Novak Djokovic has kept himself quite busy on social media, be it playing home tennis with his friend or engaging in an Instagram Live session with two-time Wimbledon-winner Andy Murray, where he lauded the mental strength of his on-court rival Rafael Nadal.
Amidst the knockabout banter between the two players, the 17-time Grand Slam-winning Serbian rued about his Olympic performances and joked about Stan Wawrinka’s shorts. Although Djokovic picked Roger Federer’s forehand as the toughest, he complimented the World No. 2 for a different reason.
“When it comes to mental strength there is no one better than Rafa. Over the years, we have seen him bounce back from injury so many times. He probably has had more injuries than anyone on the ATP tour and he has managed to come back from every single one of them,” he said.
“These guys, I think they’re maturing so quickly. They’re ready to get the grand slam titles and I think they’re really close,” said Djokovic, who most recently won the Australian Open in January beating Thiem in the summit clash.
However, according to Djokovic, there is no substitute for the wealth of experience that the older guys possess, giving the example of Wawrinka, who won his first Grand Slam at the age of 28.