Decoding Novak Djokovic Style of Play: Forehand Speed, Serve and Backhand

Novak Djokovic is unquestionably the most complete player of the open era. His forehand, backhand, and serve are all excellent.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic
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Novak Djokovic appears to be in peak physical condition. Djokovic is the favorite heading into Wimbledon after defeating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and capturing the championship against Tsitsipas in the finals of Roland Garros. With Rafael Nadal withdrawing and Roger’s awful record in recent years, the Serb may have an easy time winning his third grand slam of the year.

Novak Djokovic’s Style of Play

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak is a full-court offensive player. While he is recognized for his nearly impenetrable defensive abilities, his distinguishing feature is his ability to regularly turn the tables on his opponents, going from an impregnable position to a display of deadly attacking firepower. Djokovic has the best serve return, backhand, and footwork/flexibility of any player of the open era. What’s more amazing, however, is the precise precision and depth of his strokes. While Djokovic’s serve and forehand aren’t as excellent as they once were, they are still extremely good.

Novak Djokovic: Forehand and Backhand & Serve

Novak Djokovic's serve
Novak Djokovic’s serve

Djokovic does not have the best forehand in the game, but he did have a great forehand early in his career, which helped him become the most complete player of all time. However, many players are targeting his forehand these days, not because it is weak, but because his backhand is dominant over his forehand, which is surprising for a right-handed tennis player.

Novak possesses one of the most consistent backhands of all time in the open era. Many people believe he is the greatest double-handed backhander of all time  One of the mechanical differences between his backhand and Nadal’s backhand is that Novak’s backhand racket head is above the grip height after the shoulder turn and unit turn of the torso, but Rafael’s racket head is practically in line with the grip height. Rafa can hit a strong and consistent backhand from baseline with top spin with this terrible technique since he is a large muscular person, but Novak’s backhand is the textbook example of how to produce more top spin and depth in backhand strokes.

He has 4–5 serving movements in his career, but it is the placement of the ball, not the strength of his serve, that makes his serve effective. He clearly has a slower and less accurate second serve, which opponents may take advantage of.

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