Frances Tiafoe: Mentally, Novak Djokovic is the toughest player in the world



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Frances Tiafoe: Mentally, Novak Djokovic is the toughest player in the world

World No. 53 Frances Tiafoe is impressed by the mental strenght of Novak Djokovic as he has acknowledged that the Serb is on "the brink of achieving something special." Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, won the first three Grand Slams of the season and he will capture a Calendar Grand Slam if he wins the US Open.

Tiafoe played Djokovic earlier this year as he lost to the Serb in four sets at the Australian Open. “The guy's special, man. He can play on all surfaces, he's moving so well, his serve has gotten a lot better. Mentally, just the toughest in the world.

Not necessarily he has the best forehand, backhand or whatever, just mentally he's so, so good,” Tiafoe said, per the ATP website. “As you raise your level, he's going to keep raising it, keep raising it, really make you beat him.

He goes to a place that people just don't quite want to go to it seems like. He's always got an answer for you. He's on the brink of achieving something crazy special."

Djokovic left Tokyo without a medal

Djokovic suffered a surprise loss to Pablo Carreno Busta in the bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics.

Djokovic then pulled out from his mixed doubles bronze medal match with Nina Stojanovic. “I apologise to all the fans in Serbia who I have disappointed. I know everyone expected a medal, I did too. I feel bad for Nina because we did not fight for a medal in mixed, but my body said ’enough’: I have played under medications and abnormal pain and exhaustion.

But again, my heart is in the right place, because I know that I gave my all. I love to play for my country. Unfortunately, I did not get the result I wanted, but that is sport, we move on," Djokovic said.