Ljubicic: “After Federer and Nadal a scenario like after Sampras and Agassi”

Former world number 3, Roland Garros semifinalist and holder of ten ATP titles, 42-year-old Ivan Ljubicic retired from professional tennis nine years ago. His last success on the Tour came in the spring of 2010, when he defeated American Andy Roddick in the Indian Wells final to go on to lift his first and only Masters 1000 trophy.

Ivan also took part in the 2005 Davis Cup Croatian squad, when he was instrumental in the final match against Slovakia of Karol Kucera, Dominik Hrbaty and Michal Mertinak.

Releasing an interview with Italian newspaper Messaggero, Ivan commented on the future situation of men’s tennis, with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal now close to retiring, despite some rumors said, especially the Swiss Maestro, should come back on the court at the beginning of 2022.

He said: “The scenario for the next few years will be the same as that which followed Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, with different winners of the same Grand Slam. Ferrero, Gaudio, Moya, Hewitt, Safin. A more normal and classic tennis than that imposed by the Big 3.”

Ljubicic: “After Federer and Nadal a scenario like after Sampras and Agassi”

ATP number one Novak Djokovic recently failed to conquer the Grand Slam after being beaten by Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open, a rematch of the match staged at the beginning of the year in Melbourne.

However, Nole ensured the top of the world rankings, as well as the qualification for the ATP Finals in Turin. Swiss Roger Federer has chosen to undergo a new surgery, which will keep him off the pitch until 2022. The Basel champion reached the quarter-finals of the last edition of Wimbledon, but was clearly stopped by the young Hubert Hurkacz in three sets.

In the women’s Tour, the 2021 edition of the US Open in Flushing Meadows saw the triumph of 18-year-old Emma Raducanu, the first player from qualifying to achieve victory in a Major. The young Brit quickly climbed the world rankings, reaching the 22nd step. The Laver Cup will start, with Team World looking to win for the first time.