Novak Djokovic is the king in short rallies, says strategy analyst


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Novak Djokovic is the king in short rallies, says strategy analyst

In an interview to Sky Sport Italy Craig O'Shannessy explained what he does in tennis and how he helps Novak Djokovic to lift his game level even more. 'I am the strategy analyst for ATP, Wimbledon and Australian Open.

I have been working with Novak for a couple of years as well. I do a lot of research into the game, I have my own website', said O'Shannessy. He then analyzed Djokovic's game in a deeper way: 'When you look at his game, people speak about the long rallies but what makes him a good player, in three or four shots rallies, he is the king there', said O'Shannessy, who started working with Novak on court last year in Monte Carlo.

'He is good in long rallies but he is the king in short rallies. He is the one who hits the ball so he deserves credit. But I work very close with Marian Vajda. He exactly knows what are his strengths but also his opponent's.

You also have to consider the surfaces. It's special for me to work with Marian.' In an interview to Ubitennis, Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda admitted he was surprised with the 14-time Grand Slam winner's return to the top.

Vajda said: 'I have been knowing him for years, but I would have never imagined that he would be back at this level so quickly. I felt that I was starting a new journey with a new Novak, after his injury. He had many doubts.

He always considers himself a champion, so it was difficult to work without looking at the past and without thinking about the future, both for me, the team and Nole himself. He was asking me since the first day: "Marian, when will I be back to win? Where will I get?" I had just come, I could not do anything but telling him to train and get used to the routines.

It was a long process that required a lot of confidence from both of us, especially to overcome tough moments.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title