Novak Djokovic: "Rafael Nadal’s forehand is one of the best ever"

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Novak Djokovic: "Rafael Nadal’s forehand is one of the best ever"

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have always had a good relationship off the court and also played a charity exhibition in Kazakhstan late last year. The two have faced each other 55 times with Djokovic leading 29–26.

Djokovic leads 15–11 in finals. Of these matches, 15 have been in Grand Slams with Nadal leading 9–6. Nadal leads 6–1 at the French Open and 2–1 at the US Open, while Djokovic leads 2-0 at the Australian Open and 2–1 at Wimbledon.

On Davis Cup's Youtube Channel, the 17-time Grand Slam champion created his perfect (Davis Cup) player: “I would choose Rafael Nadal’s forehand. It has been one of the best forehands of all time, with heavy topspin or flat strokes.

He can hit it from every part of the court and it is a consistent weapon that he uses to mount pressure on the opponent and also in the defence, to get back into the point. As for backhand, I have to go with David Goffin; I like his two-handed backhand very much.

He takes the ball very early and hits it flat, something that allows him to dictate the rally. You will not get many errors from his backhand as he possesses natural swing and preparation for the stroke. He can place it both down the line and crosscourt, making it one of the most excellent strokes in his arsenal.

Nick Kyrgios is the best server in my opinion; his initial shot is fantastic. His serve motion is very natural and dynamic, also hard to read and powerful, regardless of the surface. I would have to pick me in the return segment.

For the best volley, I have to go with some of the doubles guys, probably Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, especially Mahut; his hands are swift at the net. When we talk about the footwork, it would be a combination between David Goffin, Rafael Nadal, myself, also Felix Auger-Aliassime."