“Rafael Nadal has found the flaw in Novak Djokovic’s forehand” Marian Vajda wary of the Serb’s chances to win the 2022 Wimbledon ahead of a possible final showdown

Novak Djokovic's former coach Marian Vajda points out the detail that Rafael Nadal has noted in order to defeat the Serbian.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadla, Marian Vajda
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadla, Marian Vajda

World No. 3 Novak Djokovic and World No. 4 Rafael Nadal are the top two seeds at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships and it looks quite possible that it will be the two men in the finals of the Grand Slam on the 10th of July. Novak is the 3-time defending champion while Nadal is fresh from his two majors won this season and is looking for his 3rd major of the season.

Djokovic has booked his spot in the fourth round with a straight-set win over Miomir Kecmanovic in the third round, his second consecutive straight-set win after having dropped a set in the first round. Nadal, on the other hand, will play his third-round match on Day 6 of the Grand Slam on 2nd July and is coming into the match on the back of consecutive 4-set wins. Neither of the players had played a warmup tournament coming into Wimbledon but Djokovic looks better suited to the surface as Nadal returns to the surface for the first time since 2019.

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“Novak Djokovic didn’t have the answer”: Marian Vajda on Rafael Nadal’s win in French Open

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Nadal and Djokovic had met in the quarter-finals of the 2022 French Open with Nadal winning the match in 4-sets in a brilliant turnaround in the 4th set to not let the match go into the fifth set. Djokovic was the defending champion in Paris but was not able to tackle Nadal much who eventually went on to clinch the title and take a 2-major lead over the Serbian who remains at 20 Grand Slam titles.

“I thought he would be good in Paris, the game was there, but the match against Rafa was difficult. Rafa played his best tennis, and Novak didn’t have the answer. He may have been a little surprised at first when he lost important and long games. I think Rafa found the flaw in Novak’s forehand, he had a lot of winners on that side. Maybe Novak thought Nadal would play more on his backhand, but Rafa took risks and used his forehand a lot, and it paid off. He could have come out just as well,” said Djokovic’s former coach Marian Vajda speaking with Tennis Majors.

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