Former world number 25 Vasek Pospisil says that Novak Djokovic is for him the most difficult big to face. Pospisil, 32, has faced Djokovic six times. In those six meetings, Djokovic had six straight-set wins. The fact that Pospisil has never won a set against Djokovic shows how difficult the Serb is for the Canadian.
«The most difficult for me is definitely Novak, also if you take into account the style of play and the pairing with him as the best returner of all time and the serve as one of my strengths, you know it’s a big challenge.
It’s the hardest type to implement my style of play. It’s amazing that he neutralizes big shots and big changes and lengthens points. For me, every time I played against Novak, he is definitely the most difficult opponent for me among them.
Even the few times I played Roger, I came within two points of beating him in Basel one year and broke in the third. Obviously he has tremendous talent, but he could do something. With Novak, he doesn’t give you anything, so it’s pretty tough,» Pospisil said on the Match Point Canada podcast, according to Sportskeeda.
Two weeks ago, Pospisil and Djokovic met for the first time since 2017. In their first meeting in five years, Djokovic defeated Pospisil 7-6(5), 6-4. Going into the match, Pospisil tried to bring himself to believe that he could beat Djokovic.
«I had to turn all of that into going out and believing I could win, and I did, which is not always the case.»
Pospisil on Nole Djokovic
Former Wimbledon doubles champion Vasek Pospisil has revealed that it is always difficult for him to play Novak Djokovic as they are good friends.
«The last few weeks, especially in Tel Aviv, I was playing at a really high level,» he said. «I played a great match against Novak where I thought he was quite competitive and it’s always tough as he’s a really good friend of mine so I had to fight against the fact that he’s a good friend and one of the feared players in the game. history of our sport.
I had to turn all of that into going out and believing I could win, which I managed to do, which is not always the case. I think it’s also a testament to the fact that I’ve been playing better and working hard and I wanted to win that match,» Pospisil said.
«I think tennis showed that and he’s very nice and he said some really nice things to me after the match and he also gave me a lot of confidence,» he added.