WATCH: Novak Djokovic Emulates Rafael Nadal’s Creative Drill to Enhance Reflexes

Published 11/21/2021, 10:55 AM EST
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


Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has been a true ambassador of the sport. Over the years, he has amazed fans by displaying some unreal stuff. 

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In the recent past, Nadal’s video surfaced on the internet where he was performing various acts on the treadmill. His moves were quite unique and not everyone’s cup of tea. 

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Now, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic tried to imitate some of the acts that Rafael Nadal performed in the video. Despite being unable to do it with the same perfection, Djokovic did put up a notable performance.

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Novak Djokovic being the Djoker 

Similarly, Djokovic was displaying various tricks on the treadmill. However, he did not have the same conviction as that of the 13-time French Open champion. 

Coming to tennis this season, Nadal competed in the Australian Open but lost in the quarterfinal. After that, he won titles in Barcelona and Rome. Sadly, the Spaniard was unable to repeat the same feat in Paris at the French Open as he lost to Djokovic in the semifinal.

Nadal did not feature in any event until the Citi Open in Washington. After losing out to Lloyd Harris in the third round, he flew back home in order to assess his foot injury as it was not letting him perform to the best of his abilities. 

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Sep 6, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits to Jenson Brooksby of the USA on day eight of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, Djokovic won the first three Grand Slam titles this season. However, he was not able to go the distance and lost in the final major of the season at the US Open, which stopped him from claiming the Calendar Slam this year.

The 34-year-old has had one of the most successful seasons of his life. After delivering successful performances in the first three Majors this year, he ended his hopes by losing the semi’s match against Zverev at the ATP Finals. We wish him all the best for the upcoming 2022 season. 

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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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