After Nadal, Djokovic publishes open letter on Federer farewell: ‘It’s hard to live this day’
Novak Djokovic has taken to social media to pay tribute to Roger Federer, who has confirmed his retirement from tennis following the Laver Cup controversy.
One day after the Swiss retirement announcement Roger Federerthe serbian Novak Djokovic lastly joined this Friday within the many tributes paid to the legend of sneakers.
“Roger, it is hard to relive this day and put into phrases all the pieces we share in this sport. More than a decade of unbelievable moments and clashes as a reminiscence,” Djokovic wrote.
“His profession set the tone for all the pieces it means to obtain excellence and dominate with integrity and composure,” added the Serbian, who will staff with Federer in London for the upcoming Laver Cup. The competitors will likely be held from September 23 to 25.
Nole will likely be a part of the European staff, which additionally contains the Swiss, who will likely be competing in his closing match, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.
Djokovic, one in every of Federer’s nice rivals together with Nadal, has to date not revealed any feedback since saying the Swiss’s withdrawal on Thursday. The silence sparked a debate on social media and echoed even within the Serbian press.
“Novak’s message to Federer is lacking,” writes the Kurir newspaper on its portal, which additionally mentions Nole, who continues to be silent.
Over the years, nonetheless, Djokovic has already proven himself to be an ideal admirer of the Swiss’s expertise (“It’s unattainable not to surprise if he is actually from this planet”).
Within the “huge three”, Nadal and Federer usually present their friendship regardless of their rivalry on the courtroom. Together, they’ve additionally generally proven distance from Djokovic, particularly when the Serb introduced in 2020 the creation of a brand new skilled tennis affiliation impartial of the ATP, ignoring calls from the Spaniard and the Swiss to unite.
Djokovic and Federer have confronted one another on a complete of fifty events, with the Serbian successful 27 instances (11 wins to six in Grand Slams).
The most memorable of his finals was at Wimbledon in 2019, through which Federer fell in need of successful his twenty first Major trophy regardless of having two match factors within the recreation.
This closing can be the longest within the historical past of the match in London – 4 hours and 57 minutes. At the start of July, the 2 appeared collectively and smiling on the centenary ceremony on the middle courtroom of Wimbledon.