'The biggest challenge for Novak Djokovic was to deal with...', says top coach
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2349
A year after being expelled from the country due to his vaccination status, Novak Djokovic took his revenge by winning his tenth Australian Open. The Serbian phenomenon dominated the tournament far and wide, leaving only one set on the road and showing a superiority at times embarrassing.
His level has risen exponentially from the round of 16 onwards, as can be confirmed by the various de Minaur, Rublev, Paul and Tsitsipas. The umpteenth success at Melbourne Park allowed Nole to return to the top of the ATP ranking, ousting Carlos Alcaraz from the throne after 20 weeks of reign.
The 35-year-old from Belgrade has hooked his eternal rival Rafael Nadal at 22 Grand Slams and will try to overtake already at Roland Garros, where the Spaniard will be called to defend his title. Given Rafa's precarious physical conditions, many believe that Novak can once again aspire to the 'Calendar Grand Slam' (already touched in 2021).
The latest news from the United States lead us to be optimistic about the presence of the 'Djoker' at the US Open.
Mouratoglou opens up on Djokovic
"Before the Australian swing, the biggest challenge for Novak Djokovic was to deal with emotions coming back a year after the drama and perform in that environment.
His meltdown after the win in the final spoke loudly. Challenge completed." Former Spanish tennis professional Alex Corretja has spoken highly of Novak Djokovic after his record-extending 10th Australian Open title. “Look how Djokovic celebrated the other day [Australian Open win] and how he hugged his family and especially his brother and his mother.
When he hugs his brother, he feels that harmony that works with Pepe Imaz and at that moment Djokovic feels that this work is not in vain,” he told Cadena SER (via Express). “That hug to his brother is the accumulation of managing many situations for years,” he added.
“What Djokovic transmits is pure passion for everything he does. I think that Djokovic has been misunderstood many times, he has a very big soul, beyond his things and his ideals, which he has maintained and respected without deceiving anyone, he has always been very sincere.
Just as Federer and Nadal had a rivalry but turned it into something closer, Djokovic and Nadal have been on opposite paths at the level of ideals and sharing things with the fans. In tennis, everyone is very closed to their team,” he added.
“The same thing happened to us, they are different habits, you have different schedules, another way of being."