Also complicit in the absences of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, World number 1 Novak Djokovic had a great chance to increase his showcase at the US Open. An accidental blow to a line judge cost the Serbian the disqualification, who then won the BNL Internationals of Italy by beating Diego Schwartzman in the final.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion presented himself with great confidence at Roland Garros, where he hoped to become the third man in history to have won all four majors at least twice. However, the outcome was not what was hoped for, as Nole collected just seven games in the final against a wild Rafael Nadal.
In a recent interview granted to Novosti.rs, Marian Vajda spoke in detail about her protégé, analyzing his relationship with the Belgrade phenomenon and their goals for the future.
Vajda on Novak Djokovic
"I hope until Novak Djokovic breaks all records.
Let's start by winning more than 20 Grand Slams together!" Marian Vajda, who won the ATP Coach of the Year award in 2018, shared the secret behind his success and continued: "If you have such a long friendship with him as I have, for so many years, then you will succeed!
We are like a family. And the magic word is - compromise. It always has to be. There are no other secrets. In the beginning, when I was a very young coach, it was not easy with Novak. Both he and his family wanted to be the best in the world.
So, I had to be a perfect coach to fulfill his and his family's dreams. His absolute determination to be the best! He knows his goal and how to go towards it. Also, his attitude towards obligations. He fulfills them perfectly and professionally every day.
He is not the first for no reason. He works hard every day," said Marian Vajda. The three-time US Open champion will compete in the Vienna tournament, while his presence in Paris-Bercy before the London Finals is at risk.
It is entirely possible and even likely that both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will surpass Roger Federer in this riveting major-title chase. When all is said and done, it will be a very close call between Nadal and Djokovic, and it would not surprise me in the least if these two towering champions finished in a tie with 22 Grand Slam titles each.
But this much is certain: by masterfully capturing another major title on his favorite court in the world, Nadal has repositioned the race, strengthening his own chances to eventually stand alone at the top, forcing Djokovic to make up more ground, and reminding everyone that he is a sports figure unlike any other in this era.