Alex Molcan hires Novak Djokovic's ex-coach



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Alex Molcan hires Novak Djokovic's ex-coach

Slovak tennis player Alex Molcan has hired Novak Djokovic's former coach Marian Vajda, according to RTVS.

Djokovic, who was denied participation at the Australian Open, kicked off his 2022 season in late February in Dubai.

After suffering a shock quarterfinal loss to Jiri Vesely in Dubai, Djokovic announced he and his long-time coach Marian Vajda decided to part ways. Vajda was the integral part of Djokovic's success for many years. The two briefly split in 2017 but got back to working together in 2018.

After bringing Vajda back to his team, Djokovic started winning Grand Slams again and reached the No. 1 ranking. Now, Vajda is hoping to help Molcan achieve some notable results. Molcan, ranked at No. 47 in the world, is currently the highest-ranked Slovak player.

Last year, Molcan reached his maiden ATP final in Belgrade, before losing to Djokovic. Last month, 24-year-old Molcan reached his second ATP final in Marrakech. Again, Molcan fell just short of winning his first ATP title as he was beaten by David Goffin in three sets in the Marrakech final.

Molcan hopes Vajda helps him elevate his game to another level

Molcan is a top-50 player and he has been to two ATP finals. Molcan has proved that he is capable of playing well but now he needs to take that extra step in his career.

Molcan certainly hopes Vajda is the coach that can help him achieve his goals. Molcan last played at the Madrid Masters, where he failed to make it past the qualifying event. On Saturday, Molcan suffered a straight-set defeat to Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena in the Madrid qualifying first round.

Molcan prefers clay as that's the surface on which he has had most success so far in his career. The French Open starts later this month and Molcan will certainly be aiming to make a good result there. It remains to be seen how far can Molcan get with Vajda on board.