Former pro and current tennis coach Tony Roche and other former tennis champions believe that Stan Wawrinka and not former World No. 1 Roger Federer or Andy Murray has the best chance of beating current No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam match.
“No one can stop Djokovic in this form, not over three-out-of-five matches,” Roche said to Forbes.com.
Roche is an Australian coach who has handled the career of former elite players like Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt and Ivan Lendl.
“Andy Murray, being a counterpuncher, it’s awfully hard to beat Novak at that game,” Roche added in the same article. “In the last year or so, [Djokovic] made more improvements than the other Big Four,” particularly on his serve and volleys. It’s not they’ve declined their play, but he’s improved that much more.”
Roche’s contention can be seen in Wawrinka’s record against Djokovic in recent head-to-head meetings. The Swiss is just 2-4 against Djokovic in the last six matches but has beaten the Serbian in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Australian Open (2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7) and the final of the 2015 French Open (4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4).
Meanwhile, Federer is 2-6 against Djokovic in their last eight matches while Murray is 1-11 against Djokovic in their last 11 matches.
Roche added that Djokovic is very good in putting pressure against his opponents and that is part of the key to his success in recent years against the top players in tennis.
Djokovic returned to action this week in Dubai after taking a break after his 2016 Australian Open win over Murray early in February.
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