The former coach says Novak Djokovic is “suffering” after the US Open incident

That’s the idea of ​​his friend and former coach Radek Stepanek and former world No. 1 Jim Courier.

Unbeaten in 2020 – and given his two biggest rivals Roger Federer and his absence, the favorite to swim bigger than Djokovic in New York this year were not as strong as many players in recent history. Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic defaulted on Sunday when he hit a ball that inadvertently hit the line judge in the throat. After losing the first three set points against Pablo Carreલોo Busta, he injured his left shoulder in the fall and then the 17-time Grand Slam champion got better after a frustrating 5-6 trail in 10 minutes.

He later apologized on social media.

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Novak Djokovic has a one-line attitude towards the judge who hit him with the ball.

‘It’s very sad inside’

Stepanek is a huge fan of Djokovic, but he had no objection to the decision made by tournament officials.

Zac, who coached Djokovic with Hall of Famer Andre Agassi for several months from 2017 to 2018, suspects that the Serbs are suffering.

“I know he’s in a lot of pain and suffering,” Steckneck, the world’s No. 8 Davis Cup hero from the Czech Republic, told CNN. “He’s in pain because he was inadvertent and, at the same moment, the pain is exacerbated.

“And it’s hard for him because we know how hungry he’s to be a player with so many grand slam. I think he feels – everyone felt – this should be for him, should be reach.

“All these circumstances make her very sad and at the first moment, simply because I believe she knew in her heart that she was wrong and that she was hit.

“Obviously the pressure and criticism he gets over that time, it’s hard. He’s trying his best career. It could be by the end of his career. We’re all men. We have the right to make mistakes.”

When it was pointed out to Stepneck that Djokovic might have made a few mistakes, he did not disagree.

“We make our own world and make mistakes,” said Stepanek, who outscored two opponents during his career, but was one of the most entertaining players of his pay generation. “We have to accept the consequences.”

At the present stage, Stepanek said that Djokovic will probably take refuge with those closest to him and his loved ones. They included his wife, Jelena, and their two young children.

“I think he is going back to his family and loved ones to feel safe.” “Stay with her loved ones. I think her greatest strength is her mental strength.

“No matter how sad and empty he is right now – and as far as I know, he’s very deep deep because he’s a feeling deep emotional person and he’s sensitive – right now he’s even harder on himself. I think this thing makes him Getting out of this will get you back to work. “

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Djokovic with his former coach Radek Stepanek in 2018.

Catheteric return

Djokovic is expected to return to action just before his appearance at the French Open in Rome’s next Italian Open, which was pushed back from its roulette slot in Paris on 27 September due to an epidemic.

The courier told CNN, “He’ll have a clay court event to focus on starting in a week’s time and he needs to get ready for it, the surface will have to be turned hard into clay.”

“It may be cathartic for him to get something quickly to be able to help him behind this unfortunate incident.

“The bad news for him is that he’s out of the US Open but the good news for him is that the French Open is around the corner and he’ll have a chance to turn the page and move on.”

With 12 titles, Nadal will again be a huge favorite on Roland Garros, but Djokovic should not be let go. Along with Robin Soderling, he is one of only two players to beat the Spaniard at Roland Garros.

There is a lot of speculation about the grand slam record books in Paris. If Nadal would add to his incredibility, he would make Federer top the list of men with 20 majors. Djokovic will enter Federer’s two majors – who are recovering from knee surgery and will not play again this season – if he wins for the first time.

The Rocoland Garros proved to be the catalyst for Djokovic’s resurgence two years ago after he suffered an elbow injury and drowning in inspiration. When he got one chance after another after being knocked out by Marco Sachinato in the quarter-finals, he won Wimbledon and got three of the last five Grand Slams.

“It’s going to be intense for a while with what happened, but I think when he gets back on the court and his eyes are on the potential trophy he’ll focus on what he’s doing and he’ll be strong again,” Stepanek said. ” .

Back fans won

Djokovic was already leaving Federer and Nadal behind when it comes to fencing and support before his misconduct on Sunday. His match against the Swiss at Wimbledon and his match at the Championship at the end of the year in London are just a few examples.

But Stepneck isn’t denying a stimulus.

“He’s done a lot for tennis,” the 41-year-old said.

“I think people will love it, some others won’t like it, it’s all personal. Obviously we know Roger and Rafa are more famous, but if he picks up, you don’t know what the future holds. Is.

“I lived on that tour for over 20 years and you never know what tomorrow might bring. You never know what might happen.”