“That Guy Is Great Everywhere”: 4-Time Grand Slam Champion in What Separates Novak Djokovic From Rafael Nadal

Published 11/03/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


In the men’s game, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been two of the most dominant players. Whenever these two athletes step on the court and compete against each other, fans are surely in for a treat. 

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Recently, former tennis great Jim Courier spoke on these two talents. The former American player felt that Rafael Nadal doesn’t like the courts which are indoor and the bounce is relatively less. On the other hand, he praised Novak Djokovic for being able to adapt to each and every surface. His records in recent years speak for themselves. 

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As tennis has shifted to Paris, the last ATP Masters 1000 event of the season, Jim Courier talked about Novak and Nadal and stated, “I think honestly the only thing that pops to my mind is if Rafael Nadal doesn’t like really playing on a lower bouncing indoor court. But Novak kind of separates a little there, that guy is great everywhere.”

Novak Djokovic got the better of Rafa in Paris 

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The Serb stamped on his supremacy over the Spaniard when he knocked him out of the French Open semifinal and went on to win the title. Rafa has lost just thrice on the clay and two of those defeats have been handed by Novak at Roland Garros. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Spain’s Rafael Nadal before their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Coming to the present season, Djokovic had one of the best seasons of his career by winning the first three Grand Slam events. Sadly, he was unable to lift the US Open after losing to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. 

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On the other hand, Nadal did not manage to win a Major this season and had to call an early end due to a foot injury. He hopes to be back stronger for the upcoming 2022 season. We wish him a speedy recovery. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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