“Totally opposite” – McEnroe explains difference between mindsets of Djokovic and Nadal

John McEnroe has provided some interesting insights into the differences in mindset between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.

The two great rivals are both eyeing glory at SW19 this fortnight and are coming into the Grand Slam in very different positions in their respective careers. The Spaniard begins his Wimbledon campaign with two more Grand Slam singles titles to his name than Djokovic, who has 20, and McEnroe has given his thoughts on their different mindsets when it comes to that all-important tally.

He said:

“Well, they are totally opposite approaches. Djokovic talks openly about wanting to have the most [Grand Slam singles titles] and Nadal acts like nothing matters except going out and giving an effort every point and every match.”

He further added:


“It seems to have worked pretty well for both of them if you go by the history and how many Grand Slams they have won, so whatever makes you happy and whatever brings out the best in you is probably what you should do. Sometimes I suppose it could get tiring to opponents to hear Rafa say ‘I didn’t feel my foot, I couldn’t even feel it!’

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