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Date: 06 Jan 2009 20:11:38
From: DavidW
Subject: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at RST.

Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4







 
Date: 06 Jan 2009 08:49:40
From:
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
In article <bfF8l.70870$an4.52170@newsfe08.iad >, no@email.provided
(DavidW) wrote:
>
> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here
> at RST.
>
> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
>
>

With all the discussion of the Big Four we forgot about Gulbis, who
definitely has the game to scare any of them. Going to be a good year.

wg


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 11:40:00
From: Jason Catlin
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 9:49=A0am, wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
> In article <bfF8l.70870$an4.52...@newsfe08.iad>, n...@email.provided
>
> (DavidW) wrote:
>
> > I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here
> > at RST.
>
> > Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> With all the discussion of the Big Four we forgot about Gulbis, who
> definitely has the game to scare any of them. Going to be a good year.
>
> wg

And Tsonga isn't getting much attention at all, which is surprising.
That will change I think
if he wins that tournament this week.

I think it's great for Tsonga by the way that no one is talking about
him heading into AO. On the other
hand, it's going to be tough for Murray to be the object of so much
attention for the first time outside Wimby.


   
Date: 06 Jan 2009 22:08:24
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 11:40:00 -0800 (PST), Jason Catlin
<jason-catlin@hotmail.com > wrote:

>On Jan 6, 9:49 am, wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
>> In article <bfF8l.70870$an4.52...@newsfe08.iad>, n...@email.provided
>>
>> (DavidW) wrote:
>>
>> > I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here
>> > at RST.
>>
>> > Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>>
>> With all the discussion of the Big Four we forgot about Gulbis, who
>> definitely has the game to scare any of them. Going to be a good year.
>>
>> wg
>
>And Tsonga isn't getting much attention at all, which is surprising.
>That will change I think
>if he wins that tournament this week.

Interesting detail: Jarkko will play Tsonga tomorrow in 2nd round.
Only previous meeting, last year in Adelaide (which is basically this
same tournament): Jarkko won 6-2, 6-4. Two weeks before AO...



  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 10:45:37
From: Patrick Kehoe
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 9:51=A0am, TT <g...@Olympics.org > wrote:
> wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
> > In article <bfF8l.70870$an4.52...@newsfe08.iad>, n...@email.provided
> > (DavidW) wrote:
> >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here
> >> at RST.
>
> >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> > With all the discussion of the Big Four we forgot about Gulbis, who
> > definitely has the game to scare any of them. Going to be a good year.
>
> > wg
>
> Gulbis is a dangerous opponent on fast surfaces...but a non-entity when
> it becomes to winning tms+ events.
>
> Huge serve+forehand - poor mentality, consistency and backhand. Will
> still improve though.
> I'd rather watch more closely Cilic.
>
> --
> "Now I have so many dreams to chase - the French Open, an Olympic
> singles gold medal in London in 2012, the Davis Cup for Switzerland"

++ Cilic, Gulbis and Del Porto vs. Murray and Djokovic (and Simon?)

P


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 10:43:12
From: Patrick Kehoe
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 7:40=A0am, "arnab.z@gmail" <arnab.zah...@gmail.com > wrote:
> On Jan 6, 8:49=A0pm, wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
>
> > In article <bfF8l.70870$an4.52...@newsfe08.iad>, n...@email.provided
>
> > (DavidW) wrote:
>
> > > I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here
> > > at RST.
>
> > > Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> > With all the discussion of the Big Four we forgot about Gulbis, who
> > definitely has the game to scare any of them. Going to be a good year.
>
> > wg
>
> I have high hopes for Gulbis on faster hard courts . The kid's a
> dynamite. Won't mind if he beats Federer or any other to grab a big
> title.

++ I like Gulbis as well... though... he seems to get a 'bit' confused
out there shot selection wise, if/when, his game isn't clicking... he
doesn't YET have a plan-B to tide him over until he settles back into
his shots... go big or go home... he's so big serve dependant everyone
on tour can see that... AND HE HAS SOME TOUCH... some dimensions, but,
just mentally clouds over at times... like he's pouting on the
inside... hard to tell... he's so young yet... could be maturity...
he's a rich kid after all and so his motivation is not just money...
at least not in the sense of personal deprivation to over come sort of
thing... 2009-2010 will tell us a lot more about Gulbis' upside at the
top of the game...

P


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 19:51:53
From: TT
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
wendyg@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
> In article <bfF8l.70870$an4.52170@newsfe08.iad>, no@email.provided
> (DavidW) wrote:
>> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here
>> at RST.
>>
>> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>>
>>
>>
>
> With all the discussion of the Big Four we forgot about Gulbis, who
> definitely has the game to scare any of them. Going to be a good year.
>
> wg

Gulbis is a dangerous opponent on fast surfaces...but a non-entity when
it becomes to winning tms+ events.

Huge serve+forehand - poor mentality, consistency and backhand. Will
still improve though.
I'd rather watch more closely Cilic.

--
"Now I have so many dreams to chase - the French Open, an Olympic
singles gold medal in London in 2012, the Davis Cup for Switzerland"


   
Date: 06 Jan 2009 14:05:07
From:
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
In article <ZSM8l.115026$_03.52233@reader1.news.saunalahti.fi >,
gold@Olympics.org (TT) wrote:

>
> Gulbis is a dangerous opponent on fast surfaces...but a non-entity
> when it becomes to winning tms+ events.
>
> Huge serve+forehand - poor mentality, consistency and backhand.
> Will still improve though.
> I'd rather watch more closely Cilic.

He's still pretty young, and I do think he has the game to scare anybody.
Look at Gonzalez - doesn't win the big ones, but can take out anybody on a
good day.

Gulbis could be a pretty good spoiler for the top four.

wg


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 07:40:24
From: arnab.z@gmail
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 8:49=A0pm, wen...@cix.compulink.co.uk wrote:
> In article <bfF8l.70870$an4.52...@newsfe08.iad>, n...@email.provided
>
> (DavidW) wrote:
>
> > I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here
> > at RST.
>
> > Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> With all the discussion of the Big Four we forgot about Gulbis, who
> definitely has the game to scare any of them. Going to be a good year.
>
> wg

I have high hopes for Gulbis on faster hard courts . The kid's a
dynamite. Won't mind if he beats Federer or any other to grab a big
title.


 
Date: 06 Jan 2009 06:32:56
From:
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 4:11=A0am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided > wrote:
> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at RST.
>
> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4

nole is a clown!


 
Date: 06 Jan 2009 11:42:00
From: Iceberg
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
"DavidW" <no@email.provided > wrote in message
news:bfF8l.70870$an4.52170@newsfe08.iad...
>I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at RST.
>
> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4

most annoying Fed would be number 3 if Djoker had won.




  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 04:30:29
From: ahonkan
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 5:24=A0pm, "Iceberg" <big_bad_iceb...@moc.oohay > wrote:
> "ahonkan" <ahon...@gmail.com> wrote in message

> > =A0 =A0To those who have Rafa as the fav at AO, how many finals has
> > =A0 =A0he made at AO so far?
>
> correct! :) but how many AO finals has *who* made so far?

How else would you parse the above sentence? 'Those' is plural,
so I can only be talking about Rafa. So, how many AO finals
for Rafa in his 4 years at peak?


   
Date: 06 Jan 2009 19:48:14
From: TT
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
ahonkan wrote:
> On Jan 6, 5:24 pm, "Iceberg" <big_bad_iceb...@moc.oohay> wrote:
>> "ahonkan" <ahon...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
>>> To those who have Rafa as the fav at AO, how many finals has
>>> he made at AO so far?
>> correct! :) but how many AO finals has *who* made so far?
>
> How else would you parse the above sentence? 'Those' is plural,
> so I can only be talking about Rafa. So, how many AO finals
> for Rafa in his 4 years at peak?

Silly question. Nadal hasn't played a single AO yet at his peak.

--
"Now I have so many dreams to chase - the French Open, an Olympic
singles gold medal in London in 2012, the Davis Cup for Switzerland"


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 04:17:22
From: ahonkan
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 5:01=A0pm, gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> On Jan 6, 11:42=A0am, "Iceberg" <big_bad_iceb...@moc.oohay> wrote:
>
> > "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote in message
>
> >news:bfF8l.70870$an4.52170@newsfe08.iad...
>
> > >I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at R=
ST.
>
> > > Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> > most annoying Fed would be number 3 if Djoker had won.
>
> Won what?

Well, Iceberg is naturally assuming Fed will lose in R1 at Doha.
So if Djoker had won here, he would presumably have made up
the 20-pt deficit with Fed & made it to #2.
To those who have Rafa as the fav at AO, how many finals has
he made at AO so far?


   
Date: 06 Jan 2009 12:24:49
From: Iceberg
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
"ahonkan" <ahonkan@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:c7e63d13-8464-4f9c-ba08-83684f77d434@q30g2000prq.googlegroups.com...
On Jan 6, 5:01 pm, gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> On Jan 6, 11:42 am, "Iceberg" <big_bad_iceb...@moc.oohay> wrote:
>
> > "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote in message
>
> >news:bfF8l.70870$an4.52170@newsfe08.iad...
>
> > >I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
> > >RST.
>
> > > Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> > most annoying Fed would be number 3 if Djoker had won.
>
> Won what?
>
> Well, Iceberg is naturally assuming Fed will lose in R1 at Doha.
> So if Djoker had won here, he would presumably have made up
> the 20-pt deficit with Fed & made it to #2.
> To those who have Rafa as the fav at AO, how many finals has
> he made at AO so far?

correct! :) but how many AO finals has *who* made so far?




  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 04:01:17
From:
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 11:42=A0am, "Iceberg" <big_bad_iceb...@moc.oohay > wrote:
> "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote in message
>
> news:bfF8l.70870$an4.52170@newsfe08.iad...
>
> >I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at RST=
.
>
> > Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> most annoying Fed would be number 3 if Djoker had won.

Won what?



 
Date: 06 Jan 2009 13:40:47
From: Sakari Lund
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 20:11:38 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided > wrote:

>I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at RST.

That's something old in rst, that has been abandoned.

>Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4

Not a huge surprise, it was easy to see it would be a tough match.



  
Date: 07 Jan 2009 07:44:40
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
"Sakari Lund" <sakari.lund@welho.com > wrote in message
news:ung6m414bbr4a8phhkvsue5s3cmtes4e6g@4ax.com...
> On Tue, 6 Jan 2009 20:11:38 +1100, "DavidW" <no@email.provided> wrote:
>
>>I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at RST.
>
> That's something old in rst, that has been abandoned.

Hey, who's the pedant here? :-) Yes, I knew that, which is why I did it. I meant
something novel in recent times.




 
Date: 06 Jan 2009 01:23:07
From: Carey
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]


DavidW wrote:
> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at RST.
>
> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4

Pleased to hear that result. CW


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 10:35:14
From: Patrick Kehoe
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 3:28=A0am, gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> On Jan 6, 10:57=A0am, Carey <carey_1...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> > > On Jan 6, 10:13?am, Carey <carey_1...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > > > gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> > > > > On Jan 6, 9:32?am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
> > > > > > Carey wrote:
> > > > > > > DavidW wrote:
> > > > > > >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel=
here at
> > > > > > >> RST.
>
> > > > > > >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> > > > > > > Pleased to hear that result. ?CW
>
> > > > > > Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before=
the AO.
>
> > > > > Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a ma=
tch
> > > > > unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournament=
s.
> > > > > But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam =
which
> > > > > is not ideal.
>
> > > > > Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guar=
antee
> > > > > some matches.
>
> > > > > Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time =
and
> > > > > particularly the first match of the year.
>
> > > > I'd like to think it means something, and it is better than
> > > > if Djoker *won*, but I personally wouldn't read anything
> > > > into it. He (and I will never like him btw) could still go
> > > > thru most of the AO draw like it's not there- to SF anyway. I'm sur=
e
> > > > this is not Big News. :)
>
> > > Sure, it's not a huge deal. Djokovic still has a great chance at the
> > > AO - it just means he'll have to play himself into form in the early
> > > rounds but he should be able to do that.
>
> > Odd though, in that he reportedly could have moved up to
> > #2 and avoided Nadal to AO F by doing well at Brisbane.
> > Maybe he's just feeling confident.. I think he would have
> > defeated Gulbis if it really mattered. We'll see...
>
> I'm not sure about that. I don't think Djokovic would have given less
> than 100% in this match, although I didn't see it.
>
> There's no reason for him to take it easy this week - had he won the
> tournament he would have had a week off before the AO so it's not like
> he's trying to save energy.
>
> As it is, he could be short of match practice for Melbourne - not
> ideal preparation, though not a major problem unless he gets a
> particularly difficult early draw.- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -

++ Ya... Djokovic would have wanted to win that match, one would
think... get an early title always makes a top player feel good and
sets the mental tone for the year, if you will, building early
momentum, grounding confidence in ones form... and Gulbis is his
generation and a major X-Factor player... a guy who could become a
SOME-body on the tour, has talent, big weapons, so, one would suppose,
Djokovic would perfer to win and put the other guy in his place, in
the pecking order... young players want to run the tables and why not
they have the energy or are supposed to AND they have the mental
freshness to overextent to a degree that mature/old guys like Fed
don't...

P


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 03:35:17
From: Carey
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]


john wrote:
> "Carey" <carey_1959@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:d1736c8c-c0dc-4b15-8d3f-672e06fd8adb@h41g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
> >
> >
> > gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> >> On Jan 6, 9:32?am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
> >> > Carey wrote:
> >> > > DavidW wrote:
> >> > >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
> >> > >> RST.
> >> >
> >> > >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
> >> >
> >> > > Pleased to hear that result. ?CW
> >> >
> >> > Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.
> >>
> >> Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a match
> >> unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
> >> But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam which
> >> is not ideal.
> >>
> >> Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guarantee
> >> some matches.
> >>
> >> Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time and
> >> particularly the first match of the year.
> >
> > I'd like to think it means something, and it is better than
> > if Djoker *won*, but I personally wouldn't read anything
> > into it. He (and I will never like him btw) could still go
> > thru most of the AO draw like it's not there- to SF anyway. I'm sure
> > this is not Big News. :)
>
> I don't think there is much to say about this match because it is just a
> tune up and like you said he
> could go through most of AO draw to semi. But my feeling about Djokovic is
> that even when he dismiss
> feeling the pressure of defending a GS but I think deep down he certainly
> feel the pressure and it
> was similar to the situation when he claimed that he has no fear of Federer
> and Nadal in a lot of
> press conference last year but once on court his inner fear and nervousness
> got better on him in matches
> against the two. Personally my favourit for AO are Murray, Federer, Nadal
> and then Djokovic. I don't
> like Djokovic's chance in defending his slam title.

Good, perceptive post. Fun to see what happens.
I do think Fed had a good shot v anyone, and hope he takes
it...


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 03:28:06
From:
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 10:57=A0am, Carey <carey_1...@yahoo.com > wrote:
> gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> > On Jan 6, 10:13?am, Carey <carey_1...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > > gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> > > > On Jan 6, 9:32?am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
> > > > > Carey wrote:
> > > > > > DavidW wrote:
> > > > > >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel h=
ere at
> > > > > >> RST.
>
> > > > > >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> > > > > > Pleased to hear that result. ?CW
>
> > > > > Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before t=
he AO.
>
> > > > Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a matc=
h
> > > > unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
> > > > But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam wh=
ich
> > > > is not ideal.
>
> > > > Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guaran=
tee
> > > > some matches.
>
> > > > Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time an=
d
> > > > particularly the first match of the year.
>
> > > I'd like to think it means something, and it is better than
> > > if Djoker *won*, but I personally wouldn't read anything
> > > into it. He (and I will never like him btw) could still go
> > > thru most of the AO draw like it's not there- to SF anyway. I'm sure
> > > this is not Big News. :)
>
> > Sure, it's not a huge deal. Djokovic still has a great chance at the
> > AO - it just means he'll have to play himself into form in the early
> > rounds but he should be able to do that.
>
> Odd though, in that he reportedly could have moved up to
> #2 and avoided Nadal to AO F by doing well at Brisbane.
> Maybe he's just feeling confident.. I think he would have
> defeated Gulbis if it really mattered. We'll see...

I'm not sure about that. I don't think Djokovic would have given less
than 100% in this match, although I didn't see it.

There's no reason for him to take it easy this week - had he won the
tournament he would have had a week off before the AO so it's not like
he's trying to save energy.

As it is, he could be short of match practice for Melbourne - not
ideal preparation, though not a major problem unless he gets a
particularly difficult early draw.



   
Date: 07 Jan 2009 07:54:01
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
gregorawe@hotmail.com wrote:
> On Jan 6, 10:57 am, Carey <carey_1...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Odd though, in that he reportedly could have moved up to
>> #2 and avoided Nadal to AO F by doing well at Brisbane.
>> Maybe he's just feeling confident.. I think he would have
>> defeated Gulbis if it really mattered. We'll see...
>
> I'm not sure about that. I don't think Djokovic would have given less
> than 100% in this match, although I didn't see it.
>
> There's no reason for him to take it easy this week - had he won the
> tournament he would have had a week off before the AO so it's not like
> he's trying to save energy.
>
> As it is, he could be short of match practice for Melbourne - not
> ideal preparation, though not a major problem unless he gets a
> particularly difficult early draw.

He said he arrived too late (Monday). There are reports that he played golf on
Monday morning.

He has also switched racquet manufacturers and has only been using the new one
for a few weeks and isn't used to it. He said, "I am under the contract, so I
have to play with the racquet." Doesn't sound good.




  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 02:57:03
From: Carey
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]


gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> On Jan 6, 10:13?am, Carey <carey_1...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> > > On Jan 6, 9:32?am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
> > > > Carey wrote:
> > > > > DavidW wrote:
> > > > >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
> > > > >> RST.
> >
> > > > >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
> >
> > > > > Pleased to hear that result. ?CW
> >
> > > > Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.
> >
> > > Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a match
> > > unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
> > > But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam which
> > > is not ideal.
> >
> > > Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guarantee
> > > some matches.
> >
> > > Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time and
> > > particularly the first match of the year.
> >
> > I'd like to think it means something, and it is better than
> > if Djoker *won*, but I personally wouldn't read anything
> > into it. He (and I will never like him btw) could still go
> > thru most of the AO draw like it's not there- to SF anyway. I'm sure
> > this is not Big News. :)
>
> Sure, it's not a huge deal. Djokovic still has a great chance at the
> AO - it just means he'll have to play himself into form in the early
> rounds but he should be able to do that.

Odd though, in that he reportedly could have moved up to
#2 and avoided Nadal to AO F by doing well at Brisbane.
Maybe he's just feeling confident.. I think he would have
defeated Gulbis if it really mattered. We'll see...


  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 02:40:53
From:
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 10:13=A0am, Carey <carey_1...@yahoo.com > wrote:
> gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> > On Jan 6, 9:32?am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
> > > Carey wrote:
> > > > DavidW wrote:
> > > >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here =
at
> > > >> RST.
>
> > > >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> > > > Pleased to hear that result. ?CW
>
> > > Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the A=
O.
>
> > Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a match
> > unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
> > But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam which
> > is not ideal.
>
> > Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guarantee
> > some matches.
>
> > Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time and
> > particularly the first match of the year.
>
> I'd like to think it means something, and it is better than
> if Djoker *won*, but I personally wouldn't read anything
> into it. He (and I will never like him btw) could still go
> thru most of the AO draw like it's not there- to SF anyway. I'm sure
> this is not Big News. :)

Sure, it's not a huge deal. Djokovic still has a great chance at the
AO - it just means he'll have to play himself into form in the early
rounds but he should be able to do that.



  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 02:13:20
From: Carey
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]


gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
> On Jan 6, 9:32?am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
> > Carey wrote:
> > > DavidW wrote:
> > >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
> > >> RST.
> >
> > >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
> >
> > > Pleased to hear that result. ?CW
> >
> > Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.
>
> Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a match
> unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
> But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam which
> is not ideal.
>
> Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guarantee
> some matches.
>
> Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time and
> particularly the first match of the year.

I'd like to think it means something, and it is better than
if Djoker *won*, but I personally wouldn't read anything
into it. He (and I will never like him btw) could still go
thru most of the AO draw like it's not there- to SF anyway. I'm sure
this is not Big News. :)


   
Date: 06 Jan 2009 21:39:20
From: john
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]

"Carey" <carey_1959@yahoo.com > wrote in message
news:d1736c8c-c0dc-4b15-8d3f-672e06fd8adb@h41g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
>
>
> gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
>> On Jan 6, 9:32?am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
>> > Carey wrote:
>> > > DavidW wrote:
>> > >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
>> > >> RST.
>> >
>> > >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>> >
>> > > Pleased to hear that result. ?CW
>> >
>> > Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.
>>
>> Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a match
>> unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
>> But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam which
>> is not ideal.
>>
>> Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guarantee
>> some matches.
>>
>> Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time and
>> particularly the first match of the year.
>
> I'd like to think it means something, and it is better than
> if Djoker *won*, but I personally wouldn't read anything
> into it. He (and I will never like him btw) could still go
> thru most of the AO draw like it's not there- to SF anyway. I'm sure
> this is not Big News. :)

I don't think there is much to say about this match because it is just a
tune up and like you said he
could go through most of AO draw to semi. But my feeling about Djokovic is
that even when he dismiss
feeling the pressure of defending a GS but I think deep down he certainly
feel the pressure and it
was similar to the situation when he claimed that he has no fear of Federer
and Nadal in a lot of
press conference last year but once on court his inner fear and nervousness
got better on him in matches
against the two. Personally my favourit for AO are Murray, Federer, Nadal
and then Djokovic. I don't
like Djokovic's chance in defending his slam title.




    
Date: 07 Jan 2009 00:26:31
From: Whisper
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
john wrote:
> "Carey" <carey_1959@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:d1736c8c-c0dc-4b15-8d3f-672e06fd8adb@h41g2000yqn.googlegroups.com...
>>
>> gregor...@hotmail.com wrote:
>>> On Jan 6, 9:32?am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
>>>> Carey wrote:
>>>>> DavidW wrote:
>>>>>> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
>>>>>> RST.
>>>>>> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>>>>> Pleased to hear that result. ?CW
>>>> Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.
>>> Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a match
>>> unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
>>> But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam which
>>> is not ideal.
>>>
>>> Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guarantee
>>> some matches.
>>>
>>> Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time and
>>> particularly the first match of the year.
>> I'd like to think it means something, and it is better than
>> if Djoker *won*, but I personally wouldn't read anything
>> into it. He (and I will never like him btw) could still go
>> thru most of the AO draw like it's not there- to SF anyway. I'm sure
>> this is not Big News. :)
>
> I don't think there is much to say about this match because it is just a
> tune up and like you said he
> could go through most of AO draw to semi. But my feeling about Djokovic is
> that even when he dismiss
> feeling the pressure of defending a GS but I think deep down he certainly
> feel the pressure and it
> was similar to the situation when he claimed that he has no fear of Federer
> and Nadal in a lot of
> press conference last year but once on court his inner fear and nervousness
> got better on him in matches
> against the two. Personally my favourit for AO are Murray, Federer, Nadal
> and then Djokovic. I don't
> like Djokovic's chance in defending his slam title.
>
>


Neither do I. He felt big pressure at other slams last yr because he
was a slam champ, so defending will be very unlikely.

Agree Murray has huge chance to win AO - will be very tough to stop
before final, where nerves might be a factor again depending who he plays.



  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 01:51:19
From:
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
On Jan 6, 9:32=A0am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided > wrote:
> Carey wrote:
> > DavidW wrote:
> >> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
> >> RST.
>
> >> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> > Pleased to hear that result. =A0CW
>
> Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.

Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a match
unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam which
is not ideal.

Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guarantee
some matches.

Not a huge surprise though - Gulbis is a tough match at any time and
particularly the first match of the year.



   
Date: 06 Jan 2009 20:59:13
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
gregorawe@hotmail.com wrote:
> On Jan 6, 9:32 am, "DavidW" <n...@email.provided> wrote:
>> Carey wrote:
>>> DavidW wrote:
>>>> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here
>>>> at RST.
>>
>>>> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>>
>>> Pleased to hear that result. CW
>>
>> Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the
>> AO.
>
> Yeah, that's a tricky one. He's got nearly two weeks without a match
> unless he tries for a wild card for one of next week's tournaments.
> But then he's in the situation of playing the week before a slam which
> is not ideal.
>
> Maybe he should have played the Hopman Cup like last year to guarantee
> some matches.

I read a report that he wanted to but couldn't get Ivanovic or Jankovic to be
his partner. JJ probably didn't want a repeat of last year's injury saga.





  
Date: 06 Jan 2009 20:32:59
From: DavidW
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
Carey wrote:
> DavidW wrote:
>> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
>> RST.
>>
>> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>
> Pleased to hear that result. CW

Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.





   
Date: 06 Jan 2009 19:30:18
From: TT
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
DavidW wrote:
> Carey wrote:
>> DavidW wrote:
>>> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
>>> RST.
>>>
>>> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>> Pleased to hear that result. CW
>
> Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.
>
>

Latest news is that Djokovic got a wildcard for Sydney International
which starts on Sunday.

Poor performance by Djoker. Gulbis is quite awful opponent though -
immensely powerful serve and forehand. Hit or miss guy.


--
"Now I have so many dreams to chase - the French Open, an Olympic
singles gold medal in London in 2012, the Davis Cup for Switzerland"


    
Date: 07 Jan 2009 16:58:18
From: Iceberg
Subject: Re: Djokovic v. Gulbis [spoiler]
"TT" <gold@Olympics.org > wrote in message
news:KyM8l.115019$_03.60860@reader1.news.saunalahti.fi...
> DavidW wrote:
>> Carey wrote:
>>> DavidW wrote:
>>>> I thought I'd add the spoiler just for fun - something novel here at
>>>> RST.
>>>>
>>>> Brisbane International: Gulbis d. Djokovic 6-4 6-4
>>> Pleased to hear that result. CW
>>
>> Djokovic is reported not to have entered any other event before the AO.
>>
>
> Latest news is that Djokovic got a wildcard for Sydney International which
> starts on Sunday.
>
> Poor performance by Djoker. Gulbis is quite awful opponent though -
> immensely powerful serve and forehand. Hit or miss guy.

Go Djoker!