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    Alex Molcan On Marian Vajda: ‘It Is Wonderful To Work With Him’ | ATP Tour

    When the chance to work with Marian Vajda arose, Alex Molcan pounced.

    On the finish of final season, Vajda’s longterm partnership with Novak Djokovic got here to an finish. Throughout their 15 years collectively, the pair captured 85 tour-level titles, whereas the Slovakian earned the ATP Coach of the Yr award in 2018.

    With some of the spectacular resumés on Tour, demand for Vajda was excessive. Nonetheless, resulting from his Slovakian roots, Molcan had an edge and confidently, their partnership was born.

    “It was fairly fortunate the way it took place,” Molcan informed ATPTour.com. “After I heard that he was completed with Djokovic, we began to talk about issues. In the beginning, it was simply talking about a couple of issues. Then we met many times and now we’re working collectively, alongside my different coach Karol Beck. It was fairly fortunate, however I’m actually joyful and excited that this has occurred.”

    Since teaming in Could, Molcan has continued his spectacular improvement. The 24-year-old loved a run to his second tour-level last in Lyon, whereas he defeated Pedro Martinez on his Wimbledon debut to set a second-round assembly towards American Marcos Giron.

    “It’s superb to work with him,” Molcan mentioned. “There are such a lot of issues that he is aware of, so he can inform me tons. He’s an unbelievable coach and intensely skilled. We’re all studying from him.”

    For Molcan’s improvement, Vajda’s expertise and know-how are invaluable. Nonetheless, the World No. 51 revealed that regardless of his success, the Slovakian coach can be studying from him and Beck as they appear to bounce off one another and type a formidable staff.

    “Although he was with Djokovic earlier than, he can be taught new issues. He gained’t say he’s one of the best coach. He nonetheless has his toes on the bottom,” Molcan mentioned. “He’s a very cool individual. He’s humorous and intensely skilled when it comes to all the pieces to do with tennis. The environment inside the staff is working.

    “He jumped on the practice that was already on the way in which. We’re engaged on particular issues. We aren’t doing one thing fully completely different. I would like to know what he desires from me and how one can execute it in matches. Each Marian and Karol are nice at speaking, making it simpler for me to know. I’m asking him about stuff, however he isn’t attempting to make me play like Novak, it’s about being myself.”

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    Away from the court docket, the connection has been simply as sturdy, with Vajda slotting comfortably into the setup.

    “We’ve numerous enjoyable collectively. We’re enjoying video games. We’re all very aggressive. We performed a enjoyable sport of guessing who I might play within the first spherical and it’s actually unbelievable as he appropriately guessed I might play Martinez. We’ve numerous enjoyable and the environment is unbelievable,” the 24-year-old mentioned.

    Molcan is aiming to interrupt new floor this week at Wimbledon, the place he’s aiming to succeed in the second week at a serious for the primary time. Nonetheless, with their partnership within the early levels, the Slovakian is specializing in the larger image as he goals to proceed his climb up the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.

    “We’ve sure targets and we’re simply attempting to enhance my sport,” mentioned Molcan, who’s 17-11 on the season after reaching the second spherical at SW19. “I’m attempting to enhance my mentality as a result of tennis will not be a straightforward sport. It’s robust on the market. I wish to enhance many issues. It retains me motivated as a result of I nonetheless really feel I can hit my groundstrokes higher after which I might be a greater participant. We’re working laborious and I really feel will probably be an excellent remainder of the season.”

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