Coach Goran Ivanisevic gets brutally honest on coaching Novak Djokovic

Ivanisevic and Djokovic have been working together since 2019.

by Dzevad Mesic
Coach Goran Ivanisevic gets brutally honest on coaching Novak Djokovic
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Coach Goran Ivanisevic highlights a constant stress is a part of his job and jokingly added he is the one that gets all the blame when something doesn't work for Novak Djokovic. Ivanisevic, the 2001 Wimbledon champion, started working with Djokovic in 2019.

Since then, Djokovic has won nine Grand Slam titles. Before Ivanisevic started to work with Djokovic, the Croatian also had stints with Marin Cilic, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic. “You always have stress. There are five of us in the team, but everything is always my fault.

That’s how it is when you are a coach. On the court, people saw me as a savage or semi-savage, but I’m quite different off the court. I’m quite calm. No one believed that I could become a good coach. You need to know how to bury the ego.

You don’t matter anymore. The player is important," Ivanisevic said during the Entrepreneurial Attitude conference. Ivanisevic on how he motivates Djokovic Djokovic, who turned 36 in May, has broken some pretty astonishing records this year.

In 2023, Djokovic became the first-ever male player to reach 24 Grand Slams. Also this year, Djokovic set a new record for the most weeks spent at the world No 1 spot in tennis history. Motivating one of the most successful sportsmen of all time seems like a difficult task but Ivanisevic has his ways of managing to get the Serb ready and motivated for the big stage. “It is not easy to motivate him [Djokovic] because he has already won everything, but we have a way.

Many times we don’t agree, but it’s good to argue on the court. I love this job. Work can only be done if you love it and have the support of your family. If you don’t know how to deal with stress, which is always present, then you can’t do your job.

I am happy to train a genius, the best tennis player of all time and one of the best athletes in general. It’s unfortunate that only wins count. The final is not good, it’s like you didn’t even come to the tournament.

It’s easier for me because we are from the same region. I understand a lot of the things he does and I’m prepared for them in advance. I did the same, but now as a coach I have to be more calm and composed," Ivanisevic said.

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