Novak Djokovic opponent stunned by Serb as he explains differences to Roger Federer

Vasek Pospisil has given his verdict on the Big Three, claiming that Novak Djokovic is the toughest player to face as he shared the difference between the world No 7 and Roger Federer. Pospisil and Djokovic recently faced off in Tel Aviv, reminding the Canadian of the tough task that comes with facing the Serb.

Even with Federer’s recent retirement, the GOAT debate in men’s tennis remains as pundits, fans and fellow players continue to give their verdict on who the best player of the Big Three is. And Djokovic has now received backing from one of his recent opponents, who claimed he was the toughest to face over Federer and Rafael Nadal.

After losing to the 35-year-old 7-6(5) 6-3 at the recent Tel Aviv Open, Pospisil claimed that Djokovic was the trickiest opponent, explaining that he came closer to beating Federer when they met at the Swiss Indoors Basel in 2013. “He is the most difficult player of the three. The hardest to play against,” he told the Match Point Canada podcast.

“Especially if you take into account our styles of play. He is the best returner of all time and serving is one of my strengths, he becomes a great challenge.” The world No 121 continued to laud praise on Djokovic’s game, adding: “He doesn’t give you a chance, he doesn’t give chances and it’s quite difficult that way.

“He’s the player I can’t impose my style of play on. Neutralising big shots, lengthening the points.” And comparing his experience of playing Djokovic to playing Federer, the Canadian said: “I was two points away from beating Roger in Basel one year. Obviously, he is an incredible talent, but he could do something.”

Pospisil and Djokovic enjoy a good relationship off the court thanks to their unique position as the co-founders of the Professional Tennis Players Association. The pair left the ATP Player Council and formed their own body during the 2020 US Open after being unhappy with the men’s tennis tour’s handling of the pandemic.

And Djokovic was also complimentary of his “best friend” after their recent match at the ATP 250 event, with the Serb going on to win Tel Aviv for his 89th tour title. “It was a great, positive win,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview.

“Vasek is one of my best friends on the tour. We have known each other for many years. It is never easy playing someone you respect so much and like so much, but we are both professionals and wanted to win the match and you can see that. I think the level of tennis was really high. Especially towards the end of the first set and the second set. Credit to him for fighting. Great to see him back.”

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