.............could he end up getting 'bunched up' with Borg more than with Federer and Nadal, despite far superior portfolio at least compared to Borg? It's possible.
For Federer and Nadal, Djokovic's latest declaration has to be a huge sigh of relief, for obvious reasons. Heck, it may even open up at least a hypothetical belief that they can now add at least one more Slam.
For Murray, it's bitter sweet. On one hand and leg, he now is staring at the greenest light he has ever seen while on the other he may also be looking at a legacy-impacting backlash if he now fails to make up for lost time.
For Djokovic, it was a pathetic attempt to masquerade his apparent inability to win Slams now by inserting 'pressure' BS as an excuse. He probably knew it at or around Monte Carlo when he lost in the opening round. He MUST have been wildly surprised to have won Roland Garros. That win evoked conflicting thoughts as to his ability to still win (Monte Carlo vs Roland Garros) but whatever happened since Roland Garros settled it once and for all - EMPHATICALLY.
Still, to come out this publicly cannot but hurt him physically and psychologically - ostensible release of 'pressure' notwithstanding.
Root of the problem appears to be his girly frame coupled with engaging a far superior adversary in Nadal (physically and mentally) over almost a year. Djokovic's style of play completes the cycle.
It may not be a surprise if Djokovic fails to win ANY freaking title - forget a Slam or a Masters 1000.
Murray clearly is the biggest beneficiary of this windfall but Nadal may trump that with respect to leverage this altered landscape presents. I mean, just one Slam or even a Masters 1000 title will push him into the next stratosphere. Nadal trails Djokovic by two titles on the Masters 1000 pole. He may slash it - if not match it - on clay. Pass? And then there's No. 15.
Federer may not be as close to winning another Slam now as Murray and Nadal are - even @ Wimbledon. He will be 36 then - with surgery, multiple injuries and a long hiatus. That doesn't mean Nadal is a shoo in @ Roland Garros. It's just that he has better odds.
Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning grand slam titles or staying top of the men’s ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career, Serbia’s world number one said on Friday.
“I don’t want to think about winning titles and being the number one any more in order to avoid putting pressure on myself,” Djokovic, the winner of 12 major tournaments, told reporters.
“I put too much pressure on myself after winning this year’s Roland Garros and I didn’t like it," the 29-year-old added.
"I always enjoyed tennis and relished the game away from tournaments too but in the last few months, all the talk about making history has brought too much pressure.
“It doesn’t mean I no longer want to contribute to the sport but I also don’t want to keep on playing just for the sake of winning titles.”
Djokovic, who steamrolled to Australian and French Open titles in the first half of the season, has suffered a dramatic loss of form since and pulled out of next week’s China Open with an elbow injury.
He lost to American Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon third round before he was knocked out in the opening round of the Olympic Games by Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.
Djokovic was unstoppable in 2015 when we won three out of four major titles and this year he finally completed a career slam after clinching his maiden French Open title by beating Briton Andy Murray in the final.
He pointed out several times after his Wimbledon and Olympic disappointments that the effort had drained him mentally and physically, raising question marks over his ability to equal Swiss maestro Roger Federer’s career tally of 17 grand slams.
Appearing to enjoy a light workout in the morning sun at a hardcourt complex overlooking the banks of Belgrade’s Sava river, Djokovic stressed that he was still keen to add more titles to his bulging trophy cabinet.
“If the wins and titles come I will embrace them with both arms,” he said.
“I am on an active vacation now and the Shanghai Masters is the next tournament.
“It’s a micro injury I am dealing with but its nature is such that it could develop into a long-term issue. I am close to being fully fit but the injury is still affecting my serve.”
Nadal would DEFINITELY have passed No. 17 by now (matched?) thereby clobbering Federer's claim to GOAT status - with Olympic medals, Masters 1000, Davis Cup, H2H, nine FO, two Career Slams etc. draining all doubt as to who belongs at the top.
Federer would have added at least two more Slams to get to No. 19 thereby neutralizing nearly everything Nadal has over Federer - including the H2H obscenity.
If Djokovic stays stuck @ 12, what else will he lean on to overcome above overwhelming 'achievement'? Six AO titles? Sure!!!!!
................shouldn't Murray be next - and soon?
Granted Murray has reached just 11 Slam finals compared to 21 for Djokovic but didn't he miss them by just couple of matches - meaning two may have logged roughly about the same miles - with one doing the running around for freaking nothing?
If Djokovic's slump can partly be attributed to the massive exhale after clinching Roland Garros and the Career Slam, Murray's second Wimbledon title AND second straight Olympic Gold may not be too far behind specially with history providing crystal clear precedent as to winning anything past age 30, if not earlier. Both will turn 30 in May 2017.
Murray has already had back surgery which could eliminate any mileage or other advantage Murray may have over Djokovic - if not push him past Djokovic.
Besides, isn't it time for Kim to take the hint from Rustic and begin acting up to bag whatever is impossible through regular means? How about, I don't know, insist that Murray go for a face transplant surgery? Isn't one of the item on the Rustic list the chin surgery?
Translation: Wawrinka is home free - at least for a Career Slam - with four freaking majors.
There’s something about this that makes you just tear up. Maybe it’s the parent in you (if you are a parent) or maybe, in a time when the world seems to be at its own throat, you witness a moment when everyone is on the same side.
A mother looking for her child. A child desperate to find her mother. And everyone around them, including Rafael Nadal who’s supposed to be concentrating on the player on the other side of the net, realizing that their reunion is more important than anything else.
This took place Wednesday during an exhibition match in Nadal’s native Mallorca. Partnered with a teenager named Simon Solbas, and squaring off against Carlos Moya and John McEnroe, Nadal was on serve when a commotion in the crowd (that would normally halt as play resumes) didn’t stop. And rightfully so.
Nadal stopped, the crowd did too, and mother and daughter were reunited.
Alright Kev, don't act funny style. Let us hold a million...or two?
Since 2006 when Forbes began counting celebrities coins to report who’s making how much, Jerry Seinfeld has held the number one spot as the highest paid comedian, but today is a new day. According to the outlet, Kevin Hart has dethroned the veteran comic and snagged the coveted spot.
Kevin Hart’s pockets run pretty deep. Between June 2015 to June 2016, Hart earned a whopping $87.5 million, that’s $30 million more than Seinfeld. While the Philly native’s wealth comes from a plethora of places (endorsements, films, and campaigns including H&M) the bulk of the 37-year-old’s bank account comes from his stadium tours.
According to Forbes, the newly married comic sells out arenas including Madison Square Garden and The Staples Center, the way musicians do and since all he really needs is a bar stool, a microphone and himself, Hart pockets a bulk of the profits. The profits hover somewhere around a million per show, times that by 100 shows this year alone and Hart is laughing all the way to the bank.
Venus Williams of the United States waves to spectators after the WTA Wuhan Open match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Kuznetsova defeated Williams in the match. (Chinatopix Via AP)
Venus Williams of the United States, right, shakes hands with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia after their WTA Wuhan Open in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Kuznetsova defeated Williams in the match. (Chinatopix Via AP)
Simona Halep of Romania reacts after she scored a point against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during the WTA Wuhan Open in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (Chinatopix Via AP)
Simona Halep of Romania hits a return shot against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan during the WTA Wuhan Open in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. (Chinatopix via AP)
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 file photo, Serena Williams returns a shot to Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Williams says she wont be silent about the killing of black men by police officers. Williams wrote on Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, that she was inspired to speak out after asking her black 18-year-old nephew to drive her to a meeting. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)