BRAKING NEWS Djokovic is a ‘deadly spider’, says opponent’s coach (READ)

BRAKING NEWS Djokovic is a ‘deadly spider’, says opponent’s coach (READ)

Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight -legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin.

The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21 st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi – finals.

Goffin’ s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone.

“ It ’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game, ” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic .

“He doesn ’t have a big serve but it is very , very accurate . From the baseline , he’ s a wall.

I remember hitting with him many years ago ; it’ s like hitting against a spider . It feels like everything is coming back .
“You really have to try to put him in uncomfortable positions on the court — otherwise he will kill you.”
Goffin, 28 , has matched his best- ever performance at the Grand Slams by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final.
Four – time Wimbledon champion Djokovic , 32 , has a 5 -1 record over Goffin — but the Belgian won their last encounter , on clay in the Monte Carlo quarter -finals in 2017.
“It ’ s very important for David to have beaten him once . Most of the guys never have , ” Johansson said .
“ Novak is the guy to beat here. You can talk about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but he is the defending champion .

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“We are the underdog — and we like it .”

Johansson , 44, has been working with Goffin on tactics to contain Djokovic , namely a much – improved slice and drawing the top seed to the net .

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“We will try to find a good solution because rallying with him is not an option , ” the Swede said .

– Stress and nerves –
Goffin is only the fifth Belgian man in history to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals — and, along with Xavier Malisse in 2002, the only one to do so since 1924.

Malisse, 38 , said the odds were heavily in favour of Djokovic — but Goffin could still spring a surprise.
“It ’ s going to be tough. Everyone knows it — including him ,” the former world number 19 said .

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“But it ’s one match . If he’ s on good form and Djokovic is off a bit , gets a little stressed or nervous , that can change things.

“It ’ s about 60 to 65 per cent in Djokovic ’s favour. ”

Goffin’ s route to the last eight has seen him knock out Bradley Klahn , Jeremy Chardy , 11 th seed Daniil Medvedev and Fernando Verdasco .

Belgium’ s Kim Clijsters , a two- time Grand Slam champion , said her compatriot had been playing better than ever .

“It ’ s very exciting ,” said the retired 36-year – old .

“He has nothing to lose . It ’ s been a lot of fun watching him do well and seeing him being more emotionally outgoing and showing his fighting spirit .”

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