Novak Djokovic: 'At this level one or two points decide...'

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Novak Djokovic: 'At this level one or two points decide...'

The sports rivalry between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will forever remain in the history of tennis. Both have achieved incredible results in the last 20 years and continue to dominate the most important stages of world tennis.

The Serb has a 30-29 head-to-head lead, but it was the Mallorcan who won the last match. It was a victory that allowed him to continue his streak at Roland Garros and was decisive in winning his 22nd Major. In his press conference, Djokovic was very sincere and paid tribute to Nadal with great sportsmanship.

"He had surgery in the second half of last season. He returned to the Tour and won the first two Grand Slams of the year. He won Roland Garros again, of course, the tournament where he has historically won the most titles.

You have to take your hat off to him for what he has achieved, for what he continues to do on a tennis court. He has a great fighting spirit. He is an incredible champion. He is trying to create an even more winning legacy, and that is something to admire and respect; even though I am one of his biggest rivals and we have played some amazing matches throughout our careers.

I can only feel respect for him and what he has achieved." Djokovic also referred to the decision made by the ATP not to concede points at Wimbledon. "It's probably something that affects other players more. I don't want to say that the points aren't important to me, of course they are, but not like they were until recently.

I'm not chasing the rankings as much as I used to after breaking the record for weeks at the top."

Novak Djokovic wants to shorten the gap

Novak Djokovic also had words of high praise for the man he defeated in the first round of the 2022 Wimbledon -- Soon Woo Kwon.

"Credit to Kwon for playing some really high quality tennis. He deserves the applause. Always starting the tournament, I didn't have any preparation tournaments, so I was always going to feel a little bit less comfortable," he said.

"Particularly when playing against someone as talented as Kwon. It was really difficult to go through him, so I had to figure out a way tactically to getting control of the point. I think my serve helped," Djokovic said. "At this level, one or two points or shots decide the winner and I am glad I was on the winning side today."