Novak Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, has backed Serbia as the favorites to win this year’s Wimbledon title after losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Djokovic was defeated in four sets by the Spaniard in the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, before the latter continued to lift the coveted trophy for the 14th time, a record, by defeating Casper Ruud in the most important final on Sunday.
Djokovic often does better on grass than he does on clay, though, and he’s hoping to respond by winning first prize at Wimbledon once the event kicks off at the end of this month. Ivanisevic is supporting the 35-year-old to deliver goods at SW19 and believes he will outshine Nadal on his preferred surface over the course of this year’s course.
“Of course he can [recover quickly]And he doesn’t have much choice, if we’re being honest,” Ivanisevic said tennis majors When asked about Djokovic’s hopes of glory at the All England Club.
“He is the top favorite at Wimbledon, just as Rafa was here. Now Novak needs to rest well and prepare for Wimbledon both physically and mentally.
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“I’m sure he can do it and I think he will win Wimbledon, I have a good feeling about that. He needs to focus on the grass now.”
When asked if Djokovic would take part in any warm-up events in the weeks leading up to Wimbledon, Ivanisevic added: “Probably not, we’ll see, but the main thing now for him is to recover mentally.
“As I said in the past, Novak is a genius with a different mindset than most of us. Although he needs less time than most of us to go back and deduce a few things, he still needs to do it.
“He’s overcome huge losses in the past, and I’m pretty sure he’ll be ready for Wimbledon.”
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Djokovic came close to beating Nadal in the quarter-finals at the French Open, but he ultimately failed despite enthusiastic efforts and was visibly frustrated throughout the match under the spotlight at Roland Garros. Ivanisevic went on to reveal that he had not yet spoken to Djokovic about what happened during the match but admitted that he felt the negative Serbian outlook played a major role in determining the outcome.
“It was not a perfect match from either side,” Ivanisevic said. “Rafa didn’t play a great game, but body language decided, from the first point to the last, Rafa’s body language and Novak’s body language.
“Everyone notice. I don’t know, we haven’t talked yet, that’s why I’m so upset about this match, I can’t sleep. What will happen if he wins the fourth set, nobody knows, but that’s just good the old ‘what if’.”
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