What if Novak Djokovic chose Roger Federer's ex-coach?

The Serbian champion split with Goran Ivanisevic: what will happen now?

by Lorenzo Ciotti
What if Novak Djokovic chose Roger Federer's ex-coach?
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Novak Djokovic has just separated from Goran Ivanisevic, the coach with whom he wrote history, but the Serbian is already working on the upcoming clay-swing. Nole wants to forget the horrible first part of the season and look forward.

Now almost at the end of the first part of the season on hard courts, which did not give him the desired results, the Serbian is preparing as best he can to do well in the most demanding part of the season, which will begin in April.

The ATP No.1 returned to his Belgrade to train on clay-courts, as we can see in the video below:

In the meantime, the collaboration with the Croatian coach Goran Ivanisevic, who followed him in recent years, has ended. The Serbian tennis player, winner of 24 Grand Slam titles this year, was defeated at the Australian Open in the semi-final by Jannik Sinner and then in Indian Wells he was eliminated prematurely by the Italian tennis player Luca Nardi.

In recent weeks he has returned to Europe having decided not to play the ATP tournament in Miami but having decided to spend more time with his family and with the intention of preparing as best as possible for the clay court season. And there will therefore be something new given that the world number 1 will no longer be followed by Goran Ivanisevic.

"I clearly remember the moment I invited Goran to join my team. It was 2018 and Marian Vajda and I were trying to innovate and bring some magic to the service. Indeed, not only did we bring service, but also lots of laughter, fun, No. 1 in the year-end rankings, record-breaking results and 12 more Grand Slam tournaments (and a few finals) thereafter. Goran and I decided to stop working together a few days ago.

Our on-court chemistry has had its ups and downs, but our friendship has always been solid. In fact, I'm proud to say that in addition to winning tournaments together, in Parchisi (board game, ed.) we also had a long side battle for many years. And for us the tournament never stops. Thanks for everything my friend. I love you," wrote Djokovic.

Who will be Nole's next coach?

Who could be the Serbian's new coach? Marjan Vajda could be a sensational come back, but Nole could rely on other choices for the last part of his season. A return for Boris Becker appears unlikely. What if Nole completely changed tactics by relying on Stefan Edberg or Ivan Ljubicic, Roger Federer's former coach? It seems a very unlikely choice, but not impossible.

Both the Swede and the Croatian improved Federer's game at a stage in which the Swiss Maestro was already at an important age. Especially Ljubicic, with that Roger he won 3 Slams, including two Australian Opens and Wimbledon, also returning ATP No.1. Ljubicic joined Federer when the Swiss was 36 years old. Could this be the right age for Djokovic for a sensational collaboration with Roger Federer's former coach?

Ljubicic himself tried to analyze the negative moment that Djokovic is going through, in an interview granted to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"His is a psychological problem, he certainly hasn't forgotten how to play tennis. Undoubtedly Nole must have the fire inside, otherwise he's missing something. But I'm convinced that as his real goals for the season, the Roland Garros, get closer, Wimbledon and the Olympics, he will be able to recover.

While waiting to understand how Novak Djokovic is doing, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner will be ahead of everyone else and will remain there in the coming years too. They will be the points of reference," he explained

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