‘There are many similarities’ between Emma Raducanu and Novak Djokovic, says analyst

Teenage ace Emma Raducanu has ‘many similarities’ to world number one Novak Djokovic, says Mats Wilander.

Raducanu will contest her first ever Grand Slam semi-final on Friday when she faces Maria Sakkari.

Her rise from world number 338 to at least 51 in the rankings in the last two months has been one of the stories of the summer, with her taking much of the tennis world by surprise.

And, according to Eurosport expert Wilander, her game is so good it resembles that of Novak Djokovic.

“I think we have to start talking about Emma Raducanu’s serve a little bit more because at 18 years old, to have a serve like that is very unusual,” said the seven-time Grand Slam winner.

“It’s unusual to have the motion and the strength, but it’s also unusual to know where she needs to serve.

“She serves placement wise, at the right time, at the right moment. So an unbelievably mature serving performance.

“Her movement, especially out to the backhand side, is just incredible.

“She’s flexible, she’s strong, hits the ball in the middle of the racket just like a certain Serbian player going for the calendar Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic. There are so many similarities.

“And the forehand is still a little bit of a weakness, but she found a way to work around that and that’s what’s so impressive.”

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