If the previous few years were about Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, this year certainly has been owned by the two stalwarts Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Federer’s run this season has been incredible. A run which saw him lift the trophies of 3 of the 4 tournaments he has played in. He also ended his grand slam drought this season with a win over his nemesis, Nadal, in the Australian Open final.
This was his 18th Grand Slam title which saw him further extend his lead in the Men’s All-time Grand Slam trophies. A Sunshine double with wins in Indian Wells and Miami, have adorned Federer’s trophy collection this year.
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In contrast, Novak Djokovic has had a dismal season with Federer dominating on hard courts and Nadal cementing his supremacy on clay. Djokovic recognizes the fantastic season that Federer is having and was all praises for the 35 year old Swiss legend. Djokovic responded spoke about Federer’s strategy to leave the clay tournaments in the run up to Roland Garros.
Djokovic said,” Highest level of performance is what everybody expects from Federer and that is what he tries to deliver. He has had a fantastic season and he has been the best among us all. It is his choice which tournament he wants to play in because he knows his body, and the limits he wants to push his body to.”
“Also, given the success he has already had this season, he can afford to not participate in some tournaments. Rest assured, I don’t think that lack of game time on clay will affect his performance at Roland Garros.”
Federer though, has begun practice on the hard courts in Dubai. His 19-1 record this season has forced his peers to be in awe of the Swiss.