand Slam. Federer then had 16 Grand Slams while Nadal had online 9. After the victory over Thiem, the gap was narrowed with Federer 20, Nadal 19, and Djokovic 17.
Djokovic’s success is good for the competition and development of men’s tennis, but after all, people don’t want that to happen. The day Djokovic was still firmly in third place, as the spoiler Federer and Nadal, he was praised and encouraged after each failure.
In the period of 2011 – early 2012, he continuously defeated Nadal on every surface, everything was fine. “Djokovic will prevent Nadal from catching up with Federer,” many people thought. When Djokovic was close to the 2015 Roland Garros title but lost to Stan Wawrinka in the final, the audience gave him a long round of applause that touched him to the point of tears.
But when Djokovic was Federer’s biggest obstacle on the journey to increase the number of Grand Slams, and sticking to “Express Train”, fans began to feel uncomfortable. The more major titles he won, the more lonely Nole became on the field.
But why is only Djokovic hated when he defeated Federer, while the first major opponent of Swiss tennis player Rafael Nadal? It was Nadal who struck Federer’s Grand Slam record for most of his career. But the Spaniard was welcomed even when he won on Federer’s forte. Nobody forgot the tears of Nadal and Federer at the Wimbledon final in 2008. A classic and romantic coronation, something Djokovic did not get even though he won many great titles.
Alex Pattle explains that Nadal is feared by his passion on the field and his philosophy of counter-attacking Federer. These factors make the “Express Train” fans more likely to accept defeat than when their idol loses to Djokovic, whose style is similar to Federer’s but more cruel and less flowery.
Another tennis journalist, Alex Palmer said that the cause lies in two factors. One is that Djokovic emerged after Federer and Nadal, who are from two opposing schools, owning a typical play and not as vague as Djokovic. The other is the behavior on the field.
The top two seeds, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, will compete in the Australian Open semi-finals on January 30, 2020.
It will be the 50th encounter between two contemporary legends of men’s tennis with a 26-23 confrontation advantage belonging to Djokovic. In the Australian Open alone, “Nole” won three and only lost once to Federer. Those three Djokovic victories all took place in the semi-finals, in 2008, 2011 and 2016. Serbian tennis players have never lost in the semi-finals and finals in Melbourne Park.
However, the second seed also proved particularly wary of veteran opponents. He said: “Roger is still Roger. Everyone knows that he always plays at a high level on any pitch. Roger is excited in such great competitions, before the big competitors in the semi-finals or in general. Grand Slam “.
Today, when stepping into the Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic understands that he will have to push himself to the highest realm in order to fight his rival Federer.
No one knows how to beat the “Express Train” on the Melbourne Park stage better than Djokovic, but the player who holds the record for most league titles with seven titles also knows the threat from the other side of the net well. Federer was the one who extinguished Djokovic’s hope of ending the 2019 season with the world’s number one, beating Nole in the ATP Finals last year.
Before reuniting with Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals this year, the 38-year-old had a spectacular escape in the quarterfinals. Federer then saved seven match-points in the victory over Tennys Sandgren.
At the first Grand Slam of the year, the 32-year-old continued to prove his class by winning 13 consecutive sets since the third set in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff.
Watching the 20 Grand Slam champion take nine minutes to get medical attention in the three-and-a-half-hour marathon before Sandgren, fans could not help but worry about the risk of a groin injury to Federer.
Yoshihito Nishioka 0-3 Novak Djokovic
On the same day, good news continued to Novak Djokovic. After defeating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, the world’s number two player witnessed the dangerous opponents in the quarterfinals Tsitsipas and Bautista Agut were eliminated in the afternoon. Tsitsipas lost to Milos Raonic 5-7, 4-6, 6-7 and Bautista Agut was eliminated by Marin Cilic with a score of 7-6, 4-6, 0-6, 7-5, 3-6.
The victory of Nishioka saw the highest form from the beginning of the tournament of Djokovic. Before the opponent that “Nole” judged to be the best move on the ATP Tour, Djokovic overwhelmed with 16 acees, a 93% win rate, 40 winners and only 23 self-defeating errors.
The Serbian player successfully took advantage of five of the six break-points available to go on after one hour 27 minutes. In the fourth round, Djokovic met Diego Schwartzman – who defeated Dusan Lajovic after three sets in the third round.
No. 6 seed Tsitsipas, despite trying hard, could not become the first player to win Milos Raonic’s game at the tournament. Greek player did not have a break-point in the whole match, before the opponent serves too strong. Raonic’s two “kick serve” kicks also made it difficult for Tsitsipas.
Raonic has 19 ace shots, 55 winner points and is more active than his opponent in the whole match. The Canadian player won two games to catch the ball equally divided among the first two sets, before winning 7-2 in the last tie-break set. Having 32 self-defeating errors compared to Tsitsipas’ 14, Raonic still won after three sets and made it to the fourth round against Marin Cilic.
Cilic won the US Open 2014 but has not maintained its form in the past one year. Therefore, the Croatian player’s victory over the No. 9 seed Bautista Agut is considered a surprise in the third round.