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February 03, 2020, 05:58:59 PM

I definitely agree about Thiem. Back to back Roland Garros (in 2018 and 2019) and now already an Australian Open finalist (in 2020). I think he is a Grand Slam champion in waiting.

Of the current younger crop waiting to break through (Medvedev, Zverev, Tsitsipas, Kyrgios and alike) I think Thiem has been the most consistent and he seems to be the most well balanced on a mental level out of them too. I am quite confident Thiem will win Roland Garros this year (2020) whether or not he meets Nadal in the final.

Australian Open: Djokovic
French Open: Thiem
Wimbledon: Federer
US Open: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Thiem, Zverev

About Djokovic and his gamesmanship, I remember too many instances I lost count but when he did it against Murray on this one occasion I think Murray got very angry. Djokovic returned from a medical break but Murray was on course to win the match yet end up losing it. I might have it wrong but from what I recall it was partly because it appeared at first Djokovic started losing points allowing Murray to make winners without contesting them (thus reeling him in) while complaining he was injured then all of a sudden he upped the tempo. Even the commentators were shocked how Djokovic was almost limping in the first two points of the game and then all of a sudden rushed to the net faster than Usain Bolt to make a drop shot etc

In the Grand Slams many players including Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have been known to go off for toilet breaks if the match heads off in to a 5th set with them losing the 4th, or even when they lose the 3rd set after being 2-0 up. Going off for medical breaks and calling the doctor out on court when losing either the match or momentum - sadly that is something Djokovic will always be associated with and though it was not cheating it was simply a technique to upset the rhythm of his opponent.

Anyway, as much as Djokovic is respected because of his winning record, he is not respected by his peers and colleagues for any other reason. Here is was Kyrgios said about Djokovic in last year in 2019:

‘I just feel like he’s got a sick obsession with wanting to be liked’ Kyrgios said of Djokovic on the No Challenges Remaining podcast.

He just wants to be Federer. I feel he wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him. This celebration thing is so cringeworthy.

‘He’s unbelievable, a champion of the sport, one of the greatest we will ever see. I think he will get the Grand Slam count and overtake Federer. ‘[But] we’re talking about a guy who pulled out of the Australian Open one year because it was too hot. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest to me. ‘I’ve played him twice and I’m sorry but if you cannot beat me, you cannot be the greatest of all time. Look at how much I train and put in… it’s zero compared to him.

‘For me Federer will always be the greatest of all time. What Rafa has done has been pretty scary too. ‘But Novak just riles me the wrong way. He always says what he thinks he needs to say rather than his actual opinion. ‘The celebration just kills me. Every time it does… it kills me. If I play him and beat him again, I’m doing the celebration in front of him [laughing]… that would be hilarious!’[/b]

For a lot of people, Kyrgios made a lot of sense with what he said.

Lots of chats online about the so-called gamesmanship (or cheating) when Djokovic kept going off court. It was not the first time he has done it

I've noticed that negatively, too.
I can't tell you what treatment he received on the court when the doctor was at his bank for a short time. And when he left the court and came back a few minutes later he was a different person.

Of course nothing illegal was done and it was within the allowed range. But such things can be used to unsettle the opponent or to get him out of the rhythm.
and he managed that. it diminishes his great performance a bit but he still deserved to win. it was a great game and next time thiem wins Smiley


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