Ex-Djokovic's team member reveals what led to Nole's drop

The Serbian's former fitness coach Marco Panichi revealed how the Davis Cup defeat against Jannik Sinner was a decisive factor in the decline of the ATP No.1

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Ex-Djokovic's team member reveals what led to Nole's drop
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In a recent interview with Italian channel SuperTennis, Novak Djokovic's former athletic trainer, Marco Panichi, explained what was the defeat that could have led to the drop that the Serbian champion is experiencing in this 2024 tennis season. According to Panichi, the defeat in the Wimbledon final against Carlos Alcaraz wasn't the one that undermined the certainties of the 37-year-old Serbian, but the defeat in the Davis Cup semifinal against Jannik Sinner.

"These are signals that are arriving for all the players. Let's not forget that Nole lost the Wimbledon final having an important advantage in the tie-break of the second set, squandering it in a sensational way with two banal errors. But above all that volleyed slap at the beginning of the fifth set could direct the match towards Nole. Let's not forget, however, that immediately after he won the US Open and the ATP Finals, but above all the final in Cincinnati, which was one of the most beautiful matches I have seen in my life," he told.

Novak Djokovic, Geneva 2024
Novak Djokovic, Geneva 2024© Stream screenshot

Panichi revealed that in his opinion, the match against Sinner in the Davis Cup was the hardest for the Serbian champion to stomach.

"I believe that from a mental point of view, the match lost against Sinner in the Davis Cup was paid for by Nole more than any other," he told.

Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner
Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner© Cameron Spencer / Staff Getty Images Sport

It was a rather problematic start to the season for the Serbian champion, who after years of excessive power and absolute domination, this year began to suffer from both physical and, probably, psychological problems. Nole has not yet won any title in this first part of 2024. The Serbian champion has decided to use his energies to get to the most important events of the year as best as possible. There are only four tournaments in which Djokovic has taken part, surrendering in the semi-final to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open and to Casper Ruud in the semi-final of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Added to these two are the most disconcerting defeats against Luca Nardi in the round of 32 of Indian Wells and the recent defeat in Rome against the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo, not to mention the semi-final in Geneva lost against Tomas Machac. Discouraging signs for the Roland Garros?

Davis Cup Jannik Sinner