Serena Williams’ Coach Patrick Mouratoglou recently spoke about reigning Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic, saying that he has the game to dictate the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic recently went through surgery on an elbow injury and is taking huge strides in his comeback. “When Rafa and Roger were winning everything, a new guy came along and became the top dog - that was Novak and that was because he is a champion,” Mouratoglou told the BBC.
“Others have tried, but they don't have the same mentality. Novak is in good physical shape and can play for a few more years.”
He further added, “He dominated when Rafa and Roger played their best tennis, so he can dominate again.”
How is Djokovic able to bounce back from injury to such amazing form? “It's his mindset - that's why he is back to where he is. It wasn't the real Novak on the court during the past two years,” Mouratoglou commented.
“It seems to have all come together for him during the past month, starting with reaching the French Open quarter-finals. You saw the fighting spirit was back. Novak never lost his game, he just lost his feel for the competition. - maybe it was his motivation.
“From a coach's point of view, what makes a player the best of champions is not about the talent, it's how competitive you are in the matches - how able you are in the big points, how able you are to turn a match around when you are in trouble and being able to develop your ability as a result of your work ethic.”
“These things come from the mind. The champions don't think like the regular players. There is a huge difference between both.”