Novak Djokovic reveals his biggest learning from Rafael Nadal having explained his favorite trait from Roger Federer as well

Djokovic recently claimed his 24th Grand Slam title at US Open.


Novak Djokovic reveals his biggest learning from Rafael Nadal having explained his favorite trait from Roger Federer as well

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal (Image via SI)

World No.1, Novak Djokovic claimed his 24th Grand Slam major earlier this month with his title win at the 2023 US Open. The 36-year-old defeated the 2021 champion, Daniil Medvedev, in a three-setter to clinch his 4th title at the Flushing Meadows. He also broke several records with his latest title win.

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Recently, in an interview with John McEnroe for ESPN, Djokovic revealed what lessons he learned from the 22-time Grand Slam winner, Rafael Nadal. “What I learned the most from Rafael Nadal was this spirit of “never die, never give up”. This is arguably the most courage we have seen from a player,” the Serb said.

“He (Rafael) shows incredible tenacity and combativeness on the field and in the locker room. This level of tenacity intimidates you. That’s what you feel when you play against him. It’s like you’re entering a bullfight,” Novak added. Although Rafael Nadal has not announced his retirement plans yet, the Spaniard revealed that he wishes to be back on court. “My hope is to play again, to be competitive again,” Nadal said in an interview with Moviestar+.

At 36, Djokovic became the oldest man to win the US Open, breaking Ken Rosewall‘s record who was 35 years old when he set the record last in 1970. The 2022 French Open champion, Djokovic, broke Nadal’s record at the Cincinnati Open for the most lopsided ATP head-to-head streak in the Open Era with his 19th victory over Gael Monfils, surpassing Nadal’s 18-0 against Richard Gasquet.

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Novak Djokovic admits on ‘taking notes’ from Roger Federer

A few days ago, Novak Djokovic admitted that he learned how to organize his schedule from Roger Federer to be in his best form during Grand Slam events. “He was one of the first to take organization and preparation to the next level,” the World No.1 explained. Djokovic has started skipping ATP Tour events in order to not over-exert himself and to be in his best form for Grand Slam tournaments.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer(Image: Tennis Majors)

“It inspired me, I took notes with my team and I took a lot of inspiration from his schedule and I observed his team and the way they did things,” Djokovic added. The Serb skipped the Laver Cup this year in order to represent his country and to play for Team Serbia at the Davis Cup.

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