“Can Get Nasty”: Novak Djokovic’s Coach Ivanisevic Reveals the Challenges While Coaching Him

Published 07/07/2021, 2:37 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates during his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper REUTERS/Paul Childs


Novak Djokovic is arguably one of the best players to step foot in the ATP Tour. Since turning pro in 2003, the Serbian has trail blazed the sport with 19 Grand Slam victories to his name.

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However, coaching a world-class athlete like Djokovic isn’t as easy as it seems. Ahead of the quarterfinals, reporter Sasa Ozmo mentioned some points put forward by Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic.

Goran Ivanisevic believes coaching Novak Djokovic is “intense”

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Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon this year on the back of winning the Australian Open and French Open. While he faced Rafael Nadal in both finals, the Serbian’s win at Nadal’s fortress in Roland Garros remains the most memorable so far.

Should the 34-year-old win The Wimbledon Championships, he gets one step closer to completing a Golden Slam this year. Although Djokovic makes it look easy on court, there’s a lot of work that goes into making it happen.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his first round match against Britain’s Jack Draper Pool via REUTERS/Simon Bruty

Appearing in the latest episode of The Volley podcast, Ozmo revealed what Ivanisevic said to him in a recent interview. He said, “I had an interview with Goran Ivanisevic two weeks ago and it was not the first time that he told me that working with Novak is a specific challenge.

“It can get nasty and intense, exactly because he is not the kind of player who wants people around him to tell him what he wants to hear. He wants to be challenged. I know it’s a cliche, but it is really the truth in his case.”

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The Serbian journalist believes the best trait he possesses is that of improving every day. “He wants to improve every day,” said Ozmo. “Even when something in Goran’s opinion cannot be improved further, [Djokovic] pushes you to make something up for him to become even better….”

“I think that’s one of the traits of his character that has allowed him to improve so much over the course of his career.”

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While the World No. 1 continues to set an example in the world of tennis, all eyes will be on his quarterfinal against Marton Fucsovics later today. With his great rival Roger Federer on the other side of the draw, the two veterans might face each other in the final on July 11.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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