Djokovic rejects Roddick’s ‘take your soul’ view with brilliant response


Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic defeated Jenson Brooksby in four sets (Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic insists he doesn’t take a player’s soul…. but will happily take their legs.

The world No.1 got off to a nervy start against 99th-ranked American Jenson Brooksby but eventually won 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to book his spot in the US Open quarter-finals.

A dominant display from the Serb saw former US Open champion Andy Roddick take to Twitter to give his take on what it’s like playing him.

‘First he takes your legs…….Then he takes your soul’ was his brutal, yet weirdly complimentary, verdict.

He later added: ‘Novak’s fitness used to be a weakness. One of the best examples in sports history of turning a negative into a positive. He’s a beast.’

Djokovic was told about Roddick’s tweet in his post-match interview and while he joked he could definitely take an opponent’s legs, he’s far too nice to be taking their souls.

‘Thanks Andy, I’ll take that as a compliment – only the first part.


‘The second part, I don’t take anyone’s soul. Everyone has their soul. We are all beautiful souls so I appreciate anyone.

‘But I’ll take your legs out for sure.’

World number 91 Tennys Sandgren, who has taken just one set off Djokovic in their four meetings, also gave his verdict in response to Roddick’s tweet.

‘Or if you’ve played him enough he just starts with the soul,’ he tweeted.

Djokovic will now come up against familiar foe Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round as he aims to keep his career Grand Slam hopes on track.

The Serb holds the psychological advantage over the talented Italian having already defeated him twice this year – at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Djokovic is hoping for a repeat outcome against Berrettini but is well aware of the threat he possesses with his hard-hitting play.

‘Hammer of tennis. Next to [Juan Martin] del Potro, probably the hardest hitter of serve and forehand. He’s got the lethal-serve-plus-one game,’ Djokovic said.

‘He’s already established as a top player. Without a doubt, he played a couple of I think semi-finals here couple years ago, finals in Wimbledon. That was a tough four-setter.

‘Look, if he serves well, which is his biggest weapon, he’s tough. He’s tough on any surface to play against. I’ve had some really close matches with him in French Open and Wimbledon recently.

‘We’re going to play the third Grand Slam in a row against each other. Hopefully the result will be the same like the previous two.’

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