Novak Djokovic came back as a father on court in great fashion, winning the title in Paris just few days after assisting with his wife Jelena in the birth of the couple's first child, Stefan. Novak a father, many wondered if that would have had an impact on the Serb's focus once back on a tennis court.
The reply arrived right few days after, when the World No.1 conquered his third title at the BNP Paribas Masters in Bercy, increasing his lead over World No.2 Roger Federer to more than 1,300 points. Speaking about the successful comeback to L'Equipe was Novak's coach, Marian Vajda, who since this year shares his spot on the player's box with tennis legend Boris Becker.
"I am very happy for this tournament, especially after all that has happened last week. Novak was anything but ready after his child's birth, but he showed he was able to win in such a tough tournament under such tough conditions.
He really impressed me. After Shanghai he only practiced one hour per day in Munich, and there was only Gebhard Gritsch to take care of the athletic side" said Vajda. What really impressed Marian, was the final his protegé played against Milos Raonic in Paris.
"Did you see the way he returned? Services where coming in at 139 mph, 141 mph and 142 mph! He always found somehow a way to return and put the ball back on play. The only suggestion I had was to always be ready. Before the match I told him he could play better, but he was very nervous" revealed Vajda to the French sports newspaper.
What motivated Novak to give his very best even though he wasn't supposed to even be able to do so? It seems Roger Federer had his part in the process...