'Roger Federer's body has come a long way and...', says top coach

‘Roger Federer’s body has come a long way and…’, says top coach

There are some records that Roger Federer will hold for a long time. The Swiss tennis player, who has announced his retirement in a long letter published on social networks (first in the form of a video/podcast and then in writing), still boasts some achievements that the other two members of the Big 3, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, have not yet managed to scratch.

The number of wins in a main draw, the number of consecutive weeks, the number of titles and wins at Wimbledon: these are all records that the Swiss, who has been absent from the circuit for more than a year, continue to hold on the men’s circuit.

Among them, there is a record that always has to do with Grand Slam tournaments: Roger Federer holds the Open Era record of 10 consecutive Slam finals. A domain that began in 2005 at Wimbledon, his reign, and ended with the US Open in 2007.

In this interval, the Swiss champion has put seven of these titles in his favor: what escaped him were the three Roland Garros titles, which went to Rafael Nadal. In this streak, there is also the beginning of the former number one’s dominance in two Slams: five consecutive titles in both London and New York, again none like him.

The second in this classification of consecutive finals always belongs to Roger Federer. Eight is the streak of last consecutive acts, in addition to its historical record: from Roland Garros in 2008 to the Australian Open in 2010.

In this case, the wins came “only” four times out of the eight finals played. It was not only Rafael Nadal who broke the dreams of the Swiss, but also an Argentina: Juan Martin Del Potro’s victory at the Us Open in 2009, which also broke the streak of five consecutive titles in New York.

Ivan Ljubicic speaks about Federer

While Ivan Ljubicic recently acknowledged that Roger Federer’s loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final was very difficult to digest, the Croatian coach this time made some curious revelations in an interview with a Croatian newspaper about of his player’s future retirement.

According to him, the Swiss was not at 100% of his abilities during this edition of the London Grand Slam… “I tried to help him to win another Grand Slam title, and he won three, so I’m happy with that part of my coaching career.

Too bad that due to health problems he has not been able to give his best in recent years. He was also out of form in 2019 at Wimbledon when he missed two match points in the final against Novak. He trained with restraint, between 60 and 70% of his capacity.

His body has come a long way and it’s understandable that he needs a rest. There are no problems between us and there never will be. We were friends and we remain friends. And we will probably continue to collaborate on certain things. He will surely play other exhibition matches because he loves tennis so much that he cannot live without it.”

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