Peter I'd like to address this comment "but aren't you a teensy-weensy bit concerned about the fact that your wheels have a puzzling, unsatisfying way of falling off when you most need to put the pedal to the metal? "
You need to put this into clearer perspective. Maybe explain it more? Djokovic has gone quarter finals, semi finals, quarter finals, quarter finals and semi finals in the last five slams, and he is now in the quarter finals again. His fans would be pleased to see him go deeper than getting stuck at this quarter and semi final hurdle. The thing that is unique about Djokovic, however, compared to other names you might compare him to -- Soderling, Berdych, Murray, for example -- is that Djokovic can go deep at all the slams and play well on every surface. If you look at the slam results of the 3 aforementioned peers of Djokovic, they have gone deeper in slams in the last couple years, all three reaching a slam final, whereas Djokovic has not reached one since 2007 & 2008. In the last six slams Djokovic has been more consistent than those 3 by not losing before the quarter finals (Berdych lost round 1 in New York 10 and round 2 in Australia 10, and his results in 09 at slams were never past R16. Murray lost the R16 4 times out of the last 6 slams: Australia 09, US Open 09, US Open 10, and French 10. Soderling lost round 1 at the Australian in 10 and round 2 in 09) . However, while Djokovic is clearly more consistent than those 3 he has also been stuck. Upon further reflection perhaps this is the point you were trying to make? Perhaps you could have spent a little more time making it, pointing out both the good (consistency) and the bad (not reaching the finals at the slams).
Djokovic has by far been the most consistent at the slams ever since he broke through in 2007. Look at the numbers. Maybe that is what he means when he says he has to be pleased with the results. Maybe you need to analyze more deeply Bodo before making comments. It seems as though something you are saying is true. However it needed to be dealt with in a fairer and more thorough manner. Maybe two separate pieces, one on Fish and one on Djokovic, would have served your purposes better.
Posted by Lillian
09/08/2010 at 02:49 PM
Well said Joanie, could not agree more.
And not all Nole's fans are Serbs, how narrow minded some people are to think that,I happen to be Serbian, yet when I go to Nole's site, I read words of love and encouragment constantly on this site. wishing Nole all the best, and even when he lose the match, he is still loved and gets greetings from far as Japan, India, Middle East, and Europe, England.........a female like myself, should she not be cheering for Murray???
I rest my case,
I LOVE NOLE AS A PERSON AND AS A GREAT TENNIS PLAYER OF OUR TIME..................
A TRUE SERB and proud to be one
Posted by bdscks
09/08/2010 at 07:29 PM
c'mon Bodo, lift the ban on Novak's picture on the home page, or perhaps you can write one hateful article on Srdjan's T shirts? how about that?
Posted by Haile
09/08/2010 at 10:48 PM
Joanie, good post. Empire Bodo should maybe write about Petzchner, Haas or Melzer. Oh, they don't do anything. Maybe Bodo's jealous that his great Teutons can't win?