The coach of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer discusses the tipping point in their rivalry.

Roger Federer‘s triumph over Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open final, in the opinion of coach Ivan Ljubicic, marked a turning point in their rivalry. Federer overcame a break deficit in the fifth set of the 2017 Australian Open final to defeat Nadal 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3.

Federer went on to triumph in three of their following four encounters. Although Federer and Nadal have a 24-16 head-to-head record, the Swiss have won seven of their last eight meetings. “Obviously, I believe, the match in Australia altered his perception of Rafa.

After that match, I believe he became increasingly more assured that he had it on his racquet, which wasn’t the case when Rafa was fighting for it repeatedly before that “According to Sportskeeda, Ljubicic stated on the The Tennis Podcast.

Therefore, I believe that following that game, he had a bit more confidence and played somewhat differently tactically.

On Federer‘s lone loss to Nadal during 2017, Ljubicic

After losing in the 2017 Australian Open final, Federer and Nadal fought four more times.

Two of those four games were played on hard surfaces, one on grass, and the other two on clay. After 2017, Nadal had only one victory over Federer, which came in the 2019 French Open semifinal against the Swiss. “I mean, I know I’m a perfectionist, but I’m very apologetic about the semifinal matchup at Roland Garros.

The match wasn’t really a contest because of how windy it was, if you know what I mean. As a result, I would have preferred to see him compete against Rafa on an equal footing. Naturally, it was on equal footing, but under normal circumstances, “Ljubcic clarified.

“Although I can’t guarantee that he would have prevailed, I believe it would have been a terrific contest. It was already this way, but I firmly believe that at that point, he thought he could really damage him in clay as well.

But after that Australian Open, he undoubtedly felt better on other surfaces, and I believe the results clearly reflect that.”