The former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski believes that Marian Vajda should have helped Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells. Instead, the Slovakian decided to take a longer break and will be on the road again in Miami next week. Djokovic lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in a straight-set third round match.
"Where is Marian Vajda?", Rusedski questioned speaking on Amazon Prime. "Forty-two days away from a singles match. I know myself, I want that comfort blanket of that coach who tells me exactly what to do. If things aren’t going well on the court you see Novak looking to Marian on many occasions.
He knows what he needs to do. It felt like he needed that influence for this week, more so than next week. Especially because they had to come off the court on Monday, conditions completely different Tuesday - that’s where you need your coach to maybe string your rackets in a different way, tell you tactically to change a few things.
If you don’t have your coach next to you - yes, Marko, his brother understands tennis better than anyone too but it’s not the same respect to what Novak has for Marian. To me, that was a big question mark right from the start of the tournament."