'Roland-Garros is the toughest Grand Slam'
Despite the good vibes Djokovic carried into the tournament, there were no guarantees, says Vajda. Not when you are playing in Paris, where Nadal is a 13-time champion and considered to be the most formidable challenge in all of tennis.
“If you are really good clay-court specialist, like Rafa, he has a special game for the clay,” Vajda said. “He doesn't need to work that hard for the clay because he has everything, the shots, the selection of shots, technically he's just perfect to stay on the clay for longer.”
Djokovic’s coach said that even after he became the first man in history to earn two victories over Nadal at Roland-Garros, the 34-year-old's fate was still very much up in the air ahead of Sunday’s final with rising Tsitsipas.
“I never know what's going to happen,” he said. “You can predict him as the winner, but Roland-Garros is the toughest Grand Slam in the history. Always tough because it's clay and it's tiring. It's different game. You have to adjust to the clay basically. You have to come through a lot of tough times.”