Marian Vajda identifies why Novak Djokovic struggled in his first tournaments

Vajda finds a new job after splitting with Djokovic.

by Dzevad Mesic
Marian Vajda identifies why Novak Djokovic struggled in his first tournaments

Coach Marian Vajda acknowledged Novak Djokovic struggled in his first couple of events because he was lacking matches. Djokovic, 34, was hoping to start his season in Australia but it ended in a complete chaos. While in Australia, Djokovic's visa was twice cancelled and he was twice detained.

After losing his second Australia visa appeal, Djokovic was deported from Australia. Djokovic kicked off his 2022 season in Dubai, where he made the quarterfinal before suffering a shock loss to Jiri Vesely. Djokovic also suffered a shock loss to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in his Monte Carlo opener, before ending runner-up to Andrey Rublev in the Belgrade final.

On Tuesday, Djokovic kicked off his Madrid campaign with a straight-set win over Gael Monfisl.

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“He was not in great shape because of the problems from the beginning of year.

He doesn’t have enough matches under his belt, and that is why he is now trying to play everywhere he can. He is getting back to his old self, even though in Belgrade final he still wasn’t in best shape. He might be struggling a bit in Madrid and Rome, but I think he will be ready for Roland Garros," Vajda told Tennis Majors.

In early March, Djokovic and Vajda announced end of their long-time partnership. This week, Vajda announced he has accepted to be Alex Molcan's new coach. After splitting with Djokovic, Vajda wanted to coach a Slovak and it was perfect when Molcan offered him a job.

“I am glad that I will coach the best Slovakin player, it was the decisive factor,” he said. “I have had a lot of offers after my cooperation with Novak ended, but I wanted to help a Slovakian player – it gave me new energy." Interestingly, Molcan made his first ATP final in Belgrade last year - in which he was beaten by Djokovic.

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