“Nothing but respect to him” Novak Djokovic shows immense class and lauds Rafael Nadal’s stupendous achievements in 2022

Novak Djokovic, the pre-tournament favorite at Wimbledon 2022, talks about Rafael Nadal at the press conference before the tournament begins.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic enters the Wimbledon 2022 as a stern favorite to make it three title defenses in a row in London. Though Djokovic has not played any grasscourt events in preparation for Wimbledon, his experience in winning Wimbledon three times in a row should be enough for Djokovic to be the biggest favorite. The year 2022 has been very hard for Djokovic who lost the opportunity to defend his Australian Open title and lost a very painful match to Rafael Nadal at the French Open 2022.

Djokovic would be hoping to get his 21st Grand Slam and his eighth Wimbledon title, but there are some hurdles that he would have to go through, mainly the possibility of a final showdown between him and Rafa. Hubert Hurkacz also lurks in his section of the draw and this year he is looking even better than in 2021 when he reached the semifinal after beating Roger Federer in straight sets. But Djokovic would be motivated

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Novak Djokovic has a lot of respect for Rafa’s achievements in 2022.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

When asked about Rafa and his achievements this year in the Wimbledon press conference, Djokovic said: “Well, I mean, he had a surgery second part of last year, coming back after that surgery and winning Grand Slam right away. Something that is really impressive, of course. Making history as well with Grand Slam wins. Again, in Roland Garros, of course, the tournament where historically he has won most titles.”

He continued: “Just hats down for what he has achieved, what he keeps on doing on the court. Great fighting spirit. Amazing champion. Just in general overall things that he’s trying to do in order to create even more of a successful legacy for him on the court is something that you just have to respect and admire, of course, even though I’m one of his biggest rivals and we had incredible matches during our career. Have nothing but respect for him and what he has achieved.”

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