Roger Federer: Novak Djokovic pays beautiful retirement tribute

Roger Federer: Novak Djokovic pays beautiful retirement tribute

Novak Djokovic has sent his well wishes in an emotional social media post to long-time rival Roger Federer in his forthcoming retirement at the Laver Cup in six days’ time.

The great Swiss man announced he would be calling time on his tenure in the sport on Thursday after a long and fruitful 24-year professional career.

We will see the ‘GOAT’ take to the court one last time in the Laver Cup, a team competition in which he is a part of Team Europe to take on Team World.

Federer’s team will be led by tennis legend Bjorn Borg and sees him also teaming up with Big Three rivals in Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, as well as rival Andy Murray.

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The 41-year-old has met the latter 25 times, leading 14-11 overall against the Scot, but their rivalry was split in terms of dominance over the years.

In terms of matches against Nadal, the two have squared off a total of 40 times on all types of surfaces with Federer trailing 16-24.

Roger Federer: Novak Djokovic pays beautiful retirement tribute
Roger Federer: Novak Djokovic pays beautiful retirement tribute

Their most recent encounter was at Wimbledon in 2019 which saw Federer get the best of the Spanish star to reach the final of that competition.

Finally, Djokovic and Federer have faced each other a total of 50 times – the most matches of any of his rivals mentioned in this article – with the 20-time Grand Slam winner trailing 23-27 to the Serbian.

At the very same tournament Federer defeated Nadal to advance to the final, he and Djokovic had a near five-hour barn-burning match with the final set going to a tiebreak.

Djokovic pays tribute to Federer

Due to announcement made by the ‘GOAT’ earlier this week, Djokovic has released a touching social media post of his own to wish the great man the best while reminiscing on their time together.

In the emotional tribute to his long-time rival, he said: “Roger, it’s hard to see this day and put into words all that we’ve shared in this sport together.

“Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to think back on. Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise.

“It’s an honour to know you on and off the court, and for the many more years to come. I know that this new chapter will hold amazing things for you, Mirka, the kids, all your loved ones, and Roger fans still have a lot to look forward to.

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“From our family to yours, we wish you much joy, health, and prosperity in the future. Looking forward to celebrating your achievements and seeing you in London. @rogerfederer”

As you can see, Federer and Djokovic may be rivals on the court, but they are also very good friends off it and have clearly had a great impact on each other’s careers.

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