I hope Djokovic holds up mentally, reaches Federer and Rafael Nadal - Coach


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I hope Djokovic holds up mentally, reaches Federer and Rafael Nadal - Coach

Marian Vajda spoke about Novak Djokovic's goals. Slovakia's doesn't mind about holding more Grand Slam titles himself than Toni Nadal or other coaches, but he is just interested at the Belgrade native's history.

"I hope Novak stays there mentally and he reaches Nadal and Federer. That I have one or less title than other coaches is not something I like that much. It's just statistics. Of course, i make history and I appreciate it a lot.

I am happy about winning Grand Slams. Novak's ambition is to win Grand Slams and be a leader in the world of tennis. I just coach." About the longevity of his success with the world No. 1, Vajda added: "We have been working with Novak for a long time, it's no longer about coaching, but confidence and energy.

Novak has great support from my side. An important role for the coach is to also get involved mentally in the match. I do not just coach and sit. During matches, it's like if I played with him on court. I do not think I am better than Lennart Bergelin or Tony Pickard who coached Stefan Edberg.

From a modest condition in Slovakia, I raised a big legend. Coaches appreciate my job." On how he approached tennis, Vajda concluded: "I was 17 years old, I was still younger. I will never forget how Ivan Lendl took care of me.

He showed me the world of professional tennis. There were also Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Vitas Gerulaitis. I had the opportunity to see all the matches. It was a big experience for me. The meeting with Borg's coach Lennart Bergelin was always on my mind.

He was a calm man with a mental approach to tennis. Both of them were cold. His understanding of tennis was great."