The coronavirus has halted the world of tennis at least until August. At the end of March, Roger Federer's coach Ivan Ljubicic wanted 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 on the Tour.
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 and that was hardly a problem for the Croat, eager to get Federer back to the winning way and with the right formula to accomplish that. The issues with the knee were even more severe than they had previously thought, as 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, Ivan led Roger towards two Major crowns that year, conquering Melbourne after an epic win over Rafael Nadal and adding Wimbledon to his tally in 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, especially after defending the crown in Melbourne for the 20th and so far the last Major title.
In February that year, Roger became 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.
Federer had to undergo knee surgery in February and another in May, skipping the rest of the season and hoping for a fresh start in 2021.
Ljubicic said they have been working on a comeback, hoping to repeat what they did in 2017. The Croat once again undelighted Roger's love for the sport and his will to extend career, regardless of the achievements. "Everything is under control, we are planning the next season.
We all want Roger to repeat the 2017 campaign, but this is a completely different situation. We are all very positive. Roger loves the sport and will play as long as he can. We will do our best to achieve notable results but that's not the only reason he still competes," Ivan Ljubicic said.