Miami Open 2022 finalist Casper Ruud gave his opinion on Novak Djokovic's clay court game. The 23-year-old Norwegian has compared the playing style of the world number one with that of Rafael Nadal, the absolute master on clay.
We recall that Novak Djokovic was eliminated in the first round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters in three sets by Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Ruud: said: "Obviously he is one of the best players on the Tour. Nole plays a little differently from Rafa.
He plays a little more inside the court and the thing with Novak is that his backhand is so pure and so good, that even though many clay players like Rafa like to push on their opponent's backhand because it's difficult with the backhand.
high rebound, with heaviness, Novak opposes better than anyone else because he has great control with his backhand."
Casper Ruud praises Novak Djokovic's clay skills
Ruud praised both shots of the Serbian champion.
"It makes it hard to find any holes in his play and even his forehand is not a weakness so he can produce winning and good defensive shots from both sides all the time. He has a style where you can't really rest in any corner of the court when playing against him because either he plays with his backhand and he'll push you with that or his forehand can produce big angles and several hits."
Ruud then revealed the winning aspects of Djokovic's play on clay courts: "Obviously he is one of the best players on the Tour. He can get on certain balls and play defense like no other player, so I think that's what makes him.
as hard as it is on both hard-courts and clay-courts. But on clay-courts he is able to walk out onto the court and recover those heavy blows that you try to play against him and respond with good depth."