Goran Ivanisevic: When Novak Djokovic ‘Reboots Software program’, It is Time For ‘Bye-Bye’ | ATP Tour


Coach Goran Ivanisevic was not involved about Novak Djokovic’s Roland Garros possibilities regardless of his cost’s 5-3 begin to the clay-court season.

“He has this software program in his head that he can change when a Grand Slam comes. [A] Grand Slam is a unique sport evaluating to different tournaments. He switches his software program. The day we arrived right here, he was higher, he was extra motivated, he was extra hungry,” Ivanisevic stated after Djokovic defeated Casper Ruud in Sunday’s ultimate. “Daily he performed higher and higher. I believed towards Alcaraz one-and-a-half hours he performed unbelievably sensible and unbelievable tennis. And right now he simply end what we began really in Monte-Carlo, to practise, and now it is payday. We cashed the cheque.”

Throughout the trophy ceremony, Djokovic alluded to issue he had given his workforce all through the fortnight. Ivanisevic confirmed that and joked about how the Serbian was capable of work by way of all of it to assert his file twenty third main title.

“He chained us with handcuffs for 3 days,” Ivanisevic stated, cracking a smile. “He is not [an] simple man, let’s put it this manner. He isn’t [an] simple man. Particularly when one thing’s not going his method. However we’re right here to place our again and to get overwhelmed, you already know. That is what the workforce is for. We’re right here for him to really feel higher, for him to carry out higher. Generally [it is] not simple. Generally it is very difficult.

“However total, that is for what you reside, the tournaments like this, the ending like this. [It] was not simple. [It] was not [an] simple journey. You already know we began in Monte-Carlo, Banja Luka. Rome was somewhat higher however nonetheless away from his actual kind. He was torturing us, taking our nails off. A number of extra issues however I can’t inform you that. However we’re nonetheless right here, we’re alive. My coronary heart continues to be okay. I am [an] outdated man, I should be cautious of my coronary heart. So he is okay.”

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Djokovic broke a tie with Rafael Nadal to turn out to be the boys’s all-time chief in main trophies. Ivanisevic defined why he hopes to see the Spaniard again within the winners’ circle.

“I’m actually sorry that Rafa is just not right here, however I stated a very long time in the past earlier than even I grew to become member of his workforce that him and Rafa, they’ll go over 22. I’m hoping Rafa coming again profitable yet another, and Novak is [the] solely participant who can win [the] calendar Grand Slam,” Ivanisevic stated. “He was one match away two years in the past, so he has an opportunity this 12 months.”

Probably the most-anticipated match of the match was the semi-final between Djokovic and prime seed Carlos Alcaraz. The 2 battled by way of two tight units earlier than cramp set in for Alcaraz, in the end permitting Djokovic to surge forward for a four-set victory.

“Lots of people [were] saying that Alcaraz is a favorite towards Novak. You can not say that. The man performed 33 Grand Slam finals. He gained 22 Grand Slams. Alcaraz is the following unbelievable [player], he is superb. I really like Carlos, and he’ll win I do not know what number of Grand Slams,” Ivanisevic stated. “However you can not say that he is a favorite. Yeah, he performed higher coming right here. However that is [a] Grand Slam. That is nerves. You see what occurred within the third set to him. And Novak is aware of. Novak is aware of. Novak waits.

“Like Roddick stated, I learn, he takes the legs, then he takes your soul, then he digs your grave and you’ve got a funeral and also you’re lifeless. Bye-bye. Thanks for coming.”

With that in thoughts, Ivanisevic believes Alcaraz and others will proceed to problem Djokovic. However the former World No. 2 nonetheless has religion in his participant whatever the state of affairs.

“For certain he is gonna be [a] risk. He’ll be [a] risk on grass, he is gonna be [a] risk on onerous courtroom, he is gonna be [a] risk all over the place,” Ivanisevic stated of Alcaraz. “However, it is at all times this “however”, he is nonetheless younger. You already know, you’ve gotten Novak and you may’t ever guess towards Novak.”


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