Coach Ivan Ljubicic felt that Roger Federer’s victory over Rafael Nadal within the 2017 Australian Open ultimate was the turning level of their rivalry. Within the 2017 Australian Open ultimate, Federer recovered from a break down within the fifth set to beat Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3.
After that, Federer received three of their subsequent 4 conferences. Nadal owns a 24-16 head-to-head versus Federer, however the Swiss received seven of their final eight matches. “I believe clearly that match in Australia modified his manner of experiencing Rafa, I consider.
I believe after that match he felt increasingly assured that he has it on his racket, which wasn’t the case in opposition to Rafa preventing for a lot of occasions earlier than that,” Ljubicic mentioned on the The Tennis Podcast, per Sportskeeda.
“And so, I believe after that match he form of believed extra and he performed, you understand, simply tactically additionally a bit completely different.”
Ljubicic on Federer’s lone defeat to Nadal after 2017
Federer and Nadal clashed 4 extra occasions after the 2017 Australian Open ultimate.
Two of these 4 matches have been performed on exhausting, whereas one was performed on grass and one on clay. Nadal’s lone win over Federer after 2017 got here on the 2019 French Open, when he defeated the Swiss within the semifinal. “I imply, personally I do know I am a perfectionist however I am very sorry for that semifinal at Roland Garros they performed one another.
It was so windy that the match wasn’t an actual match, you understand what I imply. So I might have, I might have wished to see him enjoying Rafa on the equal phrases. Not on equal phrases, in fact it was equal phrases, however on the traditional circumstances,” Ljubcic defined.
“I am not saying that he would have received, however I believe it might have been implausible match. It was already like this, however I actually consider that at that stage, he believed that he might actually additionally damage him additionally in clay.
However on different surfaces, he positively felt superior after that Australian Open and I believe outcomes clearly are displaying it.”