‘Novak Djokovic is like the human dartboard’, says former No.1

Jannik Sinner won his first title of 2022 on the clay court of Umag (ATP 250), in Croatia, beating Spanish fury Carlos Alcaraz in the final with a sumptuous comeback. In the stands to enjoy the show, in the facility dedicated to him, there was a special observer: Goran Ivanisevic, the coach of Novak Djokovic. The former Croatian tennis player, interviewed by Repubblica, answered precisely about the Italian, describing his game and explaining what he would have had to do against the Serbian to avoid defeat at Wimbledon: “In my opinion, Sinner can win any Slam and also could have beaten Djokovic at Wimbledon. For two sets he played incredibly well, but then he fell back too far and against an outside player like Nole you can’t afford that. If you have the opportunity, you have to finish it right away.” In his technical analysis of Jannik Sinner’s profile, Goran Ivanisevic pointed out where the Italian has clearly improved and, at the same time, where his game is currently lacking. “The serve has grown a lot ─ the Croatian admitted to Repubblica ─ but in my opinion he doesn’t position his legs well. In Italy you have Berrettini, who serves very well, but between the two of them as a tennis player I prefer Jannik: he has a great return, forehand and backhand from baseline. If he gets to the net more and improves his volleys, he will be on top. He lacked that against Djokovic “The first win of the season has come for Jannik Sinner, coinciding with the first clay-court trophy of his very young career. In Umag, the South Tyrolean got rid of Carlos Alcaraz ─ not just anyone, especially on this surface ─ by recovering the first set he had lost and then inflicting a double 6-1 on him. “The game where I wasted six break points in the second set turned out to be the key to the match.”

McEnroe on Novak Djokovic

John McEnroe lavished praise on the ‘Big-3’ in a recent interview, hailing the variety in each player’s game style. “Roger Federer is the most beautiful player I’ve ever seen. He’s like an updated version of Rod Laver. I’d never seen anyone that tried harder than Jimmy Connors but Nadal has succeeded in that. Novak Djokovic is like the human dartboard, which I can relate to,” McEnroe said in a conversation with The Week magazine. The 60-year-old went on to talk about his own life, remarking that he was proud of himself for handling the many successes and failures he encountered during the various stages of his career. “I feel proud of the direction I’ve gone in, what I’ve learnt from my successes and failures as a player, as a husband and as a father,” McEnroe said. “Ultimately, you have to ask yourself: how comfortable do I feel as a human being? I feel pretty good.”