Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic has revealed that he was really having a tough time dealing with his 2010 French Open exit and that he cried afterward in the locker room. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, entered his French Open quarterfinal against Jurgen Melzer in 2010 as a big favorite but ended up suffering a surprise loss.
Djokovic was controlling the match and up by two sets before Melzer stormed back to beat the Serb in five sets and make the French Open semifinal. ''(Vajda) and (Miljan Amanovic) have let me cry and I'm very grateful for that.
It was a key moment. The narrative in the sports world is that a coach has to be someone that uplifts you, shows you that you have to be stronger when you feel weak. For me, the best coaches are the ones who are there for you as friends and human beings, coaches who are your shoulder to cry on, and people who understand you and let you spill your guts out when that is what you need,'' Djokovic said during his appearance the podcast with Chervin Jafarieh, as revealed by Sasa Ozmo.
Djokovic won his first French Open title in 2016
After years of trying to win the French Open, Djokovic finally captured his first and lone title at Roland Garros in 2016 after beating Andy Murray in the final. Djokovic completed a Career Grand Slam and now he is an 18-time Grand Slam champion.
Last month, Djokovic handed a straight-set defeat to Russian Daniil Medvedev to win a record ninth Australian Open title. After Djokovic won the Australian Open, his coach Goran Ivanisevic admitted he expects Rafael Nadal to win more French Open titles.
"Honestly, Rafa is going to win one more, maybe two for sure, French Opens”. Ivanisevic said. “(So) you need to keep going winning. Novak is favourite in Wimbledon and US Open."