I had doubts about Novak Djokovic every day, says Marian Vajda


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I had doubts about Novak Djokovic every day, says Marian Vajda

Marian Vajda is the 'secret' weapon behind Novak Djokovic's resurgence. The world no. 10's coach rejoined his team and replaced Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek and although he was excited to start working with Novak again, Vajda was unsure if Djokovic could play at the highest level again. 'Since I started working with him again I was every day doubtful. Because you never go back, and you have to bring the new Novak. I was thinking critical, negative, which I’d never been as a person. What happened here, for me, I still cannot understand why it happened,' Vajda told reporters after Djokovic's fourth Wimbledon title.

'I didn’t expect to win Wimbledon, this is the biggest surprise from all the years I was with him,' Vajda, who worked with Djokovic for more than a decade, admitted. 'All the years we were practicing, I was expecting he can be no. 1, he can win Grand Slams, but this was very unexpected. Queens helped him a lot, giving him slight confidence, but he was always doubting how he would be at Wimbledon. I think the biggest improvement here was his serving, patterns were fantastic, and the most improvement was on the return. He couldn’t find returns in Paris and in other tournaments but he found it just in time this tournament. I didn’t believe so much during the semi-finals he would beat Rafa (Nadal), because Rafa was mentally much better and winning Grand Slams and coming into the semi-finals much better. But mentally it was something amazing that happened in the fifth set. He hasn’t had experience against opponents like Nadal in a long time, I don’t know how he found it, but he just went for the balls, he had more courage to go for it and he made it simple. He commanded himself just very simply and then it happened.'

Djokovic and Vajda will keep working together for the rest of the year. 'We talked actually post-match. It seems like he [Vajda] is planning to keep on working with me, which is great news,' the 13-time Major winner said in press conference.

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