In an interview Novak Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda spoke about the challenges of his job. Vajda, who has been working for 12 consecutive years with the Serb except April 2017-2018, said: "Coaching is busy. You need to stay there for 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
You always plan the following day, the following week. For example before the French Open we were focused for three weeks in order to win four Grand Slams in a row. The player stops thinking about a loss after one or two days but the coach always thinks about it."
Vajda is surprised about Djokovic winning four Grand Slams over 12 months, Wimbledon 2018, US Open 2018, Australian Open and Wimbledon 2019. "One year ago nobody thought Novak could win four Grand Slams over 12 months", he admitted.
"It's normal that he get praised. I try to perceive every thing about him and to help him. When we started co-operating again after a one-year break, I realized it would have not been easy. Even if we know each other well, I was not sure about how it would have ended up.
In the end, it turned great. Novak got his confidence back, he saw that my words were right in matches." He concluded: "For a player, being able to take decisions is a major thing. The coach should not decide instead of him.
It's not like in football." Djokovic is recovering from a shoulder injury and he is set to play the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo next.