Brought to you by our partners at Radio Influence, Tennis With An Accent presents its latest podcast. Our guest for this week is Sasa Ozmo, a reporter for SportKlub, a sports publication based in Belgrade, Serbia. You can find SportKlub on Twitter (@SportKlub) and on the web at sportklub.rs.
Ozmo provides his assessment of Novak Djokovic, the 2019 Australian Open champion, after his impressive run in Melbourne. Being a Serbian-speaking journalist, Ozmo has had an up-close view of the rise of Djokovic in this Golden Era of men’s professional tennis. He was in Australia to see Djokovic thrash Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. He has studied Djokovic closely and spoken to Nole’s coach, Marian Vajda, but Ozmo has also studied Djokovic’s foremost rivals and talked to their coaches as well.
In this podcast, hosted by Saqib Ali, Ozmo reveals not only what Vajda said to him about Djokovic’s plans for the clay season (plans relating to match strategy, not scheduling), but what Carlos Moya told him about Nadal’s new approach this year. You’ll also get insights on Roger Federer and how the Swiss’s participation will — or won’t — reshape the calculus when the tour moves to red clay in the spring.
You will also hear insights on the Davis / Pique Cup, the ATP Cup, other ATP challengers to the Big 3 — such as Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev — plus some observations of two other notable Serbian players Ozmo gets to cover on a regular basis: Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic. You might be surprised to learn how optimistic Ozmo is about one of these two players. Find out which one in the final segment of this broadcast, which lasts just under 50 minutes.
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