World number 38 Alexandr Dolgopolov has explained the differences between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic from his experiences while playing against the trio.
Although, he has just 2 wins from combined 19 games against the trio,he was right on point to describe the different techniques of these tennis legends.
ROGER FEDERER’s pace in competitive matches takes opponents by surprise, according to Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Dolgopolov says he beats Federer time and again in practice matches but can’t get anywhere near him in competitive showdowns.
And he says he simply can’t accept his game and that he’s the toughest opponent to come up against.
“(Federer) plays very fast,” the Ukrainian told Telegraf.com.
“This is not visible on the cameras, everything looks very smooth and flat on TV, but in reality, everything happens much faster on the court.
“Because of how naturally his technique and movement are built, it seems that he does everything somehow easily and at ease.
“But on the court, this happens very quickly, you just do not have time for it, it takes time from you.
“I cannot understand how to accept his game, so playing against him is the hardest.
“I cannot understand how to accept his game, so playing against him is the hardest. If we have a game in training, I take sets from him, then I have zero chances at matches. I cannot accept him at all.”
Dolgopolov lost to the world number one twice this year in Brisbane and the US Open & stated that Nadal’s left-handedness plays a huge role in his victories.
“Rafael Nadal’s strengths are a frenzied spin and the fact that he is left-handed,” Dolgopolov told“Due to this rotation, he does not need to do anything else in half of the matches.
“He rotates to the left of the opponent and most players simply cannot cope, who do not have a very good left. Nadal won many matches due to one tactic – to play left with one hand.
“On the grass with it [is] easier to play, its rotation does not have such an effect as on the ground or on the hard [court]. On hard, when I celebrated the victory, I was just very confident, I was in shape, before that I had a great two tournaments and that’s how it was.”
Dolgopolov then went on to speak about Djokovic, who has beaten him in all five of their meetings, with the last occasion coming in the 2015 Cincinnati Open.
“Novak Djokovic is stable. He is not error-prone,” Dolgopolov said. “Playing plus or minus one rhythm, it changes a little. Very well translates on the line, the majority of players play the game through a diagonal with some kind of translation, and Djokovic more often hits the line.
“It’s hard, mostly tennis players are used to the fact that you’re making a blow and slightly shifting in the side, because, as a rule, the game goes cross-country. On the line, the blow is usually transferred if they want to score the ball or win a point.
“But Novak, on the contrary, plays with lines. It’s unusual, other trajectories are obtained. But basically, of course, this is stability and protection.”