'He is beating the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal', says top coach

The Big 3 drives each other to be the best they could possibly be on the court

by Simone Brugnoli
'He is beating the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal', says top coach

Novak Djokovic also misses the Miami Tennis Masters 1000 scheduled from Monday 22 March to Sunday 4 April. This was announced by the same number one in the world with a post on Twitter, in which "Nole" explained the personal reasons behind the choice of him.

"Dear fans, I am very sorry to announce that this year I will not travel to Miami to play," the Serbian champion wrote on his profile. I have decided to use this precious time at home to be with my family. With all the restrictions, I need to find a balance between my time on the Tour and what I spend at home.

I can't wait to go back next year! ". That of the 2021 Australian Open winner is only the last excellent package in order of time, as the other two Fab 3s, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, will not take part in the first Masters 1000 of the season.

Novak Djokovic found it incredibly difficult to break down the seemingly immoveable barriers of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal when he first burst onto the scene. However, the Serbian has chipped away at his long-term rivals' success and it is viable he could retire with the most glittering career that tennis has ever seen.

Helping Djokovic hit the lofty heights has been Marian Vajda's job - and now the coach has spilled the beans on the secret to success.

Vajda details key to surpassing Federer and Nadal

Speaking of Novak Djokovic, who is an ASICS shoe ambassador, Marian Vajda said: "Initially, when I began working with Novak, he did not make it to No 1 as he wanted to get there too fast – I always emphasised that he had to work hard and to put in the quality of the practise to get there.

"He really did put through the sweat and patience for the sport, developing his game through pain and effort even when there was a time that he didn’t believe he could make it to No 1 for those five years between 2006 and 2011.

I always believed in building up slowly to improve his game until Novak himself believed he could get to the level required, like in 2011 where he broke through and performed such an incredible season. After he became No 1 in Wimbledon and his life changed, I was worried that would be it as he’d reached his dream, but now he is dominating the game and is beating the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, which was impossible before.

He is physically stronger, altered his diet and changed his attitude to the practices. If his health remains stable, I know he can break more records, he is very motivated."

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