Coach Marian Vajda: Beating Rafael Nadal gave Novak Djokovic lots of confidence



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Coach Marian Vajda: Beating Rafael Nadal gave Novak Djokovic lots of confidence

Coach Marian Vajda always believed that world No. 1 Novak Djokovic could come back and beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open final. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, recovered from two sets to beat Tsitsipas in the French Open final 6-7 (6) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.

"I believed that if he beat Rafa, he had a good chance even if Stefanos played incredible tennis. I was worried that after two sets he couldn't get energy because he was too flat," Vajda said, per Tennis Majors.

In the semifinal, Djokovic recovered from a set down to beat record 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal. "Rafa's match gave him a lot of confidence. In the first two sets he was maybe thinking too much," Vajda added.

Tsitsipas reflects on the Djokovic loss

“What I learned today is that no matter what, in order for the match to be finished you have to win three sets and not two,” Tsitsipas said. “Two sets doesn’t really mean anything.

It’s still one away of winning the entire match," Tsitsipas said. “(I) started playing really short,” the No 5 seed responded when asked about what happened after winning the first two sets. “I felt like my rhythm was off.

I really don’t know why. It was very strange considering that I started finding my rhythm, finding my shots, my movement on the court was perfect, and suddenly just felt cold and out of it. It was difficult to readjust.

I felt like I kind of lost my game a little bit. “I really wish I could understand why things like this happened and evolved. But I was trying to figure it out during my game. It was difficult to come up with something. It’s very unfortunate; very sad in the same way because it was a good opportunity.

I was playing good. I was feeling good. Yeah, I lost an opportunity to do something better today”.