'Novak Djokovic once asked me to send 1st serves where...', says former French player

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'Novak Djokovic once asked me to send 1st serves where...', says former French player

For universal recognition of technicians, players and commentators (for example John McEnroe), Novak Djokovic's best shot is certainly the return of serve, in which the World number 1 admirably combines quickness of reflexes, power and precision.

The Serbian champion ended the 2012 season with 60% of returns to the opponents' second service. Thanks to this ability, the 17-time Grand Slam champion often manages to put his opponents in difficulty making him lose the turn of service, and thanks to these breaks Novak then wins the game.

Novak Djokovic's return of serve and overall game were praised to the skies by his sparring partner Thibault Venturino. Venturino reiterated the commonly held belief that Djokovic's return of serve is otherworldly.

Novak Djokovic's splendid return of serve

"Novak Djokovic is a champion without an equal," Thibault Venturino said.

"He (Djokovic) has no weakness. His quality of return is inhuman," Venturino added. "Novak Djokovic once asked me to send 1st serves where I wanted to. It should have been aces, but he returned them all" - he concluded.

Novak Djokovic may look to ‘take advantage’ of any decision Rafael Nadal may take to skip the US Open, says Chris Evert. “I wonder if Nadal is going to take that chance of coming over here [to the United States], playing on hard courts, maybe getting injured, maybe not even winning it when he could just stay in Europe and practise on the clay,” she told Ubitennis.

“If Djokovic sees Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and maybe a couple of other players not playing, and he’s chasing the numbers, wouldn’t he want to take advantage of that and come over and win it?” Novak Djokovic was among the four players who tested positive for Covid-19 during the final stages of the charity event which was played in Serbia and Croatia.

Djokovic received a lot of flak from the entire tennis fraternity for holding the tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic. The criticism only grew after pictures and videos of the players hugging at the net, playing basketball together and partying during the tournament went viral on social media.

After contracting the virus Djokovic issued two apologies for the Covid-19 cases that emerged from the tournament, which had to be called off in its final stages. Djokovic, fellow Serb Viktor Troicki, Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Croatian Borna Coric all tested positive for the virus.