Novak Djokovic showed his best version to overcome Colombian Daniel Elahi Galán in the third round of Roland Garros 2020. The Serbian tennis player displayed his best level against a very combative rival who ran like nobody else for his drops and balloons. It was not enough, but Galán can go home very happy after leaving everything on the Center Court of the Parisian tournament. Nole advances to the round of 16 and after his victory he went to a press conference, a conference in which he spoke about topics that were as interesting as they were somewhat controversial.
– On whether he plans to travel, in the future, with fewer members of his team seeing the good results he is reaping now: “The fact that people are not here does not mean that they are not involved in my day-to-day or professional life. They keep in touch and actively communicate with me, participate in training sessions and give me their impressions of the games. They remain an integral part of my team even though they are not physically here, I have never considered what you are telling me.
We have to see what will happen at the end of the season and at the beginning of the next, we do not know if we will be able to bring more members with us. Right now everything is very restricted, only two more people can travel and most players choose to bring their coach and their physiotherapist. I hope we can increase that number in the future so we can also bring to the family, which is very important to me. I have been on the circuit for more than 15 years and I would love if my children and my wife could come and spend more time with me. It is clear that right now that is not possible. Anyway, I don’t think the number of people makes a difference for me. I feel that the important thing is to have your coach and your physiotherapist. Everything else is a bonus. “
– Presence of line judges on the track: “With all due respect for the tradition and culture of this sport, I don’t see a reason why all tournaments on the circuit, in such a technologically advanced era, don’t have what we had in Cincinnati or New York. The technology is so advanced to today that there is no reason why we should keep the linesmen on the track. That’s my opinion. I understand that this technology is expensive, so there is an economic problem, but I believe that we are taking steps so that sooner or later we are in that situation.
Clearly the ball boys, yes, they are important, but the line judges I do not see why. Perhaps you can tell me if there is any compelling reason beyond maintaining the tradition of our sport. Plus, it would also help make it less likely that I’ll do what I did in New York (laughs).
– The delay in closing the roof during the second set: “I spoke to the supervisor before the game, and one of the things I asked him was why don’t we close the roof before the match to play without interruptions. I saw the weather forecast and it didn’t look good, it seemed like the rain could fall at any moment. When the game started, the chair umpire and supervisor determined that the court was playable. I would understand it if they didn’t have a roof, but why not use it when this is why you have it?
This was the reason why we lost a bit of time that affected our game or the one that comes after, right now Muguruza is still playing, for example. You waste a lot of time while the roof is closed or while a side of the track that is wet tries to dry. I feel like not closing the roof before starting the game was the wrong decision. “