Jimmy Arias said Stan Wawrinka was the only player capable of overpowering Novak Djokovic from the baseline. He also talked about Roger Federer’s backhand. Wawrinka lost 20 of 26 head-to-head matches with Nole, but beat him in two Grand Slam finals, the Roland Garros 2015 and the US Open 2016.
Jimmy Arias explained: “When he was at his best, Stan Wawrinka was very difficult to counter. He was able to hit the forehand and backhand at the same speed. This trait allowed him to win three Grand Slams in the Big 3 era. When he entered ‘in the zone’, he was the only player capable of overpowering Novak Djokovic from the baseline. There was nothing Nole could do to stem Stan’s power.”
Jimmy continued his analysis of the best one-handed backshells: “It’s impossible not to mention Dominic Thiem and Richard Gasquet. Stan and Dominic always replied from a long way off, while Richard stood slightly ahead. The best backhand response was that of Roger Federer, who was close to the pitch and could respond both in the top and in the back.”
What’s now for Nocak Djokovic’s US hard-court season?
Novak Djokovic broke the hegemony of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, taking several records from his eternal rivals. The Serbian champion came close to the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ in 2021, but his dream was shattered one step away from the finish line.
Nole surrendered to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final, unable to handle the enormous pressure on his shoulders. 2022 did not start as well for the ‘Djoker’, who paid a heavy price for his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus.
In addition to not being able to defend the title at the Australian Open, the 35-year-old from Belgrade also suffered serious damage to his image. Novak did not go beyond the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, before redeeming himself on the grass of Wimbledon.
Goran Ivanisevic’s protege has posted his 21st Grand Slam, shortening the gap that separates him from Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking.