The relationship between Novak Djokovic and Marian Vajda was something that went beyond tennis. Beyond the amazing successes on the pitch, a true and healthy friendship has been born between the two over the years. For a few months, however, their paths have separated professionally speaking, with Vajda now coaching Alex Molcan.
Destiny wished that at Roland Garros this year, the scoreboard put the Slovakian on Djokovic’s path, who will face him today in his second round match in Paris. It will be the first time that the Serbian will see Vajda side with one of his opponents, so the game can only be special.
Interviewed by L'Équipe, the former coach of the world number 1 revealed a nice background, an exchange between the two of them: "What a strange story, right?"
Vajda and Djokovic meet again and joke on the court!
"I don't even know what to think. I don't know how I should behave, how I will behave. Maybe I won't even come. Force! Against Novak, stop ... We talked about it together at the beginning of the tournament. I told him, "I hope we meet in the second round," to make him laugh and because I was hoping Alex Molcan would win the first round.
And he replied: "Ok, but I don't want to see you in my opponent's box! What a story!" "I wrote to Marian a few days ago, we also met here in Paris”, Djokovic said a few days ago, when he learned about the scoreboard.
When I took a look at the scoreboard, it wasn't easy, I have to admit. Molcan to me is simply an opponent like everyone else, but I have never found Marian in the opposite box. Honestly, I'm looking forward to playing this game." Hence, the replica of Marian Vajda, Djokovic's authentic tennis father.
"It would be a great experience. I would be happy, a match like this could teach Alex a lot. He needs to play games like this. I admit that it would be very strange, but in any case I am a professional," declared Vajda even before his new pupil beat Federico Coria in four sets in the first round.