Novak Djokovic had his 2021 off to a great start by winning the Australian Open for the ninth time in his incredible career. The world No. 1 suffered from an abdominal problem during his third-round match against Taylor Fritz, but that didn't stop him from reaching the bottom thanks to the exponential growth in his performance.
The 33-year-old Serbian showed a masterful performance in the final against Daniil Medvedev, also denying all those bookmakers that had given the Russian as a favorite the day before. The Belgrade veteran has decided to take a break from competition to make a full recovery from a physical point of view, although the loss at the Miami Masters 1000 has left experts stunned.
After confirming his presence in Florida at first, "Nole preferred" to stay home to spend more time with his family. The 18-time Grand Slam champion is expected to return in Monte Carlo next month. Novak Djokovic’s head coach Marian Vajda recently gave his thoughts about the Serb's gradual development over the years.
Vajda talked about the 2011 season in particular, and explained why it was a life-changing moment for Djokovic.
Vajda talks about Novak Djokovic
"After Novak Djokovic became No. 1 in Wimbledon and his life changed, I was worried that would be it as he’d reached his dream," Marian Vajda said.
"But now he is dominating the game and is beating the likes of Federer and Nadal, which was impossible before." Marian Vajda further revealed that before 2011, Novak Djokovic had serious doubts about whether he could reach the No.
1 ranking. But Djokovic refused to give up, and kept putting in the hard yards to get closer to his goals. "He really did put through the sweat and patience for the sport, developing his game through pain and effort - even when there was a time that he didn’t believe he could make it to No.
1, for those five years between 2006 and 2011," Vajda continued. Novak Djokovic’s other coach, Goran Ivanisevic, also shed some light on his the Serb's zealous nature. The Croat revealed that he feels proud at how Djokovic works to improve himself 'every day'
"With Novak, every day is to improve he pushes to be better and when I see the amazing results, it makes me a better coach," Ivanisevic said. "However, it’s not easy, there are a lot of ups and downs with a lot of pressure because a final is not good enough," Ivanisevic added.
"Novak only strives for records and to win so it’s a lot of pressure, but without pressure, life is boring!"