2021 is already a historic year for Novak Djokovic. The world number 1 won his ninth title at the Australian Open just a few weeks ago, a triumph that allowed him to pocket his 18th Major and narrow the gap that separates him from eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Earlier this week, the 33-year-old Serbian also broke Federer’s record for the most weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. The Belgrade phenomenon, who is expected to return to the field in Miami later this month, has repeatedly reiterated his desire to overcome Roger and Rafa’s Grand Slams. To succeed in such a feat, Nole will have to compete competitively at Roland Garros in just over two months. Djokovic, who only won once in Paris in 2016, reached the final last year, where he was swept away by land king Nadal in three quick sets. In a recent interview, former Spanish tennis star Alex Corretja praised Novak’s extraordinary thoroughness.
Corretja on Novak Djokovic
“I want to mention that in my opinion, he is the most difficult player to play because he has no weaknesses,” Alex Corretja said. “It’s so hard because he serves well, he returns well, his backhand is amazing, his forehand is awesome.” Alex Corretja also highlighted the multiple options that Novak Djokovic has at any given point of time. Djokovic can defend from the back of the court and also hit his groundstrokes with precision for clean winners, which the Spaniard believes is what sets him apart from the rest of the players. “He moves very well, defends well, and has offense with a lot of options,” Corretja said. The 2011 tennis season marked the end of the duopoly of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as Novak Djokovic made critical improvements to his game. And according to Alex Corretja, Djokovic’s style of play is so sound that the rest of the tour would do well to imitate whatever he does. “It is best if everyone has a similar style of play,” Corretja said. “This is by far the best. This is why he dominates. It is difficult for his rivals to hurt him tactically.” In a recent interview, Novak Djokovic admitted that Rafael Nadal will pose a big threat to him at the French Open 2021. He highlighted that one needed to be at the top of their game in order to beat Rafa at the Roland Garros. “[The French Open] still has a big problem called Rafael Nadal! But we’ll try. If you have any advice [on how to beat him], don’t hesitate! You must be on top physically and mentally,” said Djokovic in the interview.