Novak Djokovic: ‘I don’t copy Rafael Nadal, but there is always something to learn from him’

Novak Djokovic says he tries to learn from watching Rafael Nadal, but he will never compromise his ‘authentic style’ by copying him.

Djokovic and Nadal have become fierce rivals on the ATP Tour since Roger Federer started slipping away from the top of the rankings.

That means it is almost certain to come down to between Nadal and Djokovic for who finishes their career with the most Grand Slam titles in history.

One advantage that Nadal has is his mastery on clay, which is something that Djokovic is trying to overcome at Roland Garros right now.

However, if anyone thought Djokovic would ever try to copy any part of Nadal’s game, it’s best to think again.

“It’s always good to catch certain details from your rivals,” Djokovic said, as quoted by Punto de Break.

“Rafa and I have a completely different style of play, so don’t I try to copy his game or anything like that on any surface.

“I have my own authentic style that I have developed over the years, but definitely when you watch Nadal play on clay, there is always something you can learn from.

“I consider myself a student of this sport. I can always learn something not only from him, but from any player on the circuit.

“I always have an open mind every time I watch tennis.”

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