Nadal: “It’s strange that someone like Djokovic with so much success reacts this way from time to time”

Frenchy-Player

Professional
During his interview with the EFE press agency following the Olympic tennis tournament, Rafael Nadal did not completely spare Novak Djokovic, judging that his behavior had not been exemplary even if he stressed that his apologies were a nice reaction.


What finally surprises Rafa, always very calm, is the fact that despite this tension, Nole still manages to perform very often: “It’s strange that someone, having so much success, reacts this way from time to time, but in the end he is very competitive” pointed out Rafael Nadal.
 

Backspin1183

G.O.A.T.
So, that's how he's trying to justify it? That he's very competitive and can react like that? Lost a ton of respect for Nadal there.

Rafael Nadal. You are cancelled!
 

daggerman

Hall of Fame
It's really not strange, though. He occasionally gets angry on court and deals with his anger in unsavory ways. Others are better at dealing with their frustration than he is. What's strange about that?

In the moment, he couldn't care less about his past success. He's trying to win a competition.
 

The Fedfather

Hall of Fame
Could it be partly a physical problem, something to do with hormones? Sure, Djokovic is an emotional guy but being ready to blow a fuse at any moment is indeed strange for a healthy adult.
 

Rapenj

New User
Well Nadal, some players react with annoyance and smash raquets when they are playing bad. Others make injury excuses to a poor performance or loss but that's only after using every gamesmanship tactic in the book first.
You know that ain't true. Just tell me one time when he made that kind of excuse, I mean, a truthful one. Anyway, smashing rackets or throwing them off are defenitely not an sportmanship example, and thus, normally players are given a warning due to that reason. This time that didn't ocurr.
 

RF-18

Talk Tennis Guru
I think he could have been a bit more diplomatic. For example, what is strange about an athlete getting angry? What are these comments about being strange.

If Djokovic takes it the wrong way, Nadals chances at USO just decreased.
 

The Fedfather

Hall of Fame
I think he could have been a bit more diplomatic. For example, what is strange about an athlete getting angry? What are these comments about being strange.

If Djokovic takes it the wrong way, Nadals chances at USO just decreased.
How many athletes get angry so often though? Novak's outbursts are becoming regular at this point.
 

Picmun

Hall of Fame
Could it be partly a physical problem, something to do with hormones? Sure, Djokovic is an emotional guy but being ready to blow a fuse at any moment is indeed strange for a healthy adult.
LOL ! The guy has his problems lets face it !
On the other hand - I'd like some of those problems ! LOL !
 
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canta_Brian

Professional
Some people have a problem with authority figures.

Some don’t mind so much when the mods delete your post!
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
Well Nadal, some players react with annoyance and smash raquets (Federer, Djokovic) when they are playing bad. Others make injury excuses (Djokovic) to a poor performance or loss but that's only after using every gamesmanship tactic in the book first (Federer, Djokovic).
David Zita from Fox Sports
February 15th, 2021 5:05 pm

Love him or hate him, there can be no denying Novak Djokovic is one of the greatest tennis players of all time - equally, there can be no disputing he has had his fair share of controversies over a glittering career.
The latest centres around his apparent stomach injury sustained during a five-set win against American Taylor Fritz, with several tennis figures questioning the severity of the ailment.



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He did that on purpose. It’s called gamesmanship. He was trying to mess with the head of his opponent, Marin Cilic.
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Frenchy-Player

Professional
Could it be partly a physical problem, something to do with hormones? Sure, Djokovic is an emotional guy but being ready to blow a fuse at any moment is indeed strange for a healthy adult.
For me Nadal play his best tennis when he’s in his bubble 100% concentration, Novak have just a completely different personality, sometimes it needs to explode, that’s why Nadal doesn’t understand, they are too different.

Nadal can get angry but basically when he feel an injustice/ mistake for the unmpire.

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uscwang

Hall of Fame
During his interview with the EFE press agency following the Olympic tennis tournament, Rafael Nadal did not completely spare Novak Djokovic, judging that his behavior had not been exemplary even if he stressed that his apologies were a nice reaction.


What finally surprises Rafa, always very calm, is the fact that despite this tension, Nole still manages to perform very often: “It’s strange that someone, having so much success, reacts this way from time to time, but in the end he is very competitive” pointed out Rafael Nadal.
I'm totally with Nadal on this one.
 

Bubcay

Professional
How many athletes get angry so often though? Novak's outbursts are becoming regular at this point.
The thing is that Djokovic is currently under way more pressure than an average ATP tennis player. The expectation that he is under (partially blaming him for self-imposing this) is unlike many have been before. Golden Slam. CYGS. He is wanting to write the history here but his body does not react the way he would want it to and he is not at his peak game. I really think he is one of the best, if not the best tennis player ever, but this pressure and his reactions to it are not good for anyone, especially him. He needs to step back for a few weeks and really evaluate his situation. He needs to watch his reactions on-court multiple times and let that soak in. Those reactions are sometimes so extreme, following a situation that does not necessarily warrant such behaviour. Most of all, as a role model for many thousands of young fans, he needs to stop this ASAP. I hope that whatever happens with the CYGS, he starts 2022 in a different headspace.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Djoker survived the criminal NATO bombings as a child by hiding in an underground bunker. Still likely suffering PTSD. We do not need to make a big deal about someone smashing a racquet which harmed no one.

Coach Patrick Moratoglou has said that tennis needs to change two rules following the unfortunate Serena US Open racquet smashing incident:

(1) Allow players to vent their frustration by smashing their racquet.
(2) Allow coaching.
 
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ND-13

Hall of Fame
Nadal is not wrong

If Djokovic wants to appeal to a broader fan base, then he has to change how he handles himself in difficult moments

It is one important reason he does not have the fan base of Fedal, the others being coming late to the party and also not coming from the western part .
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Novak stopped time-wasting before serving, whereas Nadal chose to continue his gamesmanship. So at least one of them was capable of reform!
Rafa has a ritual he needs to go through on every point.
Stop being insensitive to OCD mental disorders.
 

The Fedfather

Hall of Fame
For me Nadal play his best tennis when he’s in his bubble 100% concentration, Novak have just a completely different personality, sometimes it needs to explode, that’s why Nadal doesn’t understand, they are too different.

Nadal can get angry but basically when he feel an injustice/ mistake for the unmpire.

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Idk. The need to explode doesn't quite sound like a normal personality trait.
I'm quite emotional myself and can understand reacting to things with more fervor. Still, when it comes to anger or frustration, while the intensity of emotions is high, it's not usually uncontrollable. Yet with Djokovic's outbursts so often it seems that he can't control them because there's so much anger, and for what?
 

The Fedfather

Hall of Fame
The thing is that Djokovic is currently under way more pressure than an average ATP tennis player. The expectation that he is under (partially blaming him for self-imposing this) is unlike many have been before. Golden Slam. CYGS. He is wanting to write the history here but his body does not react the way he would want it to and he is not at his peak game. I really think he is one of the best, if not the best tennis player ever, but this pressure and his reactions to it are not good for anyone, especially him. He needs to step back for a few weeks and really evaluate his situation. He needs to watch his reactions on-court multiple times and let that soak in. Those reactions are sometimes so extreme, following a situation that does not necessarily warrant such behaviour. Most of all, as a role model for many thousands of young fans, he needs to stop this ASAP. I hope that whatever happens with the CYGS, he starts 2022 in a different headspace.
Pressure definitely is a part of it as it's additional stress, but his mood swings were there long before Novak was in the position to win the CYGS.
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Well Nadal, some players react with annoyance and smash raquets when they are playing bad. Others make injury excuses to a poor performance or loss but that's only after using every gamesmanship tactic in the book first.

Or even the same ones too.
Good luck to Djo with all those injuries and exhaustion at the huge Olympic let down.
 

Bubcay

Professional
Pressure definitely is a part of it as it's additional stress, but his mood swings were there long before Novak was in the position to win the CYGS.
True. But not this extreme. I could understand the occasional roar, that is his way of telling the unfriendly audience, I am winning in spite of your hate. These last few months, it went to another level. Sometimes even in the situation where he would normally stay cool before. He needs to win this CYGS and get this over with. Then start 2022 cool as cucumber..
 

topher

Hall of Fame
It's really not strange, though. He occasionally gets angry on court and deals with his anger in unsavory ways. Others are better at dealing with their frustration than he is. What's strange about that?

In the moment, he couldn't care less about his past success. He's trying to win a competition.
What’s strange to Rafa isn’t that Novak loses control of his anger every now and then. But that he’s so successful despite it. That’s because Rafa sees his self-control as central to his success. He can’t imagine going unhinged like that without losing his focus.

At least that’s how I understood it.
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
Djoker survived the criminal NATO bombings as a child by hiding in an underground bunker. Still likely suffering PTSD. We do not need to make a big deal about someone smashing a racquet which harmed no one.

Coach Patrick Moratoglou has said that tennis needs to change two rules following the unfortunate Serena US Open racquet smashing incident:

(1) Allow players to vent their frustration by smashing their racquet.
(2) Allow coaching.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a racket smashing corner in every court where it is safe to smash your racket without endangering the ball kids and line judges? It can also have a camera with a fisheye angle for dramatic TV coverage.
 

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
I agree with Nadal. I can't understand the rage within Djokovic sometimes.

I know he cried after losing to del Potro at the Rio Olympics. Did he cry at the London Olympics as well?
 

Sudacafan

Talk Tennis Guru
I don't like when players talk about other players, in the 99.9% of the cases.
When that happens, there are two possibilities: either it's something that adds nothing valuable, or it's something that should better not be said.
 
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