Novak Djokovic, the current No. 1 in the world, beat Rafael Nadal in the 2011 Madrid Masters final, and he vividly remembers that match. Djokovic, then 34 years old, played superbly to win the 2011 Madrid Masters title by defeating Nadal, the crowd favorite and home court advantage. The match ended 7-5, 6-4.
“That victory over Nadal here is one of my fondest sports memories. My first victory over him came on his preferred playing field. The Mutua Madrid Open that I won in 2011 was incredibly meaningful to me “According to Sportskeeda, Djokovic made these comments to the magazine Marca.
Six more victories over Nadal on clay have come courtesy of Djokovic since then. The 13-time French Open champion Nadal has lost to Djokovic twice in Roland Garros. Djokovic received a first round bye and played Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Tuesday to start his tournament campaign in Monte Carlo.
Despite winning the first set 6-3, Djokovic lost the next two sets 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-1, to Davidovich Fokina, proving that the Serb was clearly not at his best in just his second tournament of the season. “Even when I felt like the odds were stacked against me during the match, I never stopped believing that I could come back and win.
In terms of game performance, I was nowhere near my physical best “After his defeat, Djokovic made the following statement. As a result, “of course, in those kinds of conditions and circumstances, you have to work twice as hard as normal.”
An Analysis of Djokovic by McEnroe
McEnroe said of Djokovic, “He hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves, he is a class act.” in an interview with Tennis365.
I disagree with his decision to avoid vaccination, but I can respect it. One of the healthiest men on the planet, he meticulously monitors his diet. To have things go downhill as fast as they have for him is tragic.
Complete failure on every level. I mean, seriously, the way he was deported from Australia… That whole thing was horrifying, and it only makes me admire him more that he managed to pull through it. He has to be the most mentally tough player I’ve ever seen on a tennis court.
(Rafael) Nadal is the greatest effort player, but Djokovic mentally in unbelievable. The challenges he has overcome to achieve such remarkable success. McEnroe also suggested it would be “ridiculous” if Djokovic was denied the chance to play at the US Open next month due to his vaccination status.
“We have to sort this out,” he declared. Djokovic must compete at the US Open. We need this incredible champion there, so can someone figure out how to make that happen?