Novak Djokovic comes out of the controversy and finally pays tribute to Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic comes out of the controversy and finally pays tribute to Roger Federer

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This is how Novak Djokovic fired Roger Federer. | Photo: AFP.

The day after the announcement of the withdrawal of the Swiss Roger Federer, the Serb Novak Djokovic finally joined this Friday the many tributes to the tennis legendleaving controversies aside.

Djokovicone of the great rivals of the Swiss, with Raphael Nadalhadn’t posted any comments on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Thursday, unlike the Spaniard, who hailed his “friend and rival” and confessed he wouldn’t have liked his retirement day to come.

Through a message on his Instagram account, Novak Djokovic he spoke of “over a decade of incredible moments and clashes” with Roger Federer.

“Roger, it’s hard to live this day and put everything we’ve shared in this sport into words. Over a decade of incredible moments and matchups like memories,” noted the Serbian on the social network.

“Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and dominate with integrity and composure,” he added. Djokovicwho will share a squad with Roger Federer in London at the upcoming Laver Cup which takes place September 23-25.

The silence of “Djoko” had sparked a debate on social networks, and amazed even the Serbian media, as the headline of the newspaper Mail on their website: “Novak’s message to Federer is missing”speaking of a “Always silent Nole.”

This even if Novak Djokovic he had been very admiring a few years ago of Federer’s talentdeclaring: “impossible not to wonder if he comes from the same planet”.

Indeed, in early July, the two appeared together and smiling at a ceremony for the centenary of Wimbledon Center Court.

Djokovic and Federer have met a total of 50 timesthe Serb having won 27 victories (11 wins out of six at Grand Slam tournaments).

The most memorable of his finals is that of Wimbledon in 2019 where despite two match balls, Federer he failed to win his 21st Grand Slam title. This final is the longest in the history of the London tournament (4 hours and 57 minutes).

Controversies and distancing between Djokovic and other tennis greats

Within the “Big Three”, Nadal and Federer often show their friendship, despite the rivalry on the courts. Together, they also sometimes showed their distance from Djokovicespecially when the Serb announced in 2020 the creation of a new association of professional tennis players, independent of the ATP, ignoring calls for unity from the Spaniards and the Swiss.

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