3/21/09 6:30 AM | Ricky Dimon
Novak Djokovic has never made a point of making friends with his comments, but he wasn't shy about heaping praise on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer this week at the Master Series Indian Wells.
When asked about the weaknesses of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer this week at the BNP Paribas Open, Novak Djokovic struggled to come up with any. Instead, he has spent most of the week praising the world's top two players.
"Rafa has been very dominant on different kind of surfaces in last 12 months, so you have to give him credit for that," Djokovic said. "On the other side, Roger is the one of the best players this sport has ever had, and very dominant in the last five years. So when you look at them on the court, there is not much weaknesses because they are very focused and great players."
Djokovic was even more complimentary following his win over Stanislas Wawrinka later in the tournament. When asked about his own consistency, the Serb responded, "It's not possible that you're always performing your best tennis, except if you're Federer or Nadal."
While of course that isn't entirely true, both Federer and Nadal have been performing at a high enough level at the Masters Series Indian Wells to reach the semifinals. Federer will square off against Andy Murray on Saturday, while Nadal will take on Andy Roddick.
As for his own ability to consistently perform at a high level, Djokovic followed up three solid wins with a dismal showing against Roddick in the quarterfinals. The world No. 3 fell to the seventh-seeded American 6-3, 6-2 in just one hour and eight minutes.
|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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