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Djokovic admits to cheating? From Rick. Thanks.

Posted by tennisplanet on September 2, 2008

RICK

From the Djokovic presser:

Did you feel residual results? I mean, coming off of that late‑night match coming in today, did you, starting out even in the first set, did you feel like you had less in the tank than you would ordinarily like?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I did. There is no doubt about that. I didn’t feel well. The moment I stepped on the court,I felt, already, as you said, less energy in the tank. So I really tried to forget about that, to eliminate those things, but I just had to, you know. I had to take a medical timeout a couple of times, go to the bathroom, because just many things involved. You know, I want to do everything to win.

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Uh-huh. Yeah, we know.

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38 Responses to “Djokovic admits to cheating? From Rick. Thanks.”

  1. Bettyjane said

    And then he wonders why noone likes him.

  2. Missy said

    He is scum.

  3. MIKE__ said

    IMO – Gamesmanship yes, cheating no. Happens in all professional sports with the worst culprit being soccer with all the phoney, 5 second, post-collision injuries. You need to act as good as Deniro to play pro soccer! … lol.

  4. Lolita said

    It won’t be long before other players take injury timeouts whenever they’re losing because no less than the new No. 1 and the No. 3 are leading the way.

  5. Sudhir said

    Who says no one likes him. He said, may be they(those watching that match) don’t like him now. But there are thousands watching him overseas. Every player has their own fan followings.

  6. jennifur said

    I like Djokovic, he’s a great player. Who cares if he takes time outs, like whatever. It’s about the tennis no?

  7. Arjun said

    @ Lolita: The new no. 1 AND no. 3 leading the way?? What did Nadal do? He is the most well behaved tennis player today (and that includes Federer)

    Trash Novak all you want. Praise Roger all you want. Please keep Nadal out of this.

  8. Arjun said

    Ok. I am not a native speaker of English. So please help me with this. Where exactly did Djokovic “admit” to cheating??

  9. Subramanian said

    The Joker and Nadal are known cheats. If they are winning they do not take the time out. If they are losing they pretend dead.

  10. Rick said

    As always, Roddick gets the last (and best) word on the subject.

    ANDY RODDICK: You know, he’s the favorite, and it seems like every Grand Slam, he’s having these long, drawn‑out kind of battles, and he can’t go anymore and all these things. And I’m not really going to worry about all that. I’m just going to try to play my match. The story lines are the story lines. I just want to stick to it and play well.

    Q. When asked about his injuries today, mentioning the right ankle as opposed to the left ankle, the other day ‑‑

    ANDY RODDICK: Isn’t it both of them? And a back and a hip?

    Q. And when he said there are too many to count.

    ANDY RODDICK: And a cramp.

    Q. Do you get the sense right now that he is…

    ANDY RODDICK: Bird flu.

    Q. Lot of things. Beijing hangover.

    ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

    Q. He’s got pretty long list of illness.

    ANDY RODDICK: Anthrax. SARS. Common cough and cold.

    Q. Got a lot of things going on with him.

    ANDY RODDICK: Sure.

    Q. Do you think he’s bluffing?

    ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, I’m sure ‑‑

    Q. The way you’re saying it, almost means you feel like…

    ANDY RODDICK: No, if it’s there, it’s there. There’s just a lot. You know, he’s either quick to call a trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time. I think it’s up for you guys to decide.

  11. Rick said

    Wait, wait, one more great parting shot from A-Rod.

    “I’ve got to feel good,” Roddick said, thinking ahead. “He’s got about 16 injuries right now.”

  12. Sol said

    Jennifur,

    Many care. And the soccer reference is spot on. That’s why soccer players get those little yellow or red cards when they fake a fall. It’s called cheating.

    I would think Djokovic would at least not openly admit to it.

  13. Colette said

    What is the big deal re medical timeouts? They’re permitted within the current rules and many players take them when they feel the need, which is necessarily a subjective decision made by the player at the time.

    So either ban timeouts completely or stop whinging when they are used.

  14. bunnee said

    it’s about the tennis, WITHOUT the grandstanding, stalling, questionable timeouts — some pass it off as gamesmanship — nadal too has been so accused, thankfully, not everyone goes about it so blatantly

  15. bunnee said

    i mean as blatantly as novak djokovic!

  16. Mika said

    haha roddick and his legendary pressers:

    Q. When asked about his injuries today, mentioning the right ankle as opposed to the left ankle, the other day ‑‑

    ANDY RODDICK: Isn’t it both of them? And a back and a hip?

    Q. And when he said there are too many to count.

    ANDY RODDICK: And a cramp.

    Q. Do you get the sense right now that he is…

    ANDY RODDICK: Bird flu.

    Q. Lot of things. Beijing hangover.

    ANDY RODDICK: Yeah.

    Q. He’s got pretty long list of illness.

    ANDY RODDICK: Anthrax. SARS. Common cough and cold.

    Q. Got a lot of things going on with him.

    ANDY RODDICK: Sure.

    Q. Do you think he’s bluffing?

    ANDY RODDICK: No, I mean, I’m sure ‑‑

    Q. The way you’re saying it, almost means you feel like…

    ANDY RODDICK: No, if it’s there, it’s there. There’s just a lot. You know, he’s either quick to call a trainer or he’s the most courageous guy of all time. I think it’s up for you guys to decide.

  17. rasberry said

    i like djokovic because he is fun to watch. i just cannot imagine tennis without him participating.

  18. saras said

    TP..
    T.Roberto ,in his post match interview had spoken about it.
    We know that , technically ,what N.Djoko did was within the rules, but come on…there is something called “sportsman spirit”, which N.Dojo lacks terribly.Could learn a tning or two from veterans like R.Federer.

  19. Bettyjane said

    Hi Sudhir,
    I’m referring to Djokovic’s post-match press conference. Last quote of the interview.

    http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2008-09-02/200809021220395196227.html

  20. Bento said

    Soccer is really something that they don’t even try to act anymore, it’s just part of the sport. The referee knows there’s no pain whatsoever. I think it’s alright what Djokovic said.

  21. Gracie said

    Gamesmanship, cheating, drama queen – call it whatever, but don’t miss the point that Djokovic has to operate this way because he doesn’t have the fitness and stamina the other top ten players generally possess. If he put as much time into his fitness training as he puts into his dramatics on court, he might gain his ‘edge’ in a more conventional way, and with it, the respect of fans like me, who appreciate his tennis, but prefer to use his time on court to catch up on my online reading about the rest of the tournament.

  22. Brooke said

    What Roddick had to say about Nole’s injuries:

    Q. When asked about his injuries today, mentioning the right ankle as opposed to the left ankle, the other day ‑‑

    ANDY RODDICK: Isn’t it both of them? And a back and a hip?

    Q. And when he said there are too many to count.

    ANDY RODDICK: And a cramp.

    Q. Do you get the sense right now that he is…

    ANDY RODDICK: Bird flu.

  23. Angela said

    It was an incredibly gutsy performance from Novak. He reminded me of Sampras. Novak has some mild form of asthma that triggers easily (hot conditions; when he has a cold or the flu). Playing such aggressive tennis and winning in spite of his injuries and breathing problems is heroic.

    Interesting that Novak is always in ‘lose-lose’ situation – he’s a chicken when he retires and he is a cheater when he wins injured. I get the feeling that people in the top posts would only be happy if he came on court, didn’t fight at all and lost in straight sets.

  24. Bella said

    Robredo made some interesting comments after the match (reported in El Pais, the Spanish newspaper):
    “Djokovic is a showman – a bit of a clown on the tennis court. Whenever he loses a set, something is hurting him. He always asks for the trainer’s help when he is not winning. It makes you a bit suspicious and you think he is not doing it in good faith. It is a pity that the rules permit this. He played better than I did, but I do not like it. You have to be honest; you have to play and run. I have had a twisted ankle, my feet have been burning, but I have run until the very end. It is a shame that there was not the same spirit on both sides of the net. He called for the trainer at important points in the match. After running around like a mad man for 4 hours, I lost the match. It was a defeat, but a glorious defeat.”

    Djokovic apparently said that if he started to talk about all the things that had bothered him during the match he would be there all night…

    I think |Robredo has a point – Djokovic is a drama queen on Court and he would do well to grow out of it asap. He should let his tennis do the talking..

  25. Carolee said

    He whines about the crowd not being “for him” . Actually, I feel a bit sorry for him. His parents glare at him when he’s having troubles. Maybe that’s why he’s a whiner. They should thank God every day for the gravy train that is their son.

  26. banti said

    I never liked the kid but all this animosity toward him has got me feeling sorry for him.

    Q. Last year the crowds loved you. You were doing the impersonations.

    NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Not anymore. (laughter.)

    Q. I know. This year you mentioned they were in favor of Robredo? Does that surprise you? And why do you think that is?

    NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don’t know. I felt that, but it’s ‑‑ I can’t really affect on that too much. Maybe they didn’t like the way I throw the racquet in one point, so I don’t know. I just really don’t know. Maybe they don’t like me anymore.

  27. SaRaH said

    Roddick defeats Gonzalez to set up Djokovic meeting

    NEW YORK (AP)—Andy Roddick was nearly perfect against Fernando Gonzalez in the U.S. Open’s fourth round Tuesday night.

    Roddick, the 2003 champion, won 53 of 62 points on his serve and faced only one break point while putting together a 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 victory over the 11th-seeded Gonzalez to reach the quarterfinals for the seventh time in nine appearances at Flushing Meadows.

    Roddick finished with 30 winners and only seven unforced errors, an unusually strong ratio made more impressive in comparison to Gonzalez’s 24 winners and 33 unforced errors.

    “You never think you’re going to run away with it,” said Roddick, who is seeded eighth.

    Roddick hit serves at up to 141 mph, and the lone break point he faced came while leading 3-1 in the third set. It quickly vanished when Gonzalez pushed a forehand passing try wide.

    Roddick now faces No. 3 Novak Djokovic, the 2007 U.S. Open runner-up and reigning Australian Open champion. Roddick and Djokovic split their two previous matches on tour.

    Djokovic needed five sets to win his fourth-round match against No. 15 Tommy Robredo and had to deal with stomach, hip, ankle and breathing problems.

    “I’ve got to feel good,” Roddick said, thinking ahead. “He’s got about 16 injuries right now.”

    After Roddick jokingly tossed out a few possible additions to Djokovic’s long list of ailments—“bird flu, Anthrax, SARS”—he was asked whether he believed the Serbian was exaggerating his problems.

    “Either he’s quick to call the trainer or one of the most courageous guys of all time,” Roddick said.

    http://tennis.com/news/news.aspx?id=144018

  28. jennifur said

    wooo-dogies what a bunch or moralist and judges in search of a slur. courier just said it again on air today -everything novak did was in the rules.

    suck it up people – or only watch those “gentlemanly” and “classy” players – GAG.

  29. jennifur said

    sorry to be so, um, blunt (another thing i like about novak) but why slander the guy? he clearly rolled that ankle, he stalled a little, but they all do it. some rush – remember agassi? and his ocd like control – and i loved the guy. remember mac’s freak outs on the court? remember the magician last year at the uso against blake? all players freak out, flake out, explode, implode, get help from their boxes, perform and emote, get mad at the flashbulbs or hawkeye = they all have faults so we need to not waste hours ranting and slandering.

    tennis – that’s the bottomline. it also comes with the dramas and tensions and all those other, er, HUMAN BEING, things.

  30. chieko said

    I really miss Eva san’s comment on this one. Where are yyouuuuu!!!

  31. Sudhir said

    No one even mentioned about that when Novak gave a point to Robredo(server), when linesman and chair-impire said that ball was out, but Novak said “ball is in”. Even in one previous tournament, he gave a point, when linesman/impire both said ball is out, and other side player was going to challenge, but Novak said, No, it is ace, and ball is in..and one challenge was also saved for the other player.

  32. Sol said

    Gotta love the A-Rod.

    Sudhir, I didn’t know that. Why can’t we see more of this Djokovic?

  33. Katie said

    Yes, that was very sporting of Djokvetch.

  34. TheHumbleOne said

    Katie: that was really witty-Djo”kvetch”!
    Sudhir: thanks for your comments and giving another perspective of the man.

  35. Katie said

    Thanks Humble!

  36. Manon said

    Holy Mother of God! That was the most disgusting display I’ve ever seen in tennis!
    Djokovic needs to calm the heck down. I’ve NEVER heard a crowd boo as loudly as I did tonight. I so didn’t want him to win, but if the better player must win, so be it. What can you do?

    Andy is flip and I don’t think he meant those comments in the way Djoko received them.

    Instead of gracefully owning the crowd and bringing in more cheers, he made us dislike him even more. I can’t stand this pencil eraser head.

    Poor Andy. He double faulted his way out of this win. He could have gone all the way.

    %!$^!%!!!!!!

  37. Jenny said

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. a] I don’t think Andy should have involved himself by making comments prior to the match, albeit in jest. He doesn’t usually go that route, so he must have felt strongly about the situation. Robredo had the right to express his view as he saw it, he was playing the guy, he gave more praise than a put down. b]I understand Novak’s anger/hurt, but he should have ignored it, faced Andy in the locker room or toned down his comments.

    Gamesmanship: We all know it goes on, I’ve never liked it, but there you go.. Imo, there’s a very fine line between gamesmanship and cheating. All the guys get nervous at crucial times, but they don’t choose to use delay tactics to compose themselves, they generally go on to lose a match with double faults, u/e’s etc. I’ve never thought Novak faked his injuries, but he does need to sort himself out, agreed his med time outs are legal, but they do happen rather more often than by any other player, and because of it, he will lose respect from other players and moderate fans alike. As for delay tactics, it’s down to the umpire to apply the rule. Not a good idea to incite the crowd, they’ve always been a fair lot at the US Open. Fena wasn’t booed despite his spat with James in Beijing, I was waiting for it, but he was treated with respect by Andy and the crowd, and I appreciated it.

  38. Brooke said

    Jenny,

    I’d have to disagree. Roddick usually DOES go that route. His target is normally himself, but he frequently makes fun of Blake, Sharapova, and others. Until now, no one (that I know of) has really had a problem with it because he doesn’t mean any of it. He’s just joking around, trying to get a few laughs. I guess he just has to learn that some people can dish it, but can’t take it.

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