'I have never seen Rafael Nadal so powerless at...', says top coach



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'I have never seen Rafael Nadal so powerless at...', says top coach

After winning the second Roland Garros of his career, achieving an extraordinary feat between the semi-final and the final, for Novak Djokovic it seems that there are no more limits. The former tennis player and well-known coach of the Serbian champion, Goran Ivanisevic, gave an interesting interview to the Tennis Majors microphones talking about the latest feat of his student and the next goals of Novak.

Thanks to this success, Novak Djokovic now has 19 Slams and is chasing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the standings. Ivanisevic started the epic match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the Paris semifinals explaining the keys to the Serbian's victory.

“Novak was also willing to stay on the court for 20 hours if necessary, in the 2020 final Novak never showed it and tried from the start to shorten the points and run and fight. For anything. I think Novak Djokovic moved very well on the court and, unlike last year, Nole was ready to react in difficult moments, Rafa's top spin on the backhand did not hurt him and he was very focused on the final points.

Even if he made a mistake, Djokovic has always believed in his shots and Rafa has not been able to react and respond.

Goran Ivanisevic on the French Open final

Goran Ivanisevic believes Novak Djokovic played "perfect" tennis and thoroughly outgunned Rafael Nadal after losing the first set of their Roland Garros semi-final clash.

"The match started almost identically to last year’s final, but this time it was like Novak reset himself when he was 0-5 down in the first set," Ivanisevic said. "He nearly clawed his way back into that set and I knew that we were going to see a very different match going forward.

What happened in the second, third and fourth set… I have never seen Rafa so powerless at Roland-Garros," he added. "I feel like Novak could have won the third set sooner, but overall, his tennis was perfect."

According to Ivanisevic, the Serb was "not ready" to face Nadal in last year's final, but turned the tables on the Spaniard this time around, handing him a "tennis lesson." "I mean, I have a right to say what I want to say," the former Wimbledon champion said.

"I had my own reasons; I am part of Novak Djokovic's team and it is normal that I believe in my player. This year, he gave a tennis lesson to Nadal. I am not gloating; simply put, last year Novak was not ready, but this year he was mentally solid and prepared for the battle."