Who can stop Novak Djokovic? That's the big question that the tennis world has been asking itself in the last days as the Serb is back in a dominant mood again. Speaking on Eurosport, the TV presenter Annabel Croft tried to answer this question.
“I think (Stefanos) Tsitsipas can maybe stop Novak", said Croft. "Maybe not immediately but he’s got a game that’s so exciting to develop on. Maybe when you consider in years gone by how Federer has challenged Djokovic, they have a similar game, maybe not over five sets just yet."
Croft also praised Djokovic's win over Rafael Nadal: "Novak was unstoppable tonight, from the word go it was a foot down, full throttle. I think Nadal was a little bit nervous, and tense at the start and he was never allowed to play his own game, he was blown off the court by Novak.
Novak had so many service games held to love, but just an extraordinary level and I think that’s what shocked a lot of the people watching here today. This was the world number one versus the world number two, and it appeared that the level difference between the two of them was just such a big gulf.
Because Rafa didn’t get off to a fast start, maybe there were some extra nerves that kind of set the precedent and the pressure started to build from there, an early break, immediately down on the scoreline and he never really got back into the game”.