Australian Open 2016 Update – Roger Federer heads into this year’s Australian Open looking to finally solve Novak Djokovic with a ‘secret weapon’ in his corner. Federer, gunning for his fifth Australian Open trophy and 18th Grand Slam of his career, will be bringing his former rival and new coach Ivan Ljubicic in hope of ending the Serbian dominance.
The 34-year old Federer gave Djokovic a run for his money last year, winning three of their eight head-to-head matches that year (though losing five in the finals). However, the Swiss thinks he can still better his record against his rival by tapping the service of Ljubicic.
“Last year I did quite well against Novak. Of course, I’ve got to keep it up,” Federer said of Ljubicic hiring via CNN “I always believe there’s new things you can learn, but there’s always sometimes a way of staying motivated, staying hungry. Someone like Ivan can also help do that.”
After a two-year working relationship with tennis legend Stefan Edberg, Federer will have Ljubicic as his coach, hoping the Croatian will provide him that extra push at this point of his career.
“I can do a lot by myself, but I need my support team to push me the last 1%, 5%, 10%, whatever it is, because I’m not in the same mood every single day,” Federer said of his coaching change.
Federer, whose last Grand Slam triumph came in 2012 at Wimbledon, will begin his Australian Open campaign against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. Djokovic, meanwhile, will face Korean Chung Hyeon.