Novak Djokovic news: Serbian told former coach ‘made him more mentally stable’

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Radmilo Armenulic, a Serbian tennis icon, says Novak Djokovic made a mistake by firing instructor Marian Vajda.

Djokovic and Vajda had one of the most successful player-coach combinations in tennis history.

In 15 years working with the Slovakian, Djokovic won 85 ATP titles and 20 Grand Slams.

They split up at the end of last year, with Vajda apparently dissatisfied with splitting coaching duties with Goran Ivanisevic.

Novak Djokovic on court in Rome

This is not the first time they have parted; Djokovic also lost Vajda in 2017, resulting in his most unsuccessful phase of his career.

That is why Armenulic believes his compatriot made a mistake by allowing Vajda to leave, telling the Serbian news site Kurir:

“I think he misses Vajda!

“With him, Novak achieved better results, [and] he was mentally more stable.

“Ivanisevic is a new coach; he has no experience. He can share advice, but Vajda was more specific, convincing, [and] closer. That meant a lot to Djokovic because he is emotional.”

Djokovic is now competing at the Rome Masters, where a run to the semi-finals ensures him the top seed for Roland Garros.

Anything less should be regarded a ‘failure,’ according to Armenulic.

Novak Djokovic

“Novak is the world number one,” Armeulic said. “If he doesn’t win a tournament or doesn’t make it to the finals, it’s a failure.

“If he is not the first seed at Roland Garros, he will be in trouble. Why? Well, because more serious opponents would be waiting for him in the third round.

“He is mentally stable but, in my opinion, physically unprepared. He needs to work on his condition to stay number one.

“He must have strength for the third set or, in Paris, for the fifth. He has a team that takes care of that. I believe they will prepare him.”

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