Ivanisevic: "I was a bit ambitious in saying that Nadal had no chances"

The former Croatian tennis player, part of Djokovic's coaching staff, made some controversial statements before the Roland Garros final. A day later he acknowledges his mistake.


Hours before Rafa Nadal and Novac Djokovic met in the Roland Garros final, former Croatian tennis player Goran Ivanisevic, part of Novak Djokovic's coaching staff, decided to warm up the match. He assured Saturday that Nadal had no options. The Spaniard won with force, and a day later he had an interview with the Serbian media 'Sport Klub', in which he acknowledged that his words were excessive.

"I was really sure that Novak would win this Roland Garros. I was a bit ambitious in saying that Nadal had no chance, but I really thought that Novak was the favorite. It is true that he is Nadal's 'living room' and that he can win even when he plays worse, but he was really convinced that it was the year. However, Novak was not at his level and Rafa played a perfect match. Unfortunately, Djokovic started playing 2-3 in the third set. It was too late. " said the Croatian.

As for the causes of the result, Ivanisevic was clear. "Nadal outpaced him tactically. It happened the same as at the last Australian Open. Novak 'killed' him and he took revenge in the same way. There were high expectations, a lot at stake, and from the point of view of the quality of tennis. "The last two finals they have played have been very bad. The cause? I'm not sure. Everything started badly. It seemed to me that the conditions were right for Novak, but it was as if he did not appear and Nadal punished him," he added.Finally, he spoke of the future. He believes that Nole can be champion in Paris again: "I think so. Rafa is the absolute king and when he enters his living room you have to play your best. They will play more Grand Slam finals, I hope it happens next year. he comes to Paris and I will say again that Novak can beat him, "he concluded.

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