I didn't expect such a strong Novak Djokovic, says a former world No. 5


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I didn't expect such a strong Novak Djokovic, says a former world No. 5

The former world No. 5 and 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez was impressed by the Wimbledon semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. In an interview to Sport Klub, the 37-year-old Chilean said: 'Oh my God, it was a really exciting match at a very high level. Both of them are great athletes and competitors, I am honoured to have had the opportunity to see them and play against them in the past because they are giants of the sport, legends.'

Analyzing what made the difference, Gonzalez added: 'He felt more comfortable than Rafa. His game perfectly suits to this scenario. He hit several amazing serves in the important points he saved several break points in the fifth set. It was one of the keys of the match because during the rallies Nadal was forcing his opponent to hit an extra shot, and then another one. Nole performed very well, especially in the important moments.'

Speaking furthermore about Djokovic, Gonzalez stated: 'I am not surprised, but I didn't expect it in this moment. Nole struggled with injuries and other things, but he is a great player and champion, I am sure he will be back at the top.'

Meanwhile, the 1987 Wimbledon winner Pat Cash said: 'I thought Novak would peak at the US Open. I think it is impressive he came back a little bit early. I thought the US Open would be about the right time - it is very interesting. We still have these older players. It is an unbelievable bunch of talent of young players. The older guys still have it mentally. They still have the craft and the young guys need '

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