Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will current themselves as the boys to beat on the 2021 Australian Open, which kicks off in lower than a month in Melbourne Park. The world #1 will go in the hunt for the ninth title in Australia, whereas the Spaniard will attempt to repeat his solely triumph dated 2009.
Given the absence of Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev will compete for the function of outsider, with out forgetting Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas (semifinalist right here two years in the past). Talking on the Tennis Channel, former WTA star Lindsay Davenport illustrated how Nadal must implement a distinct technique to beat Djokovic in these situations.
The 2 actually met within the ultimate of the Australian Open 2019, when Nole got here out victorious with a peremptory 6-3 6-2 6-3 in a match completely with out historical past. General, the Belgrade veteran leads 20-7 within the challenges in opposition to Rafa on the exhausting courtroom.
The Majorcan, for his half, has gained confidence after annihilating his nice rival at Roland Garros just a few months in the past.
Davenport on Rafael Nadal’s likelihood in Melbourne
“I’m wondering although how necessary are the situations in Australia, that floor has modified so much during the last 10 or 12 years,” the three-time Grand Slam winner instructed Tennis Channel.
“Some years it’s actually quick, different years it’s a little slower. It simply looks as if when he will get to the top of the event and he has to face Novak Djokovic his physique is held up. Novak’s a greater hard-court participant in these situations for no matter purpose and it’s been robust for Rafael Nadal to resolve that” – Lindsay Davenport mentioned.
Famend tennis coach Paul Annacone additionally admits that he received’t wager on Nadal to win the 2021 Australian Open ought to the 20-time Grand Slam winner face Djokovic at any stage. “I feel very merely, Rafa is just a bit bit worse on exhausting courtroom than Novak specifically and Roger [Federer] as properly on a sooner exhausting courtroom,” he mentioned.
“However everybody else I’d put him forward of. If he performs Novak on the finish of the event, I’m not betting on him. But when he performs anybody else I’ll wager on him. I feel the most important factor for Nadal is to get by the primary week comparatively comfortably”.
Rafael Nadal has had a constant backroom employees that has helped him in his lengthy profession. His present head coach, Carlos Moya, has been a powerful pillar since becoming a member of Nadal’s staff in 2016. However given the present state of affairs with the coronavirus pandemic, Carlos Moya received’t be touring with Rafael Nadal to the Australian Open 2021.
Moya introduced the stunning replace on Twitter. He consulted with Nadal earlier than making the choice to not accompany the staff to Australia. “After talking with Rafa, we have now determined that I received’t journey to Australia with the staff”.