Rafael Nadal: 'Novak Djokovic was more efficient and clever'



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Rafael Nadal: 'Novak Djokovic was more efficient and clever'

Will Novak Djokovic return to play at least one more tournament in 2021? What are his plans for the season finale? These are the questions present in these days among tennis fans, questions that do not find a certain, official answer from the Serbian himself.

The latest and strong rumors would suggest that the world number one should return in the coming weeks and not give the appointment as early as 2022. According to the journalist Sasa Ozmo, a source however very close to the entourage of the 34-year-old native of Belgrade, Nole will dispute new competitions until the end of the year, but has not yet decided the exact schedule of his commitments.

Everything suggests, of course, that the intentions of the athlete, currently enrolled in the Paris-Bercy Master 1000, will be outlined and clarified in the coming weeks. The rather decisive and safe hypothesis launched by the Serbian site Kurir could please the player's fans very much: in fact, according to the online newspaper, Novak should be at the start of the Nitto Atp Finals in Turin, but also of the French indoor appointment .

And to top it off, he would be deciding to make his big contribution to his nation for the Davis Cup. At this moment it would seem totally unfounded the indiscretion of the Italian newspaper Tuttosport, which had claimed on the front page of Thursday 14 October "Djokovic's forfeit is now certain" regarding the Finals, reserved for the best eight players in the Race classification.

The winner of 20 Grand Slam titles over the course of his career (9 Australian Open, 2 Roland Garros, 6 Wimbledon and 3 US Open) has already triumphed on five occasions at the ATP Finals, but the last one dates back to 2015.

Nadal opens up on Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal recently showered praise on his rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, labeling them both "perfect" players. Nadal further claimed that Djokovic has "no weaknesses" and is capable of playing his best tennis on all surfaces.

"He's (Novak Djokovic) a perfect tennis player with no weaknesses," Rafael Nadal said. "Whether it's a clay court, a turf court, or a hard court, he's capable. And this year, he's been astoundingly solid.

Even on days when things seem to be out of order, the energy of the feeling that I will definitely win makes up." The 35-year-old admitted he has no regrets about failing to win the title but expressed his desire to come back and win Roland Garros next year.

"I think Novak was more efficient and clever than I was in the game-decision phase that day, and in my eyes he looked physically fresher," Nadal said.