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2020-09-08 11:04:15 AM  
She looks like an abused woman in fear of the next hand

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2020-09-08 1:22:27 PM  
The past few months have been a cavalcade of stupid mistakes for him. He needs to take a little bit more time to focus on figuring out why he's so prone to make bad decisions. People talk about mindfulness, but they treat it as a way of simply clearing one's mind. On the contrary, focusing on the specific issues that arise from unmindful behavior and then tracing backwards to figure out the reason why you did that instead of another thing can help bring your behavior into alignment with your expectations and goals.

"Taking time off to be with the ones you love" is typically a cop out and a way to avoid responsibility for your own actions. Maybe it's a cover for some real introspective therapy this time for Djokovic, but the way the article sounds, that's probably unlikely.
 
2020-09-08 1:23:34 PM  
Has he always been an asshole or is this new?
 
2020-09-08 1:30:33 PM  

Unikitty: Has he always been an asshole or is this new?


He's not Nick Kyrgios, but he's definitely always had more "personality" than Federer or Nadal.
 
2020-09-08 2:38:25 PM  

Pfighting Polish: Unikitty: Has he always been an asshole or is this new?

He's not Nick Kyrgios, but he's definitely always had more "personality" than Federer or Nadal.


I've always been a fan of Nadal, seems like a genuine and nice person.
 
2020-09-08 2:48:56 PM  

Pfighting Polish: He's not Nick Kyrgios, but he's definitely always had more "personality" than Federer or Nadal.


Kyrgios at least OWNS his asshole-ness. Even when he's tried to rationalize his way out of...whatever...when confronted by the media he'll do so with a smirk that suggests "oh yeah, these idiots are eating out of my hands".

I don't hate Djoker, but I'd rather have a beer with Kyrgios. At least with the latter, I'm more certain of what to expect and less worried about having to sit through some "act".
 
2020-09-08 3:05:49 PM  

Unikitty: Has he always been an asshole or is this new?


the former. it's finally caught up to him for once.
 
2020-09-08 3:09:29 PM  
Well, on the upside, at least we know how to get some tennis coverage in the US.  And no one has even had to hit a crotch yet.
 
2020-09-08 3:14:44 PM  

Killer Cars: Kyrgios at least OWNS his asshole-ness. Even when he's tried to rationalize his way out of...whatever...when confronted by the media he'll do so with a smirk that suggests "oh yeah, these idiots are eating out of my hands".

I don't hate Djoker, but I'd rather have a beer with Kyrgios. At least with the latter, I'm more certain of what to expect and less worried about having to sit through some "act".


I don't mind Kyrgios. I actually think he's good for the game.

He's a punk, yes, and a twerp, and at times just a tool. He definitely can fit the a-hole label described above. But tennis has missed having punks pretty much ever since review took away the McEnroe-esque confrontations between player and chair umpire. They gave the game a human, emotional, dramatic side I feel like it's been missing.

Tennis needs personalities, and Kyrgios is definitely a personality.

Djokovic, however, seems a little more Jay Cutler-like. He's the kind of guy that does punk crap, but then just shrugs his shoulders and looks disinterested in what he did.
 
2020-09-08 3:22:17 PM  

Pfighting Polish: Killer Cars: Kyrgios at least OWNS his asshole-ness. Even when he's tried to rationalize his way out of...whatever...when confronted by the media he'll do so with a smirk that suggests "oh yeah, these idiots are eating out of my hands".

I don't hate Djoker, but I'd rather have a beer with Kyrgios. At least with the latter, I'm more certain of what to expect and less worried about having to sit through some "act".

I don't mind Kyrgios. I actually think he's good for the game.

He's a punk, yes, and a twerp, and at times just a tool. He definitely can fit the a-hole label described above. But tennis has missed having punks pretty much ever since review took away the McEnroe-esque confrontations between player and chair umpire. They gave the game a human, emotional, dramatic side I feel like it's been missing.

Tennis needs personalities, and Kyrgios is definitely a personality.

Djokovic, however, seems a little more Jay Cutler-like. He's the kind of guy that does punk crap, but then just shrugs his shoulders and looks disinterested in what he did.


I think that's exactly right on Kyrgios.  A collection of Faces with no Heels doesn't draw ratings. Those guys are eminently hate-able but good for the game.

Djoker needs a consistent rival.  He seems to lack self-awareness.  It would be great to have someone, a rival, genuinely take the piss out of him.  I think it would make him go insane.  Kyrgios has enough humor and self awareness to take such things in stride, I think
 
2020-09-08 3:34:04 PM  

Killer Cars: Pfighting Polish: He's not Nick Kyrgios, but he's definitely always had more "personality" than Federer or Nadal.

Kyrgios at least OWNS his asshole-ness. Even when he's tried to rationalize his way out of...whatever...when confronted by the media he'll do so with a smirk that suggests "oh yeah, these idiots are eating out of my hands".

I don't hate Djoker, but I'd rather have a beer with Kyrgios. At least with the latter, I'm more certain of what to expect and less worried about having to sit through some "act".


bingo. Djokovic is desperate to be loved. Kyrigos doesn't give a shiat.
 
2020-09-08 4:45:54 PM  
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2020-09-08 4:54:45 PM  

Unikitty: Has he always been an asshole or is this new?


Yes.
 
2020-09-08 4:55:59 PM  

Unikitty: Pfighting Polish: Unikitty: Has he always been an asshole or is this new?

He's not Nick Kyrgios, but he's definitely always had more "personality" than Federer or Nadal.

I've always been a fan of Nadal, seems like a genuine and nice person, for a compulsive ass-digging finger-smeller.


FTFY
 
2020-09-08 5:01:09 PM  

The Smails Kid: Unikitty: Pfighting Polish: Unikitty: Has he always been an asshole or is this new?

He's not Nick Kyrgios, but he's definitely always had more "personality" than Federer or Nadal.

I've always been a fan of Nadal, seems like a genuine and nice person, for a compulsive ass-digging finger-smeller.

FTFY


Yeah, there has to be some kind of underwear that could help the poor guy out.  They'd probably sponsor him and give him free drawers
 
2020-09-08 6:22:08 PM  
Boo farking hoo
 
2020-09-08 9:36:14 PM  
A third tennis thread!

Truly the Fark mods have blessed us this day.

Shapo takes the first set against Busta. He looks good. Really good.
 
2020-09-08 9:48:22 PM  

virulent_loser: bingo. Djokovic is desperate to be loved. Kyrigos doesn't give a shiat.


It's not just that Djokovic wants to be loved. It's that he wants to be loved just as much as Fedal, and that ain't going to happen (TFA even brings it up: He's not as popular as them). Most of it due to shiat like this. He's just a weird dude that does dumb shiat and that makes it easy to dislike him.

Not many people liked Nadal when he started winning -- a prettyboy hotshot primadonna constantly pulling his skinny shorts out of his ass crack (which may not be fair -- a lot of it was just resentment that he was regularly beating the GOAT). But he's since mellowed out and gradually won over everyone's affection, especially since he and Federer have become close friends and the rivalry is not very personal.

You can't say that the public's acceptance of Djokovic will change like it did for Nadal. Especially since he keeps doing dumb shiat.
 
2020-09-08 9:54:16 PM  

Pfighting Polish: I don't mind Kyrgios. I actually think he's good for the game.


Kyrgios is what happens when you gift the bro-ist bro to ever bro ungodly natural talent. That doesn't make him an asshole, per se, but its definitely not the personality conducive to a congenial game like tennis.

Mentally he'd be more suited for basketball, and given his size and aggression he would have made an excellent power forward/rebounder. Who knows why he took up the racket instead, but some of my favorite shots of his are where he makes it look like he doesn't care or gives you this "I do this all day" look. Which is classic basketball posing.

But I agree: He'd be a riot to hang out with. Going to clubs, staying up til 3 smoking weed and playing Playstation. My kind of athlete -- I do root for him whenever he plays, especially if its Nadal.
 
2020-09-08 10:19:03 PM  
Here's one example:

Novak Djokovic touches a ball before it bounces - 2015 French Open
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This is just a cheeky moment, it's not an important point, Djokovic is well on his way to winning the match. The least he could do is smile and go "whoops!" but he just stares shockingly like it's an insult or humiliation. I don't think he is capable of self-deprecation. He is utterly humorless.
 
2020-09-08 10:24:45 PM  

Ishkur: A third tennis thread!

Truly the Fark mods have blessed us this day.

Shapo takes the first set against Busta. He looks good. Really good.


this is a good match. he's had an excellent tournament, what with making it to the QF in doubles too.
 
2020-09-08 11:25:45 PM  
Wow it's as close to a live tennis thread as possible.

Unfortunately (for me) there's a pretty great NBA game on at the moment.  Getting most of what tennis I can earlier in the day
 
2020-09-09 12:06:38 AM  

Naido: Wow it's as close to a live tennis thread as possible.

Unfortunately (for me) there's a pretty great NBA game on at the moment.  Getting most of what tennis I can earlier in the day


I was watching the match on mute while listening to the Cubs on the radio.
 
2020-09-09 12:11:30 AM  
Why is it Shapo always waits for the tiebreaks to make his double faults? For farks sakes.

I wish there were 20,000 rowdy, drunken people there. This has the potential to be one of those epic matches that goes past 3 am.
 
2020-09-09 12:25:19 AM  
Busta not giving us the satisfaction of a 4 hour 5 set marathon by tanking the 4th set.

I'm seen Federer do this before: He rests the 4th set so he can win the 5th. But he's good enough and confident enough to do that sort of thing. Busta is playing with fire here, giving the younger Shapo the emotion and energy to come back into the match....
 
2020-09-09 12:28:17 AM  
No wait.... Busta may be nursing an injury and the 4th set tank was not any sort of strategy.
 
2020-09-09 1:07:16 AM  
Annnnd he double faults the fifth set too.

He needs to work on his serve.
 
2020-09-09 1:26:24 AM  

Ishkur: Annnnd he double faults the fifth set too.

He needs to work on his serve.


he and Zverev could have had a double-fault-a-thon in the semis.
 
2020-09-09 5:29:23 PM  
good fight from Rublev but not surprising it wasn't enough. losing the first set tiebreak after being up 5-1 was painful. Medvedev/Thiem over Zverev in the final.
 
2020-09-09 9:22:09 PM  

Unikitty: Has he always been an asshole or is this new?


It's not new.  I read and heard stories about Novak Djokovic being an asshole ten years ago and that he was not exactly a popular player on the ATP.  I know he and Andy Roddick - who was my favorite player at that time - got into an altercation one point in the locker room after a match. Don't know the details, but Roddick has since said its all water under the bridge.

My impression is that Novak Djokovic is smug, arrogant and kinda dismissive of others. He's also quite envious of the popularity of Federer and Nadel and doesn't understand why he hasn't garnered the same adulation from tennis fans.

Novak Djokovic is an extraordinary tennis player who probably will one day pass Federer for the most majors. But whatever chance he had equally Federer or Nadel in populartity probably got flushed down the toilet when he hit that line judge.
 
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