In an interview by Riccardo Crivelli published last April 21st on Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, Roger Federer spoke about the differences between his current coach Ivan Ljubicic and Stefan Edberg.
"It's a completely different approach. - said the Swiss - I had a more global relationship with Stefan, as he took care of all the aspects of my preparation. With Ivan there's been a generational change, as he played with many of my current opponents and has got a different mind perspective and a wider knowledge. It's like he is still a tennis player, so to say, and that's what I needed in this moment."
Roger revealed he wasn't surprised at all by Rafael Nadal getting back to a good level and winning the Monte Carlo Masters. In the former world number 1's words, the Spaniard was his best rival. "Some of our matches have become history and he also gave me some of my most painful losses. Being a lefty, he forced me to find different solutions. I think the rivalry with him attracted the fans more (than the one with Djokovic)".
Roger said he has got no immediate plan to quit the game and is looking forward to playing the Olympics. (mc)
Read the entire interview in Italian»
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