Severin Luthi details on how Roger Federer “always had a chance” to beat both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Severin Luthi, former coach of Roger Federer, said the Swiss maestro always believed he could beat both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer

Roger Federer’s former coach and close friend Severin Luthi has revealed in an ATP podcast that never did the Swiss great think it was not possible for him to beat rivals Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal during his career, adding that there were always some chances.

“There was never this situation where he could never beat them. Against players like them, there is a chance that you will lose matches. You can’t beat them every time. I think it’s also a mistake to panic. We always analyzed the matches – whether he won or lost them. We were trying to stay stable and not panic,” Luthi said on the show.

In recent times, another former coach of Federer, Ivan ljubicic said that the loss to Djokovic in the 2019 Wimbledon final had really hurt the Swiss maestro and that it still hurt him to have squandered multiple match-point opportunities. Even Federer’s dad said that he considered Djokovic as a greater rival for the Swiss than Nadal.

Interestingly, Federer has a decent 23-27 head-to-head record with Djokovic, and a 16-24 overall H2H with Nadal.

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Loss against Novak Djokovic still hurts Roger Federer?

Ljubicic said that the toughest phase Federer had to deal with and something that is unforgettable even with times was the loss to Djokovic. He said “The 2019 Wimbledon final, indigestible even with time. But winning the Australian Open against Nadal was an indescribable joy and never felt before.” 

Federer retired recently from the sport of tennis after playing for one last time at the Laver Cup where he teamed up in doubles with Nadal. After the match, the Swiss maestro was carried atop shoulders by players from both Team Europe and Team World as he was clicked crying in multiple photos and videos.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

The Swiss great plans to commentate at Wimbledon and routinely play in exhibition matches post his retirement. He also recently stressed that the future of both men’s and women’s tennis was bright despite his retirement and he was excited to see how it turns out.

However, about his style of play, Federer commented that there is nobody in the current tennis era that he thinks exactly like his style, especially with the one-handed backhand, but insisted that everybody should ideally also have their own distinctive style of play.

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Ashish Maggo is a Tennis and Golf writer at FirstSportz. He is secretly hoping that Novak Djokovic eclipses Rafael Nadal to become the all-time singles Grand Slam titles leader.