“Impossible to Beat Him”: Coach Goran Ivanisevic Makes Bold Prediction on Novak Djokovic After Wimbledon Victory

Published 07/11/2021, 4:00 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates with Goran Ivanisevic after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Paul Childs


Novak Djokovic made history at the Wimbledon Championships by defeating Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. While the Serb tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with his 20th career Grand Slam, he also completed a hat trick at the iconic grass court.

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With his sixth Wimbledon title in his seventh finals appearance at the All England Club, his coach Goran Ivanisevic expressed sheer joy for the Serb’s success.

Novak Djokovic receives praise from coach Ivanisevic after comeback victory at Wimbledon

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Despite breaking Berrettini’s serve early in the first set, the World No. 1 put in an impressive effort to take three sets on the trot. Although Djokovic made many unexpected unforced errors, he came back strong to upstage the young Italian in front of his coaching staff.

While congratulations continue to pour in, Ivanisevic was delighted for Djokovic’s victory. Just like Djokovic, the Croat also won Wimbledon in 2001. Hence, he joked after the match by saying he doesn’t need to visit Wimbledon again.

On a more serious note, Ivanisevic believes Djokovic’s volleys are under appreciated as part of his gameplay. He said“Lot of people underestimate Novak’s volleys. We talked before the match, because Berrettini chips his return, that it’s good to come to the net and mix it up.”

Ivanisevic: Djokovic is an unbelievable competitor

With the World No. 1 just two steps away from completing a calendar Grand Slam, Ivanisevic believes he has every chance of achieving it. In addition, he also thinks the 34-year-old just keeps getting better with age.

He said, “I don’t know. With him, I don’t know. He is better & better. Every day better. He’s unbelievable competitor. Even when he’s not playing the best tennis, he wins. When he plays best tennis, it’s impossible to beat him.”

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With the Tokyo Olympics in less than two weeks, Djokovic underlined his credentials as a favorite. Should the Serb taste gold in the Far East, only the US Open will remain to complete not just a career Grand Slam, but a Golden Slam as well.

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READ MORE: GOAT DEBATE SETTLES! Novak Djokovic Catches Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon Championships 2021

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