“Never Write Him Off”: Novak Djokovic’s Coach Confident Roger Federer Can Reach His Old Heights

Published 03/03/2021, 5:30 PM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his singles match against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is going to return on Tour after more than a year. He is set to make his return at the ATP Doha Cup 2021. The Swiss superstar played his last match against Novak Djokovic in the semifinal of the Australian Open 2020. 

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Recently, Goran Ivanisevic voiced his opinion on Federer, now that his return is imminent. He feels it would be wrong to write the eight-time Wimbledon winner off. The former Croatian player is aware of the threat the Swiss ace can possess. Goran believes Roger can be as effective as ever at Wimbledon and at the US Open.

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

Goran Ivanisevic: “Roger Federer is dangerous at Wimbledon”

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The 2001 Wimbledon winner said, “I have played against Federer and I have coached against Federer. One thing I have learned is that you should never write him off, so I won’t do it now. He is always dangerous, particularly at Wimbledon and to a lesser extent at the US Open. If he is playing, that means that he is ready and when he is ready, he is an extremely difficult opponent to have.”

At the moment, Goran is on the coaching team of the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. As a player, he was the only individual to win Wimbledon as a wild card entrant.

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against Marton Fucsovics of Hungary on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Coming back to Federer, over the years, he’s created an identity for himself that remains unmatched. However, with time passing by, his rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have come close to dethroning the Swiss star from his throne.

Nadal won the French Open last year, and in doing so, he equaled Roger’s record of holding twenty Grand Slams. In the current week, Djokovic equaled Federer’s record of holding the number one ranking for 310 weeks. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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