‘We don’t want Roger Federer in Novak Djokovic half at Wimbledon,’ says coach

Goran Ivanisevic has admitted that he would like to avoid getting Roger Federer in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.

World number one Djokovic was drawn in the same half of the Roland Garros draw with both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and went on to lift the title for the second time in his career last week.

However, Ivanisevic, who has coached Djokovic since 2019, says he would not like to see the same thing happen at Wimbledon, particularly when it comes to Federer.

Federer made a full comeback to tennis at the French Open after playing only three matches in 16 months before that due to double knee surgery.

Despite reaching the quarter-final the Swiss ace then withdrew from the competition in order to protect his fitness for Wimbledon, which he has always admitted is his real target.

Although heavily criticised for it, Ivanisevic says he thinks Federer did the right thing.

“I think Roger made a smart move in Paris. He tested his body, whipped himself into shape a bit, and got exactly what he wanted,” Ivanisevic said.

“Three matches under his belt and then he did not want to risk getting injured. Wimbledon is his number one goal.

“To be honest, I would not want to see him in our part of the draw there,” admitted Ivanisevic.

The Croation, who was also 2001 Wimbledon Champion, said he was happy that Djokovic met Nadal in the semi-final of Roland Garros instead of the final because the final brings a specific mentality that’s harder to beat.

“We were in Belgrade when the draw for Roland Garros came out, and he [Djokovic] was not particularly happy seeing Rafa [Nadal] and Roger in his half of the draw. Honestly, I preferred it that way, ” said Ivanisevic.

“Rafa has never lost a final in Paris, the approach and mentality for a final are always very specific, and Rafa has 13 titles in Paris. It is a similar mentality to the one Djokovic has at the Australian Open.”

Djokovic has now won both Grand Slams of the season so far – the Australian Open and the French Open and has admitted he would like to go for the Golden Slam – four Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold in the same year.

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