20-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the greatest ever to grace the tennis courts. Leader in Men’s Masters titles and career prize money with many other records to his name, Djokovic is often in the debate if he is the greatest of all time.
The Serbian’s biggest strength apart from his tennis skills is often cited as the mental prowess that has seen him win the match from a position of almost a certain defeat. A lethal forehand and accurate service also makes him a dangerous player across surfaces and that is the result why he remains only one of the four men ever in the Open Era to win all majors at least twice.
“They serve from the fifth floor”: Novak Djokovic on his perfect player
Upon winning his 4th round match at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships against Tim van Rijthoven, Djokovic entered the quarter-final for the fifth consecutive time and extended his winning streak at the All-England Club to 25 matches. In his post-match press conference, he was asked about his perfect player and the Serbian did not hesitate from naming some of his rivals.
For serve, he picked the tall trio of Reilly Opelka, John Isner and Ivo Karlovic, saying, “They serve from the fifth floor.” He also added Nick Kyrgios in the serve column as Novak believes, the Australian, “Has a fluid motion.” For forehand, he named fellow Big-3 members Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal saying they are, “Different, but huge weapons.” He named the duo once again for their mental strength.
For the backhand and return, he named Andy Murray and Andre Agassi while for the movement he named Federer along with Bjorn Borg. In the volley game, he chose Pat Rafter and Stefan Edberg, completing the most perfect player as per the 20-time major winner.
Novak Djokovic’s Perfect Player:
- Serve: Opelka/Isner/Karlovic/Kyrgios
- Forehand: Federer/Nadal
- Backhand: Murray/Agassi
- Return: Murray/Agassi
- Movement: Borg/Federer
- Volley: Rafter/Edberg
- Mental: Federer/Nadal
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