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Novak Djokovic picks Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s best strengths

Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic spoke about Roger Federer’s and Rafael Nadal’s legacies in tennis and the Serbian player admitted the Spaniard and the Swiss have left a deep impact on the game.

The top trio have dominated for well over a decade now and have amassed an astonishing 55 Grand Slam titles between them.

“I believe that they both can say tennis has changed quite a bit, especially Roger who has been playing on the top level for many years, more years than Rafa and myself. He was a part of that generation of the serve‑and‑volley players where they were dominant, like Pete (Sampras), (Boris) Becker, (Stefan) Edberg, (Goran) Ivanisevic. Obviously defensive skills are (Rafael) Nadal are probably the best there are. It’s incredible the way he is getting the balls in all different surfaces, especially on the clay courts. Then the variety that Roger has”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic also picked who is the perfect player for him: “You want to talk about the server, then you would talk about probably (Ivo) Karlovic and (John) Isner. Forehands, it would be probably Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal). Backhands, Andy Murray and (Nikolay) Davydenko had a great backhand. (Tomas) Berdych has a great forehand. Then you have Ferrer that is a great competitor. He always gives you one ball back on the court. Now Nishikori has a fantastic backhand. Stepanek had very good volleys, a good feeling.” 

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