'Novak Djokovic could have expected Rafael Nadal Roland Garros loss,' says Corretja

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'Novak Djokovic could have expected Rafael Nadal Roland Garros loss,' says Corretja

Novak Djokovic claimed the 17th Major trophy at the Australian Open last year, looking good to further reduce the deficit to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the rest of the season. As we all know, Novak stayed at that one Major crown in 2020, experiencing a default at the US Open and losing the Roland Garros final to Nadal, who joined Federer on 20 Major titles.

Djokovic was the player to beat in the plagued season behind us, winning every match before that colossal US Open mistake when he hit the lineswoman with a ball. Novak did win Cincinnati and Rome in between, hoping for another strong run at Roland Garros and seeking the first Parisian trophy since 2016.

Novak reached the final, where he suffered a severe 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 loss to the clay king Rafael Nadal, finishing the season with one Major trophy on his tally.

Alex Corretja spoke about Novak Djokovic and his results at Majors in 2020.

Speaking about the Serb, Alex Corretja said that Novak would try to leave the US Open and Roland Garros setbacks behind him and make a fresh start in 2021 at his favorite Major in Melbourne.

Corretja believes that Djokovic suffers more from the US Open debacle than the Roland Garros loss, knowing there was a great possibility that Nadal would beat him in that title clash. Djokovic stood no chance against Nadal on that day, winning only two games in the opening two sets and avoiding a complete disaster with a better performance in the third.

Still, Nadal was a man on the mission in Paris, bringing the third set home in the closing stages to secure the 20th Major crown and the 13th in the French capital. "Djokovic needs to win a Major and get closer again to remove the thorn, not the one from the Roland Garros final but the thorn of the US Open.

Losing against Rafa in the Roland Garros final was highly within the possibilities. At this Australian Open, Novak may think that if he doesn't win, Rafa won't win. The more it escapes him, the more difficult it will be for him to catch Roger and Rafa.

It will be quite an exciting tournament. I want to see how Djokovic manages his temperament and his character after a time that has not been easy for him," Alex Corretja said.