'Novak Djokovic has so much left under his feet', says ATP ace
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2508
The first match against Novak Djokovic was more difficult than he anticipated. The American Tommy Paul simply accepted the superiority of the best tennis player on the planet and was surprised by the series of variations that he has in his game.
"I think a lot of players have a lot of respect for his tennis. He is an impressive player, without a doubt, and especially here in Australia. I think that inside the locker room there is no one who wants to see him in his part of the draw.
But they are semis of a Grand Slam, you are not going to find a bad player. Playing against him here was a great experience. He was aware that he was going to play very, very well. It is obvious that I wish I could have played much better, but well, he was the one who made me play badly, so he is a great tennis player," he commented minutes after his elimination.
On what was the part of 'Nole''s tennis that surprised him the most, he indicated: "I would probably say that his second serve is better than I thought. Part of my game plan was to attack his second serve, but I was quite surprised.
At important points he played very good seconds. At each point, the average speed of his second serve was a little higher than I thought it was going to be”. He didn't let me execute any kind of game plan he had planned.
Going out on the track was not bad. Playing the game and getting beaten like this sucks. I think it was a great experience. He did not let me execute any of the game plans that he wanted to do," he added in statements taken up by 'Punto de Break'
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Jérémy Chardy praises Djokovic
Jérémy Chardy has lost 14 times in as many confrontations against Novak Djokovic.
In remarks given to L'Equipe, he spoke of the feeling of helplessness he felt several times in front of the Serb. A strong and interesting story. “The really difficult thing about Novak is that he always manages to make you feel that he is only 60-70%, and in fact he is not taking any risks.
He creates a lot of pressure, to think that he has so much left under his feet. He quickly breaks your confidence, makes you feel like you don't have a chance. Against him, I already wanted the game to end quickly, because it becomes clear soon enough that it's only a matter of time.
But when it happens to a strong player, like Wednesday Rublev, on a very long court, it must be extremely frustrating,” said the Frenchman.