Goran Ivanisevic says he was simply believing in his player when he said Rafael Nadal stood ‘no chance’ against Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic was considered by many to be the slight favourite ahead of the final due to the slower conditions in Paris this year.
Coach Ivanisevic was among his most vocal cheerleaders, saying before the semi-finals that Nadal wouldn’t stand a chance if he met Djokovic in the final.
However, Nadal overpowered the world number one 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 to win a 13th Roland Garros crown, and Ivanisevic has been forced to admit he got his predictions wrong.
“I honestly meant what I said. My right is to say what I think and to believe in my player. I thought it this was Novak’s year in Paris” Ivanisevic told Sport Klub.
“Again, I was a bit too ambitious saying that Nadal did not stand a chance, but I favoured Novak at that moment.
“I always state my opinions directly, however it did not turn out that way. F**k it, it is what it is.
“Before last year’s finals in Melbourne I stated that the odds were 50-50 and Novak ended up destroying Rafa.
“It is always easy to just play it safe and say “we will see” or “the winner is going to be the better player on a given day,” but I said it the way I felt it.
“Nadal has shown me that I was wrong, obviously. That is it. We move on.”
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