Ivanisevic reveals who is the strongest among Djokovic, Sinner and Alcaraz

The former coach of the Serbian champion revealed who, in his opinion, is the strongest among the three, at his best

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Ivanisevic reveals who is the strongest among Djokovic, Sinner and Alcaraz
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In the Media Day of the ATP Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo, Novak Djokovic came back to talk about the end of the collaboration with Goran Ivanisevic, providing further details on the end of their professional relationship. Their split was certainly one of the most sensational surprises of 2024 and has been compared to a real sporting earthquake.

"We both felt we had given our all in this relationship and it was time to move on. It's very simple. He remains one of the most successful coaches in the history of tennis. What we did together is something that cannot be undone. The results and history speak for themselves and he remains a good friend to both me and my family," explained Nole, who then talked about Nenad Zimonjic's presence in Monte Carlo.

Novak Djokovic
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"He's been a friend of mine for a long time. I've known him since I was very young, he was my Davis Cup captain. We won the ATP Cup together in 2020 and we've always had good communication. I like how he thinks about tennis, how observe my game and that of others.

He always helped me, he was like a mentor, an older brother. I was in Belgrade when I started training on clay and I asked him if he could follow me during those sessions and in Monte Carlo. We will talk about the future at the end of the tournament," said Nole.

Novak Djokovic
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Ivanisevic believes that Djokovic at his best is stronger than Alcaraz and Sinner

The performances shown by Djokovic in 2024 were below expectations, to put it mildly. The Serbian champion tried to change things by interrupting his collaboration with Ivanisevic.

After his super 2023, Nole is now looking for new energy, new stimuli and, why not, new victories in Monte Carlo, to be able to stem Jannik Sinner's rise.

Novak Djokovic, Roland Garros 2015
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Interviewed on The Tennis Podcast, Ivanisevic explained how he believes that Djokovic at his best is stronger than Sinner at Carlos Alcaraz.

"Alcaraz and Sinner will have a lot of great matches. But if Djokovic shows up in a tournament, I will always put my money on Novak. We saw in Australia this year that he wasn't there and you can't show up like that against Sinner. Sinner was too good. But at the Wimbledon final, last year, one or two points, it could be a different game.

But in the end I have to say Carlos played fantastic. At the moment I have to say that Sinner is the strongest tennis player in the world. He has won 25 out of 26 games. He is simply incredible. He's playing great. Alcaraz and Sinner are incredible tennis players. They are different players. They're both very beautiful to look at," he told.

Novak Djokovic, Monte Carlo 2013
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A few days ago, Ivanisevic talked in depth about the split with Djokovic, revealing how the two had now reached the end of their professional journey.

"It's been exciting, a great honor and a great responsibility. I'm proud. It's been a turbulent journey, not because of our collaboration, but because of everything that happened. The shoulder injury at the 2019 US Open, then everything that happened with the Coronavirus. 

But Novak is an institution, the greatest tennis player and one of the greatest athletes of all time. I will be eternally grateful to Novak, he offered me a unique opportunity and no one will ever be able to take us away the results we have achieved," he told in an exclusive interview with Sasa Ozmo, journalist for SportKlub and Tennis Majors.

Novak Djokovic
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The Croatian coach then added: "They have truly been five difficult and intense years. People forget about the Coronavirus period, they forget that it has been labeled as the biggest villain on the planet. We weren't allowed to enter one country, then another... we were always in a sort of limbo.

Not to mention the chaos that happened in Australia. So we have reached a certain level of saturation. Ultimately, I got tired of him and he got tired of me. In any case, I felt I couldn't help him anymore. 

The first time I had the feeling that we were close to the end was in the United States. Wimbledon was a hard blow: that defeat also affected me as a coach. Obviously compliments must be given to Carlos Alcaraz but the game could have changed with one or two points.

In America the final in Cincinnati was incredible; then the victory at the US Open. That's when I felt that feeling. It was just a question of when. People described our relationship as turbulent, but that's not true.

Novak has always behaved the same way towards me, Marian Vajda or Boris Becker. His way of communicating on the pitch during a match never bothered me. I couldn't hear half the screaming as he did," he explained.

Novak Djokovic
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Ivanisevic then revealed the moment they talked to each other about separating from a sporting point of view.

"We sat down together the day after the Indian Wells defeat. I'm really happy we did it in person. After all the things we faced together after five years, it was the only right way to end. It wouldn't have been right to do it via a text or phone call. We laughed and talked. I told him how I felt and he did the same," said Goran.

We recall Djokovic made official the end of the partnership with Ivanisevic on March 27, through an Instagram post. The Serbian has not yet decided whether to rely on a new super coach or return to collaborating with someone (for example Marjan Vajda) who already knows him well. Nole, as a third option, he could also decide not to hire a permanent coach, but to train occasionally with other former players or coaches.