Beating this guy from the baseline has never been tougher

Novak Djokovic is a different animal.

On the biggest stage in the world and over the best of five scenario I’m pretty confident in saying no-one can match him stride for stride and your best bet is he has an off day.

We saw in Melbourne just how good he played. Handful of unforced errors against Rafael Nadal and the level he played at during the tournaments was his best on a hard court for some time.

Why has moving Novak never been tougher?

How deep he can sit behind the baseline and control rallies and be the aggressive player is frightening.

Watching him construct a winner is like painting a perfect picture

Let’s have a look at some;

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Image Credit – Eurosport

You can see how far behind the baseline Novak is and Rafa too as ever but the control in the rally and depth he get’s on the forehand makes it near on impossible for Nadal to play a return with interest.

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Image Credit – Eurosport

Inside out forehand this time painting the lines and the depth is incredible again.

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Image Credit – Eurosport

Novak has taken movement on a hard court to another level anyway but he goes onto win this point from this position. For majority of players being in this position would be considered as trouble where as for Novak opportunity is still there.

This shows what you have to do to win a point against him when he dominates the baseline;

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Image Credit – Eurosport

Novak get’s to this first one and keeps Rafa working…

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Image Credit – Eurosport

Nadal wins the point, that is how good it has to be!

Is there anyone who can out-last him? I don’t think so, to stand a good chance you need to hope he is having an off today as shifting him off the baseline and dominating a big major match against him is not an easy job.

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