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Djokovic Worried After Friend Joins Federer’s Camp

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Djokovic Worried After Friend Joins Federer’s Camp
Ashish Maggo

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has admitted he is concerned about the prospects of friend Ivan Ljubicic joining Roger Federer’s camp as coach for the upcoming tennis season.

At the end of last year, 34-year-old Federer announced that his mentor Stefan Edberg had decided to step down and that former World No.3 Ljubicic would now be working alongside his head coach Severin Luthi.

While 2015 was in no way a bad year for Federer (he reached 11 finals), many foresee this move from the Swiss as one that could finally help him unsettle Djokovic’s dominance. Ljubicic is a long-time friend of Djokovic and knows his game inside out.

“Honestly, yes,” Djokovic answered when asked whether it would be strange to see his friend Ljubicic working in a rival camp.

“He (Ljubicic) knows my game, he knows the game of all Roger’s opponents, and I think that’s one of the reasons why Roger has hired him to be with him on the team.”

“Whether it’s going to work or not, that’s something to see for all of us, but I wish them all the best. Ivan is a great guy, very calm, very composed, and I am sure Roger knows why he hired him,” the Serbian added.

However, Federer himself denies Ljubicic’s appointment was made only to counteract Djokovic.

Photo Courtesy of AFP

Photo Courtesy of AFP

“What I like about him, he’s very direct,” said Federer. “He lets you know what he sees and thinks. We train very well together, he’s got good insight.”

“He’s played against a bunch of players that I’ve played against and we played against each other over 15 times as well, so he knows my game very well,” added the seventeen-time major winner.

In reality, Djokovic remains the biggest threat to Federer’s prospects of winning one last Grand Slam title before he retires.

The Serbian World No.1, who will defend his Australian Open crown in Melbourne starting January 18, is fast adding to his kitty of 10 Grand Slam titles.

 


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Ashish Maggo

Ashish Maggo is a sports journalist living in India and he has worked there for reputed media companies such as NDTV, The Times of India Group and Asian News International.

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