For tennis coach Tony Roche, Novak Djokovic’s sheer dominance in men’s tennis for the past 4 to 5 years isn’t just the result of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray all losing a step or two in their games, but instead it was largely the product of the Serb’s incredible improvement during that span.
According to the tennis coach, Djokovic established his status as ‘the man to beat’ in the sport because of the exponential improvement of his overall game, creating a huge gap in skills between him and the rest of the field.
“In the last year or so, he’s 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. Djokovic pushes to maybe play better shots than what they want to.”
Roche, who once served as coach for Federer, also admitted that he’s quite not sure if Federer still has the tools to beat Djokovic in best-of-five sets Grand Slam format. While he thinks the Serb is virtually unstoppable as of late, he thinks Stanislas Warinka might be the only man capable of stopping this freak train.
“(Wawrinka) a bit more power on the court – Roche said via Tennis World USA – He can rush Novak a little bit with his shots. Roger Federer, in two-out-of-three, was quite successful against him, but three-out-of-five is a big request.”
After dethroning Nadal in the quarterfinal of the 2015 French Open, Djokovic was widely expected to cruise for his first Roland Garros title and complete a career Grand Slam. However, Wawrinka silenced all doubters with a masterful 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 victory over the Serb to win his first French Open title (second career Grand Slam).
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