‘Drives You Crazy’: Diego Schwartzman Shares the Difficulty of Facing Novak Djokovic

Published 12/23/2021, 12:43 AM EST
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman after winning their group stage match Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


Novak Djokovic is currently the best player on the ATP circuit. In fact, he has been in that position for quite some time now. Moreover, the Serbian great ended 2021 as the World No. 1 for a record-breaking seventh time.

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Not only his fans but his peers and rivals on the tour have acknowledged his prowess at the game as well, who’s a menace with his constant movement and accuracy. World No. 13 Diego Schwartzman recently shared how it feels to play against Novak.

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Schwartzman praises the way Novak Djokovic moves on court

In an interview with Argentinian outlet Filo News, Diego Schwartzman opened up about several things. The former World No. 8 talked about his childhood and how he began playing tennis. Moreover, he described how it felt to become one of the top players.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during the final against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman Riccardo Antimiani/Pool via REUTERS

In fact, he even shared details about his relationship with the Big Three- Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal. Diego also discusses his plans after retirement in the future.

Speaking about the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Schwartzman was all praises. He first talked about Novak’s movement on the court. “Djokovic is something else, it’s like he’s controlled by a joystick,” Schwartzman said.

He described the difficulty in keeping up with the way Djokovic changes directions promptly. “It’s very difficult to be able to sustain what he’s doing, the changes of directions. There comes a time when you can’t keep up with him,” Diego shared.

“The way he changes directions- at that high level of tennis, the changes in direction are difficult to think about. The ball is coming at 100 kilometers per hour,” Diego added.

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“Maybe in sight it doesn’t attract people as much as Rafa or Federer so much. But it drives you crazy, with the joystick in hand,” he says, comparing the Serb to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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Djokovic and Schwartzman head-to-head

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman after the final |REUTERS

Djokovic and Schwartzman have met only six times on the ATP tour. In their career meetings, the Serbian has prevailed every single time. The duo have played half of their matches on clay, and the other half on hard courts.

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Their head-to-head record certainly indicates that the Argentinian star has faced difficulty constantly in beating Novak. Hopefully, he’ll finally be able to get the better of the Serb if they face each other in 2022.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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