Federer’s 24-year career came to a close in the early hours of Saturday as he and Nadal lost his final match to Team World in the doubles. The Swiss maestro’s fellow Big Four rivals Djokovic and Andy Murray were by his side as part of Team Europe as he bid farewell to his professional career in front of a packed O2 Arena.
There has since been speculation on what Federer will do next, with the 20-time Grand Slam champion making it clear that he would stay around tennis in some shape or form after ending his professional career. With the 41-year-old continuing to cheer Team Europe on over the weekend and mentor the players at the team bench, there have now been questions over whether he would make a good coach.
Federer has been helping instruct the likes of his long-time rival Djokovic during the weekend, and the world No 7 gave his verdict on what type of coach the 103-time title winner could make as he complimented his game and explained that Federer’s ability wasn’t down to “god-given talent”. “I think that Roger can offer a lot,” he smiled.
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“I mean, you know, it’s logical to expect him to be able to share so many useful and valuable things with anybody, really. I mean, if he ever would consider doing that, I’m sure that he’s going to bring a lot of positive things to the improvement of that player, whether male or female, in every aspect on and off the court, I’m sure.”
Despite fighting Federer in the GOAT battle, the world No 7 claimed that his rival was one of the greatest of all time – and not for the first time over the Laver Cup weekend – as he gave a little-known look into what it took for the Swiss star to be the best. He explained: “He’s undoubtedly one of the greatest players to play the game the way he played it, with his style and effortlessly.
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“You know, people probably think that he was a god-given talent, but he always talks about the amount of time that he would have to spend working on perfecting the game so it looks easy. I respect that, and I know what he has to go through in order to execute the shots that seem easy but are actually very difficult to do.”
But Djokovic said it was up to the man himself to decide what he wanted to do with his future, though was in full support of his ability as a coach. “I think he has the full package, for sure. I don’t know. You have to ask him whether he wants to be involved in some shape or form in that role,” he added.