'Novak Djokovic puts a lot of pressure with...', says former ATP ace

Djokovic had arguably the greatest season of his career in 2021

by Simone Brugnoli
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'Novak Djokovic puts a lot of pressure with...', says former ATP ace

World number one Novak Djokovic has experienced several difficulties in recent months. The decision not to carry out the vaccine for Covid-19, combined with some unusual and problematic behaviors, have brought the Serbian into the crosshairs of critics and have seen him as a protagonist more outside than inside the pitch.

Nole this year has missed several tournaments such as the Australian Open and the American tournaments (Indian Wells and Miami) and currently the tennis player is back on the field this week to play the tournament in Belgrade.

After a difficult start, the Serbian champion partially recovered his physical condition and above all he played and won two comeback battles against fellow countrymen Djere and Kecmanovic. Nole is now in the semifinals where he will face Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov.

Speaking on the microphones of Un Giorno da Pecora, broadcast on Radio Rai Uno, the legend of Italian tennis Adriano Panatta talked about many issues, in particular commenting on his thoughts on the Big Three. Here are his words: "Novak Djokovic? I have nothing personal against him, but I dislike him.

In the last two years he hasn't got one right, I am referring in particular to his statements." Completely different words for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal instead:" Roger is and will always be tennis. Nadal? I enjoy watching his matches and above all I admire him from a human point of view." The former Italian champion, winner of Roland Garros in 1976, continued: "I don't like today's tennis, I would say it bores me."

Baghdatis comments on Djokovic

Former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis picked Roger Federer's forehand, Novak Djokovic's backhand and Rafael Nadal's attitude while building his perfect player.

"The serve, I would go with Isner instead of Karlovic," Baghdatis said. "Of course, Isner has more variety for me, he has a kick serve. Forehand, I would go with Federer not because it's the fastest, it's how early he takes it and how it disguises his movement, you don't read it so easily let's say.

On the backhand side, I would go with Novak Djokovic for sure, Baghdatis added. "Return, Novak Djokovic, puts a lot of pressure. That backhand down the line of Novak, it's a killer. Volleys, I would go again with Roger Federer, I think pretty solid.

I love Rafa's attitude, I think the guy, for me, is the best in everything. You never see him complaining, he's all the time there, fighting, not throwing rackets. He is so stable, such a professional, such a class act on court."

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