Coach Patrick Mouratoglou acknowledged that being able to use his cross-court forehands to great effect in the French Open final made Stefanos Tsitsipas so dangerous against Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas, who made his maiden Grand Slam final at the French Open, was up by two sets in the French Open final before losing in five sets to Djokovic.
“That’s why Stefanos was so dangerous because he was able to play with his forehand every time. Did you see that Djokovic was spending so much time there? So when you do that, the court is completely open,” said Mourataglou in a recent video, as quoted on Essentially Sports.
Mouratoglou was giving some tips to one of his students on how to use the cross-court forehand. “When you play cross, you should aim more here than there because if you play only there, then the player goes from here to here but if you play those zones, he has to go from here to here.
So, he runs much more, he opens, and there is a lot of space for you to attack,” Mouratoglou added. Djokovic aiming the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics Less than two weeks ago, Djokovic beat Matteo Berrettini in the Wimbledon final to lift his 20th Grand Slam.
Djokovic now wants to win his maiden gold medal in Tokyo.
"It is grueling (schedule), but I am confident because of all of the wins this season. Winning a medal is my goal, and it is not a secret I am aiming for the gold.
After Tokyo 2020, I will start to think about the US Open," Djokovic said, per Sasa Ozmo. After winning Wimbledon, Djokovic hinted he could skip Tokyo. "I’ve met Blanka Vlasic recently and she told me that in the future people won’t remember the conditions or whether there were people in the stands, but who has won medals. Representing your country at the Olympics is a feeling like no other," Djokovic added.