Ljubicic brings current Tour viewpoint: Federer

Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during his match with Serbia's Novak Djokovic.
Switzerland's Roger Federer reacts during his match with Serbia's Novak Djokovic. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI • World No. 3 Roger Federer said on Saturday he is looking forward to working with his new-generation coaching team, after parting with Stefan Edberg.

Federer announced last week he was shaking up his coaching team for 2016, with childhood idol Edberg leaving after two years of working as assistant coach to the 17-time Grand Slam winner.

"The idea was only to do one year. I couldn't believe it when he (Edberg) said yes in the first place," Federer said in New Delhi, after taking part in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).

"We had a great split in (the) sense that we've known for 10 months that it was going to end at the end of the year."

He said Edberg's replacement, Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, a former world No. 3, would offer a new perspective as part of the current generation of players.

"It's the first time that I've had someone within my team who has actually played on Tour against the players that I've played against," he said.

"My coaches in the past have all been players from a different generation. I think Ivan can bring something very exciting to my team, (including) motivation."

Sweden's Edberg, a former world No. 1, won his six Grand Slam titles in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Federer also said he was excited about teaming up with fellow Grand Slam star Martina Hingis for Switzerland in the mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"We are a little bit rusty after 15 years of not playing together (but) hopefully we have some time," he said.

He added it was likely he would also partner countryman and world No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in the men's doubles, saying they would discuss it early next year.

Federer and Wawrinka won gold in the doubles at the 2008 Olympics.

Federer lost 5-6 to Rafael Nadal in the Delhi IPTL leg on Saturday night, with the Spaniard seemingly in top form in front of a roaring Indian crowd.

The IPTL, which began in Japan this month, was held in Manila last week and will also have stops in Dubai and Singapore.

The Singapore leg will take place from Friday to Sunday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2015, with the headline 'Ljubicic brings current Tour viewpoint: Federer'. Subscribe