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  1. Jay
    Jay October 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm |

    Good point about how crowds apparently affect Djokovic.
    Federer was able to tame the crowd at Wimbledon in 2012 while Djokovic in 2013 could not. The same narrative was at work and Djokovic seemed to have acquiesced to it.
    Is it people pleasing at some level? Djokovic himself may be aware of it now.

  2. Amie
    Amie October 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm |

    “Elite athletes don’t care one bit about the crowd. They understand how fickle they are, and how they have no right to get in the way of their pursuit of greatness.”

    I find this statement to be quite unfair, harsh and to some extent, untrue. Why is there such a thing as home-court advantage if the crowds don’t play a role? Are soccer players not considered elite athletes? Yet, goals scored at home are weighted less than scored in their opponents field.

  3. mat4
    mat4 October 13, 2013 at 6:51 pm |

    I expected a sequel of that interesting analysis.

    There are a few stats I am interested in: the average speed of Djokovic’s shots, e.g. I noticed that stat in his match against Monfils, and it popped up also at the beginning of his match against DelPo. It seems that Novak played “faster” than both Monfils and JMDP, and that his shots travel faster in general.

    Another remark that should be checked: watching a few matches lately I had the impression that there was a lot more serves directed on the FH return. Of course, it is a bad strategy against DelPo.

    Although it seems that Novak has finally mastered that racquet and improved his FH, his placement for this shot is sometimes very strange. And while I think that he has improved his spin with this shot, I tend to believe that he still doesn’t hit it flat often enough.

    DelPo’s strategy in the first set was also unclear to me.

  4. Paul Malone
    Paul Malone October 14, 2013 at 5:30 am |

    Good analysis. What struck me about this match besides the brilliant tennis was Djokovic’s emotional outbursts, kicking the scoreboard, railing the crowds, gesticulations after missing. All signs of something in the background troubling Djokovic’s mind. Maybe he and others have underestimated the affect of losing number one ranking?

    Great to see a close match that both earned the right to hold the winning trophy.

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