LONDON: Novak Djokovic has hailed the retirement of Roger Federer as one of the greatest athletes of all time and said he will leave a lasting legacy for the world of tennis.
The 41-year-old Swiss tall will play competitively for the last time this week Cup of the tankrevealing himself for European Team alongside Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and Djokovic – the three biggest rivals of his glittering 24-year career.
Federer, who won 20 Grand Slam titles, has struggled with injuries in recent years and said last week he would end his career after the Laver Cup in London.
“His impact on the game was huge, the way he was playing, his style, effortless, just perfect for a tennis coach’s eye, a player’s eye or just a tennis fan,” Serbian Djokovic told reporters. journalists on Wednesday at London’s Tower Bridge.
“He left a huge legacy that will live on for a very long time.”
Djokovic has beaten Federer in four major finals, including at Wimbledon in 2019, the Swiss’ last Grand Slam final.
“Andy and I had no idea this would be his last game, his farewell this weekend, so it makes this occasion even greater because he is one of the greatest athletes to ever play the sport, no any sport,” said Djokovic, who is a major title behind Nadal’s men’s record of 22.
“His popularity on and off the pitch speaks for itself, so I’m sure we’re going to have a blast this weekend.”
This week’s Laver Cup will be the first time Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic have played together in an event since the Australian Open 2019.
“It’s great that we have the chance to have a good time together off the pitch,” Djokovic told Eurosport.
“We have team dinners and chat about tennis, sports, life. We don’t normally do that on tour, we have our own teams and families, so it’s quite unique.
“We all want to win and perform well, but at the same time, because of Roger’s farewell and the opportunity to be alongside some of my biggest rivals in my career, you also want to share good times outside. ground.
“The WhatsApp group is what keeps us together.”



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