Coach Goran Ivanisevic doesn’t believe that record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer can be world No. 1 again.
Federer, ranked at No. 9 in the world, will be turning 40 in August but he is still able to compete at the highest level.
However, Novak Djokovic’s coach Ivanisevic doesn’t believe that the Swiss is capable of reaching the top spot again.
“Okay, you have Federer who is slowly out. I don’t think he can be No. 1 ever again. So it’s between Novak (Djokovic) and Rafa (Nadal) for the records and all the stuff but you have a lot of guys who, in next five to six years, are going to be No. 1, to win different Grand Slams. Medvedev, Dominic (Thiem), young guys, Russians. You have Shapovalov. You have Italians, Berrettini, Musetti, Sinner. Tsitsipas, of course,” Ivanisevic said, per Tennis Majors.
Federer lost in the Wimbledon quarterfinal
In his last tournament played, Federer made the Wimbledon quarterfinal before losing to Hubert Hurkacz.
Djokovic, who is coached by Ivanisevic, won his sixth Wimbledon title after beating Matteo Berrettini in the final.
Meanwhile, Ivanisevic won’t be joining Djokovic at the Tokyo Olympics.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, is aiming to win his maiden gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“The schedule is really rough but I feel that my preparations were good,” Djokovic told reporters. “Also, I won a lot of matches recently, which always gives you extra confidence and energy boost. Playing for my country, it is the highest honour and privilege for me. I am an individual athlete, rarely we have the occasion to be a team. I am grateful because we were able to win the ATP Cup and Davis Cup, and I am missing Olympic gold now. I have the highest ambitions in Tokyo, it is not a secret that I am aiming for the gold medal.”