Coach Goran Ivanisevic praised Novak Djokovic's mental strength, stating that 95 percent of the players would have never recovered from the Australia visa debacle. Djokovic went through one of the most challenging periods of his life earlier this year and the whole Australia saga ended with Djokovic deported from the country.
While in Australia, Djokovic's visa was twice cancelled and he was twice detained. After losing his Australia visa appeal, Djokovic was booted out of the country. Five months later, Djokovic is coming off a Rome victory and he is the top favorite for the French Open crown.
"I mean, he is a genius, because it takes so little for him to be back on his highest level. Believe me, 95% of the players would have never recovered after everything that has happened in Australia. But we expect him to just get over it: +You have to do this and that in a few weeks time.'
It does not work that way, he was very affected mentally," Ivanisevic told Tennis Majors.
Ivanisevic: Djokovic needed time to find himself again
Djokovic kicked off his 2022 season in late February in Dubai. There, Djokovic suffered a shock quarterfinal defeat versus Jiri Vesely.
Djokovic then picked up an early exit in Monte Carlo, before making the Belgrade final. In Belgrade, Djokovic wasn't playing his best but still he made the final, in which he lost to Andrey Rublev. "A lot. You could tell that even by looking at him on the court, his body language foremost.
He just wasn’t the Novak that steps resolutely on the court and you just wonder how long the match will last. In Monte Carlo he was not himself. He was himself in Belgrade though – not in terms of the level, but he was fighting, he was competing, although Djere helped him a bit in the first match.
But you could see the hunger in his eyes again," Ivanisevic said. Djokovic has now been through to the French Open last-16, where he faces Diego Schwartzman.