Ljubicic: 'The dream is that Roger Federer can repeat the 2017 exploit'

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Ljubicic: 'The dream is that Roger Federer can repeat the 2017 exploit'

The thought of retirement briefly touched Roger Federer's mind this year, but now the 20-time Grand Slam champion has rearranged his ideas and is looking forward to returning to the court in 2021. The former world number 1 is was forced to close the season prematurely after undergoing a double surgery on his right knee within a few weeks.

In an interview granted at the beginning of July, the Swiss phenomenon admitted that he had considered retiring, but later promised to make a comeback in 2021. Roger, who could play a tournament before the Australian Open, has already targeted Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to next year due to the Coronavirus emergency.

Meanwhile, his coach Ivan Ljubicic downplayed the retirement talk and raised for the future.

Ljubicic on Roger Federer

“Everything is under control. We are planning the next season,” Ivan Ljubicic told Novi List.

“It is a wish and a dream for everything to be like in 2017 (when Federer made a successful return to tennis following surgery), but it is clear that every situation is new. Anyway, we have one positive experience, so we are all positive”.

However, he will switch focus to his sports management company, LJ Sports Group, when the former world No 1 eventually calls it a day. “Roger Federer will be my last coaching job. My commitment to this project (LJ Sports Group) after Roger is absolute,” Ljubicic said.

“But Roger and I go further, my work with him is unquestionable and there are no problems there. After his career, I can dedicate myself one hundred percent to what makes me happy. Then I will be able to help the players in a way that we judge to be the best.

At the moment, as far as the coaching part of the job is concerned, it’s exclusively Roger”. Given the absence of Federer and Nadal from the US Open, we will see the first Grand Slam since 1999 without the two legends who have most influenced the modern era of tennis.

The members of the Top 10 currently still entered include world No. 3 Dominic Thiem, last year's finalist Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tstisipas, Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin. Last year, Djokovic retired in the round of 16 with a shoulder injury. He will be seeking Grand Slam title No. 18, and his fourth US Open.