In an interview with ATP, the Serbian tennis player made it clear again that the Spaniard has been, is and will always be his biggest rival as long as they are both active.
In two weeks, a new edition of the second one Grand Slam year, Roland Garrosscene from the last confrontation so far in between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadalthe two most successful men in world tennis by Grand Slam titles (22 each) refers to.
As the man from Manacor recovers from a hamstring injury in his left leg that has kept him out since January, the Serb is back in contention. ATP Rome 2023tournament, which he returns to after a short hiatus to address discomfort in his right elbow.
Djokovic chose Nadal as his big rival
During his stay in the Italian capital, Djokovic gave an interview to Italy’s official website ATPwhere he appreciated his rivalry with Nadal, one of the greatest of all time courtesy of Nadal with the Swiss. Roger Federer. Balkan stated that the Spaniard will always be his biggest rival on the court until the day they both retire. However, Djokovic also praised the players, such as Alcaraz or Medvedevagainst whom he has already had some good battles on the court, but it will never be the same as what he has had, and hopefully he will continue to do so against Nadal.
«I can’t think of others that Nadal is my biggest rival. As long as Nadal and I play, he will always be my biggest rival. Outside of ranking or track events, just because of the history of our competition and all that. Obviously, I have a lot of respect for Alcaraz, who has just arrived on the circuit in the last two years. Other players too, like Medvedev, with whom I have had some great clashes, but Nadal and I have known each other for a long time.so he is ahead«acknowledged the current world No. 1, who made his debut with a win in Rome by defeating Argentina’s Tomás Etcheverry in the second round.