When did Federer really believe he could ‘hurt Nadal’

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Ivan Ljubicic: Coaching, playing and knowing Roger FedererTennis Podcast, 35

After going nearly five years without a Grand Slam title Roger Federer turned to his good friend

The two had been talking on and off about Federer’s game before the Swiss great asked

The timing, as Federer plays in the Laver Cup, is perfect and Ljubicic does give some wonderful

And so I think after that match he believed more and also played tactically a bit different

So high was Federer’s confidence in his game that when he played Nadal in the semifinals

Hitting over the backhand instead of slicing it, playing close to the baseline and coming more to

I felt Roger is best inside the court and on the baseline instead of far away from

When the two teamed up, the goal was to win a Grand Slam again

1 ranking in February 2018 and at 36 became the oldest ever to achieve the feat

Ljubicic talks about how emotional he was when Federer beat Nadal in the 2019 Wimbledon semifinal and then

Cut to 2022, and till the time around Wimbledon, Federer’s comeback seemed to be on track but

“…all the way until Wimbledon was good progress but after Wimbledon it was the first setback

Ljubicic and Federer go back a long way and they hit if off as friends off the