'Top players like Novak Djokovic tend to choose...', says former star



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'Top players like Novak Djokovic tend to choose...', says former star

Ljubicic took down world No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Rafael Nadal on his way to the final, where he faced Andy Roddick on March 21. The Croat became the first Indian Wells champion outside of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic since 2003, in the first Masters 1000 final without players from the Big Four since Paris 2008, when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated David Nalbandian.

The title match was also significant for Andy Roddick, who tried to win his first notable title since Cincinnati 2006 (he would win Miami two weeks later), and both gave their best to cross the finish line first. It was his eleventh and final meeting on Tour and sixth at the Masters 1000 level.

The Croatian outclassed the American for the fourth time to celebrate the title. Ljubicic served at 56% and avoided all six break points, prevailing in both tie breaks to take home the victory in straight sets. He had the advantage in the shorter rallies after hitting nine more aces than Andy, while the American had the advantage in the longer rallies to stay in touch all the time, with 84 points for each player!

Roddick had three break chances, and all of them came in the first game of the match, repelling them with three quick points to prevent an early setback.

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Former tennis player and analyst Alex Corretja believes replacing former coach Marian Vajda is a very important decision for Novak Djokovic.

"I think these kinds of top players, we see that they all need a super ex-coach or a super ex-player, someone who knows the feeling of being there, and they need someone that they have got a lot of confidence in," Corretja said.

"Someone that is doing the dirty job, let's say. Marian [Vajda] - he is an ex-coach, an ex-player, he is someone that knows the game very well. It is very uncommon that this kind of profile goes away because usually, they are rotating the other ones, but this one stays there forever, almost."

The former World No. 2 then discussed some of the possible reasons behind Djokovic and Vajda deciding to part ways for a second time. "Especially with players that last a very long time, but this shows that, in the end, maybe Novak needs some fresh things, and maybe Marian feels that he cannot give it to him," Corretja added.

"Or maybe Marian feels like, 'okay, I have already given you enough, and I need to rest and I need to think about myself and about my family'"