EPA-EFE / Andrej Čukić
The man from Split, who has been cooperating with Novak since Wimbledon in 2019, believes that the champion of the Australian Open and the winner of 18 Grand Slam titles is still hungry for great success.
– If you look at National Geography… He’s like a lion. The truth is that you never see a lion drinking a cocktail. He is thirsty for blood. He wants to beat you, eat you. So is Novak, he wants to win, that’s how he is on the field. When he goes out to play, if you just give him a finger, he’ll eat you. You’re done! It’s amazing to watch from the sidelines. I’m happy to be a part of that story, even though I haven’t been with him that long. And let me tell you, it’s a record and it’s not over yet, it continues! – says Goran.
He also remembered the moments when he saw Novak playing for the first time. It was at the Nikola Pilić Academy near Munich.
– I saw him for the first time when he was 14.5 years old in the academy of Niki Pilić. I was working with Pilić in Germany at the time and he then told me, listen, there is a little one from Serbia, he will be number one in the world one day ‘. I played with him a bit, maybe half an hour. He gave me chocolate because it seemed to me that I was tired. He ran and just brought me chocolate. I remember that well and I have been following his career ever since – said Ivanišević.