Novak Djokovic ‘Even Hungrier’ After Losing No.1 Position to Rafael Nadal – Djokovic’s Coach

Published 12/16/2019, 3:28 AM EST


Novak Djokovic lost his No.1 position in the ATP rankings to Rafael Nadal, last month. However, Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic believes that the Serbian will not need any added motivation to reclaim the top spot in the next season.

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Rafael Nadal clinched the No. 1 ranking after Novak Djokovic fell short of Roger Federer in the round-robin of the ATP World Tour Finals 2019 in November. However, the 32-year-old ended the season successfully with two Grand Slams, two ATP Masters 1000 titles and one ATP 500 title.

Novak Djokovic will be even hungrier

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“You can see why he’s won so many titles. He will now be even hungrier, finishing second,” Goran Ivanisevic told Croatian publication Jutarnji.

Talking about his relationship with the 16-time Grand Slam champion Ivanisevic said: “We have a phenomenal co-operation and a brilliant relationship. Mentality and a common language help a lot.”

Rafael Nadal broke his own record to end the season as the oldest ever male player to occupy the No.1 spot. The Spaniard finished the 2019 season with 840 points clear of his arch-rival Djokovic. However, both the players will have an uphill task to defend a sizeable points haul in the early part of the season. The two had contested the final of the Australian Open, this year.

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Ivanisevic and Djokovic’s partnership

Ivanisevic began working with the Serb during the Wimbledon Championships 2019, joining his longtime coach Marian Vajda. However, the World No.2 has made some changes for the next season.

Unlike this year, when both coaches went to the Grand Slam tournaments, Djokovic will not travel with both the coaches at the same time. Vajda will work with him during the Australian Open and French Open. On the other hand, Ivanisevic will accompany him to the remaining two Grand Slam tournaments.

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According to Ivanisevic, Djokovic will start his offseason training in Monte Carlo, next week. He will then travel to Abu Dhabi for an exhibition match against Rafael Nadal.

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Varun Khanna

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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.

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