Roger Federer: ´I´m much better. Djokovic is a little star right now. About the drug tests...´- View: 4909 by Gatto Luigi
Roger Federer has not had the best preparation coming into the Australian Open. He was sick in Brisbane and it influenced him for the whole week. But now almost everything seems to be behind him. 'Cough's gone.
The cold's 90% gone - he assured - 'I'm happy. The last of couple days I've been able to practice normally. I'm relieved that since Thursday now I'm better.' Of course he spoke about Novak Djokovic as well and the concept of Fab Four.
Do the Big Four still exist, despite the Serb dominating? Djokovic won six Masters 1000 titles last season and three Grand Slams (Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open). According to Roger, Nole is at another level right now.
He said, 'It completely depends on what you're looking at. If you're looking at his season, he was the most dominant player by far last year. Then if you look at just who won the slams and the Masters 1000s, (it) doesn't hold truth, because Stan won the French.
Nobody else won a slam other than him and Novak. But, of course, Novak deserves like a little star next to his name right now because he's been doing extremely well. Same for Stan really. Hasn't been said, he's won slams the last couple seasons and he's going into a third season where he's maybe going to win a Grand Slam.' Last year in Melbourne, Roger lost to Andreas Seppi in the third round.
He's won four titles here: in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010. Last time he reached the final was in 2010 against Andy Murray. ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: ´Courts are a little bit faster - Djokovic? It´ll be decisive not having injuries´ Federer changed coaches in December, engaging Ivan Ljubicic to replace Stefan Edberg - In the first tournament (Brisbane) where Ljubicic was in his box, Federer reached the final losing to Milos Raonic - Asked if he expects something different than what he got from Edberg, he says: 'Yeah, of course - They're completely different people - So, of course, they're going to say things at different times in a different way - It's always like that, regardless of who you're going to have in your coaching team - ' Then Roger spoke about how the decision to engage Ljubicic was taken: 'Last year Stefan said to me that this wss going to be his last year - Then I checked in with him again maybe at Wimbledon - When Ivan told me that with Milos it's not going to continue, I said, So you would be available? I'm checking other options, too - But are you interested at all? He said, Yeah, I would love to do it, so let me know - ' Finally the world no - 3 told that he was happy about the work being done about the drug tests: 'We are doing well but there's always more you could do - I'm sure it's going to be more professional in 20 years' time, 50 years' time - It's going to be a different story again - I've seen the changes in the last 15 years - Today it's much more tight, which is good to see - ' .