Novak Djokovic coach aims accusation at Roger Federer ahead of US Open opener

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26 серпня 2019 14:54

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It’s been over a month now since Federer squandered two championship points in the near-five hour thriller against Djokovic.The 38-year-old rolled back the years with some of his tennis, pushing the world No 1 to the limit.But Djokovic, as he has done in the big tournaments for the past 14 months, dug deep to win his 16th Grand Slam.It’s the first Grand Slam final Federer has been defeated in since 2015 and he took some time away from the game before returning at the Cincinnati Masters last week.

But speaking after the main draw for the US Open was made on Friday, Federer insisted he “didn’t have that much time thinking about all the missed opportunities".He explained: “I was setting up tables and organising my life for my four children, driving around the beautiful countryside in Switzerland.“Sometimes you have flashbacks, things like, ‘Oh, I could have done that, should have done that.’ The next day you’re having a glass of wine with your wife thinking, the semis was pretty good, even the finals was pretty good.”But former Wimbledon champion Ivanisevic, who has helped coached Djokovic throughout the summer, doesn’t think Federer is telling the full truth.

“It has to hurt; it has to still hurt,” he told the New York Times.“There’s no way it can’t.”Rafael Nadal is the only one out of the ‘Big Three’ to head into the US Open having won a tournament since Wimbledon, beating Daniil Medvedev to win the Rogers Cup.

Federer played just two matches at the Cincinnati Masters before losing in only 62 minutes to Andrey Rublev while Djokovic lost to Medvedev in the semi-finals.However, Ivanisevic believes the Serbian will still be riding high from his win at Wimbledon.“When you win that kind of match the way Novak won it at Wimbledon, it gives you confidence to the roof,” he added.

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