Analyst joins Novak’s team
Melbourne: Novak Djokovic has hired Australian tennis analyst Craig O’Shannessy as the Serb targets a seventh Melbourne Park title next month.
US-based O’Shannessy joins Djokovic’s new-look support team led by Andre Agassi and recently retired Radek Stepanek.
O’Shannessy works in several parts of the tennis community, mostly through the use of data to analyse match patterns and trends. He famously helped Dustin Brown orchestrate a stunning 2015 Wimbledon upset of Rafael Nadal.
The New South Welshman also works for the ATP Tour.
He spent time last week with Djokovic during the former world champion’s training camp in Monte Carlo. O’Shannessy described the Monaco experience as “certainly one of the highlights of my coaching career.”
The stats guru will rejoin Djokovic at the Australian Open. Djokovic is set to resume action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships exhibition in Abu Dhabi on December 28.
He will also play in the ATP Tour event in Doha before travelling to Australia.
Djokovic has not played competitively since July, when he dropped the curtain on a troubled season because of recurring elbow problems.
Meanwhile, former world No. 4 Robin Soderling believes Djokovic would have the edge over Roger Federer if both players were in their prime. The Swede’s best result at a Grand Slam was runner-up at the French Open in 2009 and 2010 when he was beaten by Federer and Rafael Nadal respectively.
And he competed against Djokovic and Federer several times over a 14-year career on the ATP Tour.
But in an interview with a tennis-related website, Soderling said he believed Djokovic’s peak level is higher than Federer’s.
Soderling said: “I always had tough matches against Roger. Playing against Djokovic, Nadal, I could go off the court and feel I played well. But against Roger, he just made me play bad... But if they are both at the top, I think Novak would beat Roger more times than the other way round. Agencies