'Novak Djokovic did not believe sufficiently that...', says top coach

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'Novak Djokovic did not believe sufficiently that...', says top coach

Novak Djokovic hoped to get a better result at Roland Garros 2022. The Serbian champion, who had missed the Australian Open due to the well-known vaccination issue, had presented himself in Paris with the status of first favorite.

The triumph at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia seemed to have regenerated Nole, called to defend the title won at Porte d'Auteuil in 2021. After walking in the first week, the 35-year-old from Belgrade offered a fairly dull performance in the quarters against his eternal rival Rafael Nadal.

The Spaniard won in four sets, taking advantage of his opponent's numerous empty passes. Djokovic will try to redeem himself at Wimbledon, but the defeat against Rafa risks leaving dross in Novak's mind. Thanks to the victory at Roland Garros, the Majorcan has hoisted himself to 22 Majors, stretching over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking.

During a long interview with 'Tennis Majors', Goran Ivanisevic expressed his sincere opinion on the big match between Rafa and Nole which took place in Paris.

Goran Ivanisevic on Nole Djokovic

“I cannot say that I am disappointed, but I am sad.

It was not a perfect match from either side," Ivanisevic said. "Rafa did not play a spectacular match, but the body language decided, from the first point until the last: Rafa’s body language and Novak Djokovic’s body language.

I have to be brutally honest to begin with – I am in a funk and I can’t sleep,” he said. Goran Ivanisevic bemoaned Novak Djokovic's "bad start" to the match and said the Serb lacked energy and belief that he could beat the Spaniard at his favorite Slam.

“I warned him, I even told you guys (journalists) that the start of the match could be decisive, but again, a bad start… And then, after the turnaround in the second set, it is incomprehensible the way he played the third set.

It was like he lacked energy and like he did not believe sufficiently that he could win. You cannot allow that to yourself against Rafa, because this is his tournament,” Ivanisevic said. "I do not know, we have not spoken yet," Ivanisevic said.

"That is why I am so troubled by this match, I can’t sleep. What would happen had he won the fourth set, nobody knows, but that is just good old ‘what if’. He had two set points: the first one was an easy backhand unforced error, on the second he approached the net with the ball in the middle of the court, so Rafa passed him."