In an interview to Sky Sport in the Monte Carlo Masters during the match between Fabio Fognini and Borna Coric, the former world No. 3 Ivan Ljubicic spoke about Roger Federer's tournaments schedule. The Croatian, who has been working with the Swiss since the end of 2015, said: "The plan is Madrid for now.
As for Rome, it depends on what happens in Madrid." Federer is back to practice on clay this week. The 20-time Grand Slam winner will have a weekend off: "We will start training again on Monday. We will go to Madrid on Friday, May 3, not too early because we have the altitude in Switzerland."
Ljubicic also praised the huge motivation of Coric's coach Riccardo Piatti. "We have been knowing each other for like two decades. He is still there, holding a huge desire to make an Italian player crack the top ten rankings and a player in general win a Grand Slam title."
In an interview to Amazon Prime, the former world No. 4 Greg Rusedski commented on Federer's biggest nemesis, Rafael Nadal. “Remember, Rafa was dominating the whole world of tennis for a while. And then Novak Djokovic was the guy who came around and said ‘I am going to compete with you physically and you are going to have to tear me apart.
I can compete with you six hours plus on the court’. That’s what Medvedev put down today, even though he was having a massage. You would be expected Djokovic to win that kind of battles so a lot of kudos to Medvedev today. We can’t take away from a brilliant performance tactically, mentally and physically”.