He was one of the „special guest“ during the Diriyah Tennis Cup presented by Saudi Aramco. Roger Federers Coach Ivan Ljubicic, former world number three from Croatia, visited the Diriyah Arena and spoke to the media.
Ivan Ljubicic about…
…his job as a coach: „„As a trainer you really live matches the same way as a player. You´re still very emotional.“
...the young guns oin tour: „Thiem and Tsitsipas played really well in London. But when you look on the last three years the winners of London, they must all prove. They beat them because they are good enough, but they must show, that they can be consistently in semifinals of he Grand Slams, stay in the Top five, and fight for titles on the tour month after month. Maybe 2020 is the year. It will hapen eventually. Thats the nature. But its interessting to see, if thats the year.“
…the Diriyah Tennis Cup presented by Saudi Aramco: „When I heard the first time about this event, it was when Stan promoted it on social media. I was very curios and very interessted to see, what is it. In tennis world you rarely see something new or refreshing. The tour really looks the same like many years. The stadium here was built in such a short time out of nothing, ist amazing. Of course it has some time to pass. The people must get interested and this must grow over the years.“
…Roger Federer: I don´t know how long Roger will be on the tour. That is a question for him. I´m just happy to have him so motivated. She just loves playing tennis. Tennis is our life.“
…the „big three“: I still see the big three on top. They are the best players in the world. But I need tob e proven wrong. They will always be the best players in the world. But the only question is, if they can play enough, to maintain their position. It´s hard to imagine that somebody can play better then all three oft hem for a whole year.“
…Dominic Thiem and his chase on Federer, Nadal an Djokovic: „He can win tournaments, but will he be number one oft he world next year? Maybe. But I don´t think so. It´s hard to say, he will be number one in world. He hasn´t even be top three until now. Maybe all three guys will go down at once. But is tough. We cannot predict the future. Dominic is a great player, he beat Roger two times this year. But how many Grand Slam-titles the three guys won all together? Dominic has been in two Grand Slam-finals. It´s a big difference. He has the potential to win a Grand Slam eventually one day. But I will always remember Guillermo Coria win in the final of the French Open against Gaston Gaudio. We all say, that he will win a lot in the future. The truth is, that we not know. I think we will see one of the three guys on top in next year. If one of these guys win two or big slams he will be the number one next year. I think they all three are in great moments of their career. All three are playing great tennis. Every time they play each other, its fantastic.“