“Novak Djokovic will never have Roger Federer’s love, but I don’t think he cares.” Goran Ivanisevic (Goran Ivanisevic)

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Novak Djokovic, according to Goran Ivanisevic, will never earn the same level of devotion and adoration as Roger Federer. However, the Croat believes Djokovic is unconcerned about this since he takes advantage of the lack of support.

Djokovic has never had the kind of on-court and off-court support that Federer has. In fact, every time the Serb has faced off against the Swiss great, he has had to contend with partisan fans.

Djokovic recently stated after his Wimbledon victory over Denis Kudla that he plays most of his matches in front of a hostile crowd.

In a recent interview with Rick Broadbent of The Times, Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic suggested that those who do not support the Serb will “miss him” whenever he retires.

Djokovic will never be as well-liked as Federer, according to the Croat, because the Swiss appeared on the scene before the Serb. In the same breath, Ivanisevic detailed how the 19-time Slam champion takes advantage of the crowd’s vitriol to push himself to new heights.

“I think they are going to miss him [when he eventually retires],” Ivanisevic said. “He is never going to have the love of Roger, but I don’t think he cares. Sometimes he needs people against him to feel a little push.

Ivanisevic also noted that people tend to focus on Djokovic’s flaws and that the Serb’s good deeds are nearly never highlighted. Djokovic was compared by the Croat to Robin Hood, a mythical character famed for lending a helping hand to the poor.

Ivanisevic adds, “Sometimes people only pick on the unpleasant things he does.” “They are blind to the good he does for others. He is the lone tennis player who speaks out for the other players and is not afraid to speak up. He’s the tennis Robin Hood.”

Novak Djokovic’s most formidable foe is himself: Goran Ivanisevic is a Serbian businessman.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Over the last decade, Djokovic has dominated the sport like no other. Few opponents, especially at Grand Slams, have been able to defeat the Serb. He has, nevertheless, been his own greatest enemy at times.

Because of his never-ending desire for perfection, Ivanisevic sees Djokovic as his biggest adversary.

“Novak’s biggest opponent is himself,” Ivanisevic stated. “Every now and again, he causes a problem. A shot is fine in my mind, but not in his. He aspires to be more flawless.”

This year, Djokovic is on track to complete the Calendar Slam. He’s already won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, and he’s the overwhelming favorite to win the remaining two Majors.

Ivanisevic asserted that he believed in Djokovic’s ability to win the Calendar Slam before joining his coaching staff.

“I claimed seven years ago that Novak Djokovic was the only athlete who could win all four Grand Slams in a single year,” the Croat continued. “Why? The guy has the best game on all surfaces and is always striving to improve.”

“I claimed seven years ago that Novak Djokovic was the only athlete who could win all four Grand Slams in a single year,” the Croat continued. “Why? The guy has the best game on all surfaces and is always striving to improve.”




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