3/10/13 9:49 PM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic admits he's well impressed by the work ethic of knee injury victim Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard continues to throw himself back into tennis, now moving onto the hardcourt tests after winning two titles last month in his return to the more forgiving clay.
The top seed at the Indian Wells Masters said that due to Nadal's take-no-prisoners style, it's no wonder that the Spaniard has done damage to his knees as he moves onto cement for the first time in a year.
"He really suffers on the hard courts, which I understand are the most difficult for him, are taking the toll on his knees and on his health," said the Serb, who has gone undefeated so far this season with titles over Andy Murray at the Australian Open and Tomas Berdych last weekend in Dubai.
"I've been his colleague and rival for last seven, eight years, and I have been watching him and playing against him on different surfaces. I understand what he has to go through to play in such style, because he's very physical and it's very demanding for him."
Nadal expends all of his energies during matches on other surfaces just like he does naturally on his native clay. That kind of punishing style has surely led to his string of knee problems, the last of which kept him off court for seven months.
"He loves to slide. He loves to run around the court and do a lot of dynamic strong movements that eventually can hurt him, as they did in the last seven months," said No. 1 Djokovic. "I don't know how his recovery process is, but being so long off the tour, I'm sure that he has taken his time and is very patient. (Not to play for so long) really hurts because it's inside of you. You're so competitive and you love the sport you want to play."
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