‘It’s Become His Killshot’- Novak Djokovic’s Remarkable Transformation of ‘Liability’ into Lethal Weapon Gets Roger Federer ‘s Former Coach Talking

Published 09/01/2023, 5:22 PM EDT

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In the world of tennis, there are legends, and then there’s the Serbian tennis GOAT, Novak Djokovic. With 23 prestigious Grand Slam titles to his name and an uncanny capacity to overwhelm the court, Djokovic remains a titan of the game. However, what separates him from his companions isn’t simply his excellent expertise or voracious yearning for triumph. It’s his remarkable capacity to adjust and evolve. What’s more, at the core of this change lies a shot that was once a weakness yet has now turned into his lethal weapon. Intriguingly, it was Paul Annacone, the former coach for the Swiss G.O.A.T Roger Federer, who recently focused on Djokovic’s shocking development.

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In his exclusive interview, the tennis coach shone a spotlight on the Serb’s astonishing evolution. His words resonate with the weight of experience. When he talks about the Serb’s game, the entire tennis world listens. Annacone is seeing a change that has taken Nole to extraordinary levels.

Roger Federer’s former coach Paul Annacone admires Novak Djokovic’s forehand transformation

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Novak Djokovic’s remarkable journey to tennis greatness has been completely exceptional. Throughout his legacy, the Serb has explored the cutthroat scene of the game. Nole’s backhand and defensive skills have always been top-notch. However, it’s his ‘lethal‘ forehand that has undergone an evolution. Famous tennis coach, Paul Annacone, who has worked with legends like Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, reveals insight into Djokovic’s forehand change. Annacone recognizes that earlier in Djokovic’s career, his forehand was a source of vulnerability.

In his interview with the Wall Street Journal,  Annacone shared, “Earlier in his career, his forehand was a liability—he missed it too much,..” The veteran and former coach of Roger Federer explained further, “Now, it’s become his kill shot…Now it’s unbelievably dangerous.” Djokovic was inclined to make blunders on this side, and rivals frequently designated it as a shortcoming. However, Nole kept on tuning his game and pushing the limits of his range of abilities. His evolving forehand went through a striking makeover. Annacone also warned his rivals that they need to be extra careful.

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His forehand has turned into a defining feature component of his game – a demonstration of his steady obligation to greatness. As Djokovic contends at the U.S. Open his opponents would do well to heed Annacone’s words. In 2021, highly regarded tennis coach, Annacone offered high praise to Novak Djokovic. The tennis analyst also labeled him as the most dominant player in the last ten years.

Annacone once acknowledged Djokovic’s staggering decade in tennis

During a Tennis Podcast interview, Annacone pointed out that Djokovic might not enjoy the same level of popularity as his former pupils Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. However, since 2011, the Serb has been a force to be reckoned with in men’s tennis. He explained that the Serb is a tennis star who is motivated by the lessons history provides.

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The experienced coach highlighted that Djokovic has secured an impressive 18 Grand Slam titles since 2011. The Serb had surpassed the combined total of 15 Majors won by Federer and Nadal during the same period. Annacone had claimed it is unfortunate for Djokovic because he hasn’t received the appreciation he merits.

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Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.
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