Novak Djokovic also pays tribute to Roger Federer: “Your career has shown what it means to dominate with integrity”

After that of Rafael Nadal, it was perhaps the most anticipated reaction following the sports retirement of Roger Federer. By the way to social networks, Novak Djokovic in turn expressed on Friday to pay tribute to his rival of the famous “Big 3”. Whoever dispossessed the Swiss of the record for the number of weeks spent instead of world number 1 (373 against 310) was very complimentary, like the respect that the two champions are devoting.

Roger, this day is hard to live and it’s hard to find the words to describe all what we have shared in this sport. To return to more than a decade of incredible moments and battles. Your career has shown what it means to achieve excellence and dominate with integrity and elegance. It is an honor to know you on and outside the court, and for many years to come“He said.

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A sometimes tense relationship but marked with respect

Djokovic will have played 50 matches against Federer (27-23) during their respective careers, more than any other opponent of the Swiss. But their relations have never been so cordial and marked by friendship as between the Swiss and Nadal. Arrived later to join their rivalry, the Serb was the third man for a long time, before supplanting the other two. And his family, especially his father, sometimes had a hard time with Federer.

But water has flowed under the bridges. And Djokovic concluded his message on a more personal note: “I know that this new chapter will have fantastic things to share with Mirka, children, all your loved ones, and your fans still have great things to wait too. From our family to yours, we wish you much joy, prosperity and good health. I can’t wait to celebrate your accomplishments and see you in London. “With Nadal and Murray, the” Big 4 “will be gathered one last time to compose the European team when washing Cup (September 23-25).

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