You should never write off Roger Federer, says Novak Djokovic’s coach Goran Ivanisevic ahead of the Swiss star’s return next week.
Federer has been out of tennis for over a year with a knee injury that ended up requiring two operations to fix.
The last competitive game he played was against Djokovic at the 2020 Australian Open, when a groin injury hampered him in the semi-finals.
He will make his long-awaited return in Doha on March 8 and is likely to compete at Dubai the following week too.
His priorities, though, come later in the year with Wimbledon and the US Open key targets for the 39-year-old.
And, according to Ivanisevic, Novak Djokovic’s camp won’t be taking his threat lightly despite his lengthy absence – and nor should anyone else.
“I have played against Federer and I have coached against Federer,” Ivanisevic told Tennis Majors.
“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.”
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