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Rafael Nadal will come back stronger: Djokovic

By Abhimanyu Nagpal    + Follow

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Rafael Nadal will come back stronger:  Djokovic
The news of Rafael Nadal not being able to compete at the US Open has affected not just his fans, but also his rivals. Novak Djokovic, the World No.1, said that when the Spaniard does come back he will be stronger as he wished him well.

One of the most popular tennis players in the world – Rafael Nadal will be unable to participate at the US Open this year. While his fans are disappointed, even his opponents and rivals say that they will miss his presence.

The Spaniard’s biggest rival at the moment is Novak Djokovic a player who he defeated in last year’s final. Djokovic, who has been in every final here at Flushing Meadows since 2010, explained Rafa’s perpetual injury problems.

"He slides a lot and spends a lot of energy on each shot. His joints, his body suffers a lot, and it's not easy," Djokovic said.

"But again, he has found a way always to come back," added Djokovic, pointing do Nadal's stunning 2013 season in which he returned from a seven-month absence to win 10 titles in a career-high 14 finals and finish world number one for third time.

"So I expect no less," Djokovic said. "When he comes back to the tour than to see him strong, to see him motivated.

"He's a great competitor, a great fighter. I'm sure that if he had a small percentage of coming here and playing he would do that, because he just loves the game. I have a lot of respect for him."

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