Coach Marian Vajda reveals key conversation with Novak Djokovic


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Coach Marian Vajda reveals key conversation with Novak Djokovic

In an interview to Bernerzeitung Novak Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda recalled a conversation he had with the Serbian player in April when they came back to work together. 'I told him: "You have it inside you.

But now we have to find our daily routines again. Now we have to face these tough moments". Obviously the fact that he was injured did not help, as well as not competing for basically nine months' said Vajda. 'On a physical level he was missing something.

He had done fitness, but the match toughness was missing. Now on a muscle level he is much better again. The most important thing, however, was mental. The big question matter was: for how much time could he stand losing? He needed wins." Vajda also reflected on the younger players' potential: 'I told Ivan Lendl that he has a big talented guy with Zverev.

He remembers me the way I took the control with Novak. Ivan is very smart, he will teach him a lot. Tsitsipas is good, I like De Minaur but he is not mature yet. Coric made huge progress. And he is just 22. I like Khachanov as well, he plays fearlessly.' Vajda also reflected on Novak's improvements following the loss to Marco Cecchinato in June: 'Two or three days after the French Open, he called me and told me: "Marian, I decided to play.

Let's try". I said: "Yeah, for sure!" The question mark was then if he would play Halle or Queens before Wimbledon. We have chosen Queen's, and when he stepped on grass for the first time, he forgot everything that happened before.

He suddenly felt well again. Look, forgetting is a big quality. Although Novak lost the final to Cilic, that tournament gave him a lot of confidence.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title