'Novak Djokovic's poor form so far can be attributed to...', says top coach
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 4157
World number 1 Novak Djokovic has acknowledged that he is happy with his run in Belgrade, as he has achieved his goal of playing several matches and undergoing much-needed training. The Serbian's clay court season got off to a rocky start, as evidenced by his immediate loss at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 in his debut against Davidovich Fokina.
Djokovic recovered the following week in Belgrade, where he reached the final and lost to Andrey Rublev in three sets. To reach the final act of the tournament, the 34-year-old Serb overcame resistance from Laslo Djere, Miomir Kecmanovic and Karen Khachanov, whom he beat in straight sets.
"Well, he could have easily come out in the first match of the tournament and had four sets of three that each lasted over two and a half hours, so he was looking for some more competitive matches. I was looking to spend more time on the court and that's what I got.
So of course playing the final is a good result and I have to be positive," Djokovic said. Novak Djokovic will not face any restrictions this clay court season as he is fit to play in any tournament. The number 1 in the world, in this regard, admitted that not having to worry about other things helps.
"I'm happy to be back on track in terms of being able to play in tournaments and having clarity in terms of schedule, where I have to go, where I can go, where I can do the most and where I want to do the most," Djokovic added.
It is clear that the Serbian is not yet at his best, but he is not worried, as he stressed that his top priority is to be at the top when it comes time for the French Open and Wimbledon.
Vajda reflects 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." Vajda was then asked if he still watched his former ward in action.
The 57-year-old coach replied in the affirmative. "Yes, I saw some matches," Vajda said. "Of course, everything is conditioned by the events that took place at the beginning of the season. It didn't help, he didn't play matches."