‘You will have to change it because Novak Djokovic would…’, says top coach

Novak Djokovic has become the protagonist of a legendary 2021, in which he touched the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’. If he had triumphed at the US Open, the world number 1 would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year. Having reached the final in New York with a lot of pressure on his shoulders, the Serbian veteran succumbed clearly to Daniil Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium. That tremendous disappointment left its mark on Nole’s heart and mind, who let herself go to a liberating cry after receiving a standing ovation from the New York public. Medvedev’s performance almost took a back seat, but the Russian understood the moment and crowned the 34-year-old from Belgrade as the best ever. By posting his first career Grand Slam, Daniil took revenge from the blow he suffered at the Australian Open at the beginning of the year. Speaking in the latest edition of the podcast hosted by Jill Craybas, Gilles Cervara illustrated Medvedev’s tactics against Djokovic.

Cervara speaks about Djokovic

“Then tactically, well, to play Novak Djokovic, you don’t have something magic. It’s not you arrive and ‘okay you do this, you do this and it will work’,” Daniil Medvedev’s coach said. “No it’s not like this. It’s like everything you will do has to be at the top and everything you will do at the top, probably you will have to change it during the match because Novak would adapt and change something. We were ready for so many different things, different scenario to win this match.” Gilles Cervara believes that the Australian Open defeat was a good learning curve for his player, which he reckons helped them win the US Open. “Melbourne was a useful experience to help Daniil to win the final in the US Open,” Cervara said. “In Melbourne, I think — I don’t think, I’m sure — the match was not good from Daniil. Something was missing. Something, an invisible thing was missing you know, mentally, energy, something that is tough to explain but you can feel it when you see the match, when you are with Daniil, when you are Daniil’s coach or his team. Melbourne was a useful experience to help Daniil to win the final in the US Open,” Cervara said. “In Melbourne, I think — I don’t think, I’m sure — the match was not good from Daniil. Something was missing. Something, an invisible thing was missing you know, mentally, energy, something that is tough to explain but you can feel it when you see the match, when you are with Daniil, when you are Daniil’s coach or his team.”

 

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