Rafael Nadal focused on improving own game and not on Novak Djokovic
Rafael Nadal admits that Novak Djokovic is tough to beat at this stage of their careers. The Serbian is the current World No. 1 and has dominated the men’s singles competition the last two years.
The Spanish pro meanwhile has struggled with his performance and confidence but added that he can not focus on beating Djokovic or his success but should focus on improving his own game and return to the top form.
“I think Djokovic is at an incredible level and today he is very difficult to beat. I cannot think about him, but only about me, of what I have to do to try to be at the maximum level,” Nadal said in an interview in Brazil where he is currently playing.
Nadal beat compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-1 6-4 in the opening round of the tournament and will meet another Spaniard in Nicolas Almagro in the second round.
Djokovic has dominated the ATP tour recently winning five of the last seven Grand Slam tournaments and winning three majors in a row
Nadal has lots of improvement to do if he wants to be on the same level as Djokovic. The Spanish pro has suffered major disappointment the past two years and has not gotten past the quarterfinal round in any Grand Slam since winning the 2014 French Open.
Other top pros have admitted that Djokovic is difficult to beat at this point of the Serbian’s career. Nadal’s compatriot David Ferrer even said that all they can hope is for Djokovic’s level of play to drop down a bit for others to have a chance of defeating him.
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