Former Swiss tennis star Marc Rosset says Novak Djokovic's split with Marian Vajda can't be compared to Rafael Nadal's split from Uncle Toni. In an interview with rts.ch, Rosset said he is curious to see how will Djokovic function after splitting with his long-term coach Marian Vajda.
Djokovic still works with with Goran Ivanisevic, who has been in his corner since 2019. After the 2017 season, Nadal split with Uncle Toni. Nadal has been working with Carlos Moya since and he has continued to have Grand Slam success since the split with Uncle Toni.
"Yes, but Moya has always been Rafa's big brother. They have a bond of several years also, the fact that Carlos helped the young Nadal at the time. Their relationship is a continuation of what was done with Toni. You can't compare that with Djokovic," Rosset told rts.ch.
Nadal, Moya a perfect fit
Last year, Uncle Toni gave an interesting interview, in which he opened on why he thought Moya was the perfect fit for Nadal. "I still remember the last conversation I had with Rafael Nadal at the end of the 2016 season.
It was just him and me at that moment and I took the opportunity to give him a speech. I told him that he was no longer able to run as before, so he had to become more aggressive, go to the net more and absolutely improve his serve.
The serve is a fundamental weapon when a player begins to age. I think Carlos Moya gave him the confidence to implement the changes I had illustrated to him. It was a fundamental step to allow Rafa to remain competitive for a few more years," Uncle Toni said last year.
During the offseason, Nadal also added Marc Lopez to his coaching staff. Nadal made a great start to 2022, winning a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open.