“Not Close to Stopping”: Coach Marian Vajda Predicts Novak Djokovic’s Reign to Continue In the Near Future

Published 07/15/2021, 2:38 PM 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


After clinching his 20th grand slam title by defeating Matteo Berrettini in the finals of Wimbledon last week, Novak Djokovic is up for his next big challenge, which is to win the US Open.

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The Serbian star is yet to announce his decision regarding Tokyo Olympics. When asked about the same post Wimbledon victory, Djokovic remained unsure of his travel to Japan due to the stringent restrictions imposed on athletes at the Olympic village.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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However, the prospect of making a golden career slam for the first in a calendar year after Steffi Graf might push Djokovic forward.

Novak Djokovic is the front-runner at this year’s US Open as well as at the Tokyo Olympics

With the likes of Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Roger Federer, etc. already announcing their withdrawals from the Summer Olympics, Djokovic will be an absolute favorite if he decides to participate.

Irrespective of his decision on Olympics, the US Open this year promises to be an intriguing contest as Big-3 will look forward to winning their 21st grand slam.

Usually, the US Open was the chance for next-gen players to prove their mettle as most of them were excellent hard-court players. In 2019, Daniil Medvedev came close to winning his first major title, but lost in a five-set battle to Rafael Nadal.

Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Rafael Nadal of Spain stand together before their Men’s Singles final match on day fourteen of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 08, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

With the disqualification of Novak Djokovic at last year’s US Open, the tennis world was able to witness a new grand slam champion in the form of Dominic Thiem.

However, the prospects of next-gen taking over the Big-3 at this year’s US Open seem unlikely going by the current form of Novak Djokovic.

Speaking about the pressure on Djokovic when he tries to become the first men’s singles player to reach 21 slams, Marian Vajda, long-time coach of Novak, mentioned that it was the media who creates the narrative of pressure around the Serb.

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 27: Novak Djokovic of
Serbia speaks with coach, Marian Vajda during practice ahead of the Rolex Paris Masters at AccorHotels Arena on October 27, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

“Novak knows how to do that” – Marian Vajda on media pressure

He needs to avoid the media, because the media creates the pressure. Not to “avoid,” but to deal with it in the right way, and Novak knows how to do that. He won’t take some negative questions personally, for example. He has come a long way in handling that relationship”. 

The coach also remained optimistic that Djokovic’s magnificent run on-court will continue for years to come.

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)

We try to live in the present moment, because projecting too far can only be counterproductive. I could say two, three or four years, who knows, all I know is that he is not close to stopping. I do not want to limit him, let him play another year, then another, and then another”, concluded Vajda.

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In the presence of an amazing team, the world number one is soaring at the top of men’s tennis and is all set to re-write history.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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