“Make Him Tired”: Roberto Bautista Agut Reveals the Strategy to Defeat Novak Djokovic

Published 07/06/2021, 7:35 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs


World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently entered the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. Facing Cristian Garin in the pre-quarters, Djokovic crushed his opponents in straight sets and never looked uncomfortable during the match. Interestingly, he gave away just eight games in the entire match. The final scoreline of the match was 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.

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In a recent interview, Roberto Bautista Agut shared his experience of playing against Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard has beaten Djoker on three occasions and revealed what it takes to defeat the World No.1 player.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021. Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in action during his fourth-round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

‘I think when you have to play him, you have to be patient, said Agut in the interview.

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Bautista Agut clearly reflected that in order to beat Nole, one must be patient. The World No.10 player also played quite well at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 but suffered a humiliating defeat against Denis Shapovalov in the pre-quarters of the Grand Slam.

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“Have to play long rallies to make him tired”- Roberto Bautista Agut on how to defeat Novak Djokovic consistently

According to Bautista Agut, one needs to play long rallies so that he could make Djokovic tired. Once he is tired, it becomes easy to take points away from him. Agut highlighted that this technique was very effective when he managed to battle past Djoker on the court.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his first-round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs

“You have to play long rallies to make him tired. That’s what I did when I play him,” added the Spaniard.

Novak Djokovic will next play against Marton Fucsovics in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships 2021. He is enjoying some great form at the moment and winning even a single set will mean a lot for Fucsovics at this moment. However, he can surely listen to Agut’s advice and play accordingly against Djokovic. Will the Serbian legend be able to lift his 20th Grand Slam title in London this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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