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Marcos Baghdatis says Novak Djokovic can be so strong mentally, but it can also go wrong; former tennis star reports incidents at last year’s US Open when he accidentally hit a linesman in the throat with a ball and when he threw his racket into the stands at the Tokyo Olympics

Last updated: 08/30/21 19:23

Novak Djokovic is mentally and physically the best player in the world, says Marcos Baghdatis |  Tennis News

Novak Djokovic can be so strong mentally, but it can also ruin his chances of finishing a Grand Slam calendar, says Marcos Baghdatis

Novak Djokovic can be so strong mentally, but the world number one needs to be aware that this is one side of his game that can also ruin his chances of finishing a Grand Slam calendar, says Marcos Baghdatis.

Djokovic will aim to complete the Grand Slam schedule at the US Open, making it the biggest achievement of his career.

The 34-year-old Serb would become the first player to achieve the feat since Steffi Graf in 1988, and the first man since Rod Laver 52 years ago, winning a fourth title in New York.

Djokovic also knows that emulating his victories of 2011, 2015 and 2018 would see him overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Slam stakes for the first time in his career.

Novak Djokovic is mentally and physically the best player in the world, says Marcos Baghdatis |  Tennis News

It’s the mental side where he can sometimes have those jerks, but to me it’s really understandable.

Marcos Baghdatis on Novak Djokovic

Baghdatis, who reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in 2016, is impressed with the world number 1 and believes he will complete his mission of winning all four majors in 2021 by winning in New York.

“I hope he can do it for him,” smiled Baghdatis, a former Australian Open finalist. “He’s having an amazing season and I think he’s doing just amazing.

“How can he just change gears when he wants to? I think mentally, physically and in tennis he is the best there.

“Having said that, the mental part of his game can be so strong, but at the same time, it can ruin him.

“We saw him at the Olympics and we saw him at the US Open last year. I think he puts so much energy and work on his mental side that sometimes, once in a while , he has a fit of anger or frustration.

“I think it happens because he works so hard. He does everything off the pitch so well, from his nutrition to his fitness. The guy has everything to keep playing for the next five years.

“It’s the mental side where he can get these bursts sometimes, but to me it’s really understandable.”

Novak Djokovic is mentally and physically the best player in the world, says Marcos Baghdatis |  Tennis News

Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open after accidentally hitting a linesman with a ball in the fourth round last year

Novak Djokovic is mentally and physically the best player in the world, says Marcos Baghdatis |  Tennis News

Roger Federer misses US Open and will be sidelined for what he said will be “many months” as he needs third knee surgery

The last Grand Slam of the year was stripped of some of the sport’s big name names, with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams injured.

It will be the first Grand Slam in 24 years not to feature Federer, Nadal or Serena, leaving Baghdatis stunned.

“It happened very suddenly with Federer and his knee operations, Rafa starting to see her body collapse and Serena giving birth and being almost 40. To be able to play at this age and at this level is extraordinarily amazing,” said the Cypriot. .

“I think we’re coming to the end of an era and that’s why we have people like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev, Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek coming in and trying to run the world of tennis.”

Marcos Baghdatis will play in Champions Tennis at Royal Albert Hall, the ATP Champions Tour final, from November 25-28. Tickets available on www.atpchampionstour.com/london

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