Novak Djokovic’s coach, Marian Vajda, said the game plan that led them to success in Montreal last month will be similar to the one they use against Roger Federer today.
“We know a couple things, a couple weaknesses that we talked about before the match in Montreal,” he said. “It’s not going to change a lot.”
What kind of weaknesses?
“I don’t tell you now,” he said. “It’s kind of secret before the match. Sorry about that.”
Djokovic told me that he went after Federer’s backhand in Montreal. Is that the weakness?
“Of course, everyone can see Roger is better on his forehand side and has a couple weaknesses on his backhand side, especially if he’ s struggling,” he said.
“[Some players] don’t like the backhand slice,” he continued. “We practiced that, he’s ready for that, we’re ready for that. If you beat him once you have confidence for the next match. Of course, this is a Final for the Grand slam. Wnning will be very diffucult emotionally, mentally.”
Before the Carlos Moya quarterfinal, Vajda told me he needed special Slovakian aspirin to help him get through the match emotionally and mentally. How many aspirins will he need today?
“I take two, always,” he said. “Today, I take five! I take one per set.”