Nikoloz Basilashvili is one of the players who enjoyed some big success this year on the professional men’s tour. The 26-year-old won two ATP 500s titles, Hamburg and Beijing. In an interview to TennisNet, his coach Jan de Witt was asked if Novak Djokovic, who won the last two Grand Slams of the year, is unbeatable.
‘I don’t think so’, said De Witt. ‘I don’t think that he is as good as when he was at the top. Of course, he is coming there. I think Nole can play even better than what we saw now. I already beat Djokovic with three different players.
But it’s an extremely tough task.’ Commenting on the keys of Basilashvili’s success, De Witt added: ‘I think Niko calmed down. He focused on himself. He is also aggressive and makes unforced errors. Emotions are there, obviously, and they play a factor in professional sports.
Sometimes I would like to see him showing a positive reaction to good points. But you really have to praise him. The guy is unbelievably good.’ Revealing how they got to work together, Basilashvili said: ‘We played against each other twice, in Shanghai and French Open.
And we trained together often. I saw the tennis he can play and I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do with him. What happens now is that it’s not a surprise for me anymore. How everything happens in a quick way is surprising.’ ALSO READ: ‘Roger Federer should never play on clay again’ – Andy Roddick .