Although Djokovic’s ball isn’t as heavy asNadal’s or as versatile as Federer’s, he hits it earlier than both. This makes Nadalpanic and forces him to hit too many backhands (which Nadal doesn’t like to hitother than as neutral shots) or to hit himself out of position by running around hisbackhand in order to hit his forehand. Additionally, Djokovic is great at gettingahead in the point very early on, either off his serve or return of serve, both of whichare better shots than Nadal’s. The second Djokovic gets the point in a stronghold,it’s extremely difficult for Nadal to bring it back to neutral let alone to becomethe aggressor – he mostly plays catch-up and relies on phenomenal winners fromdefensive positions, which are by definition low percentage shots.

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