Novak Djokovic agrees that former No. 1 Roger Federer is in the midst of a rebound. After slumping last year, Djokovic says the Swiss is back to his high standards once again.
“I think he’s playing at a high level,” said Djokovic today in Miami. “He’s back to his normal level, the level that he had for seven, eight years while he was so dominant in men’s tennis. Obviously last season he was not as good for his standards.
“But this year he started strong. I can feel that he’s striking the ball very cleanly. He’s very confident on the court and he has improved his backhand I think. Maybe it’s the racquet or something else, but he definitely has more depth on that shot. He’s going more for his top spins rather than slicing it.
“Of course, with his immense experience and success that he had in his career, he’s never to be ruled out. It doesn’t matter how old he is. It’s just a number. As he was saying, he feels good on the court. He’s fit. He’s definitely one of the best players in the world now.”
Djokovic and Federer could meet in the Miami semifinals a week from tomorrow. They both open play on Friday.
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