Coach Ivan Ljubicic has expressed confidence that Roger Federer’s clay comeback next month in Geneva will mark the start of renewed success.

The former Croat player’s opinion has a slightly more optimistic ring than that of co-coach Severin Luthi, who recently urged a limit to expectations as the 20-time Grand Slam winner returns to the courts full-time after his two knee operations last season.

But there was no hesitation from Ljubicic, who told Milan’s La Gazzetta dello Sport: “What Roger is looking for right now is to compete at the highest level and win the big titles.

“I’m fully confident in his chances of achieving it as soon as he regains the competitive pace that matches bring.”

The former No. 3, who stood 3-13 against the Swiss during their ATP playing days, added:  “Roger is training very well, preparing thoroughly for his return to the courts – the feelings he has are very positive.

“Seeing him play in Doha (1-1 in a trial run in March) was a boost for his hopes and those of the whole team.

“We realised that the game is still there, the physical level just had to be tuned up. We’re  very confident he will return to a great level after some matches.”

Ljubicic said the immediate goal is match play, which will come on clay from May 16 to be followed by Roland Garros in Paris.

Main photo:- Coach Ivan Ljubicic on practice court with Roger Federer by


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