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Iconic Serbian coach on why firing Goran Ivanisevic was nice transfer by Novak Djokovic

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Famend Serbian tennis coach Radmilo Armenulic thinks Novak Djokovic made a great resolution in splitting with Goran Ivanisevic as he defined that Ivanisevic “likes fantasies” and that the Serbian tennis star ought to now possibly discover the concept of hiring Ivan Lendl.

After disappointingly dropping within the Australian Open semifinal and shockingly dropping to qualifier Luca Nardi on the Indian Wells Masters, Djokovic made a significant transfer forward of the clay season as he determined to half methods with Ivanisevic, with whom he began collaborating in 2019. 

Of their 5 years collectively, they gained 12 Grand Slams collectively. However Djokovic’s 2024 season hasn’t began effectively as one thing appears to be off within the 36-year-old’s sport in early 2024. 

Armenulic, who labored because the Davis Cup group captain for Yugoslavia and later Serbia, additionally coached Ivanisevic early within the Croatian’s profession. When requested to share his ideas on the cut up between Djokovic and Ivanisevic, Armenulic stated it was one thing that wanted to occur as a result of their partnership most likely reached its ceiling.

“The outcomes determined. Novak discovered that Ivanisevic can not give him the eye he wants. It’s apparent that the practices had been not energetic, that there was saturation. I believe Novak made a great resolution. We’ll see if all of it works out. My opinion is that it is going to be,” Armenulic instructed Kurir.

“Novak realized that he has to enhance his volley, serve, and another necessary issues in his sport. I am certain he has somebody in his sight.”

Novak Djokovic and Goran Ivanisevic
Novak Djokovic and Goran Ivanisevic© Getty Photos Sport – Matthew Stockman


Armenulic: Ivanisevic likes fantasies, Lendl is a critical man 

Additional sharing his ideas on the cut up that shocked the tennis world, Armenulic curiously remarked that Ivanisevic is somebody who “likes fantasies.” Armenulic did not instantly clarify what he meant by that however his remark may be interpreted in a means that the 2001 Wimbledon champion is perhaps somebody who has unrealistic concepts. 

“Goran was my participant! I do know him very effectively. He likes fantasies, and that is not good for a coach. Particularly a coach who takes care of the most effective participant on the earth. Plus, I am undecided he notices the main points very effectively in a tennis match,” Armenulic added.

Novak Djokovic and Goran Ivanisevic
Novak Djokovic and Goran Ivanisevic© Getty Photos Sport – Paul Kane


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Now that Djokovic is with out a coach, Armenulic is not involved by that as he believes the file 24-time Grand Slam champion already has a possible substitute in his thoughts. When requested about his opinion on who ought to Djokovic rent subsequent, Armenulic stated he want to see the Serb begin working with former eight-time Grand Slam champion Lendl. 

After a fantastic tennis profession, Lendl additionally proved himself as a coach as he guided Andy Murray to 3 Grand Slam titles. In case you keep in mind effectively, Murray was struggling to win a Grand Slam for years earlier than hiring Lendl and making his large Slam breakthrough on the 2012 US Open.

“I believe Ivan Lendl can be superb. He’s a critical man, he was a critical participant. Plus, he approaches his work with utmost dedication,” Armenulic defined. 

“First, he would convey security to Novak, as a result of he was such a participant himself. From the baseline, Lendl was the king. Essentially the most assured tennis participant even at this time in that section of the sport. Lendl had an energetic sport from the baseline and there he was the most effective on the earth, on clay. I believe he might assist Novak quite a bit earlier than Roland Garros.”

Armenulic: Djokovic ought to completely not return to working with Marian Vajda

One of many first names that popped up as a possible substitute was Djokovic’s former long-time coach Vajda. With Vajda, Djokovic achieved his first tennis success and the 2 loved a highly-successful in each of their stints.

After splitting in 2017 however reuniting in 2018, Djokovic and Vajda went their separate methods once more in early 2022. Contemplating Djokovic’s historical past with Vajda, some assume the world No. 1 ought to positively critically contemplate hiring once more the Slovak coach. 

However Armenulic does not agree with that in any respect as he thinks {that a} participant ought to by no means return to its previous coach. 

“I do not know.. Vajda was there. He labored with Novak. You shouldn’t return a coach. By no means. You simply don’t do this,” Armenulic stated.

“Why? If it has been profitable, it’s anticipated to proceed. However it isn’t sure, so the strain is big. And one other necessary factor, Marjan Vajda is sort of a member of the Djokovic household, and that isn’t good.”

Novak Djokovic and Marian Vajda
Novak Djokovic and Marian Vajda© Getty Photos Sport – Clive Brunskill


On April seventh, the Monte Carlo Masters is kicking off and that is the place Djokovic is scheduled to start out his clay season. With Monte Carlo beginning in 10 days, many are curious to see if Djokovic may have a brand new coach at first of the clay season.

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