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All Grown Up

Posted by gauloises1 on February 26, 2010

Nole talks responsibility (and incidentally calls out Andy Murray, or at least that’s how The Times spins it; Flatman, you stirrer):

Sitting in the same chair 24 hours earlier after losing on the same court, Murray said defeat against Djokovic’s fellow Serb Janko Tisparevic wasn’t the end of the world because events of this nature are an opportunity to experiment and practise different tactics.

Djokovic, Australian Open champion two years ago and No 2 in the world, two spots above Murray, begs to differ. He has been paid the same handsome six-figure sum as a guarantee and enjoyed the luxury of a £2,300-a-night duplex suite at the seven-star Burj al Arab hotel throughout his stay.

But Djokovic also feels a responsibility to give something back to those who reward his stature in the game. “You carry certain responsibility when you are in the world’s top five,” said the player who had to rally from a disastrous start to beat Ivan Ljubicic 2-6,6-4,6-0 but is now only two wins away from retaining the title. “You cannot just go out there and practise. Every tournament is important. That’s the way I accepted every tournament in my professional career.” […]

“Who knows what’s going to happen tomorrow, so I try to play 100 per cent, and try to win every match I play,” he continued. “I cannot calculate and I cannot experiment. Sometimes maybe you should prioritise some bigger events. But, look we are professionals, and we are here to perform as best as we can.

“There are not just a lot of expectations from ourselves and our people that are surrounding us. It’s about the tournament and people who come to watch.”

Hard to argue with that.

I also loved this:

Things looked bleak as he trailed Ljubicic by a set and faced a couple of break points. A loud voice in the crowd shouted: “Ace him Novak.” Pulling out of his service motion, Djokovic allowed himself a smile and replied: “I wish.”

Oh Nole. You’re so that guy that you find yourself going out on a limb for time and time again and getting disappointed and you don’t even ask yourself any more why you keep trying, because you know that every so often they’ll do something that reminds you and you can live off that moment for weeks.

So that guy.

8 Responses to “All Grown Up”

  1. Mlle. Marseillaise (a.k.a Joan) said

    The tone of the article made him sound so self righteous so his statements pissed me off even though I agree with what he said.

    • anne said

      I wonder if people that don’t speak another language can appreciate that sometimes the way some statements are meant can translate awkwardly. Being of a different nationality myself, I see how my parents think in their own language first and then try to convert their thoughts to English. Often it loses something in the translation. Also, consider that some people consider the English to be stuffy and arrogant because of their method of speaking.Is this fair? You might consider this when you cite you agree with Djokovic but don’t care for his delivery!

  2. northcay said

    He’s very articulate. Nole, aside from Fed, is one of those players that has this amazing talent for the perfect words. Flove

  3. meretricula said

    I wonder how the rest of the top ten would respond if they were polled on whether they try their hardest in every match, even at smaller events, or save something for the Slams. it’s kind of interesting that Nole falls into the “play to win no matter what” camp with Rafa and Andy is siding with Roger (???!) on saving his strength for the big ones. especially since, while Rafa and Nole’s attitude is more appealing on the surface, it really does seem to screw them over every once in a while (see: RG’09, WTF’09 respectively).

    • robert said

      Murray siding with Roger in this, that’s a new development. So far he regularly did exactly the opposite: wasted himself in winning matches only to lose tournaments or in winning smaller tournaments right before slams, where he would fizzle.

      This sudden new attitude, however, came way prematurely in his career and was voiced crassly. He has no business to experiment/practice during smaller tourneys to the point of throwing matches; for players with 0 slams, this is done exclusively in practice sets. You can try to incorporate a thing or two during a match, but not sacrificing the whole match. Then he exacerbated things by explaining he came unprepared anyway and would have played differently in a slam. Unprofessional and disrespectful to the opponent, tournament and crowd.

      His handling of things is a bit arrogant and sloppy. This is his third recent faux pas (first was that Rotterdam/Marseille fumble, then him wearing Hugo Boss polo at a Dubai photo-op event which pissed Adidas off to the point of an official complaint to his agent).

  4. Maria1 said

    Nole is one of those players that I don’t know how to feel about; he annoys me sometimes and sometimes I agree with what he says. On this, I can see trying your best in every match but also feel that full concentration on the bigger tournaments is better. Pic of Delpo, awww poor wounded soldier, I want to give him a hug. And a grope. *blush*

    • anne said

      Interesting take on this subject. I have seen various blogs that crucify players for skipping smaller tournaments and concentrating only on the big money slams. I wonder how popular the game will be if we see the top names only a few times a year? As a lover of tennis, I would love to see the promotion of the sport. We will only get more coverage of the sport and tournaments when the big guns are playing. The corporate world will not sponsor coverage unless the top seeds participate.

  5. Aleksa said

    Yes, that guy. *swooning*
    My reason.

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