We have now reached the h*t phase of the Internazionali d'Italia in Rome. The quarter-finals will be held today, there will be no Spanish Rafael Nadal, eliminated in the round of 16 by the Canadian and constant physical problems with his foot that have been slowing him down for months.
Among the main protagonists, on the other hand, there will be the number one in the world Novak Djokovic, who continues the preparation phase for Roland Garros and appears at the moment as the great favorite for the final victory.
The Balkan tennis player beat a tired Stan Wawrinka in the Round of 16 without worries and in the Quarterfinals he is expected from a quite interesting match against the young Canadian talent Felix Auger-Aliassime. It will be the first clash between the two and Nole spoke about it at the conference: "Clay is not his favorite surface.
I think it is improving a lot, however. He has worked with Toni Nadal for the past two years, who has certainly contributed to his game on earth. He has been an established athlete in the top 20 and top 10 for some time. He has a very complete game, very kind guy, who works hard."
Over the course of his career, Novak Djokovic has been the protagonist of funny curtains several times relating to his imitations of characters from the circuit (and not only). How can we forget his amusing imitations of Maria Sharapova or Rafael Nadal before serving, Djokovic at the conference has nicely clarified why he no longer does these imitations.
Here are his words: "We were at the Players Show in Monte Carlo and I imitated Britney Spears."
Matteo Arnaldi praises Nole Djokovic
Italian youngster Matteo Arnaldi is having a week to remember. He got the chance to practice with his idol, Novak Djokovic, soon after playing in his first-ever ATP main draw event.
"Novak has always been my idol and that’s why I entered the field a bit tense. It was an incredible feeling to be able to trade with the # 1 in the world," said Arnaldi, looking back on his big moment. The youngster said he jumped at the chance to hit some balls with the Serbian great.
Arnaldi showered praise on Djokovic's game, describing it as technically superior to anyone else's. “Technically I found him extremely clean compared to the others I have played with up to now. His ball is very flat and you have a hard time playing with it, even on clay. It takes away your time, you can’t do anything you have in mind," Arnaldi expressed further.