Djokovic: Nadal continues to prove critics wrong

by: Matt Cronin March 05, 2013

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says that he isn’t surprised that one of his primary rivals, Rafael Nadal, was able to crush No. 4 David Ferrer, 6-0, 6-2, in the Acapulco final.

“Rafa has proven so many people wrong over the years," Djokovic told a small group of reporters at the LA Tennis Challenge, where he partnered idol Pete Sampras for the first time in doubles. “In the end he comes up blistering, always fighting so hard and coming up with unbelievable results. To be honest, I did expect a bigger fight from Ferrer, but I am sure he tried his best. But on the other side, I’m not surprised knowing how good Rafa is on clay and in general.

"Yes, he did have a seven-month break from injury, but he then came back a few weeks before on his favorite surface and I guess it's proof that he feels great and I’m sure he’s building his confidence. It’s great for the tennis world that he’s back because he’s a great champion and is very popular and it brings a lot of good to the sport.”

More Stories

Podcast: What does the post-U.S. Open season mean for Djokovic, Zverev and Kerber?

Ed McGrogan and Steve Tignor reconvene to discuss the remainder of the tennis calendar.  

Svetlana Kuznetsova ousts Venus Williams in Wuhan; top-ranked Kerber falls to Kvitova

Williams struggled with her serve in the gusty conditions and had seven double faults.