Grigor Dimitrov's coach rips Novak Djokovic's coach: 'Moved like a gazelle'
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Coach Daniel Vallverdu seemingly wasn't thrilled at all reading coach Goran Ivanisevic stating that they feared Grigor Dimitrov but then the Bulgarian came out playing with the wrong tactics against Novak Djokovic.
In the Australian Open third round, Djokovic handed Dimitrov a 7-6 (7) 6-3 6-4 loss.
Is this an accurate quote @Tennis_Majors @WeAreTennis ? https://t.co/pxk6nb54U0 — Daniel Vallverdu (@danielvallverdu) January 31, 2023
After Vallverdu received his confirmation that Ivanisevic's quotes were real, he appeared to take a sarcastic dig at Djokovic's reported hamstring injury. "@AustralianOpen best point of the tournament against @GrigorDimitrov.
Moving like a gazelle (clapping hands emoji). Goran (clapping hands emoji) #DropShotStrategy. Title No 22. Congratulations @DjokerNole, the level was off the charts for the 12 matches down under. Only dropping two sets," Vallverdu wrote on Twitter.
@AustralianOpen best point of the tournament against @GrigorDimitrov
Moving like a gazelle ðð» ðð» Goran ðð»#DropShotStrategy #ð22 Congratulations @DjokerNole the level was off the charts for the 12 matches down under.
Only dropping two sets ðð» https://t.co/AYyeNgIaaG — Daniel Vallverdu (@danielvallverdu) February 1, 2023
What did Ivanisevic say of Djokovic's win over Dimitrov?
“In the first two rounds, the opponents were easier, so we figured it was going to be okay.
But Dimitrov just played in the wrong way, his coach and himself didn’t have the proper plan, the right tactics. Novak couldn’t move and Grigor played maybe two or three drop shots, I would’ve played 300!!
But he is our Balkan brother, so he helped (laughing). Dimitrov is a tricky opponent even if you’re ready – he slices a lot, everything happens fast with him. That was the match I was most afraid. Afterwards, Novak’s game astonishing, everything went smoothly," Ivanisevic told Sasa Ozmo of Tennis Majors.
Meanwhile, Australian Open tournament Craig Tiley spoke with SEN Sportsday on Wednesday. During his appearance, Tiley publicly revealed that Djokovic was dealing with a three cm hamstring tear. “This guy I did see, he had a three-centimetre tear in his hammy.
Absolutely (I saw the scans), the doctors are going to tell you the truth. There was a lot of speculation about whether it was true or not, it’s hard to believe that they can do what they do with those kinds of injuries," Tiley said.
After winning the Australian Open, Djokovic admitted that he was bothered by some of the comments that were made about his hamstring injury. Also, Djokovic said he will provide details in the upcoming days.