The official announcement of Roger Federer's retirement from tennis took place two weeks ago, but six days ago there was the farewell ceremony dedicated to him on the occasion of the Laver Cup. Although some time has passed, the river of emotions that the Swiss champion's greeting generated continues to flow in an overwhelming manner.
The tears of his eternal rival and friend Rafael Nadal show how much Federer has given to the sport, on and off the pitch, and now the other illustrious opponent Novak Djokovic has decided to return to the subject, confessing that he wishes a goodbye like that.
of the Swiss when that day comes. “On the pitch I saw his children and his family and I was excited too. I started thinking about what my goodbye to tennis would be like and there is certainly something I would like besides family and close people.
Here, I would like my biggest opponents too because it adds a touch of importance to the moment, ”said Djokovic directly from ATP 250 in Tel Aviv.
Djokovic on Federer: "he left an indelible mark"
Although he has repeatedly specified that his greatest rival is Rafael Nadal, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic clearly could not fail to praise Roger Federer's career and human qualities.
And the former world number 1, today seventh in the ATP ranking, wanted to do it in the press room at the 250 tournament in Tel Aviv, where he released beautiful words for the Swiss: "First I want to say something about Roger.
I have enormous respect for him and for what he has done for tennis, on and off the court. He has had an epic career that he and everyone close to him can be proud of. He has left an indelible and eternal imprint on tennis. He has gone beyond tennis, he is one of the symbolic athletes of the sport.
Seeing Roger say goodbye was a sad day for tennis, but he couldn't have imagined a better goodbye. As he said on the court, he celebrated with his proudest rivals, his family and his friends in London, one of the most important cities for tennis. In the end it was a very touching moment."