Andy Roddick: “Novak Djokovic’s body is more reliable of Rafael Nadal’s one”

Andy Roddick commented on Novak Djokovic’s victory in the ATP Finals, focusing on the amazong body who the Serb still has at 35 year-old.

Roddick explained: “Novak Djokovic’s discipline will never cease to amaze me. His body does not look like the typical body of a player who is at the end of the race. Look at his elasticity, he has lost nothing with advancing age. In some ways, he has even improved compared to 7-8 years ago.”

A parallel with Rafael Nadal could not be missing: “You will not find a fan of Rafa bigger than me, but he is a very different player compared to five years ago. Physical problems forced him to change his game. He has to take more risks and shorten trades, which increases the number of ups and downs.

He is not able to play with the usual punch without paying the bill from a physical point of view. Unlike Nadal, Djokovic is still able to rely on his body regardless of the type of strategy.”

The two great rivals will meet in Melbourne next January.

Djokovic won the ATP Finals

Djokovic finished his season with a flourish, triumphing for the sixth time at the ATP Finals and equaling Roger Federer’s record. The Serbian phenomenon has thus become the oldest player to win the Masters tournament and he reiterated that he is still the man to beat.

Despite a 2022 heavily conditioned by his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus, Nole still managed to make it an extraordinary year. The former world number 1 has in fact won Wimbledon, the International BNL of Italy, the ATP 250 of Tel Aviv, the ATP 500 of Astana and the ATP Finals of Turin.

By triumphing at Wimbledon in the summer, the ‘Djoker’ matched his idol Pete Sampras with seven wins in London and moved within just one distance of Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slams. The 35-year-old from Belgrade will try to join the Australian Open 2023 already, in what is his favorite tournament ever