Novak Djokovic will start to play tennis again from Abu Dhabi 2018, after a year of unsatisfactory satisfaction for him. The Serbian tennis player, who has slipped out of the top-ten of ATP Ranking, hawithdrawn until next season, after Wimbledon.
He won only two titles in 2017: Doha and Eastbourne. Certainly this was the worst season of his career, though, in Grand Slam tournaments he was followed by Andre Agassi. A collaboration that has not led to any positive results for now.
Now, the Serb may start a new ongoing partnership with Radek Stapanek, who has retired from tennis just a few weeks ago. The former Czech tennis player would seem the ideal candidate to follow Nole during the year.
How could Stepanek's contribution improve Djokovic's tennis? It is a question that fans, media (and probably even his opponents) are putting. Winner of 5 singles titles, 18 in doubles (including two Slams), and the bronze medal at Rio Olympics in mixed doubles, Stepanek also won the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013.
His tennis was made of spectacular shots, dropshots, volée, and a great sense of tactical intelligence. Stepanek could help Djokovic in the attack game, completing a tennis player who is predominantly a player from the baseline.
The robotic game of the Serb found the best point in mental strength. However after the French Open 2016, there was no stimulus, strength, and will in his game. Stepanek's grit, his attacking tennis and his desire to improve, despite the passing years, will be the sides of Djokovic's court on which he will probably work.
Stepanek will have to be able to reset Djokovic from his peak; the victory of Roland Garros. Working on the desire that the Serbian tennis player will have to play back, improve his skills, and embellish his already wealthy title palmeres.
And this combination could certainly bring Djokovic back to top ATP tennis, improving and completing those aspects of the Serbian tennis that would make it even stronger than in the past. .