With Novak Djokovic Back, Tennis is the Winner

Novak Djokovic came to Melbourne as a champion and he left Melbourne as a champion. True, this time without a seventh trophy. What makes Novak Djokovic a champion is his willingness to allow himself to be vulnerable in order to promote the best of what sport has to offer: moral and professional growth.
After reading a few comments about Djokovic’s departure from Australian Open, I noticed that some commentators wrote their articles with a recognizable level of malice toward Novak and without recognizable level of knowledge of recent tennis history. This kind of approach was described by Plato twenty-five centuries ago as: “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”

Knowledge and the lack of knowledge are two sides of the same coin. They make people talk. Forced to retire due to an elbow injury, Novak become a target to some of those reporters/bloggers that Plato would most likely call fools. It seems that a lack of knowledge about recent tennis history doesn’t bother them; to the contrary, it works as an aphrodisiac. Should we suspect that Plato’s fools are in love with lies and hatred, and ignorant about the historic facts? Their writings about the past and future of Djokovic’s tennis career leave us with little doubt. Their articles suggest that Djokovic has no chance to win against Federer and/or Nadal. Fortunately for Djokovic, the facts tell a different story.
Federer is six years older than Djokovic. Looking at their head to head statistics in the last six years, 2012 – 2018 they played 22 times. Djokovic won 14 times, while Federer won 8 times.
Using the same method, head to head statistics between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, in the last six years 2012 – 2018, they played 21 times. Djokovic won 13 times, Nadal won 8 times.
Looking at the numbers, Djokovic played a total of 43 matches against Federer and Nadal in the last six years 2012 – 2018. Out of 43 matches Novak Djokovic won 27 matches (14 times against Federer + 13 times against Nadal). Federer and Nadal combined won 16 matches against Djokovic. Federer won 8 matches + Nadal won 8 matches. The numbers are clear: N. Djokovic vs Federer/Nadal 27:16. Those are the facts as of now (02/2018). Still, one number is missing, we should add six years as a bonus to Novak Djokovic, allowing him the time to reach Federer’s present age of 36. What the next six years will bring we don’t know. Who will be called GOAT, we don’t know. Maybe somebody new? A reasonable mathematician may suggest that Novak Djokovic has 63.7% chances to earn GOAT title, leaving his closest competitors with 36.3% chances to do the same. Time will tell. The only answer that we have as of right now is that Novak Djokovic is the most successful tennis player in head to head competition among the three of them (Djokovic / Federer / Nadal). In any event, with Djokovic back, tennis is the winner.
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Novak Djokovic is back, the best of tennis is back

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Some tennis goers discovered that even the most prestigious tennis tournaments have lost their magnetism and competitive edge in the fall of last year. All due to the fact that Novak Djokovic was not among competitors. For them, Djokovic and his well-known qualities: love and respect for the game, work ethic and sense of responsibility towards all generations and levels of tennis lovers were the most important discovery in recent years. In return they awarded Novak Djokovic with additional title: irreplaceable. If yesterday’s match Djokovic vs. Young (6:1, 6:2, 6:4) and comments that followed prove anything, prove the truth about Djokovic’s irreplaceability. Australian Open’s 2018 organizers must be pleased. Novak Djokovic is back, magnetism and competitiveness are back.
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The present ATP World Tour’s rankings of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, together with their head to head scores, remind me of the Mozart and Salieri story.
Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray played 34 matches against each other. Djokovic won 24 times, Murray won 10 times. Since 2014, the World’s “Number 1” and “Number 2” played 15 matches. Djokovic won 13 times Murray won 2 times.
Furthermore, fact that Novak Djokovic simultaneously held all of the Grand Slam championships as well as 10 of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies, makes Novak Djokovic’s success absolutely, positively and unequivocally the most impressive success of any tennis player in all of tennis history.
The fact that Djokovic is not number 1 right now should be viewed as a gift of life. The gift that only Maestro Djokovic can turn into a tennis symphony.

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Did Novak Djokovic Actually Win the Fourth Set at 3:43PM London Time?

The official result of the fourth set of Wimbledon’s Gentlemen’s third round played between Novak Djokovic and Sam Querrey on Saturday, July 2, 2016 was 7-6 in favor of Querrey. The set ended at 5:03PM London time. The question is: Did the most trusted people: Chair Umpire James Keothavong and two of his side line assistants make multiple mistakes leaving Novak Djokovic without the deserved win of the fourth set?
According to my analyses Novak Djokovic should have been pronounced the winner of the fourth set at 3:43PM London time. If my analysis is accurate, the result of the fourth set should have been 6-4 in favor of Novak Djokovic. In such a case, a set score of 2:2 would be recorded. A fifth set would be in order, before the winner of this match could be decided.
For evidence I used the live coverage of the fourth set as broadcasted on ESPN live with commentaries by Andrew Castle and Tim Henman.
At 3:40PM, before he started his serve, Djokovic had a lead of 5-4. Immediately after serving, Djokovic’s serve was called OUT by the Chair Umpire and his left line assistant. According to the ESPN reporters the Chair Umpire made a mistake. Their comment during the live broadcast was: “He (Djokovic) certainly should have challenged, because in our commentary box we have a monitor; that (ball) was outside ON THE LINE.” According to what they saw on their monitor Djokovic should have been awarded 15. The score should have been 5-4/15:0 in favor of Djokovic. Instead, the score remained 5-4/0:0. At 3:41PM, after a short play, the score changed to 5-4/0:15 adding 15 in favor of Querrey. According to my analysis, assuming that Djokovic was awarded 15 at the beginning of his serve, the score should have been 5-4/15:15. A few seconds later, still at 3:41PM, Djokovic’s return was called OUT by the Chair Umpire and his right line assistant. According to the ESPN reporters the Chair Umpire made a mistake, again. The reporter’s comment at that time was: “Tim has given our secret away, we know that that ball was IN.” The Chair Umpire recorded the score as 5-4/0:30 giving additional 15 in favor of Querrey. According to my analysis the score should have been 5-4/30:15 in favor of Djokovic. At 3:42 the Chair Umpire awarded Djokovic’s good return and changed the score to 5-4/15:30. According to my analysis the score should have been 5:4/40-15 in favor of Djokovic. Between 3:42 and 3:43 Chair Umpire rewarded Djokovic’s fast return to the right corner and announced the score of 5-4 /30:40. According to my analysis score should have been 6:4 in favor of Djokovic. If my analysis is correct, Djokovic should have been recognized as the winner of the fourth set at 3:43PM.
I believe that my analysis is accurate. Basically, with the ESPN’s reporters’ comments and available technology, I am left without a doubt that Djokovic should have won the fourth set.
How is it possible that the three most trusted people during a tennis match, the Chair Umpire and right and left line assistants made two mistakes simultaneously within three minutes time, from 3:40 to 3:43?
To avoid this in the future, I would like to suggest to all professional tennis tournaments a new rule concerning the number of challenges that players have right to call during a set. As it is, three per match, per player, is fair; what is not fair is to deduct the number of challenge calls during the set if players challenge calls are justifiable. Shouldn’t players have right to protect their good work and live performance from the first to the last second?
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Novak Djokovic achieved the “unachievable”!

By winning the Roland Garros’ Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris yesterday, June 5th 2016, Novak Djokovic become the first tennis player in the last 47 years to win and hold all Grand Slam championships at once. Namely, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open.

Such success places Novak Djokovic in a special chapter of every tennis history book that will be written from now on. To be exact, Novak Djokovic will join Rod Laver who was able to win and simultaneously hold the Grand Slam open era tennis trophies in 1969.

Most importantly, it should be noticed that Novak Djokovic’s success in the last 12 months includes, besides the Grand Slam championships, numerous prestigious tennis trophies as well. A partial list of championships won by Novak Djokovic in the last 12 months includes the ATP World Tour Masters 1000. Namely, The Indian Wells Masters, Miami Open, Madrid Open, Shanghai Open, Paris Masters and Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (London). The fact that Novak Djokovic has won and presently holds simultaneously all 10 (ten) trophies makes Novak Djokovic’s success absolutely, positively and unequivocally the most impressive success of any tennis player in all of tennis history.

As all great successes, Novak Djokovic’s success holds many important answers, among those: the answers how to improve our future on all levels, from personal to worldwide. It is up to us to wake up the “master” within us. If we do that, we to may achieve the “unachievable”, one day, too.
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About Novak Djokovic

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Women and men, who compete in a particular sport at a particular time and achieve the best results we call Champions. They come, they win and when the time comes, they retire. Those who continue to live in posterity are called Masters. In my opinion, in order for a champion to become a Master she/he must have a unique talent, work discipline and above all a great heart.
Regarding tennis, first world class tournament that I attended as spectator was Wimbledon in late 80’s. The latest tournament that I attended as a spectator was the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, in March of this year. More specifically, both the final and semi-final matches. After watching Djokovic vs. Nadal (SF) and Djokovic vs. Raonic (F) I left the stadium convinced that Novak Djokovic turned the sport’s arena into a library a few times during the games. Basicly, people watched a great Champion at work, in silence. Scores were not on our minds, rather the beauty of tennis consumed us. It was easy to feel that the hearts and the minds of many people had accepted and welcomed Novak Djokovic, as their own.
Now, the question is: Is Novak Djokovic a Tennis Master of our time? After winning so superbly against his major competitors and breaking records at the same time, for years now, answer should be: Yes! I say, not yet! You may ask why not? For me, the question is not whether Novak Djokovic deserves the most prestigious title, it is rather the question of how well we know Novak Djokovic, the man and the tennis player, basically Novak’s life story. Novak’s incomparable tennis record should not be the only important factor in our decision making process. We have to learn how Nole responds after a defeat. The Master’s way of responding after a defeat is one of the most valuable lessons that we will ever learn. Such experience will allow us to understand and benefit greatly when we find ourselves on one of life’s crossroads. Before we full heartedly accept Novak, the most admired tennis champion into the Master’s club, we must accept Novak’s soul. Reminder, we have only one Master title to give every 25 years.
Well, I read Chris Bowers’ book about Novak Djokovic. On page 23, five year old Novak was asked by the famous tennis player and coach Mrs. Jelena Gencic, upon arriving to his first tennis lesson: “Who packed your bag, your mother?” Five year old Novak frowned with anger: “I packed it! I ‘m playing tennis here, not my mother.” Seeing his bag packed as if he was going to compete at a major tournament, Mrs. Gencic understood that her “deepest apology” to five year old Novak is in order and she did apologize. The first tennis lesson of today’s World’s Number 1 followed their conversation. Mrs. Gencic realized from the beginning that her full attention will be required in working with Novak. What helped them in their work is that both of them, five year old Novak and 50 year old Mrs. Gencic, belived that Novak will become the best male tennis player in the world by his 20s. Novak never stopped believing in his dream, and neither did Mrs. Gencic. It is important to mention here that Mrs. Gencic, was the coach of the World’s Number 1 female tennis player, Monika Seles, at the time when she met little Novak. To better understand their relationship and the heart and mind of Novak Djokovic it should be mentioned that Novak presented Mrs. Gencic, his “tennis mother”, with a special gift, his first Wimbledon trophy. Such a decision can be made only by a person with great heart, full of love for people and sport. In short, by a Tennis Master in the making.
If I am not mistaken, Nole’s and Mrs. Gencic’s “conversation” is still on, though Mrs. Gencic died in 2013. I wouldn’t be surprised if she “sees” more trophies and more records for Nole. We should be patient and watch Nole on his phenomenal journey. We should keep in mind that records and trophies, in Nole’s case, should be viewed only as the most convincing explanation why world call Novak Djokovic the number 1 tennis player of our time. For us, to full heartedly accept Novak Djokovic as the champion of all champions, as the Tennis Master of our time, we must take closer look at his heart. We must agree that his human qualities on the tennis court and in life in general qualify him to live in posterity and be a raw model for generations to come.

Fortunately for Nole, his approach to life and sport offers evidence of his great heart and great mind. His genuine respect towards other tennis players, above all his closest competitors, is part of Nole’s DNA, as are Nole’s gentlemanly conduct on and outside the tennis court. Djokovic’s charity work for the benefit of children and young generation, is a beautiful story on its own. Here, we need to mention Nole’s wife, Jelena Djokovic, and her big heart and her efforts in directing the Djokovic Foundation smoothly. They are talking to us in one voice and telling us how Nole’s unique talent, work discipline and their hearts without borders can inspire love among people through sport and charity work. With that in mind, in my opinion, Novak Djokovic will soon be named, the First Tennis Master of the 21st century, and rightfully so. Nole’s example will be great story to new tennis players, other athletes and young people in general. Allowing them to be recognized for their big hearts and professional achievements as well, as all Masters are and always will be. 

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Theatre and New Technologies


For centuries people have been attending performances to be entertained, educated and to explore the most inner part of human nature. Since human nature does not have an expiration date people will continue to be theatre goers in the future, as well.

Only time will tell how the 25 century young theatre and the new technologies of tomorrow will complement one another. Still, we can be sure of one thing, new technology must be acceptable to the most inner part of our nature, not the other way around. In other words, theatre is here to stay.

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Finding Art Within You


A work of art or a performance cannot be created without using talent. As an inborn ability, talent is a part of a person. As such, talent cannot be taught, only discovered, explored and developed.

Whenever we take a calm and honest look into ourselves we are rewarded. Usually with sense of pride and hope. Expectedly so. We are all beautiful people.

As custodians of beauty we are empowered with a sense of freedom. A sense that allows us to reach the inner most part of ourselves. A part where our beauty meets our talents.

When this happens we create something valuable. Something that will help us to communicate with others by using the beauty of created piece as the only language. The more we use beauty as the language the more productive and the better understood we will be. Beauty is what keeps us together and what will continue to save our world. Keep working, keep talking.

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One World One Stage


We are on this journey together. One World One Stage One Destination. No Shortcuts.
The best is yet to come.

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