Djokovic (36 years old), who held the record of victories of the competition together with the Swiss Roger Federer, a six-time winner, now has 98 circuit titles in his record, seven of which were won this season. Nole has cemented his ‘GOAT’ status and his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, says he is honored to work with the super-champion from Belgrade, but admits he has no easy task.
Djokovic, “disappeared” at the Champions Tournament! Ivanisevic, incredible revelation in Turin
Novak Djokovic’s coach, Goran Ivanisevic, said in Turin that he knew nothing about the Serb after the latter was defeated by Jannik Sinner last Tuesday in an extremely close match: “Who am I to be angry with him? He is the best tennis player in history. Only sometimes I can get angry if he yells at us, his team, for no reason.
When he loses, he always does his best. But in these situations it is not easy with him. On Tuesday he finished the game with Jannik late at night, and on Wednesday I didn’t see him at all. Until Thursday, to be honest, I didn’t know what was going on with him, I didn’t know anything about him. We were in our room and we didn’t know if we were going home or if it was going to be a warm-up before the Hurkacz match. I sat and sat and sat and finally found out he was going to play (smiles). Like a snap of the fingers.
He, like everyone else, has to fight with himself. I think he did the right thing by staying calm. I know it’s not easy. It is not easy for him to motivate himself. He won it all and finished the year ranked number one in the world. But he constantly finds motivation. We were patient. By the way, I came with my family, we went shopping. I had a wonderful day on Wednesday, simply wonderful. Overall it was a good year – how could I be mad at someone like him? And now I sit here and celebrate the victory. But it’s not easy at all, that’s life. He is number 1 now, but he always wants more. He always wants to get the best”Ivanisevic said at a press conference after the final of the Tournament of Champions.