Roddick's honest analysis: "Novak Djokovic needs his legs at 100% to compete"

The former American tennis player analyzed Djokovic's injury in relation to his tennis

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Roddick's honest analysis: "Novak Djokovic needs his legs at 100% to compete"
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Only Novak Djokovic knows the physical form of Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion is recovering from the surgery he suffered on his meniscus, after the injury which occurred in the 4th round of Roland Garros after the epic match won against Francesco Cerundolo in the 5th set. Nole has already started to retrain and walk without crutches. His rubber legs are recovering quickly and, perhaps, he could even return to the court at Wimbledon.

In a recent episode of his Podcast, Andy Roddick talked about the Serbian's physical problems and explained the importance of his legs in his game. As if to underline how the rubber man based his successes on the elasticity of his lower limbs.

"As far as Djokovic's injury is concerned, it's not just about his physical condition but also the fact that he has to train and be at 100% physically. Novak Djokovic absolutely needs his legs at their best, they are fundamental for his game and his defensive abilities. Djokovic is the best defender in the history of tennis and to play defense you absolutely have to rely on your legs, so he has to be at his best," explained Roddick.

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Novak Djokovic© Clive Mason / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

Despite what is happening in 2024, Djokovic remains the most successful tennis player in the history of the sport. From 24 Slam titles to the record number of weeks as leader of the ATP ranking to the ATP Masters 1000s title record and much more.
Just think that even in 2023, at 36 years old, he won three Grand Slam titles and the ATP Finals and only lost the fourth remaining Slam at Wimbledon in the final. This 2024, however, was rather complicated. Djokovic has had several physical problems, is still without titles and lost the throne of the ATP ranking at Roland Garros, handing the scepter to Jannik Sinner.

The Belgrade champion withdrew before playing the quarter-finals in Paris and underwent meniscus surgery. His presence at the Wimbledon tournament, now ever closer, is rather complicated and the Serbian tennis player is trying in every way to be available for the Paris Olympic Games. In fact, we are talking about the only great goal missing from Djokovic's collection and, for this reason, the tennis player particularly cares about it.

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