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Djokovic bagels Ferrer


Djokovic just won the first seven games vs. Ferrer in Abu Dhabi. He is making Ferrer look like a hired sparring partner.

With Fed aging, Nadal in limbo, Murray unpredictable as ever – he lost to Tipsarevic yesterday, and Djokovic looking absolutely unbeatable, it is beginning to look like Djokovic has a very good shot at the Grand Slam this year…

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  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · December 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    By the way the excellent artwork is by Andres Bella, http://www.AndresBellaArt.com

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · December 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    “I expect to win every tournament I play.” Now that’s a message to the rest of the world. Take no prisoners.

  • Mitch · December 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    With Nadal out, I wonder whose side of the draw Murray will fall into. Also wonder what Nadal’s ranking going into the French will be, and how that might spice things up.

  • Steve · December 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Yeah, it could be a fantastic year for Djokovic with Nadal unpredictable and Fed seemingly contented with his achievements.

    Abu Dhabi feels more like an exhibition though than anything too serious.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · December 29, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Steve it does not look like an exhibition at all, it looks like a real tournament. Djokovic said I can assure you all the players are taking it very seriously. Looks that way to me on Tennis Channel. I sense another huge year for Djokovic in the making. Can also see Murray having a slip up season, after all his hard training in Miami, to lose the first match to Tipsarevic is not a good sign at all.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · December 29, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Mitch for some reason I can see Murray and Djok in the same half, freeing up Roger. Draws most always seem to work out nicely for Roger.

  • Steve · December 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Almagro tossed his racquet at a ball. You only do that sort of thing in Exos. You can’t take too much from this event. Certainly Ferrer didnt play his best tennis against Djokovic.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · January 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Steve, Djok and Nicolas Almagro were definitely having fun out there at times but they were also competing very hard especially in the third set. I read the quote earlier where Djok said all the players were taking the event very seriously and from the match segments I saw, it was the truth. Of course an exo like Arthur Ashe kids day, that is goofball tennis. I take a lot from seeing Djok win the final, he is looking as sharp as ever and I predict he will win the grand slam this year. Thought he would do it last year, he has a good shot to do it in 2013. WIll need some luck though.

  • Steve · January 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Damn, he just lost to Tomic. This year is starting to feel up for grabs.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · January 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Saw the highlights Steve, Tomic has that funky unusual style that Djokovic struggles with, as he did in the first set with Dolgopolov two years ago at US Open. Tomic served very well too, lots of free points. I said it before and I’ll say it again, Tomic can be #1 someday. But I also got a lil sense Djokovic was not playing at 100%, not against the hometown kid/local hero. If Djokovic goes all out he’s the guy who shot Bambi, and Djokovic is very careful about not doing anything to piss off and lose fans. There was one point that Tomic was actually toying with Djokovic, moving him all over the court, which shows what extroardinary ball control Tomic has. If Tomic can beat Djokovic in a major or master series, then it would really be something, but this is a nice step for Tomic to start off his year, after his second half struggles in ’12.

  • Steve · January 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Excuses. Tomic is a junk baller basically. He has amped up his serve though. It’s a bad sign to lose to Tomic. You have to question that as he head into the rest of the year.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · January 3, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    We’ll see if Tomic is ready to breakout and contend for the Australian title. I highly doubt Djokovic played at 110% intensity to win a match against the hometown hero youngster. Nothing to prove. I guarantee Djok will beat Tomic in Melbourne if they play. If Tomic wins I’ll eat a can of tennis ball soup.

  • Steve · January 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    The #1 player in the world should crush Tomic.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · January 4, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Djokovic should have crushed Kuerten in that exo in Brazil but he lost it. Djokovic can be very generous at exhibitions )

  • Steve · January 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

    He was also generous at the US Open. Everything is up for grabs. He’s wasn’t dominant last year. It’s exciting. 4 diff. slam winners. Hopefully we’ll have this again with some new faces.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · January 4, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I think it’s going to be the Djokoslam in 2013 Steve.

  • Steve · January 4, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I thought you were going to say a Goffin-slam.

  • BoDu · January 4, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Steve, I do not see how losing an exhibition match is a bad sign.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · January 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    BoDu I think Steve interprets it as a sign of vulnerability of Djokovic, which by his estimation, boosts Federer’s chances and hopes to win the AO. Because a 100% Djokovic right now vs. a 100% Federer would see the Serbian as a clear if not heavy favorite.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · January 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Steve I think Goffin can reach 3rd or 4th round of each major this year.

  • Steve · January 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    No. I think Fed will win a slam this year but I don’t expect it to be the AO. I think Djoker plays best at the AO.

    If both Fed & Djoker play their best Fed will still win on most surfaces. Matches in 2012 show this. In fact, Fed is one of the few that can hit clean winners past Djoker’s defense at times.

    I’d really love to see a Tsonga or Delpo get the Aussie.

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