Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic match ‘would not go down the same way’ at Roland Garros this year, says coach

Goran Ivanisevic says a Roland Garros rematch between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal ‘would not go down the same way’ as last season’s final.

In October, Nadal was utterly dominant against the world number one, bageling him on the way to a comprehensive straight sets success to win a record-equalling 20th major.

“It will hardly go down the same way,” Ivanisevic told Tennis Majors of a potential Djokovic/Nadal meeting this year at Roland Garros.

“To be honest, I do not think Novak could repeat it even if he wanted to. Rafa is the favourite, no doubt about that, but favourites do not always win.”

Ivanisevic caused controversy last year when he said there was ‘no chance’ of Nadal beating Djokovic in the colder conditions in Paris.

The Spaniard comprehensively proved him wrong, which he admitted afterwards, but he promised Djokovic would be more prepared this time around.

“First and foremost, Novak must be physically at his best, he needs to feel powerful enough to stay on the court as long as it takes.

“For example, in the Roland Garros final he did not seem ready to stay on the court for fifteen hours if that is what it would have taken to beat Nadal. He was shortening points with drop shots and some other bad choices.

“Against [Daniil] Medvedev [in the Australian Open final], you could tell that he was prepared to be on that court for thirty hours if needed.

“That is the state Novak has to be in before that potential encounter with Nadal. When he feels that he can keep up physically, his tennis will follow.”

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