One of Novak Djokovic's secrets is Marian Vajda. The historical coach of the Serbian champion has been an integral part of his life for more than fifteen years. Their collaboration began before the Roland Garros 2006 and, barring a short break, it never ended.
Vajda has been part of Djokovic's team in all 20 Grand Slam tournaments they have won and, today, continues to follow his pupil as if it were the first time with the help of Goran Ivanisevic. Vajda gave an interesting interview to Tennis Majors; interview in which he talked about Djokovic's popularity and dominance.
"I feel that no one has tested Djokovic to the fullest. For the final I told my family that four sets would be played with a tie-break; my prediction was right. Novak plays smart on grass and has a lot of experience, he has excelled on this surface for years, and that was a big advantage against Matteo Berrettini.
For Matteo it was difficult, it was his first Grand Slam final. Ivanisevic? As a team we share every moment: preparation for a match, analysis and more. We share a passion for tennis and important private matters with our families.
Novak is an amazing guy, because he always brings positive energy. It's a real luck to be part of his team."
Marian Vajda: "Djokovic deserves respect, he's a champion"
Vajda then focused on the rapping between Djokovic and the media: "It's complicated.
The media write what they want, perhaps to influence someone. Sometimes they don't see the complexity of Djokovic's personality. He is great, a positive person who brings energy to the viewers. The crowds are in favor of the underdogs because he is so dominant and nobody wants to see him win.
He is so dominant that people are jealous when he sees perfection and wonders how it is possible. I think he is an example. His level of play is not a miracle: there is a lot of work behind it. I think Novak is a great example for the younger generation of athletes and for people in general.
I would like to see more balance when it comes to Djokovic. The media promote Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as well as the new generations. Good things have also been written about Novak, but from my point of view he deserves better media coverage, he is a true champion."