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  1. J. Lee
    J. Lee June 7, 2013 at 4:39 am |

    another all-nighter live analysis! love the professionalism, JJ. respect!

  2. Tennisfan
    Tennisfan June 7, 2013 at 8:13 am |

    Hmmm, disappointing match so far. Djokovic not mentally there yet. This set is a must or it could be over quickly.

  3. Steve
    Steve June 7, 2013 at 8:32 am |

    Djokovic is psyching himself out of this match. Instead of easily holding he drop 4 straight points 2 of them on UFE and the BP on a mental malfunction. When has that dropshot ever worked against a top tier player in the majors? I’m so disappointed right now.

  4. Steve
    Steve June 7, 2013 at 9:20 am |

    Djokovic just handing over the third set without any fight? What the hell is this?

  5. Steve
    Steve June 7, 2013 at 9:28 am |

    Djokovic’s play has dropped no doubt. But this third set was a mental collapse for Novak. He gave up entirely after dropping serve in the second game. Extremely disappointing.

  6. Steve
    Steve June 7, 2013 at 10:03 am |

    Djokovic made no effort in the 4th set to mentally jumpstart his psyche. No positive reactions and it seemed inevtible that Nadal would break him. As someone who likes both players, but was pulling for Novak in this one, this is extremely frustrating to watch. It looks as if he’s not even trying out there and Nadal isn’t even playing anywhere close to his peak. Djokovic needs to realize that beating Nadal at RG is the biggest challenge in all of tennis right now and no half-ass effort is going to get it done. He has to keep grinding and working the point and working his game plan. Giving up because it isn’t coming easier than he thought it would will never serve him well.

  7. Tennisfan
    Tennisfan June 7, 2013 at 10:34 am |

    Novak is one of the most resilient guys ever, hope he gets the win now, deserves it after assuming all the times Rafa was going to close it out. Truly amazing. Feels like the title is a set away…

  8. Steve
    Steve June 7, 2013 at 10:36 am |

    Uncle Toni must be PISSED!

  9. Henk
    Henk June 7, 2013 at 10:39 am |

    Nadal gifted Djokovic the 4th set. Pretty cool move but it might cost him!

  10. Steve
    Steve June 7, 2013 at 11:00 am |

    This is such an insane match I don’t know if what I’m typing will be relevant in 10 minutes, but it seems to me Nadal is feeling the mental weight now. He’s seeing Djokovic playing much better and everything is MUCH tighter for him. Shots aren’t coming as easily as they were the first four sets. I think he can see this thing slipping and it is rattling him. He’s still far from out of it.

  11. Tennisfan
    Tennisfan June 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm |

    Djokovic wanted the court to be watered as the conditions would’ve suited him to get a better crack at breaking Nadal’s serve. Unfortunately, he didn’t get his way and the match ended in the worst way possible. Congrats to Nadal!

    1. Joseph
      Joseph June 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm |

      No, he wanted the courts watered because he kept slipping. Nole was screwed by the umpire on quite a few occasions, mainly that ball that was clearly in. Awful decision which made Nole give up on that 3rd set.

      I find it quite amazing that Novak managed to take it to 5, despite playing pretty poorly. Shows how much he wanted it! Really should have won that 5th, but his smash was dreadful. Still a good effort.

  12. Andrea Castillo
    Andrea Castillo June 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm |

    You’re brilliant. I followed you on twitter and it makes me happy whenever i can’t watch a match (especially Serena’s , Federer’s or Janowicz’s) i can always see your amazings tweets and a full review of the match. Keep going!

  13. Steve
    Steve June 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm |

    That net cord at 40-40 with Novak up 4-3 basically cost him the tournament. After that game Rafa was revitalized and Novak was dejected.

  14. Aube
    Aube June 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm |

    Nadou baby! and the whole world said you were going down to NOLE,who in truth, is a tremendous champ and in my book the BEST RETURNER EVER,hands down. I quit watching when he stops you twice from closing out the fourth set, first by breaking you back each time you went up to run away with the match…

    Tips hat to NOLE,who no matter one one says, was visibly subdued today…yet put out a fun and tight match…

    Hourra,nice match,now I have to finish watching the third set that could not watch live, I have “psychose” of the AO 2012… ouchieeeeeeeeeeeee:(((

  15. Aube
    Aube June 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm |

    make that the fifth set, I guess I’m still nervous, te-hee:)

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