Novak Djokovic got his 2021 off to a great start by winning the Australian Open for the ninth time in his amazing career. The number 1 in the world was plagued with an abdominal problem during his third round match against Taylor Fritz, but that didn’t stop him from going all the way thanks to his exponential growth in performance. The 33-year-old Serbian showed a masterful performance in the final against Daniil Medvedev, also denying all those bookmakers who had given the Russian as favorite on the eve. The Belgrade veteran has decided to take a break from competitions to fully recover from a physical point of view, even if the forfeit in the Masters 1000 in Miami has left the insiders surprised. After confirming his presence in Florida at first, Nole preferred to stay home to spend more time with her family. The 18-time Grand Slam champion is expected to return to the field in Monte Carlo next month. In a recent interview with the Functional Tennis Podcast, his coach Goran Ivanisevic praised his extraordinary mentality.
Goran Ivanisevic on Novak Djokovic
“I saw Novak Djokovic when he was 14 and a half years old in the Nikki Pilic Academy,” began Goran Ivanisevic. “I was working with Nikki in Germany and he was there and Nikki Pilic told me, listen, there is one kid here from Serbia, he’s gonna be number one in the world one day.” Ivanisevic also recalled his first training session with the 18-time Grand Slam winner and told an interesting tale about that incident. “I played with him a little bit, actually half an hour. We play and actually, he gave me the chocolate because he thought that I’m tired. He run and he brought me the chocolate. I remember that and since then I’m following his career,” added the coach. Goran even compared Djokovic to a lion on the court. He claimed that just like a lion, Nole’s always hungry for more and more titles. “You know he’s like a lion. You never see a lion drinking cocktail. When you rely on ghost, he’s hungry of blood. He wants to beat you, he wants to eat you. He wants to win and that’s how he’s on the court. When he steps on the court, if you give him little finger, he eats you. You’re gone. It’s unbelievable to see,” concluded Ivanisevic. Even though Novak Djokovic is not playing at the Miami Open 2021 due to personal reasons, he’ll be back on the court soon. With the clay-court season approaching, Djokovic will surely want to leave his mark there.