Goran Ivanisevic, one of Novak Djokovic’s coaches, acknowledged that he was wrong when he assured that Rafael Nadal He had no options in the last final of Roland Garros, in which the Spaniard overwhelmingly won the world number one.
“I was convinced that Novak was going to win this Roland Garros,” the Croatian told SportKlub sports channel.
Even so, Ivanisevic explained that he does not regret his words, despite the controversy they have generated, since he said them with sincerity.
“I exaggerated a little when saying that Nadal had no options, but at that time he preferred Novak,” explained the former Wimbledon champion.
Ivanisevic thinks that the defeat was due more to Djokovic’s failures than Nadal’s successes, although he admits that the Spaniard “played a perfect match.”
“Novak was not at his level,” he said about the Serbian, and clarified that Roland Garros is like “Rafa’s living room” and that he can win there even without playing well.
On Djokovic’s chances of catching up with Nadal and Federer in the number of Grand Slam titles (20), Ivanisevic was hopeful.
“Novak (who has 17) still has several good years left. Nadal is the king of Paris, but Novak is the one of Melbourne, ”said the coach in reference to the Australian Open, of which he is a favorite.
He also assured that the Serbian has a chance of reaching the Roland Garros final next year: “And I will say again that Novak will win, I will always believe in that.”
Murray: “Nadal’s record in Paris is one of the best in the sport”
Andy Murray assured that Nadal’s record of thirteen Roland Garros is “one of the best in the sport” and that he could reach “fourteen or fifteen” more wound in the clay court Grand Slam.
The British player, who made his debut this Tuesday in the Cologne tournament against Fernando Verdasco, explained to Sky Sports that he did not see the entire final between Nadal and Djokovic, because he was training, but that the achievement of the Manacorean was “incredible.”
“Obviously he can win one more and go up to fourteen or fifteen, whatever they are, but he is only one away from equaling in a single Grand Slam all those that Pete Sampras achieved,” added Murray, whose best result in Paris was the final which he lost in 2016 against Djokovic.
“I think it is one of the best records in the sport, if not the best. I don’t think anyone repeats it or gets close to it, “said Murray
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