Coach Marian Vajda Admits ‘Nobody Tested Novak Djokovic at the Highest Level’ at Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/17/2021, 8:38 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville


Novak Djokovic is undeniably one of the greatest players to have entered the world of tennis, as proved by his records and titles. His coach, Marian Vajda, believes that there is no player in the world who can challenge the Serb. His performance at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 proved his coach’s words to be true.

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Marian, who is more of a father figure for Djokovic, has been coaching him since 2006. The pair were on a break from 2017 to 2018; however, they restarted their partnership in 2018 yet again.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with his coach Marian Vajda during a training session prior to the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on on November 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

I feel nobody tested Novak: Marian Vajda

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It was a third successive Wimbledon title for the World No.1 from Serbia, consequently reaching his sixth title at SW19. He has now equaled the record for most Grand Slam titles won by men (20), sitting at the top with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

I feel that nobody tested Novak to the highest point. For the finals, I told my family that there were going to be four sets and one tie break – my prediction was good,” said Vajda in an interview with Tennis Majors.

Vajda is someone who hasn’t won too many titles or Grand Slam titles in his career; however, he has been a driving force for Djokovic. The innumerable records and titles in Djokovic’s career are the result of their strong bond.

Novak Djokovic is ready for the Tokyo Olympic Games

The only star missing in Djokovic’s career is an Olympic gold medal, and he is now looking to fill that void too. He will be traveling to Tokyo later this month, as he chases the record of completing a Golden Slam. In order to complete it, Djokovic will have to win the US Open in August.

If he wins the gold medal, he will become the first player in the history of men’s tennis to complete the Golden Slam. Even if he fails to do so, he will still have a chance to win the US Open in August and become the first men’s player since Rod Laver to complete the Calendar Grand Slam.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/David Gray

Djokovic played intelligent grass-court tennis, according to Vajda

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After the great maestro, Roger Federer, Djoker has been the only player to dominate the grass court at SW19. He has won three successive titles at Wimbledon, the most memorable one being in 2019; the two players went neck-to-neck and Djokovic beat Federer in a five-hour classic thriller.

Novak plays intelligent grass court tennis and he has the most experience; he has been excelling on grass for years, which was a big advantage against Berrettini. For Matteo it was really difficult – in his first Slam final, the opponent was Novak at Wimbledon,” said Vajda.

Novak Djokovic is on his way to prove his worth this year, as he aims to clinch the Olympic Gold and the US Open title. He will distinguish himself from the rest, as he is on his way towards registering his name in the history books.

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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