Novak Djokovic dismisses Federer and Nadal rift rumours

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Novak Djokovic has denied claims of a rift between himself, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

The suggestions were made recently as Djokovic went against the wishes of Federer and Nadal over the dismissal of Chris Kermode as ATP chairman.

After months of speculation, it was confirmed earlier this month that Kermode will not have his contract extended at the end of the year.

Djokovic was believed to be the spearhead behind the decision, this wasn't popular with either Federer or Nadal, who claimed that they weren't consulted on the issue.

The Serbian looked to direct talk away from the politics and towards the tennis being played as he spoke before the Miami Open but doesn't think there is an issue with his Swiss rival.

"I saw Roger today, we were in the opening ceremony cutting the ribbon on centre court," he said according to Sky Sports.

"We had a small chat there was no time to talk about the political stuff. That is hopefully something we will have time in the next few days to go through.

"It's not necessary for you guys to create any tensions between us. In contrary I have a very good relations with both of them."

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The Swiss decided not to comment on the matter due to the decision on Kermode already being made.

"A lot of stuff has been decided already so we'll see if this week is going to happen or not but we are not chasing each other at this point," said Federer.

"If it happens, it happens."

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Djokovic decided to take his name out of the firing line as he reminded his rivals, Nadal and Federer, that it was merely the players' teams that voted and not the players council itself that made the decision.

"The player council is only part of the structure," said Djokovic. "We are not part of the board or deciding anything that is voted on later on.

The decision has appeared to create a passive-aggressive tension between the three and it's unlikely this will not be the last we hear of their supposed "rift."

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