Diego Schwartzman: Novak Djokovic is something else, like he’s controlled by joystick

World No. 13 Diego Schwartzman says Novak Djokovic’s ability to change direction at such a fast pace is one of his great strenghts. 

Schwartzman, a former world No. 8, hasn’t had much success against Djokovic so far in his career. 

Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, owns a 6-0 head-to-head record against Schwartzman. 

Schwartzman was closest to beating Djokovic at the 2017 French Open, when he was up by two sets to one during their third round match.

Schwartzman and Djokovic clashed three times last year but didn’t face each other this year. 

“Djokovic is something else, it’s like he’s controlled by a joystick. It’s very difficult to be able to sustain what he’s doing, the changes of directions. There comes a time when you can’t keep up with him,”Schwartzman told Fila News, as revealed on Sportskeeda..

“The way he changes directions, at that high level of tennis, the changes in direction are difficult to think about. The ball is coming at 100 kilometers per hour.”

Schwartzman inaugurates a 53-court complex in Buenos Aires 

The centre court at the complex in Buenos Aires has been named “Diego Peque Schwartzman.”

“I am very happy to start playing tennis here. I am very grateful to be here for the appointment of the Central Court. It is very special, I try to enjoy the moment. It’s a beautiful club, a beautiful country. It’s very special to me,” Schwartzman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Also, Schwartzman recalled his tennis beginnings in Tigre, Buenos Aires. 

“This place was very different when I came to mess with my friends. Some days we kids just played in front of the wall, there weren’t enough fields, so the big boys didn’t let our kids play, so I practiced against the wall. Years later, some of them still didn’t want me to play … But it was because I started hitting them,” added Schwartzman.

Schwartzman was happy with his 2021 season as he won one title and finished ranked inside the top-15.