'Djokovic dealt way better with Rafael Nadal’s looping backhands to...', says coach



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'Djokovic dealt way better with Rafael Nadal’s looping backhands to...', says coach

World number 1 Novak Djokovic will play the 2021 Mallorca Championship in preparation for Wimbledon. The Serbian receives an invitation from the tournament director, Toni Nadal (remember that Rafael Nadal will not play the grass season and the Tokyo Olympics).

Djokovic will also attend the official opening of the new center court stadium at Mallorca Country Club on Friday June 18, 2021. Djokovic will play an exhibition match with his coach Goran Ivanisevic and former world No.2 Tommy Haas.

Edwin Weindorfer, CEO of e | motion group said: "We are very happy that Novak Djokovic begins preparing him for the climax of the season at Wimbledon in the Mallorca Championship. After the intense weeks of the French Open in Paris with many grueling matches, he will be concentrating on practicing at the Mallorca Country Club in the coming days, but he also helps put the tournament in the spotlight by participating in the doubles competition.

To have another big star like Dominic Thiem, who last September celebrated his greatest success by winning the US Open in New York, is also a HUGE honor for our tournament and our new club." Not just Novak Djokovic: other ATP stars are also expected at the 2021 Mallorca Championships.

In fact, the men's singles draw will also feature Dominic Thiem, Norway's Casper Ruud and Russia's Karen Khachanov. Novak Djokovic won 1 Grand Slams (19 in total), 31 Masters 1000 (out of 36 total) in the last 10 years and stayed at the top of the world rankings for 324 weeks, breaking most of his opponents' records.

Ivanisevic on Novak Djokovic's tactical approach in his semifinal

Goran Ivanisevic was asked to throw light on Novak Djokovic's tactical approach in his semifinal clash against Rafael Nadal. The Croat said his charge was prepared to give 100% on the court to try and get the win.

"Firstly, he (Novak Djokovic) was prepared to stay on that court for 20 hours, if that is what it took to win," Ivanisevic said. "In the 2020 final, Novak did not show up, he kept trying to shorten the points.

This time around, he was willing to run and run, he was prepared for a physically grueling battle. Novak dealt way better with Rafa’s looping backhands to his backhand, that shot did not bother him as much," said the Croat.

"Also, he was very focused when finishing points off. With Rafa, you attack and attack, and then he suddenly counterattacks, and you are in trouble," he added. "This time around, Novak believed in his shots, even when he was missing. Rafa could not do anything."