Toni Nadal: “Djokovic didn’t always behave like a World no.1”

The Big 3 have written unforgettable pages of tennis history and their legacy is destined to last for a very long time. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are paired at 20 slams each, one more reason to follow the next year with the utmost attention.

The Serbian champion came close to the Grand Slam in 2021 and is the main suspect to end his career with the most Slams on his collection. The Swiss and the Spaniard, for their part, have been dealing with numerous physical problems in recent months.

Roger turned 40 year-old last August and underwent yet another knee operation, as well as being out of the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. Rafa’s situation is slightly better, who has played seven official tournaments this season collecting a couple of trophies.

The 35-year-old from Manacor has undergone a minor foot treatment in the past few weeks and hopes to be back in good shape for the Australian Open 2022. Host of the Tres Iguales podcast, Toni Nadal explains why Nole has often been subjected to hostile treatment by part of the fans of this sport.

Toni Nadal wand Nole Djokovic

Toni explained: “First of all, Novak Djokovic had the misfortune to rise to prominence when the tour was already focused on the duopoly between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. There was a very heated rivalry between them, thanks also to the different styles and opposing personalities.

All this had entered the hearts and minds of people. Secondly, the ego has betrayed Nole on more than one occasion. It cannot be denied that the Serbian has had some behaviors that are incompatible with his status as number 1 in the world.”

Finally, Toni analyzed how tennis has changed in recent years: “Now it has become a game of speed, there is hardly any strategy left. Speed ​​is the dominant factor in building points today, while in the early years of Rafa’s career it was different. Young people are less willing to think and focus more on hitting hard.”