Former Swiss tennis star Marc Rosset says he is curious to see how will Novak Djokovic function without Marian Vajda by his side as the last time the two split it didn't work out well for the Serb. After suffering a shock quarterfinal defeat in Dubai, Djokovic announced split from his long-term coach Vajda.
Djokovic and Vajda split for the first time in 2017 but got back to working together in early 2018. After bringing back Vajda to his team, Djokovic started winning Grand Slams again and returned to the world No. 1. “There is still something that bothers me with Djokovic!
I'm curious to see what it will be like now that he has parted ways with his historic coach Marian Vajda. Because the last time it had happened, it hadn't really paid off. We'll see if he manages to be as strong as ever without his trusted man.
Of course, Goran Ivanisevic will always be there, but it's not the same lemonade between them. They don't have that 15-year relationship or that closeness," Rosset told rts.ch.
Djokovic suffered a shock loss in Monte Carlo
On Tuesday, Djokovic exited the Monte Carlo Masters after suffering a surprise defeat to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his opener at the tournament.
It was Djokovic's first tournament since splitting with Vajda and just his second tournament of the year. After Djokovic split with Vajda, Djokovic spoke extremely highly of his former coach. “Marian has been by my side during the most important and memorable moments in my career,” Djokovic said.
“Together we have achieved some incredible things and I am very grateful for his friendship and dedication over the last 15 years. “While he might be leaving the professional team he will always be family and I can’t thank him enough for all he has done."