Novak Djokovic coach 'can't sleep' after French Open loss to Rafa Nadal as details emerge

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As well as touching on Djokovic’s “troubling” body language, the former world No 1 also shared the tactical reason he believed the Serb failed to trouble his rival during the match, apart from his comeback from 0-3 down in the second set to take it 6-4. Ivanisevic added: “I have read many comments and analyses emphasising Rafa’s offence with a forehand down the line.

“That is correct, but Novak’s backhand crosscourt was not as deep and penetrative as it usually is – a lot of the times, the ball landed in the middle of the court or in an ideal spot for Rafa to attack. Once Novak started using his backhand down the line more, the momentum in the second set changed, and then his crosscourt backhand became stronger as well. Rafa used what Novak gave to him – he is the king and an owner of this court, and he does not allow you to have lapses, you pay for them immediately.”



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