Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick described Novak Djokovic as a "soul collector' after the Serb bashed Matteo Berrettini's hopes of winning his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open.
Berrettini, ranked at No.
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8 in the world, made a promising start to his US Open quarterfinal against Djokovic but that meant nothing since the Serb recovered to win 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3. In the previous round, Djokovic lost the opening set 6-1 to Jenson Brooksby but also impressively recovered to win in four sets.
After the match, Roddick said of Djokovic: "First he takes your legs, then your soul."
Djokovic always has a clear plan of what to do
"Look, I know what my strengths are. I stick to them. I've worked over the years to perfect my game so that my game can have literally no flaws.
Every player has some weaknesses in his game. There's always something you can improve. I want to have as complete of an all-around game as I possibly can so that when I'm playing someone I can adjust on any surface, I can come up with different styles of play, I can tactically implement the game that I need for that particular match in order to win," Djokovic explained.
"Of course, I want my opponents to feel that I can get any ball, that I can play comfortably from back of the court, on the net, serving, returning. Over the years working on perfecting the game has really helped me I think just be very adaptable to anybody's game and to any surface.
"Some guys, like Matteo, they need to feel strong because he serves big, he needs to feel his forehand, that it gives him a lot of free points, that he can dictate the play. "My kind of constitution of the body, I guess my work on the court and also fitness-wise, has always been based on equally paying attention to every aspect of my physical abilities, whether it's strength, flexibility, agility, speed.
I always want to have everything on a satisfying level so that I could always come up with the element I need in that particular moment."