'Novak Djokovic's style of play is so technically solid that...', says legend
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 9333
It is no coincidence that injuries have spared Novak Djokovic, perhaps more than necessary compared to his main generational rivals. Although many come to doubt his "apparent injuries", it is not normal that at 35 years old and all the great journey he has had in his ATP career, he remains physically fit practically at all times.
'Nole' is a professional in every sense of the word, and in addition to being the best on the track, he also tries to do everything possible so that injuries do not diminish his options. The former world number one himself commented on how he takes care of his physique during the two weeks that the Grand Slam lasts, to which he said: "The days off in this tournament are being very different from usual because I spend the day connected to machines with in order to recover from my discomfort and have my body ready to compete", he said after his victory in the quarterfinals over the Russian Andrey Rublev.
Precisely an injury prevented Djokovic from being able to train regularly prior to his matches at Melbourne Park, he even said on more than one occasion that he even thought about leaving the tournament to prevent said injury from getting bigger and taking its toll on him later.
And the strategy has been working out for the Serbian, at least in terms of results, it is still at the top and it is not seen that it will stop in the short term. What do you think is the reason for the great state of form that Novak Djokovic shows at 35 years of age?
John McEnroe opens up on Djokovic
Tennis legend John McEnroe stated that Novak Djokovic will gain "more respect" gradually over time.
"In my book, he deserves more respect. I feel as time goes on, he will get more and more respect," McEnroe said. "Obviously, we are talking about two of the most supremely talented a class acts the game has ever seen in Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal].
For me, Roger [Federer] is the most beautiful player I’ve very seen play and Rafa’s [Nadal] intensity is so great, but Novak [Djokovic] has done a great job of getting in the mix and possibly surpassing both of them at some point," McEnroe said.
"His style of play is so technically solid that it is sometimes taken for granted. His toughness and mental strength is also so impressive. He is four or five years younger than Roger [Federer] and he already had that mantel when Novak [Djokovic] broke on the scene. It’s tough at that point to get it off him," he added.