“Hardest to Read”: Gilles Simon Reveals the Mental Differences Between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Published 10/31/2020, 6:46 AM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


Serbian star Novak Djokovic and Swiss Maestro Roger Federer are 2 of the greatest players in tennis. However, while many talk about their immaculate work on the court, it’s equally important to address their superior mental strength. While they both excel at this aspect, French tennis professional, Gilles Simon, noticed some difference between them. He said,

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“When I started to work specifically on the mental aspect, I immediately understood who was working it and who not. Novak works, and he’s one of those who don’t hide it. It is obvious with him, just in his position before each point… we see him doing his thing with his eyes, there you see that he is doing a kind of hypnosis, he puts himself in a certain state.”

Roger Federer of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hold their trophies as they walk off Centre Court after the Men’s Singles Final during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on July 14, 2019 in London, England.

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The Former World No. 6 went on to highlight how Federer is different from Djokovic with regard to the mental aspect. He said,

“Federer we do not see, it is the one who is the hardest to read. Him, he gives you the impression that everything is rolling, all the time, that gives credence to the idea that it is innate for him, that he is not afraid of anything.

“He really gives the impression of validating that, namely: ‘I come, I have my intentions for the game, I have no emotions, I go there, I go there all the time even in the moments. important, and I won twenty Grand Slam titles like that.'”

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland during the Match in Africa between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Cape Town Stadium on February 07, 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Djokovic and Federer may have different approaches with regard to the mental aspect. However, it has worked for both of them as they have won many titles throughout their career. They are probably going to win more in the future, considering their mental strength is still head and shoulders above the younger generation.

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Rishi Karthikeyan

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