Djokovic: Offensive or Defensive Player?
After observing many of the threads when it comes to classifying Djokovic's style of tennis.
I see a lot of people inferring that Djokovic is either a defensive player or a counter-puncher.
Is this really true?
When I look at his game, I see the opposite. He's an offensive-minded player who tries to knock his opponent off the court. Take for example the match he had against Andy Murray at the Australian Open, Murray was relying on counter punching and defense, while Djokovic was dictating play. He wasn't giving the ball back to him and on most occasions chose to his the ball to the open court to make Murray run around and eventually force an error out of him. He's done the same to Nadal and Federer, really putting them off balance. He goes for plenty of high risk winners while conservative/defensive players try to keep the ball in play. Even in his interviews he's mentioned to defeat a player like Federer, you really have to go for your shots and never hold back. You can't play conservative or defensively against a player like Federer who is quick to go for the kill.
The only thing I will add is that he's become a complete player in the last few years. He started his career offensively, but from 2010 and on, he's developed one of the finest defensive games as well. But this doesn't mean he's a defensive-minded player. He's still an offensive player like Federer and both have great footwork and defense as well.