Ivan Ljubicic: "Roger Federer has a passion for chess"



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Ivan Ljubicic: "Roger Federer has a passion for chess"

While disputing an exhibition match against FIDE CEO Emil Sutovsky, Ivan Ljubicic revealed that Roger Federer was a huge chess fan. Ivan told: "Roger Federer liked to play chess to kill time or to distract himself. He fell in love with this discipline by talking to me and seeing how fanatic I was about it.

He knew the basics but I don't know if he continued to cultivate this passion, as we haven't spent much time together in the last 14 months. However, he was always very knowledgeable about what was going on in the world of chess.

For him, continuing meant winning tournaments, not a few games. In 2021 he won a few matches because he's Roger, but was not in shape. There was not a single tournament or training in which everything was going well. Obviously, the decision to retire was not made overnight.

Roger made this choice with great serenity when he realized that the recovery was not going well. His physique no longer allowed him to be competitive at the highest level."

Roger's retirement in London

Roger Federer officially retired from tennis on September 23, 2022, after playing his last match alongside his historic rival Rafael Nadal.

The Swiss legend understood that the time had come to say enough at the beginning of this summer, having undergone a resonance that certified the absence of progress. The right knee made the latter part of the King's career a real ordeal, preventing him from playing as and as much as he would have liked.

The 41-year-old from Basel experienced a timid comeback last year, playing just 13 official matches and stopping again after Wimbledon. Through a letter posted on Instagram on September 15, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced his decision to retire and vowed he will not stray from tennis.

It is not clear in what role we will see the Master in the coming years, but it will be enough to have a little patience.