Roddick played against Djokovic nine times during his career.
Andy Roddick says Novak Djokovic’s progression on the physical side is “unlike anything I’ve seen in pro sports.” When Djokovic came on the scene, Roddick was one of the top players in the game and the American finished his career with a 5-4 head-to-head against Djokovic.
At one point between 2009 and 2010, Roddick won four consecutive matches against Djokovic. In those matches, Roddick’s plan was to extend rallies and make it a battle because he felt the physical part was Djokovic’s weakness.
Now, going for something like that against Djokovic would be a recipe for disaster.
Roddick on Djokovic’s progression on the physical part
“Novak’s progression, just on the physical side, has been unlike anything I’ve seen in pro sports.
When I used to match up against Djokovic – and I had a solid record against him – I wanted to keep him out there, I wanted to extend rallies. Now, that’s a surefire way to lose. The way that he’s taken care of his body, not just from a training standpoint, but from a dietary standpoint, has left no stone unturned.
He’s been such a professional throughout the years. He took a weakness and turned it into one of the biggest strengths that we’ve seen in professional tennis. I give him so much credit for that. It will be weird for the tennis universe when Novak moves on.
We’ve become almost entitled to watching the greatness of these players for so long now,” Roddick wrote for Betway.
“ @DjokerNole progression, just on the physical side, has been unlike anything I’ve seen in pro sports,” says @andyroddick ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸
“He took a weakness and turned it into one of the biggest strengths that we’ve seen in professional tennis.
I give him so much credit for that.” pic.twitter.com/nJdCcV2RWR — TRAVEL&SpðŸŽ¾rts (@travel__Sports) August 9, 2023
At 36, Djokovic is still as healthy as ever and his fitness is at a great level.
Over the last decade, Djokovic put a major emphasis on his diet and recovery. Djokovic is now enjoying the fruits of his efforts as even in his late thirties he is a strong force and winning Grand Slams.