Novak Djokovic teams up with Nenad Zimonjic for Monte Carlo masters preparation

Novak Djokovic trains with Nenad Zimonjic in Monte Carlo, hinting at a potential coaching partnership for the upcoming tournament.

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Novak Djokovic made headlines as he stepped onto the clay courts of Monte Carlo, likely for his first training session ahead of the tournament. Joining him across the net was Holger Rune, with Nenad Zimonjic by Djokovic’s side, assuming the role of coach.

The collaboration between Djokovic and Zimonjic signals a potential partnership, at least for the duration of the Monte Carlo Masters, and possibly beyond.

Speculation about their collaboration had been brewing, especially after Djokovic trained alongside Zimonjic at TK Bejzla in Belgrade last week. It was evident that Zimonjic, a former world number one in doubles, wasn’t there merely for camaraderie; he was there to contribute his expertise to Djokovic’s preparations for upcoming competitions.

The presence of Dušan Lajović on the final day of training further hinted at Djokovic’s intensified training regimen. The need for a top-notch professional sparring partner, rather than a lower-ranked player like Lazarov, underscored Djokovic’s commitment to excellence.

While the specifics of Djokovic and Zimonjic’s arrangement remain undisclosed, their partnership could potentially extend beyond the Monte Carlo Masters. In tennis, trial periods are common, and decisions are often made on a week-to-week basis.

Zimonjic’s primary task will be to provide Djokovic with timely and effective advice during matches, addressing one of the shortcomings that led to Djokovic’s split with Goran Ivanisevic. Ivanisevic’s perceived lack of responsiveness during challenging moments left Djokovic seeking more substantial support.

As a seasoned Davis Cup captain, Zimonjic has had ample opportunities to refine this aspect of coaching. The effectiveness of their collaboration will be put to the test in just a few days when Djokovic kicks off his clay court season in Monte Carlo.

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Currently the world no.1, the Serbian played his last match on the 11th of March when he lost to world no.75 Luca Nardi 6-4 3-6 6-3 in the 3rd round in Indian Wells (draw).

This year the Serbian has a 8-3 match record. Novak Djokovic’s most significant result of the present season was getting to the semifinal at the Australian Open.

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