Prominent tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou analyzedNovak Djokovic’s game in the US Open final. In his Instagram, Mouratoglou claimed that in the event of any Grand Slam final, there was a possibility of one of ‘two’ Djokovic’s who may enter the match. He also gave a detailed analysis of ‘both’ versions of the Serb.
The Frenchman said that Djokovic’s mindset was one of the key aspects of the final. He explained that in every Grand Slam final, ‘one of two’ Djokovic’s were bound to enter the stadium. “There is the Novak that comes to conquer and when he is like that he plays his best tennis. He’s the best player in the world. And there is the Djokovic who comes to the final to avoid losing,” said the Coach.
Mouratoglou elucidated that it was the latter version of the World No.1 who was beatable. Though it could be very hard to beat him, it was still doable. However, according to the veteran coach, the former version of Djokovic was simply unbeatable. “In that Grand Slam final, he came to conquer and he did,” said Mouratoglou, referring to the final match at the US Open between Daniil Medvedev and the Serb himself. Mouratoglou ultimately decoded the Djokovic game, saying if it was the Novak with grit and determination who had stepped on the court to ‘conquer’ it is fair to say that it is impossible to beat him.
Regardless, it was Novak Djokovic who emerged as the champion on the historic night at Flushing Meadows. This is not the first showdown between Medvedev and Djokovic in a Grand Slam final. When they both met at the same stadium two years ago, it was the Russian who came out victorious. Nevertheless, this year, it was Djokovic who played the better game and eventually won, creating history.
Mouratoglou explains the tactical aspect of the US Open final
Apart from the mental aspect of the game, Patrick Mouratoglou also explained the tactical perspective of the game between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. Mouratoglou expounded that both players have a similar kind of game. He said that this was quite challenging for both the players.
“The more the rally goes, the more it goes in the favor of Daniil. So has to find a way to shorten the points,” said Patrick. The coach also explained that Djokovic did two things differently in the match when compared to their previous encounters. “First of all he played serve and volley much much more,” said Mouratoglou. He said that net play was never a big part of the Serb’s game.
He also explained that Djokovic used the centre of the court much more when compared to previous games. This led to Medvedev having no opportunity to counterattack his shots. When playing at the centre, Djokovic either had an opportunity to go for a winner, or his strokes led to the Russian missing the shot. All in all, it was a heavy game on the Serb, both physically and mentally. However, he managed to conquer all adversities and emerge victorious.
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