Novak Djokovic hailed the retiring Roger Federer as one of many best athletes of all time and stated he would go away a long-lasting legacy for the world of tennis.
The 41-year-old Swiss nice will play competitively for the final time at this week’s Laver Cup, turning out for Group Europe alongside Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Djokovic the three greatest rivals of his glittering 24-year profession. Federer, who has received 20 Grand Slam titles, has struggled with accidents in recent times and stated final week that he would finish his profession after the Laver Cup in London.
“His impression on the sport has been super, the way in which he was enjoying, his fashion, easy, simply excellent for a watch of a tennis coach, participant or only a tennis fan,” Serbian Djokovic advised reporters on Wednesday at London’s Tower Bridge. “He has left an enormous legacy that can dwell for a really very long time.” Djokovic beat Federer in 4 main finals together with at Wimbledon in 2019, the Swiss’s final Grand Slam last.
“Each Andy and I didn’t know that that is going to be his final match, his farewell this weekend, in order that makes this event even higher as a result of he’s one of many best athletes ever to play sport, any sport,” stated Djokovic, who’s one main title behind Nadal’s males’s file of twenty-two.
“His reputation on and off the courtroom speaks for itself. So I’m positive we’re going to have a blast this weekend.” This week’s Laver Cup would be the first time that Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic are enjoying collectively in an occasion for the reason that 2019 Australian Open. “It’s nice we can have an opportunity to spend some high quality day off the courtroom collectively,” Djokovic advised Eurosport.
“We have now staff dinners and can chat about tennis, sports activities, life. We don’t usually do this on tour, we now have our personal groups and households, so that is fairly distinctive.
“All of us wish to win and carry out properly however on the similar time due to Roger’s farewell and the chance to be alongside a few of my best rivals in my profession you additionally wish to share some good occasions off the courtroom too.