“He’s Very Successful Normally Everywhere”: Rafael Nadal Heaps Huge Praise on Novak Djokovic

Published 02/07/2021, 2:20 AM EST
2018 French Open Tennis Tournament – Rafael Nadal of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia while playing a tie break doubles exhibition match against Simone Halep of Romania and Alexander Zverev of Germany on Court Philippe Chatrier during a packed Children’s Day at Roland Garros before the start of the 2018 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 26th 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)


Thirteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal is the most successful player to ever grace the courts of Roland Garros. In his career, there have been a number of events, in which the Spaniard won numerous times. The Monte Carlo Masters (11 times), Barcelona Open (11 times), and the Rome Masters (9 times) are some of these events. 

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Not long ago, Rafa praised Novak Djokovic for being successful in every tournament he plays. The Serb is one of the great forces in the game and in recent years cemented his place amongst the greats. As the Australian Open begins on Monday, Novak will be looking to add to his tally as he is the most successful player at the Open in the modern era, winning it eight times. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand react after watching a video replay while on the sidelines during the Tie Break Tens ahead of the 2018 Australian Open at Margaret Court Arena on January 10, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal: “You’re Self Confidence Increases”

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Speaking about the Serbian ace, Rafa stated, “He’s very successful normally everywhere. Of course, for some reason, you find a tournament that is more favorable to you, have better feelings. When you start winning and winning together in one place you’re self-confidence is increasing and when you’re coming back there you feel always a good vibe.”

Once a player earns success at a particular event, it gives them the confidence and self-belief to reach similar heights in the next season too. Rafael Nadal’s thirteen titles at Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic’s eight titles at the Australian Open, and Roger Federer’s eight titles at Wimbledon are clear examples highlighting that aspect. 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Rafael Nadal of Spain after winning the match point during their final singles match daring day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

In previous seasons Australian Open, Novak Djokovic lifted his 17th Grand Slam title by winning the Open. Rafa lost to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinal. Later during the year, the Spaniard thrashed the Serb to lift his 20th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros.  

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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