Master Chef: Coach Credits Goran Ivanisevic For Novak Djokovic’s Revived Velocity and Precision of His Service

Published 07/15/2021, 10:10 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


With a third successive Wimbledon Championship and a third successive Grand Slam title this year, Novak Djokovic has created history. The World No.1 has eradicated all doubts about the GOAT debate. His improved service has arguably played a significant part in his splendid performances this season.

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In an interview with Tennis Majors, Djokovic’s coach, Marian Vajda, described the work that went behind his serve. Vajda explained the reason behind his new technique and ability, as Djokovic considers him as more than a coach.

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Novak Djokovic and his improved service

The one thing people have never regarded Novak Djokovic for is the missing flair and technique in his play. The World No.1 is not really a very stylish player like Roger Federer is. However, the Serb has been improving its service over the past couple of years.

Goran’s inputs have been great, he is the master-chef in that part of the kitchen. The serve is not quite like Goran’s, ha-ha, but his instructions have been similar to what he himself used to do: the toss is lower and the biomechanics are different, Novak is now quicker to get up on the serve,” said Vajda on Novak’s service influence.

Novak Djokovic has been serving a lot better than a few years ago, all thanks to his coach, Goran Ivanisevic.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy as he celebrates after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Ben Solomon

Djokovic’s service mechanics and dynamics

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Djokovic has started hitting a lot more aces recently, as he finished a game during his first-round match in 46 seconds. He hit four aces to wrap up the game, consequently winning the match later.

He is not waiting for momentum, so his serve is much more fluent and energetic before hitting the ball. It increases the speed of the ball as well as enabling him to hit it with enhanced precision. You can see that Novak is serving more aces and, overall, his serve is far more controlled. Also, the confidence is higher and with Novak, he is always so good at implementing things,” said Vajda in an interview with Tennis Majors.

Djokovic will be heading to Tokyo for a possible Olympic Gold medal. He won the 2021 Wimbledon Championship after beating Matteo Berrettini in the final. He won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 after going down in the first set.

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Suchit Halder

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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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