“Lot of Pressure”: Goran Ivanisevic Opens up About Working with Novak Djokovic

Published 07/14/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with Goran Ivanisevic after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Paul Childs


Novak Djokovic is currently one of the most talked-about athletes in world sports right now. He’s a fan favorite, a headline maker, and a player whose name is forever etched in the history books of this game. However, the Serbian’s greatness comes from a lot of things, and his team is one.

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While Novak defines himself as a ‘Wolf’ who hunts alone on the court, his ‘pack’ is always by his side. From every tour to every trophy won and lost, his team has been with him as he continues to build his legacy. The World No. 1’s quest for titles is never-ending and while this hunger for championships increases day by day, the pressure of working up to the ‘G.O.A.T’ title is at an ultimate high.

“Working with him is a privilege, is an honor, it’s everything, but it’s not easy. It’s a lot of pressure,” said Coach Goran Ivanisevic, the man behind his success.

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“We count only wins”- Goran Ivanisevic

Currently a coach to the world’s best, Goran is a former tennis player himself. In fact, he made history in 2001 as he became the only wildcard player to ever win the Wimbledon Championship title.

Now, creating history with his prodigy, he explains how they attain one milestone after another. “[Making the final] is not good enough. We count only wins. It’s pressure. It’s not easy,” he said.

Novak is nothing less than a showman on the court. His charisma and character have often been praised, not just for how he plays but for the people person he is. Goran explained what it means for the team to be on this journey with the Serb, and said, “But it’s fun. It’s a challenge. He is writing history. Unbelievable.” 

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic signs an autograph for a fan after winning his last match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Toby Melville

On Sunday, Novak won the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. It was his 6th Wimbledon title and his 20th Grand Slam title, an astonishing feat to achieve. Coming into the tournament on the back of yet another title-winning campaign, they considered Novak the favorite to win. “When he won [Roland Garros], he came here very confident, played with a lot of confidence, played good. Some matches he didn’t play well, but still won. That’s why he’s such a champion,” Alex said.

Will Novak Djokovic be seen at the Tokyo Olympics?

All eyes now turn to the Tokyo Olympics. Novak Djokovic is currently aiming for a formidable this year, winning every major slam on the calendar. However, a chance to represent Serbia at the Olympics is not something he will shy away from. Although, a break is also a big need right now.

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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

Tennis fans were in for a disappointment when Roger Federer announced he would not be taking part in the Olympic games this year. Soon after, his fellow ‘G.O.A.T’, Rafael Nadal, also withdrew from the tournament. Naturally, fans wondered if the 34-year-old has plans of pulling out too.

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Regardless, it’s been magical watching Novak put on masterclass performances in back-to-back finals. With each game, the once impossible formidable seems a closer feat to achieve. Can Novak make it to a Calendar-year Grand Slam?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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