Roddick compares Djokovic to Yoko Ono: "That's what we didn't want"

Speaking on the Served with Andy Roddick podcast, the former US Open winner analyzed Nole's advent in tennis, which interrupted the Federer-Nadal duopoly

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Roddick compares Djokovic to Yoko Ono: "That's what we didn't want"
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In the latest episode of the podcast Served with Andy Roddick, the same Andy Roddick used the split of the Beatles, which many believe was caused by Yoko Ono, to describe Novak Djokovic's impact on the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

If in the musical context we talked about the Big Four, in the tennis context these three great legends created the myth of the Big 3 which still sees the Serbian star and the Spaniard legend on the court.

"I think Novak Djokovic is the guy who broke up the Beatles. Nole is the Yoko Ono of tennis. That's what we didn't want. We had the perfect rivalry: a right-hander against a left-hander with two contrasting styles. Then, suddenly, this cyborg, who however plays with a lot of passion, arrives and says: I'm not interested in this hype. I am complete. You can't get around me. He was strange. The mainstream, non-tennis fan was a little mad at him for that," Roddick explained metaphorically.

The Big 3
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A comparison that raises some doubts, the one made by Roddick. One of the most famous urban legends in the history of music attributes most of the blame for the dissolution of the Beatles to Yoko Ono, a Japanese artist naturalized in the United States.

Everything is linked to the imaginative story according to which Yoko Ono forced John Lennon, who had become her husband, to choose between her or hers, the epic musical group founded in Liverpool in 1960. A legend that has never been confirmed, not even by those directly involved, but which has poured an immeasurable amount of hatred on Yoko Ono, often resulting in racism.

Speaking of the GOAT issue, Roddick explained what happened among Djokovicn, Nadal and Federer.

"Most of us, in large-scale debates, aren't good at nuance. We like the simple title. And Novak's game frankly doesn't deliver that simple title often enough. But if you can argue against his numbers, you're being willfully ignorant at this point.

I saw Federer and it was the toughest match I had ever seen. He was the best player who faced my type of game, so he is the last person I would want to play with. But if you line up the resumes of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, if you pick any one but this Novak, you're a crazy human being. Quite simply, that's how it is. Everything else depends on your preference of what you like to watch.

What makes this GOAT thing so weird is that we never get anything like the ending. The Michael Jordan / LeBron James debate is like: Ok LeBron has less, but he played like this, there are other factors involved. Where it's like this conversation is largely like math doesn't care about your feelings and math doesn't care about your feelings. vaccination status," Roddick analyzed.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic© Getty Images Sport - Matthew Stockman

And in the meantime Nole returns to play at Indian Wells after 5 years

Five years have passed since Novak Djokovic last played a match at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells. The pause imposed by the pandemic, the decision to move the tournament to October 2021 and the entry rules in force in the United States during the last two editions have somehow hindered the presence of the Serbian champion.

Djokovic can't wait to return to compete in a tournament that he has won five times in his career. From the first success obtained in 2008 by beating Mardy Fish to the epic finals against Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: Djokovic remembered some of his most important victories.

"Greetings to all tennis fans from the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, California. It's 2024 and the last time I played this tournament was in 2019. It's been five long years, too long without being part of the Tennis Paradise tournament," Djokovic said.

"One of the best tournaments in the world without a doubt, probably the favorite ATP Masters 1000 of many players, including myself.

I can't wait to come back and play in front of some of the best fans we have on Tour again. I think back to 2008, the first time I won the title at Indian Wells - one of the biggest successes of my career at that time.

I remember playing against Fish in the final. I was lucky to have won the tournament four more times playing some epic matches in the final against Federer and Nadal. I'm really looking forward to coming back," he explained.

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