'I'm surprised that Novak Djokovic doesn't hurt himself more', says former star



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'I'm surprised that Novak Djokovic doesn't hurt himself more', says former star

Novak Djokovic has won Roland Garros for the second time in his career, succeeding in a feat that has further fueled the long-standing GOAT debate. The number 1 in the world unleashed an exceptional performance in the semifinals against Rafael Nadal, inflicting his third overall defeat in the Parisian Grand Slam.

Even more spectacular was the Serbian's masterpiece in the last act, where he recovered two sets behind Stefanos Tsitsipas (11 years younger). The 34-year-old from Belgrade has therefore hoisted himself at 19 Majors, just one distance away from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Nole has already targeted Wimbledon, which will start in a couple of weeks and in which he has triumphed five times. With a less competitive Federer than in the past and a mysterious Nadal about his presence, there is no doubt who will be the favorite at Church Road.

In a long conversation on Eurosport, Mats Wilander and Mischa Zverev praised Djokovic's extraordinary skills.

Wilander and Zverev on Novak Djokovic

"Well, I mean the way he (Novak Djokovic) moves I'm surprised that he doesn't hurt himself more," Mats Wilander said.

"But Mischa I have to ask you this - Novak moving on a claycourt, he has to anticipate a little more than on a hardcourt because he's always gonna slip and slide but somehow he seems to be able to handle the pace of Berrettini's serve, forehands.

Is it because he is so good at reading the game, he can get to everything even on a clay court?" In response, Mischa Zverev pointed out how - as explained by former pro Fabrice Santoro - studying the opponent's movement can make you a better defender.

"So, I think - many years ago I talked to Fabrice Santoro and he said, 'if you wanna be a good defender don't look at the ball, look at the opponent, look where he stands, look at his body-shoulder rotation and that will tell you where he is gonna play'," Zverev said.

"I feel like maybe Novak is doing the same, not looking at the ball only, he's looking at the stance of Berrettini (or any other player). It's like math," Zverev added. "What is the percentage of him going crosscourt, what's the percentage of him going down the line, and then combining all these facts and all these information. It's like a supercomputer - he can anticipate really fast and just go in the right direction super early."