World number 29 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina admitted that he did not think at the start of the Monte Carlo Masters that he would reach the final, but beating Novak Djokovic gave him a huge confidence boost. Davidovich Fokina started his Monte Carlo campaign with a straight sets win over Marcos Giron, but no one expected him to knock out Djokovic in the second round.
Djokovic was playing only his second tournament of the year and Davidovich Fokina took advantage of it and beat the Serb 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-1. "From the beginning of the tournament I didn't think he would make it to the final.
I had a very tough draw," Davidovich Fokina told the ATP Tour website. "In the second round Djokovic touched me. He hadn't had a lot of match rhythm, so I thought he had a chance to win that match. After that win, he was very confident in myself.
The beginning of the season was tough, because in many games I had a lot of control, but it slipped away and I lost. However, after beating Djokovic, everything grew confidence-wise and I started to believe in myself and push myself to see where my limits are." After beating Djokovic, Davidovich Fokina also defeated David Goffin, Taylor Fritz and Grigor Dimitrov.
Marian Vajda on Nole Djokovic
Marian Vajda recently delved deeper into his split with former ward Novak Djokovic, revealing that the World No. 1 felt it would be better to play Slams with just one coach. "We were together for a long time, he wanted to focus more on Grand Slam tournaments and the team was no longer important in such quantity," Vajda said.
"He wanted to reduce it and have only one coach. He chose Goran IvaniševiÄ. There was no reason for us to be more. However, we have never talked directly about it, I am only based on an analysis of the program that you have prepared for the near future." Upon being further probed about the 34-year-old's chances at Roland Garros, Vajda admitted that the former might find the going tough in Paris as well.
However, he sees Djokovic back in full form for Wimbledon. "I don't know if it's Roland Garros," said the Slovak. "There will be players running and Novak still lacks wrestling experience. It is visible. But he could be ready for Wimbledon.
It is his surface, he can use its advantages there." Marian Vajda now serves as the head coach for Slovak No. 1 Alex Molcan.