'Honestly I don't miss Nadal being in the draw...I don't like seeing him in the draw of RG to be honest'

octobrina10

Talk Tennis Guru
Huh? What false stories?

"The AO is much more important than any player. If he's playing, finally, OK. If he's not playing, the AO will be a great AO, with or without him. That's my point of view."

Nadal said that about Djokovic in January 2022.
Word after word as I quoted above.
There's a video evidence.

See video in this article:
I wonder why Djoko fanatics don't notice that Rafa was polite & respectful of Djoko's past achievements. (I borrowed @LaVie en Rose's phrase she used to describe Djoko's press conference in OP).
 

Serve&Bash

Semi-Pro
I wonder if the tennis "journalists" in the US and UK will use this quote to vilify Djokovic. They usually don't worry about context at all when it comes to Djokovic. If they do it would be funny since Nadal has expressed this exact same sentiment about Djokovic multiple times in his career dating back to like a decade ago. I remember a reporter once asked him if he was happy that a guy like Djokovic existed to motivate him to which Nadal responded 'No, I'm not stupid'. :-D
 

Federev

Legend
Djokovic: "Honestly I don't miss [Nadal] being in the draw, you know?" (OP)

I wonder what's polite in Djoko's reply above. :unsure:

How was it not a compliment to Rafa?? He essentially said “Rafa is too good for me here. I’d rather not have to face someone so good.”

Did you not get that from what he said?

That’s clear from the context.

What bigger compliment could he make?

What did you think he meant if not that?
 

RaulRamirez

Legend
I mean technically - He still can get the consecutive weeks at number one, right?

He could also get 5 at the USO. Maybe 6?
True. I didn't mean to imply that he has all the records...far from it...but that in the overall sense, he has the best resume.

And of course, each of them has records that the others won't tie or eclipse.
 

Beulah Jesus

Hall of Fame
I've had not so much success against him in our H2H in Roland-Garros - I've managed to beat him twice, but I had to leave my heart and my guts out on the court to achieve that' I know how hard it is to play him anywhere around the world, but especially here8-B
Djokovic is just being honest. His path to 23 is easier with Rafa’s absence. Beating the big 3 at best-of-five games is a tough ask and I am not sure any of the remaining guys can hang with him when it's all said and done.

Not a fan of his but I will be surprised if Nole is not holding the trophy 2 Sundays from now (barring any injuries).
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Djokovic: 'Honestly I don't miss [Nadal] being in the draw, you know? [laughs]. I've had not so much success against him in our H2H in Roland-Garros - I've managed to beat him twice, but I had to leave my heart and my guts out on the court to achieve that'

Djokovic, those two wins were not due to you leaving your heart and guts on the court because even doing that doesn't help. Rafa was simply not playing his best tennis in 2015 because of mental stress and in 2021, everyone knows he had problems with his foot.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Huh? What false stories?

"The AO is much more important than any player. If he's playing, finally, OK. If he's not playing, the AO will be a great AO, with or without him. That's my point of view."

Nadal said that about Djokovic in January 2022.
Word after word as I quoted above.
There's a video evidence.

See video in this article:
Rafa is right that no player is more important than the AO but everyone knows that Rafa is more important than RG. Even the FTF have acknowledged that.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Yes. Because I don't believe in absolute numbers. There is difficulty of draw as well. And Novak had much more difficult draws than fed overall.

Plus 23 is something to equalize Nadal ? Nadal has 10 things lacking in his resume that makes him lesser than Nole.

Actual competition is between Fed and Nole.
Press X to doubt.
 

joekapa

Legend
Djokovic: 'Honestly I don't miss [Nadal] being in the draw, you know? [laughs]. I've had not so much success against him in our H2H in Roland-Garros - I've managed to beat him twice, but I had to leave my heart and my guts out on the court to achieve that'

Djokovic, those two wins were not due to you leaving your heart and guts on the court because even doing that doesn't help. Rafa was simply not playing his best tennis in 2015 because of mental stress and in 2021, everyone knows he had problems with his foot.
Get over it sister.
 

uscwang

Hall of Fame
Well, let's answer these questions.

Does Novak have 104 career titles to surpass Fed?
Does he have 6 USO's to surpass Fed?
Does he have 7 YEC's to surpass Fed?
Has he won three of the four slams 5+ times?
Has he won two slams five times in a row?


Novak does not hold all the tennis records.
Fed still has some good records and stats, USO and WB being the most important ones. But that list of Federer > Djokovic is getting shorter each year.
The opposite list is, however, getting longer. The most important ones are, 7 YE #1, most weeks at #1, NCYGS, 2CGS, most hard court major titles, highest ranking points ever, winning all masters and WTF twice or more.
 

nolefam_2024

G.O.A.T.
Fed still has some good records and stats, USO and WB being the most important ones. But that list of Federer > Djokovic is getting shorter each year.
The opposite list is, however, getting longer. The most important ones are, 7 YE #1, most weeks at #1, NCYGS, 2CGS, most hard court major titles, highest ranking points ever, winning all masters and WTF twice or more.
4 stints of 3 slams in a row vs 2
 

weakera

Talk Tennis Guru
Djokovic: 'Honestly I don't miss [Nadal] being in the draw, you know? [laughs]. I've had not so much success against him in our H2H in Roland-Garros - I've managed to beat him twice, but I had to leave my heart and my guts out on the court to achieve that'

Djokovic, those two wins were not due to you leaving your heart and guts on the court because even doing that doesn't help. Rafa was simply not playing his best tennis in 2015 because of mental stress and in 2021, everyone knows he had problems with his foot.

The honest version would be,
I've managed to beat him twice, I took advantage of the opportunities presented when he was injured
 

TMF

Talk Tennis Guru
Well, let's answer these questions.

Does Novak have 104 career titles to surpass Fed?
Does he have 6 USO's to surpass Fed?
Does he have 7 YEC's to surpass Fed?
Has he won three of the four slams 5+ times?
Has he won two slams five times in a row?


Novak does not hold all the tennis records.
According to Ultimate Tennis Stats, Federer holds the most ATP records with 325. Djokovic has 199
 

TheNachoMan

Legend
Djokovic: 'Honestly I don't miss [Nadal] being in the draw, you know? [laughs]. I've had not so much success against him in our H2H in Roland-Garros - I've managed to beat him twice, but I had to leave my heart and my guts out on the court to achieve that'

Djokovic, those two wins were not due to you leaving your heart and guts on the court because even doing that doesn't help. Rafa was simply not playing his best tennis in 2015 because of mental stress and in 2021, everyone knows he had problems with his foot.
“mental stress” that’s a new one.
 
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