‘I think Novak Djokovic will continue to…’, says top coach

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have created one of the most intense rivalries in tennis history. Everyone remembers the historic 2012 Australian Open final, the longest in history. Novak Djokovic won his fifth trophy at a Slam, the third in a row after 2011 Wimbledon and US Open, which definitively crowned the Serbian as the world number 1, which places him among the legends of this sport. “The Australian Open final in 2012 against Rafa. We played for 5 hours and 53 minutes. It’s probably hard to repeat that in my career,” Djokovic told Pospisil on the ATP and WTA’s Tennis United podcast. “For me, 5 minutes and 53 seconds is enough against any of you, not 5 hours,” Pospisil said with a laugh. The Serbian champion also recalled that the two were so tired that they needed the chairs at the presentation. “It was crazy. You understand it’s the slam final, it’s the fifth set and you know the end is just around the corner so I don’t want to stop now. So you keep pushing yourself mentally. If you lose that feeling of what’s going on in the body and then it’s something that carries it all the way through. It’s pretty amazing,” Djokovic added. Nole is the player with the most wins in his career against Nadal. Nadal is also the player with the most wins in his career against Djokovic. Djokovic is the only player to have defeated Nadal in 4 clay court finals, the only player to have defeated Nadal in the French Open in straight sets, and the only player to have defeated Nadal in 7 consecutive finals. They both play a similar style of tennis but have differences that make their matches competitive and unique. Djokovic is the only player to have defeated Nadal in three consecutive Grand Slam finals and the only player to have defeated Nadal in all four Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open).

Goran Ivanisevic praises Djokovic

Now the sole coach of Novak Djokovic since the departure of Marian Vajda last March, Goran Ivanisevic is a happy coach a few weeks after the 21st Serbian Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon. Asked by the Croatian news agency Hina about the still current domination of the Big 3, even if Roger Federer has been injured for a year, the winner of Wimbledon 2001 is absolutely not surprised. “Even before I became Djokovic’s coach, I was already saying that Novak and Nadal would end up winning more than Federer. If they are healthy, they have no limits. I think they will continue to win.”