What will be the most difficult part of training a tennis player like Roger Federer? Although it may seem easy to a certain extent, being able to deal with a character like the Swiss tennis player is very challenging.
That is the task Croatian coach Ivan Ljubicic had to tackle last season, who explained his experience alongside the 20-time Grand Slam winner. “It was easy because he makes it easy for the coaches.
He is very open and makes sure you have freedom. You feel 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 to really make sure that this was my job as a coach. I felt really free and comfortable,” said Ljubicic. “It’s always been like that. It was incredible, an experience I’ll never forget. I have to say there were a lot of times I just didn’t have anything to say because he was just perfect.
Really there were some practices that were ridiculous at how perfect everything was! But we also had hard times. The injury was very complex and his decision was the best,” the Croatian added. During his time as a player, Ljubicic met Federer a total of 16 times, of which the Swiss won 13 times and lost only 3 times.
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Lynette Federer, Roger Federer’s mother, revealed that the 2019 Wimbledon final defeat by Novak Djokovic was the most difficult moment of the Swiss’ career. Speaking to Tagesanzeiger, she revealed 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, where he wasted two match points on his serve, was the toughest moment of his career. Novak also lost the two semifinals at the US Open in 2010 and 2011, where he again had match points in his favor,” said Lynette Federer.
In a recent conversation, Berdych discussed the GOAT controversy and how numbers can serve as a measure of greatness. However, players like Roger Federer have a significant impact on the sport that no statistic can overshadow.
He said: “Those who want to compare the biggest aces by number 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 big mark.
I think Roger will make a bigger dent than Djokovic. I think he’s a bigger icon than Nadal. Maybe because he started this great era. What he has done for tennis cannot be outweighed by any results.”