A coronavirus has halted the world of tennis (and pretty much everything else around the world) at least until June, with slim chances of seeing some grass-court tennis action as well. In the last couple of days, we have seen many unusual tweets and posts from numerous players and coaches, with all of them trying to stay positive at their homes or training basis.
Roger Federer's coach Ivan Ljubicic wants to unsubscribe after a free 90-day trial of 2020, wishing to start all over just like all the others who are missing tennis and the regular activities. Retiring in 2012, Ljubicic had stayed around tennis for a couple of years before receiving a call from Roger Federer, starting working with the Swiss at the beginning of 2016.
Roger lost the final in Doha to Milos Raonic and the semi-final at the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic, changing his schedule to undergo knee surgery on February 3 and missing the next two months. Ljubicic had to wait until April to join Roger on the court again but that wasn't a problem for the Croat who was eager to get Federer back to the winning way, understanding the right formula to accomplish that.
The issues with the knee were even more severe than they had previously thought and Roger had to skip the rest of the season following the semi-final defeat at Wimbledon, dropping out from the top-10 for the first time in 15 years and starting all over at the Australian Open 2017.
With enough time to prepare the right tactics and all the elements of his game, Ivan led Roger towards two Major crowns that year, conquering Melbourne after an epic win over Rafael Nadal and adding Wimbledon to his tally for the first victorious season at Majors in five years.
Federer won 54 out of 59 matches that year, finishing second behind the Spaniard in the year-end ranking list and pushing hard in 2018 as well, especially after defending the crown in Melbourne for the 20th and so far the last Major title.
In February that year, Roger became by far the oldest world no. 1 in ATP history, producing magic from his backhand like never before and battling against much younger opponents to maintain the form and chase the most significant trophies.
In the previous season, Federer again did enough to stay in the top-3 behind Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, wasting a colossal chance of adding another Wimbledon trophy and hoping for more good runs in the second part of 2020 if the season continues at some point.
Federer had to undergo knee surgery in February, setting the return date for Halle that will probably be canceled, together with other pre-Wimbledon events and the third Major of the season as well.