Novak Djokovic Opens Up on Who Is Superior Between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on Neutral Surface

Published 09/03/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been the most dominant player in the last decade. The honors he has earned along with the records he has broken in the recent past highlight his mark on the game. In the current season itself, the Serb has won all the Grand Slam events that have taken place. 

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Recently, Novak Djokovic was asked about who is better between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on a neutral surface. However, he remembered the one match they played against each other on a half grass and half clay court. He was all praise for the person who came up with the idea. 

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)

The World No. 1 from Serbia spoke on this and stated, “I think actually one of the best images I’ve seen in tennis is them playing on half grass half clay tennis court. I thought that was fantastic whoever came up with the idea was genius and as a tennis fan, I enjoyed that very much. So whoever won that match, you have your answer.”

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Novak Djokovic differentiates between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal 

Novak did maintain that he and his arch rivals are very different from each other with regard to their game styles and what they specialize in. All of their journeys have been different but yet they are tied on 20 Grand Slam titles each. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 21: Rafael Nadal of Spain shows his emotions after his straight sets defeat by Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the men’s singles semi final match on day seven of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 34-year-old added, “It’s difficult to say who is better because the three of us are all so different, we have different styles, we have different trajectories or journeys to where we are at this moment. We all had tremendous success, some more on a particular surface and some on the other surface. We do complement each other and the rivalry between the big three is phenomenal for our sport.”

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At the moment, Djokovic is bidding to win his fourth Grand Slam title of the season. We wish him the very best for the upcoming matches and the rest of the season.

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Rohan Kollare

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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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