What will be the most difficult part of training a tennis player like Roger Federer? Although to a certain extent it would seem simple, the challenge is very great to be able to deal with a figure like the Swiss tennis player. That is the task that the Croatian coach Ivan Ljubicic has had to overcome during the last season, who explained what his experience has been like alongside the winner of 20 Grand Slams. “It’s been easy because he makes it easy for the coaches. He is very open and makes sure you have freedom. You are comfortable and feel like you can say anything. He always said ‘I don’t want to hear from you what you think I want to hear, I want to hear what you really think, I want to hear the truth’. He repeated it several times, really making sure that this was my job as a coach. I really felt free and comfortable,” Ljubicic said. “It was always like this. It was amazing, an experience I will never forget. I have to say there were a lot of times when I just had nothing to say because he was just perfect. Really, there were some practices that were ridiculous in how perfect everything was! But we also had some tough times. The injury was very complex and his decision was the best”, added the Croatian. In his time as a player, Ljubicic faced Federer a total of 16 times, of which the Swiss won 13 and only lost 3.
King Roger has delighted millions of fans
Lynette Federer, the mother of Roger Federer, revealed that the 2019 Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic was the toughest moment of the Swiss’s career. While speaking to Tages Anzeiger, she revealed that there were other similar moments in his career – the 2010 and 2011 US Open finals – where he lost the match after having match points. “I think the 2019 Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic, wasting two match points on his serve, was the hardest moment of his career. Also the two semifinals lost to Novak at the 2010 and 2011 US Open, where he again had match points in his favor,” said Lynette Federer. In a recent conversation, Berdych discussed the GOAT controversy and addressed that numbers can serve as a measure of greatness. However, players like Roger Federer have a significant impact on the sports that cannot be shadowed by any statistics. He said, “Those who want to compare the greatest aces by numbers would find arguments for different players. The number of grand slam titles may be the most objective measure, but there are athletes who leave a huge mark behind them. I think Roger will leave a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he’s a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he’s done for tennis can’t be outweighed by any results.”