Australian Open > Wilander: “Looking at Djokovic, I remembered the day when I asked Pete Sampras how he would play against Rafael Nadal on clay, and he replied: ‘I wouldn’t let him hit more than one shot per exchange'”

Like everyone, Mats Wilander was particularly marked by the impressive performance of Novak Djokovic this Wednesday against Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. On the Eurosport set, the Swedish consultant recalled a question he asked Pete Sampras about Rafael Nadal’s dominance on clay.

” Unbelievable. His way of hitting the ball is absolutely amazing. The tactical moves he makes here and there, how he can shorten the point on the forehand and backhand, he throws a second serve harder than the first he just hit. I mean Novak’s self-confidence right now is just amazing. Watching him, I remembered the day I asked Pete Sampras how he would play against Rafael Nadal on clay and he said, ‘I wouldn’t let him hit more than one shot per rally. You can’t do that with Novak, because he doesn’t let you hit more than once. He’s super, super aggressive, his confidence is sky high and he looks unbeatable, that’s for sure. ยป

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