Sampras: 'Djokovic is more similar to me than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal'

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Sampras: 'Djokovic is more similar to me than Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal'

For most of his career, Novak Djokovic's playing style has been juxtaposed with Andre Agassi's. Although the collaboration between the two has not had the desired effects, the Serbian phenomenon has always shown enormous gratitude to the American.

The number 1 in the world will participate in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and the US Open, where he hopes to grab the 18th Grand Slam title of his career and remain unbeaten in this wretched 2020. According to Steve Flink, author of the biography of Pete Sampras entitled 'Greatness Revisited', 'Pistol Pete' would have had a very significant impact on Nole's career.

The two met last year during the Indian Wells Masters 1000, and Djokovic was unable to hide his emotion in front of one of his childhood idols.

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Steve Flink said: “He knew their games were different.

What he liked is how Sampras carried Himself. He’s 6 years old, sitting in Serbia, watching Pete Sampras play the Wimbledon Final against Jim Courier. He became a really ardent admirer”. He continues, “Novak Djokovic had some fascinating things to say and of course, he also felt that he learned a lot from the Sampras psyche and he compared it to his win over Federer; Saving the two match points in the 2019 Wimbledon Final.

He felt like he sees some similarities between himself and Pete”. However, not everything was as similar as one might think. The main difference between the two was in their approach to the game, “Even though he knows some significant differences well which he explains in the book; How he complicates things and Pete always kept things simple.

That’s a message that Sampras tried to go through to Djokovic”. Before this interview, the legend himself has spoken highly of Djokovic. “When I look at the current generation – Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic – I should say that Novak is very similar to me.

Because he is just like me, a happy person”. Djokovic was in prolific form this season, before activities, stopped due to the pandemic crisis. The break was different for different players. However, it wasn’t a cakewalk at all for the Serbian.

He was in the news for some of the wrong reasons. Organizing a tour and then breaking the parameters set in order to combat the spread of coronavirus resulted in multiple COVID-19 cases.