Coach Ivan Ljubicic insisted that Roger Federer was very nice to work with and added that Federer always wanted to hear the truth and nothing more. Ljubicic started working with Federer in 2016, as he was part of Federer until the end of the 41-year-old’s career.
“Easy! Easy because he makes it easy for the coaches. He’s very open and makes sure you have freedom. You feel comfortable and you feel like you can say what you think is right and the way it is,” Ljubicic said. to Eurosport.
“He would always say ‘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.’ I felt free and comfortable. It was always that. There were many times when he just had nothing to say because he was just perfect.
Actually, there were some practices that were ridiculous! He would just give him the balls and tell him ‘you’re good!’ but we also had some tough, some tough times and tough times, but most of the time it was very, very nice.”
After undergoing knee surgery in the summer of 2016, Federer was written off by many. Then he won three Grand Slams in the next 12 months. First, Federer won the 2017 Australian Open title, which at the time was his first Grand Slam since 2012 Wimbledon.
Then Federer went all the way to Wimbledon 2017. At the start of the 2018 season, Federer defended his Australian Open title. and achieved his 20th and last Grand Slam title.
Coric praises King Roger
Borna Coric has revealed that Roger Federer was one of his idols growing up and a big reason he took up the sport.
“I was basically watching him (Federer), Goran Ivanisevic, Mario Ancic, all of my big idols. I basically started playing tennis because of them, and he was one of them. I was watching him on tv and I was hoping I could play against him one day, that was my main goal,” Coric said.
“I remember even today watching Roger vs Rafa in my old apartment with my dad, wishing I can play against them in the first round. He was one of the main reasons why I started to play tennis and what he did for tennis is amazing, so all we can do is say ‘Thank you very much’,” he added.
Borna Coric won his maiden ATP 500 title at the 2018 Halle Open by beating Roger Federer 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2 in the final. “It was the most special tournament of my whole career because just before the tournament, I won only two or three matches on grass in the last 4 years.
So, I was coming to the grass and was not really hoping for the best, even if I won one or two rounds, I would be super happy,” Coric said.