'It seems that Novak Djokovic has never stopped', says top coach

‘It seems that Novak Djokovic has never stopped’, says top coach

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have created one of the most intense rivalries in tennis history. Everyone remembers the historic 2012 Australian Open final, the longest in history. Novak Djokovic won his fifth trophy at a Slam, the third in a row after 2011 Wimbledon and US Open, which definitively crowned the Serbian as the world number 1, which places him among the legends of this sport.

“The Australian Open final in 2012 against Rafa. We played for 5 hours and 53 minutes. It’s probably hard to repeat that in my career,” Djokovic told Pospisil on the ATP and WTA’s Tennis United podcast. “For me, 5 minutes and 53 seconds is enough against any of you, not 5 hours,” Pospisil said with a laugh.

The Serbian champion also recalled that the two were so tired that they needed the chairs at the presentation. “It was crazy. You understand it’s the slam final, it’s the fifth set and you know the end is just around the corner so I don’t want to stop now.

So you keep pushing yourself mentally. If you lose that feeling of what’s going on in the body and then it’s something that carries it all the way through. It’s pretty amazing,” Djokovic added. Nole is the player with the most wins in his career against Nadal.

Nadal is also the player with the most wins in his career against Djokovic. Djokovic is the only player to have defeated Nadal in 4 clay court finals, the only player to have defeated Nadal in the French Open in straight sets, and the only player to have defeated Nadal in 7 consecutive finals.

They both play a similar style of tennis but have differences that make their matches competitive and unique. Djokovic is the only player to have defeated Nadal in three consecutive Grand Slam finals and the only player to have defeated Nadal in all four Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open).

Will Djokovic play AO 2023?

Still under a three-year ban following his incredible expulsion from Australia last January, Novak Djokovic still does not know if he will be able to participate in the 2023 edition of the Australian Open and if this ban will be lifted by the current government, which is no longer the same as at the time of “Djokogate”.

Interviewed by Croatian Sportske Novosti, Goran Ivanisevic, after having cast doubt on Djokovic’s participation in the Masters 1000 in Paris, also spoke about the two titles gleaned by his player in Tel Aviv and Astana.

“He played brilliantly, especially in Astana. It’s as if he hadn’t taken a break at all when he hadn’t taken part in any tournaments since Wimbledon”, launched the Croatian coach before speaking about the thorny case of the Australian Open. “Novak has not changed his mind about vaccines and his health, it is now up to Australians to decide.”

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