Roger Federer has turned to retired Croatian tennis great Ivan Ljubičić (36) to help coach him…
World number 3 Federer, who was world number 1 for a record 302 weeks, announced that he was parting ways with coach Stefan Edberg and would be bringing Ljubičić into his coaching team.
“After 2 very successful years, I would like to thank Stefan Edberg, my childhood idol, for agreeing to join my team. It was a dream come true. Although it was supposed to only be for 2014, Stefan was great and agreed to extend the partnership through this year which I really appreciated. He taught me so much and his influence on my game will remain. He will always be a part of my team. Severin Luthi, who I have been working with since 2008, will continue to be my main coach and he will be joined by Ivan Ljubicic. Both Daniel Troxler, my physiotherapist and Pierre Paganini, my longtime fitness trainer, will remain part of my technical team,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner announced on his Facebook page.
In his 15-year playing career, Ljubičić won 10 ATP titles, the Davis Cup for Croatia and a bronze medal with Mario Ančić in the doubles at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Ljubičić got into coaching after his retirement in 2013 and was coach for two years of Miloš Raonić, who he helped guide to the semi-final of Wimbledon in 2014 and as high as number 4 in the world.