Patrick Mouratoglou explains why ‘real’ Novak Djokovic has been able to return
A loss of mental edge was the reason for Novak Djokovic’s recent fall from prominence, not his elbow injury, claims Patrick Mouratoglou.
Mouratoglou, who coaches Serena Williams, believes that Djokovic’s passion waned, which cost him on the court long before his elbow struggles did.
However, he has also declared himself delighted to see the ‘real’ Djokovic back.
‘We found the same Novak, like if he came back after a two-year break where he was elsewhere’, Mouratoglou told L’Equipe.
‘We found him intact. Like before. He was extremely dominant, he is again.
“It confirms the impression we had at the time: his fall was essentially mental.
“On the court he was not himself, anger lacked, you could not recognise him.
“Since everything was there again, it does not surprise that he came back so quickly. It’s a story of personality, he is a great champion.”
More from Tennis365:
Novak Djokovic joins Serena Williams at summit of Slams after 30 club
Serena Williams also won 10 majors after turning 30.
Andy Murray pulls out of Rotterdam Open after Australian Open exertions
Andy Murray will not take part in the Rotterdam Open in 2023.
WTA Tour: What to look forward to in February 2023
The middle-east swing dominates the February schedule for the WTA Tour.
Novak Djokovic’s comments suggest his retirement may be closer than expected
Novak Djokovic’s family may hold the key to how much longer he continues to play at the highest level.
John McEnroe calls for Russian players to return to Wimbledon after latest twists
It now seems inevitable that Wimbledon and the LTA will be forced to allow Russian and Belarusian players to play at Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Carlos Alcaraz salute Novak Djokovic after latest feat
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Carlos Alcaraz salute Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam race: Who’s in better shape? What happens next?
Djokovic and Nadal both have 22 Grand Slam singles titles.
WTA Rankings: Iga Swiatek still comfortable at No 1 as Elena Rybakina finally enters the top 10
Your WTA Rankings after the 2023 Australian Open.
ATP Rankings: Novak Djokovic on course to break Steffi Graf’s record as he makes biggest-ever jump to No 1
Novak Djokovic back at No 1.