Originally Posted by out_here_grindin
Djokovic before Martin was a dangerous player who was up and coming, destined to win many slams. Obviously Martin was not the only factor in Djokovic's demise but under Martin Djokovic became a solid player. Nothing more. He was consistently losing in grand slam round of 16's and Quarters. He was zero threat to Federer and Nadal. His serve became a massive liability rather than the strength it once was. Martin was not with Djokovic very long but impacted his game for the worse.
This. Martin was not the cause of his collapse, but he also didn't help Djokovic get out of it.
I think one of the errors in that coaching relationship is that Martin perhaps pressed Novak *too much* regarding coming to net. Djokovic will always be best from the baseline, with just the occasional foray to close at net when he is well set up for it. Martin wanted to see too much net play out of a guy who just isn't very naturally gifted from that part of the court.
Also I'm pretty sure Djokovic hasn't lost in a GS R16 in many many years... AO '07 maybe?