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Australian Open – Toni Nadal praises Djokovic: “He’s the most complete player”

It is a kind of flattery that leaves no one indifferent. Especially when it comes from the uncle and historic coach of your biggest rival. Following Novak Djokovic’s tenth victory for Australia, and his 22nd major (tiing Rafael Nadal’s record), Tony Nadal gave his views on the Serb in a column titled “Djokovic is a marvel in progress,” El Pais reported on Monday. And as the title of the article clearly indicates, he was particularly complimentary.

He is the most complete player in the ring, and he has shown once again what a great champion he is.“, emphasized Tony Nadal in particular. A clear statement and great elegance when we know that his nephew is still in a struggle with Djokovic to retain the largest number of figures by the end of their careers. But this is what impressed the current coach Felix Auger-Aliassime the most is the personality of the Serb and his ability to control on events despite the enormous pressure associated with the challenge.

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Exceptional stress management

He is efficient and combative, able to remain incredibly calm in times of high stress. He has the will for continuous improvementAnd with good reason, one of the big differences between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open final was the key points management. Such was the case during the set point that the Greek got on the Serb at 5-4 in the second set and again Another shortly after that in a tie-break.

While both players were very nervous, Djokovic managed to seal the match from four points all around, showing that he was strong enough not to make mistakes and let Tsitsipas make some. But a lot was also decided upon at the start of the match in which Noll chokeslammed his opponent with a beat. And from this point of view, according to Tony Nadal, the Greek made a tactical mistake.

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Tsitsipas made a mistake in his initial plan of play, as he looked for mano a mano with Novak with very aggressive shots and changes of direction. I feel it’s impossible to beat Novak this way unless you’re Roger FedererAlso from this note, he determined the strategy to be followed against the Serb with his nephew Rafael Nadal during the final of the US Open … 2013, which Mallorcan won.

If you open the court with angles and if you play faster and move more, Djokovic’s response is harsher. This is why we decided to play the hubHe continues to reveal. The fact remains that whatever the tactic adopted, Djokovic offers few solutions to his opponents, as the flaws in his basic game are minimal, even non-existent. In Melbourne, he proved it again, almost unplayable.

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