Majchrzak flourishes under former Swedish great Nystrom | Tennis News
But while the latter three made their breakthrough into men’s top tennis a few years ago, the 26-year-old Pole has struggled to crack the code. There were a few injuries that had held him back a bit, no doubt, but something was missing.
Fortunately, he was able to find the solution, thanks to his involvement with former world number 7 and Wimbledon doubles champion, Sweden’s Joakim Nystrom.
Nystrom, 58, not only won 13 ATP singles titles but also formed a formidable duo with Mats Wilander in the 1980s. Indian fans will remember him for the straight-set victory over the Amritraj brothers in the 1987 Davis Cup final, which Sweden won 5-0.
As a coach, Nystrom has worked with Jarkko Nieminen, Jurgen Melzer and Jack Sock.
The decision to move the base to Sweden at the end of 2020 didn’t pay off immediately, but has helped Majchrzak mature as a player ever since.
“My agent and I were looking for someone who was a great coach who has played before,” Majchrzak said, adding “someone who can talk to me and share his experience of his professional career with me.”
“The beginning was tough because I was hurting myself. They (Nystrom and his team) bring a lot of calm to my tennis,” said the 2013 US Open men’s doubles champion.
“They also worked with me to create different teams (aspects). I can be strong, but they also work with me on the attack… take more risks when it matters, to come to the net and play harder with the opponents. Also, the serve. That’s what we worked on last year.”
All of that was showcased on Friday as Majchrzak, the 2014 Youth Olympics gold medalist, upset second seed Lorenzo Musetti 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4 to set up a half -final with Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori at the Tata Open Maharashtra. .
After running away with the first set, Majchrzak (pronounced myh-zhack) was pushed away by his 19-year-old Italian opponent, who started using the slice more to slow down the game.
“So the rallies got longer. He made me play longer points and longer rallies, and he also found his rhythm,” the Pole said.
The ball moving quickly through the air in the hot afternoon conditions definitely suited Majchrzak’s game more than that of his Italian rival. He never lost serve throughout the 2 hour and 13 minute contest.
He also used his favorite cushioning to stunning effect. Still, he booked a trick up his sleeve for the final game when he served for the game.
“It’s tricky to always serve for the game 5-4. If someone had asked me before the game if I would be happy with this result, I would say yes. But during the game it’s tricky.
“I was nervous, I had to manage my emotions and stay calm. He was better from the baseline, so I decided to serve and volley, which I don’t normally do.
“It was also something brave to decide to take the game into my own hands, that I decided the points and not the opponent.”
The semi-final in Pune will go some way to easing Majchrzak’s disappointment at missing the last game against Spain at the ATP Cup in Melbourne last month for Majchrzak as he tested positive for covid.
“It’s very unfortunate that I caught covid even though I followed all the precautions,” said the youngster, who won all of his singles matches in the round-robin stage.
“It was very difficult for me because I was playing my best. Unfortunately Kacper (Zuk) also got injured. It was painful because I believed we had the chance to beat Spain.”