They are not “friends”, As Djokovic mentioned in several circumstances, but Rafa Nadal And Novak embodied the rivalry that, together with Roger Federer, Not the history of tennis, but sports.
Of course, as with any other person face to face, friction can occur. In an interview on ’60 Minutes’, the Serb told what bothered him the most about manakur – in a relationship that has been going on for more than 15 years.
All this happened in the locker room during the preview of the Roland Garros match: “I remember playing with him at Roland Garros, our lockers were next to each other, very close. We try to give ourselves space , but the dressing room is not too big“.
And that’s when, as we have seen in many other situations, Rafa started his psychological game and began to warm up to intimidate his rival.
“You know how Nadal does these jumps before he goes out on court, Even in the locker room he does sprints next to rivals. He could even hear the music he was listening to on his headphones, Everything that bothers me“, Remembering “Noel”.
At that time, the world No. 1 did not realize that it was a “script”, and he managed to draw strength from this “discomfort”.
“I didn’t realize all this, that it’s actually a script, at the beginning of my career. There I felt scared, But this prompted me to show that I am ready for the battle, ” added Djokovic, who He wants one last dance with Rafa Nadal in 2024. And if he could be at Roland Garros, all the better.
Novak Djokovic says he was intimidated by Rafa Nadal’s locker room ritual before the match at Roland Garros:
“I’m playing Nadal at Roland Garros & I have a closet for him next to my closet. So we are very close. We are trying to give each other space, but this dressing room is also not big.… pic.twitter.com/9A0NpeX75e
– Tennis speech (embed tweet) December 11, 2023