Coach Marian Vajda thinks there's a lot of similarities between him and Novak Djokovic and that's what has made their relationship so great. Vajda has been with Djokovic since the start of the Serb's career and they have had an extremely successful partnership.
"I love Novak's mentality. That line is very similar with you Serbs, and us Slovaks. We have an identical attitude towards humor, the same jokes, we look at a lot of things in a matching way," Vajda told Novosti.
When asked what makes Djokovic different from the others, Vajda explained: "His absolute determination to be the best! He knows his goal and how to go towards it. Also, the attitude towards obligations. He fulfills them perfectly and professionally every day.
He is not the first for no reason. He works hard every day." When acknowledged that some other top players have the same tendencies, Vajda said: "Yes, but his mentality and approach are exceptional. When he masters technique, tactics, or something else, he gains confidence.
He is like that, whatever he works on, every day."
Vajda not concerned by Djokovic's loss to Rafael Nadal
Vajda thinks Djokovic has reached his peak at the age of of 33. "I think he is at his best today. The more mature, the stronger.
With age, he has to work maybe a little more to be in shape than when he was younger, but now he is more consistent. The experience brought him a lot. And he still has a passion for playing," Vajda claimed. Djokovic was absolutely thrashed by Nadal in the French Open as the Spaniard won 6-0 6-2 7-5 to lift a record 13th title at Roland Garros.
Vajda gave credit to Nadal for his performance but underlined that Djokovic is still a "champion and world No. 1." "It was one of Novak's bad days and the best day for Nadal," Vajda reflected on the French Open final.
"Kudos to Nadal, he managed to use it to the end. But Novak still remains the champion and is the first in the world. Our team is proud of his great results this year and is happy to work with him, because he still has the motivation to improve in all areas and to be the best player in history!" Nadal and Roger Federer are tied on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors, while Djokovic comes at the third place with 17 Majors.
"That is his goal and I very much believe that it will happen. He can break all records. And he’s so close to doing that. He is healthy, he is still young compared to Federer, and we all support him in that," Vajda insisted.