Tsonga: "Djokovic wanted to be Federer or Nadal, only today he's himself"

The former French champion analyzed the Serbian's career, comparing it to that of the Swiss and Spanaird

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Tsonga: "Djokovic wanted to be Federer or Nadal, only today he's himself"
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During an interview with the Generation Do It Yourself podcast, former tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga talked about Novak Djokovic's career, focusing on the personality of the Serbian champion. According to the Frenchman, Djokovic would have tried to emulate Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, at the beginning of his career, thus denying his own ego and personality.

Now, however, again according to Tsonga, we can see the true personality of the 24-time Slam champion.
"He is a Serb, so he wanted to get away from this warrior image that he has. Because he experienced difficult things in his childhood.

So he's a warrior, he should have assumed it from the start. I think he would have been loved for that. I consider that he had a time where Nole didn't want to be himself. He wanted to be Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, when perhaps he should have remained himself.

I think today he is himself. He doesn't do things to be appreciated. He does things because he considers that they deserve to be done that way. I think that's why it is appreciated by many people. Because now he's completely honest," explained the Frenchman.

But what does Djokovic think of Federer and Nadal today?

In a long interview on CBS News' 60 Minutes program, Djokovic spoke about the relationship he has with Federer and Nadal. "Obviously we haven't gotten along very well during our careers off the field.

We're not friends because we're rivals and it's difficult to be close as opponents. Some things you share about your life or how you feel can be used against you We have shared the stage for many years and I think there has always been the utmost respect, at least on my part, towards them. I hope that one day we will be closer, to be able to sit and talk and reflect. It would be truly incredible."