The top-seed, Novak Djokovic is through to the second round of Wimbledon Championships 2019 after a victory over the mighty German, Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets. Before commencing his defense for the Wimbledon title, Djokovic appointed the former Wimbledon champion, Goran Ivanisevic as his coach.
Novak Djokovic reflected upon the factors which hindered his relationship with his former coach, Andre Agassi. Two years ago, he collaborated with the American legend and trained under him, but after a year the duo parted ways.
“With Andre, it was a tough period for me. I was six months away from tennis because of my elbow. Then I had to work on my way back to the tour, then surgery came two months later and then followed by its recovery. Those kind of circumstances were not really in favour of my relationship and collaboration with Andre,” Novak Djokovic said.
His new coach, Ivanisevic is comfortable with the hectic traveling schedules of the Serb. The Croatian retired tennis player, Ivanisevic has previously coached the ATP men, Marin Cilic, and Milos Raonic.
“It’s a different time now, I’m healthy, knock on wood, and playing well. Goran is someone, who is comfortable in traveling,” Novak Djokovic continued. “He has done that with several different players for the last five to six years. As I say, it all depends on how we both feel after this tournament. We are going to give it a try, and take advice from Marian, who is still my coach. We all have to feel comfortable with whatever the decision is.”
While Novak Djokovic had a smooth opening on the day one of the grass-court major. The seeded ATP men experience a defeat in their first matches in SW19. Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Gael Monfils and Dusan Lajovic all make a round one exit.
With this, the road to the Wimbledon finals for Djokovic seems a bit unchallenging as all his projected opponents from round three, round four, quarterfinal and semifinal depart from the men’s draw.