‘This time I thought Novak Djokovic seemed a bit…’, says journalist

Coach Goran Ivanisevic has said that Novak Djokovic probably won’t play any grass-court tournaments before Wimbledon. Djokovic, 35, is currently in Montenegro, where he is recharging his batteries after his disappointing elimination from the French Open. Djokovic, who came to Roland Garros as the defending champion and top favorite to win it, was defeated by Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. Djokovic paid the price for losing to Nadal, as the Spaniard is now a record 22-time Grand Slam champion, while the Serb remains tied for second with Roger Federer (20 Grand Slams). “Probably nothing (before Wimbledon). We’ll see, but now it’s time to recover mentally. Like I said before, people like Novak are geniuses with a different way of thinking, they need a little time to go back and put some things in your head, but it still takes time. So, that’s it, and he has experienced disappointments before, I know he will be ready for grass,” Ivanisevic told Sport Klub. In the French Open quarterfinals, Nadal defeated Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Down a set and two breaks in the second, Djokovic rallied back and won the second set to tie the match at one set apiece. When it seemed the momentum was on Djokovic’s side, Nadal dominated the third set and led two sets to one. In the fourth set, Djokovic squandered a 5-2 lead and two set points as Nadal closed out the match in four sets. Days later, Ivanisevic revealed to Tennis Majors that he had trouble sleeping after Djokovic’s loss.

Steve Flink speaks about Djokovic

Journalist and tennis historian, Steve Flink was recently the guest of the Gill Gross podcast on Youtube. A discussion of about an hour during which the American specialist returned to the quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros. “It was almost a reversal of behavior this time around. Last year, Novak was really having fun on the court. There were times when he smiled and there was positive energy in him. Nadal was a little worried. This time I thought Djokovic seemed a bit negative, irritated by the crowd, while Rafa was great. I had a feeling that if we could have made it to the fifth set, maybe both players would have really taken it up a notch and we could have had a spectacular battle. But that didn’t happen as Djokovic failed to finish when he had the chance.”