Novak Djokovic spoke about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer's legacies in tennis. The Serbian player admitted that the Spaniard and the Swiss have left a deep impact on the game. "I believe that they both can say tennis has changed quite a bit, especially Roger who has been playing on the top level for many years, more years than Rafa and myself.
He was a part of that generation of the serve‑and‑volley players where they were dominant, like Pete (Sampras), (Boris) Becker, (Stefan) Edberg, (Goran) Ivanisevic. Obviously defensive skills are (Rafael) Nadal are probably the best there are.
It's incredible the way he is getting the balls in all different surfaces, especially on the clay courts. Then the variety that Roger has", said Djokovic. Djokovic also picked who is the perfect player for him: "You want to talk about the serve, then you would talk about probably (Ivo) Karlovic and (John) Isner.
Forehands, it would be probably Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal). Backhands, Andy Murray and (Nikolay) Davydenko had a great backhand. (Tomas) Berdych has a great forehand. Then you have Ferrer that is a great competitor. He always gives you one ball back on the court.
Now Nishikori has a fantastic backhand. Stepanek had very good volleys, a good feel." Djokovic is set to take a rest after the Asian swing where he won in Tokyo playing five matches overall and then lost to Shanghai where, after beating two opponents, he lost to the 21-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.