'My best matches with Novak Djokovic are the ones...', says Italian ace

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'My best matches with Novak Djokovic are the ones...', says Italian ace

2020 was not an easy year for Novak Djokovic, who has faced countless criticisms in recent months. The number 1 in the world had ended up in the eye of the storm for the organization of the Adria Tour, thanks to the failure to comply with the rules relating to social distancing that had led to the contagion of several players (including Nole himself).

The Serbian phenomenon, who was the only Big 3 present at the US Open, had the greedy chance of climbing to 18 Slam, but he got incredibly disqualified by hitting a line judge with a shot. Djokovic did not appear at the press conference after the sensational sanction, but decided to apologize to everyone via social media to avoid further controversy.

To all this we must add the creation of the new PTPA together with my colleague Vasek Pospisil. There is no doubt, however, about Novak's extraordinary skills on the court. In his book 'Warning: My Life Between the Lines', Fabio Fognini analyzed his relationship with the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

The two took part in the doubles tournament in Indian Wells last year, where they reached the semifinals showing excellent team chemistry. Djokovic and Thiem will try to worry Nadal at Roland Garros, while the blue has revealed that he could end his season after the Paris Grand Slam.

Fognini on Novak Djokovic

"Novak Djokovic is tough," Fabio Fognini said. "When you face him he crushes you. His rhythm is so strong that you can’t think. Djokovic is called Plastic Man by many for his ability to bend like he was made out of rubber.

He has victory in his eyes and the world number one determination. The fact that Novak Djokovic is not only a player but also a friend makes everything more difficult. My best matches with him are the ones we were side by side in doubles," Fognini added.

Novak Djokovic advanced to the Internazionali BNL d’Italia quarter-finals for the 14th straight year on Friday, following his 7-6(7), 6-3 victory against countryman Filip Krajinovic. The 33-year-old saved five of six break points to improve to 14-0 in third-round matches at the ATP Masters 1000 event after two hours and seven minutes.

Djokovic struggled to take his chances in an 87-minute opening set, but raised his level in the second set to maintain his perfect record of quarter-final appearances in the Italian capital. “It was definitely one of the longest sets I think I have ever played,” said Djokovic.

“Never easy, I think, emotionally to play against someone that is one of my best friends for many years… I think the first set could have gone a different way, as well."