“Would Take us 3 Hours”: Coach Goran Ivanisevic on Explaining What Separates Novak Djokovic From Others

Published 05/25/2021, 10:30 AM CDT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 12: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning a point during his final singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 10 of the ATP Cup at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 12, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)


World No.1 Novak Djokovic is about to begin his ATP Belgrade 2021 campaign soon. The event is a lead-up tournament to the French Open and Djokovic will look to get some more practice on clay before he sets off on his quest for his second Major on the surface. He is the top-seeded player at Roland Garros and can prove to be a big threat to Rafael Nadal this year.

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In a recent interview, Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic highlighted the major attributes of the Serbian legend. He mentioned that there a number of things that separate Djoker from the rest of the players. He also stated that he gets to learn many things from him and he never gets bored when he is around him.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia watches the final match between Dominic Thiem of Austria and Filip Krajinovic of Serbia. The 3rd day of the Summer Adria Tour, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)

“It would take us 3 hours to talk about what separates Djokovic from others. He is special, a genius, a perfectionist. He always pushes you to do better, it is never boring with him,” said Ivanisevic in the interview.

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The coach even called Djokovic ‘a a perfectionist’. He has been coaching Djokovic since 2019 and has won 2 Grand Slam titles with him to date.

Goran Ivanisevic reveals the one thing that he would like to change about Novak Djokovic

Despite praising him a lot, Ivanisevic disclosed a major flaw in Djokovic’s character that he would like him to change. He claimed that the 18-time Grand Slam champion is not at all punctual but now he has adjusted to Djoker’s habit of getting late.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia complains during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Milos Raonic of Canada. Day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

“It’s like he’s in a permanent brawl with the clock. I don’t think he made it on time once in his life. He knows it too, but can’t change it. We’re already used to it,” added the coach.

Apart from talking about his pupil, Djokovic, Ivanisevic also spoke about himself in the interview. He revealed the name of the toughest player he ever faced on the court. It is none other than the 14-time Grand Slam winner, Pete Sampras.

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“Sampras. He is a man who has destroyed a lot of lives, dreams, and nerves. I can’t forgive him (laughingly),” answered the 49-year-old Croatian player.

As far as Djokovic is concerned, he’ll play his first match against Mats Moraing at the ATP Belgrade 2021 today. The 34-year-old will surely like to take some momentum ahead of the French Open 2021 and for that, the ATP Belgrade 2021 might just be the perfect tournament for him.

Will Djokovic be able to stop Rafael Nadal and conquer Paris for the second time this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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