New York: Rafael Nadal will be missing the US Open due to injury but one of his biggest rivals and World No 1 Novak Djokovic, whom he defeated in last year's final, is of the opinion that the Spaniard will be back stronger.
"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. But again, he has found a way always to come back, so I expect no less," said Djokovic, who has been in every final here at Flushing Meadows since 2010,
Djokovic pointed to 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.
Djokovic added: "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."