Djokovic: Nadal backs up serve with best second shot

by: Matt Cronin September 04, 2013

AP Photo

Novak Djokovic discusses his rival Rafael Nadal’s improved serve. The Spaniard, who is undefeated on hard courts this year, has yet to be broken in four matches at the U.S. Open.

"Well, he might not serve as hard as he did probably when he won the U.S. Open in 2010," Djokovic said. "I think that was the hardest he served ever in his career on hard courts, actually. But now he's using the serve very efficiently. He's going for precision. He knows that he can back it up. He has one of the best second shots in the game. That's why he doesn't feel as much maybe pressure and that's why he's more relaxed and he can have a lot of variety.

"He's a lefty, which is advantage because he doesn't get to play many lefties.Well, majority of the players are righties, and he can have this great slice and open up the court. He's been playing well, no question about it. He's confident, and he's very dangerous opponent on any surface."

More Stories

Continuing on divergent paths, resurgent Barty beats Bouchard in Miami

Barty has won eight straight; the Canadian hasn’t won a match since the Australian Open.

VIDEO: Iguana comes onto court, delays play at Miami Open

Tommy Haas was playing Jiri Vesely.

There's a rich tennis history in the heart of Delray Beach

There's a lot more to this beach town than the ATP 250 tournament in February.