Since becoming Roger Federer's coach four and a half years ago, Ivan Ljubicic hasn't given many interviews. Officially retired from competitions in April 2012, the Croatian was number 3 in the world in 2006 and has won ten ATP titles in his career, including the 2010 edition of Indian Wells, his only Masters 1000 trophy.
His best result in a Slam tournament remains the semifinal played at the 2006 Roland Garros, when he was stopped in three sets by future champion Rafael Nadal. In 2016, Ivo joined the team of the Swiss Roger Federer, becoming his new coach.
In his latest interview with Novi List, Ljubicic spoke about how it is Roger Federer's love for the game.
Ljubicic on Roger Federer
“Everything is under control. We are planning the next season. It is a desire and a dream that everything will go as in 2017, but it is clear that every situation is new.
Anyway, we have a positive experience behind us, so we all remain positive" - Ivan Ljubicic said. “Everyone is a little too focused on the Grand Slam titles. Sure, they are the most important tournaments in our sport, even more than before, but they are not the only thing that matters.
In Roger Federer’s case, he loves the sport and will play as long as he can. We will do everything to get results, but it is not the only reason why he plays and wants to continue playing. But it is clear to me that there are people who cannot understand it,” he added.
Roger Federer began his 2020 season at the 2020 Australian Open. He reached the semifinals after straight sets wins over Steve Johnson and Filip Krajinović, a five-set win over John Millman and a four-set win over Márton Fucsovics.
Federer saved seven match points in his five-set quarterfinal win over Tennys Sandgren. Federer then lost his semifinal match to Djokovic in straight sets, having sustained a groin injury earlier in the tournamant. In February, Federer underwent arthroscopic surgery for a right knee injury and subsequently withdrew from Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and the French Open to give time for his knee to recover, announcing that he would return in the grass season (deleted due to Coronavirus).
The former World number 3 also talked about Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour: "The Adria Tour was not a bad idea. However, it is clear to everyone that some things had to be done differently. This will serve some purpose, we understood that we must be more careful."