‘Novak Djokovic’s father demanded of me absolute…’, says top coach

During his coaching experience, Riccardo Piatti had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best tennis players on the ATP Tour. From Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic to the fantastic Ivan Ljubicic: there are many players who have benefited from his advice and from his immense talent. It is impossible not to mention the work done with a very young Novak Djokovic. “When we worked together, I always knew that he would become world number one and that he would come to be like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. He had this determination and desire to become the best. And he worked very hard,” Piatti repeated several times. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was coached by Como in 2004 and in the first part of 2005.

Piatti comments on Novak Djokovic

Jannik Sinner’s coach Ricardo Piatti recently revealed he does not regret letting go of the opportunity to coach Novak Djokovic full-time. Piatti also shed some light on one of Djokovic’s physical deficiencies during the early phase of his career. “Absolutely not (when asked if he regrets giving up coaching Djokovic),” Piatti said. “His father demanded of me absolute dedication. But I’m loyal to my kids. And I couldn’t split myself.” Riccardo Piatti was also asked for his two cents on the GOAT debate and what he thinks could happen to tennis once Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic call it a day. “There will be other champions,” Piatti said. “It is enough to safeguard the spirit of the game, without absurd changes of rules. We’ve had moments like these before, when McEnroe and Borg ended, when Sampras ended. Let’s not wrap our heads. Tennis is stronger than any single player.” Despite pushing each other to produce top-notch tennis whenever they meet on-tour, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev share utmost respect for each off the court. During the trophy presentation at the US Open, the Russian openly admitted that Djokovic is the greatest men’s player of all time, according to him. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was quick to respond as he posed a question to Medvedev, “That means you are canceling the practice in Torino on Thursday?”. Even before the start of Paris Masters, both the players got together Mouratoglou Tennis Academy for a practice session. The duo faced each other in three important finals this year and it was Djokovic who won two crucial contests out of them. Out of the ten instances where the duo have faced each other on the ATP tour, Novak Djokovic has now won six while the Russian took the remaining four.

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