Djokovic playing style

Toby14

Semi-Pro
Question to the expert panel here.

I had a discussion with a friend about Djokovic playing style, how would you define his style. Yes I read the Playing style pinned thread.

What other current top 100 ATP players would say come close to Djokovic style ?

Pouille, Goffin, ............

Cheers, Toby
 
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Toby14

Semi-Pro
He told me I played like Djokovic when he lost the match, I took that as a compliment (as I like Djokovic). I like to look at my self as an agressive baseliner (Djokovic, Pouille, Goffin style), but I guess somehow he called me a pusher :cool:
 

FiReFTW

Legend
He told me I played like Djokovic when he lost the match, I took that as a compliment (as I like Djokovic). I like to look at my self as an agressive baseliner (Djokovic, Pouille, Goffin style), but I guess somehow he called me a pusher :cool:
For someone who loses the other guy is always a pusher if he hits consistent baseline shots and makes alot of balls haha.
 

Dragy

Hall of Fame
He can attack like an aggressive baseliner and defend like a pusher. That's why he's an all-time great.
He not only can, he fluidly switches to crushing shorter weaker balls, then naturally gets to every ball to put it back into play solidly, then surprisingly counter-attacks when an opportunity presents itself.
 

Wise one

Hall of Fame
Question to the expert panel here.

I had a discussion with a friend about Djokovic playing style, how would you define his style. Yes I read the Playing style pinned thread.

What other current top 100 ATP players would say come close to Djokovic style ?

Pouille, Goffin, ............

Cheers, Toby
COWARD.
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Counterpuncher with superb depth and power at hand - and an extreme ability to turn defence to offence.

Djokovic wins most of his points through the opponents' errors by far. With Becker he really perfected his lock down mode, which, combined with improved serve (2nd serve in particular), became a lethal combo of defence and aggression.

Novak's playing style is very effective on all levels. Fewer errors = more wins.

Novak only struggles when he plays those who gives him no power to feed from; RBA, Simon, Kyrgios, Monfils (in pushing mode) - and very aggressive players like Federer, Nadal, Wawrinka at their best and some others when redlining their game.

His consistency is special, truly a result of incredible work and focus - and a killer instinct that is otherworldly.

I will never brag this much about Djokovic again, ever. Yikes!
 

rkelley

Hall of Fame
Hits hard on both sides, not crazy hard, but every ball has a lot on it. He's not giving his opponent much to work with on his basic rally ball.

Incredible court coverage.

The quality of his ball hardly changes when he's hitting from extremely defensive positions, so it's really hard to get a weak ball. If he can touch it he can rip it. This is one of the really special things about his game.

Super consistent, but remember he's giving every ball a good ride so it's an aggressive consistency.

He can change direction well on both sides.

Good serve.
 

Wise one

Hall of Fame
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ptuanminh

Hall of Fame

See Sampras serve and volley! That's how you play tennis! Baseliners are cowards!
People are born with different natural abilities. Sampras was born to do serve and volley. Djokovic does not have those skills so he has his own way to win. Can't judge a fish by its capability to climb trees.
 

Enga

Hall of Fame
I would call him a counterpuncher as well. I think his most useful ability is his flexibility. He uses it to redirect the ball. He is so flexible that no matter how you try you can't jam him, he will put the ball where he wants it. Maybe not with a lot of power, he will even just block it or brush up against the back of the ball, but it's hard to deal with anyway. Which means you can't really overpower him from the baseline because he's just so fast and flexible. The only way is to do the same with consistent depth and moving him back and forth, which very few can do, like Wawrinka at his best.
 
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user92626

Legend
great defense, great mental strength, good offense, best backhand in history. How is that coward or pushing?????
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OP, take your friend's comment as a compliment to you. Serious, any great players have to be able to play defense ALOT, aside from great offense. You have to be a more complete package. Djokovic is it.

If your friend didn't meant it as a compliment, take it as loser's talk. Losers always complain and excuse on something.
 
He is good at both defense and offense. He doesn't have a huge kill shot but can hit solid angles and hit a winner after 2-3 strong shots when he moves you out of the court. Not a one punch KO but if he hits you with a couple strong shots you go down.

Also can turn defense around if you don't stay on the gas.
 

FCarmo

New User
Always thought that when I see his marches...is difficult. I think that depends who is his opponent. He focuses on the weakness of his rivals.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
Question to the expert panel here.

I had a discussion with a friend about Djokovic playing style, how would you define his style. Yes I read the Playing style pinned thread.

What other current top 100 ATP players would say come close to Djokovic style ?

Pouille, Goffin, ............

Cheers, Toby
Djoker is one of the most dry and boring players of all time
He is the worst to watch
He is like the mayweather of tennis .
I had tickets to see him last times in IW and Cincy and I watched doubles instead
 

Wise one

Hall of Fame
People are born with different natural abilities. Sampras was born to do serve and volley. Djokovic does not have those skills so he has his own way to win. Can't judge a fish by its capability to climb trees.
Duh....Sampras was originally a baseliner....
 

ptuanminh

Hall of Fame
"At 14, Fischer changed Sampras' backhand from two-handed to one-handed. He also switched him from a safe defensive baseliner to a classic risky serve-and-volleyer. "I played just like (Michael) Chang, grinding from the baseline," Sampras said. "When I started serving and volleying, I became much more laid back."
I said at 14 years old earlier, duh.
 

Toby14

Semi-Pro
Djoker is one of the most dry and boring players of all time
He is the worst to watch
He is like the mayweather of tennis .
I had tickets to see him last times in IW and Cincy and I watched doubles instead
Well I enjoy Mayweather boxing style, like a game of chess and it is a good comparison to Djokovic who is also kind of jabbing to find an opening to punch.

I also enjoy watching Mayweather skipping:

 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
He likes to go down the line first in exchanges. This is very unique. He doesn't take a lot of chances these days(unless down break points o_O) though way back in his Wilson Blade days he played a more exciting brand of tennis.
 

user92626

Legend
Tennis actions are all redundant and OCD-eccentric. It's mostly moot to watch tennis for the actions. So, don't argue over what kind of actions you prefer.

People watch tennis and sports for the drama, the hype, the pride, ego and betting, greed.

Some first round matches or local tournaments could have beautiful actions but they are still boring to watch. Potentially crappy international, world cup matches or prestigious final matches are 1000x better.

Djokovic is the ultimate appeal when he wins.
 

mbm0912

Hall of Fame
Djoker is one of the most dry and boring players of all time
He is the worst to watch
He is like the mayweather of tennis .
I had tickets to see him last times in IW and Cincy and I watched doubles instead
I don't believe that.
 
when you reach top100, it is no more quetion of technique or playstyle, but pure psychological fitness. nole is one with his body and mind, thats why he wins more often than others..
 
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