Top tennis coach Darren Cahill revealed Novak Djokovic’s potential reaction to Rafael Nadal’s win, saying he will not like it.
Nadal leapfrogged Djokovic to win 21 Grand Slams after winning the Australian Open. With the win, he is now the most successful tennis player of all time, having earlier been tied for the accolade with Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The Serbian, meanwhile, was forced to watch from home as he failed to get vaccinated for the tournament. Had he participated at Melbourne, it could have been him standing as the 21-time Grand Slam winner.
Cahill revealed Djokovic’s potential reaction to Nadal’s win, saying he will use at as motivation to gun for the Spaniard.
“I think Novak uses this to fuel the fire he’s always played wit,” he said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“I think he’s still searching for improvement in his game, and I think we’ll still see an unbelievable level from Novak over the next couple of years.”
The next major scheduled is the French Open. If Djokovic manages to make it for the tournament, he will be joint-favourites with the 13-time winner of said tournament in Nadal.
Djokovic is the defending champion in France. He beat Nadal in an intense semi-final showdown last year to take the Roland Garros crown and all the bragging right. However, Nadal is the toughest to beat at the venue, and if they meet again, it will be an epic match.
“Look, if Novak does return, I think we’re talking about Rafa and Novak going into the French as the co-favourites,” Cahill said.
“Obviously you’ve got to be able to beat Rafa over five sets on clay, and we’ve seen how difficult that’s been, but Novak has been pretty damn impressive there the last few years.”