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Roger Federer is violin, Rafael Nadal is electric guitar and I am saxophone: Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic was recently asked to compare each Big 3 member to a musical instrument. While describing himself as a saxophone, the Serb compared Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to a violin and an electric guitar respectively.

Djokovic was asked this question at Roland-Garros by the famous journalist Sasa Ozmo, who received it from a fan.

In response, the world No. 1 explained that everyone would compare Federer to a violin, hinting at the Swiss’ effortless and graceful style.

In Nadal’s case, Djokovic opted for electric guitar and drums, two instruments known for their intensity.

“Roger is a violin, I think everyone would choose that. For Nadal, I need something energetic, so let’s say electric guitar or drums,” Novak Djokovic said.

Focusing on himself, the Serb at first cheekily compared himself to an orchestra, indicating that he possesses a mixture of many abilities and temperaments. However, Djokovic eventually opted for the saxophone, emphasizing his versatility.

“And I’m a bit of everything, so I would be an orchestra, hahaha. No, let’s say saxophone, because it goes well with all types of music,” added the Serb.

“Roger is a violin, I think everyone would choose that. For Nadal, I need something energetic, so let’s say electric guitar or drums. And myself…” #Djokovic

“I’m a bit of everything, so I’d be an orchestra, hahaha. No, let’s say saxophone, because it goes with all types of music.” #Djokovic

“Depending on who you play, sometimes it’s advantageous to play at night, sometimes during the day” – Novak Djokovic

The Serb after his victory over Diego Schwartzman at the French Open 2022
The Serb after his victory over Diego Schwartzman at the French Open 2022

The schedule for this year’s French Open has been a source of great debate, with players split between day and night sessions.

Speaking to the media after his fourth-round win over Diego Schwartzman on Sunday, Djokovic addressed the subject, pointing out that players often make demands of organizers in terms of schedule and schedule preferences.

However, the Serbian added that requests are not always granted, as TV broadcasters also greatly influence match time slots.

“Well, as top players we have requests, but these requests are not always granted,” said the Serb. “The tournament director, as well as the television, the broadcasters, I think ultimately it’s up to him. You know, the television, if they want your game, day or night.”

The Serb stressed that the players had no choice but to accept what was given to them. He also said there are no pros or cons to playing at a certain time.

“You just have to adapt to that,” he added. “Obviously depending on who you play, sometimes it’s advantageous to play at night, sometimes during the day. Yeah, there’s no standard formula or no formula that always works, so to speak. Although I historically have played very well and won a lot of matches under the lights on different slams, especially in Australia.”


Edited by Nihal Taraporvala

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