'Novak Djokovic will need to find someone that...', says top analyst

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'Novak Djokovic will need to find someone that...', says top analyst

Novak Djokovic had to suffer a lot at the start of the season. The Serbian phenomenon was limited in his appearances on the pitch by the choice not to vaccinate against Covid-19, which prevented him from defending the title at the Australian Open.

In addition to suffering serious damage to his image, the 34-year-old from Belgrade watched helplessly as his eternal rival Rafael Nadal triumphed at Melbourne Park. The world number 2 played in the ATP 500 in Dubai, but his race was interrupted already in the quarters at the hands of the revived Jiri Vesely.

His premature departure from the United Arab Emirates also cost him the first position in the ATP ranking in favor of Daniil Medvedev, who became the 27th number 1 in the history of men's tennis. As if that were not enough, the news of the separation between Nole and his historic coach Marian Vajda has arrived.

Under the leadership of the Slovakian coach, 'Djoker' has won all 20 Grand Slams that adorn his showcase. At Eurosport's microphones, Alex Corretja analyzed Novak's situation in detail.

Corretja on Novak Djokovic

"Definitely, Novak Djokovic will need to find someone that is going to be the extension of his hand because that was pretty much what Marian was doing," Corretja said.

"Marian knows exactly how to react and knows exactly how to deal with the key moments because he knows him very well. Maybe when a new one [coach] comes and goes like, 'no, don't do this' or 'don't do that' or 'just calm down' or whatever, it may be that it irritates Novak.

So, I think he really needs to know exactly what he wants for the next profile of coach to find someone that helps him," he continued. "Because otherwise, he is going to be comparing them with Marian all the time, and that can be a little bit tricky.

I think Novak has still got three, four more years to play at least so it will be very interesting to see who he picks because it is a very important decision." Novak Djokovic may be one of the best tennis players of all time.

However, off-late he has been in the news for things other than tennis. The Serb has been barred from entering several countries where there is a vaccine mandate, and recently this came into the news again. The draw at the Indian Wells Masters featured his name.

But he was not granted permission to enter the United States owing to his vaccination status. As a result, he will not feature at the ‘Sunshine Double’ this year.