Marian Vajda reveals how it felt coaching against Novak Djokovic at French Open

Vajda split with Djokovic and now works with Alex Molcan.

by Dzevad Mesic
Marian Vajda reveals how it felt coaching against Novak Djokovic at French Open

Marian Vajda admitted it was a strange feeling being at a Novak Djokovic's match and sitting in the player box of the Serb's opponent. Earlier this year, Djokovic and Vajda parted ways. After taking some time off, Vajda accepted Alex Molcan's coaching offer.

In the French Open second round, Djokovic and Molcan clashed. No coach knows more about Djokovic but even that didn't help Molcan as Djokovic won 6-2 6-3 7-6 (4). Now, Vajda admits it was a strange feeling and confirmed he and the Serb still have a good relationship.

"It is strange, obviously. First of all, it was very strange in Paris (Molcan faced Djokovic in the second round of the French Open), to be in the opposing box. It was a terrible feeling, I have to be honest. I felt so bad, Novak also felt very bad.

We stay in touch, communicate and send messages to each other. Our relationship is still very good," Vajda told Tennis Majors.

Vajda: I expected Djokovic to do well at the French Open

Djokovic won Rome leading up to the Frenhc Open, while Nadal was hampered by a chronic foot pain.

Going into the tournament, Djokovic was given the most chance to win the French Open. Djokovic was considered as the favorite going into his quarterfinal match versus Nadal but the Spaniard escaped with a four-set win. I thought that he would do well in Paris, the game was there, but that match against Rafa was tough.

Rafa displayed his best tennis, and Novak did not have the answer. Maybe he was a bit surprised at the beginning, when he lost important and long games. I think Rafa found the gap in Novak’s forehand, he had a lot of winners to that side.

Maybe Novak thought that Nadal would go more to his backhand, but Rafa played risky and went down the line with his forehand a lot, and it paid off. It could have gone out as well," Vajda explained.

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