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‘Roger Federer makes everything easy for…’, says top coach

Roger Federer’s latest performance at the Laver Cup brought a myriad of tears to the faces of all tennis fans. An era has ended. After 24 years of career, the Swiss decided to hang up his racket and start a new chapter in his life.

He had all the signs that the Maestro’s retirement was imminent, but his announcement nevertheless had a very strong impact. The injury to his right knee has prevented him from playing as and as much as he would have wished in the last two and a half years, forcing him to undergo three operations.

Fans were hoping that the King would be able to treat himself to one last ride of the carousel in 2023, but it was not possible. The resonance Roger underwent last July confirmed that there was no more progress. Within days, the 20-time Grand Slam champion knew it was over and started thinking about how to announce it.

Guest in the latest edition of ‘The Tennis Podcast’, Ivan Ljubicic explained what it was like to coach Federer.

Ljubo reflects on Federer

“It was so easy! Because Roger Federer makes everything easy for the trainers.

It’s very open and ensures you have freedom. You’re comfortable and you feel like you can say whatever you want. He always said ‘I don’t want to hear what you think I want to hear, I want to hear what you really think’

He was always saying that. And I felt really free, it’s always been that way. It was incredible, an experience I will never forget. There were times when I had nothing to say because he was just perfect. Some workouts were ridiculous because they were so perfect!

But there were also difficult moments, of course” – Ivan Ljubicic stated. Roger Federer – who retired at the Laver Cup in London last month – is widely regarded as one of the most aesthetically pleasing players in the sport’s history.

Federer is also a quintessential gentleman – both on and off the court – and Eugene Lapierre only has fond memories of the Swiss in Montreal. Lapierre said that Federer oozed class and was perfection personified. “Federer is just top class,” said Lapierre.

“He realised the impact and reach he could have with everyone. He never wavered, made special requests. He was very happy to come to Montreal, he was always very nice. With him, there is not a hair sticking out, as they say. It was very Swiss in attitude. A perfect guy, who was also perfect on the court”.

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