The 41-year-old Swiss nice will play competitively for the final time at this week’s Laver Cup, turning out for Crew Europe alongside Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray and Djokovic – the three greatest rivals of his glittering 24-year profession.
Federer, who has gained 20 Grand Slam titles, has struggled with accidents lately and stated final week that he would finish his profession after the Laver Cup in London.
“His influence on the sport has been great, the best way he was taking part in, his fashion, easy, simply excellent for a watch of a tennis coach, participant or only a tennis fan,” Serbian Djokovic instructed reporters on Wednesday at London’s Tower Bridge.
“He has left an enormous legacy that can stay for a really very long time.”
Djokovic beat Federer in 4 main finals together with at Wimbledon in 2019, the Swiss’s final Grand Slam ultimate.
“Each Andy and I did not know that that is going to be his final match, his farewell this weekend, in order that makes this event even higher as a result of he is one of many biggest athletes ever to play sport, any sport,” stated Djokovic, who’s one main title behind Nadal’s males’s document of twenty-two.
“His reputation on and off the courtroom speaks for itself. So I am certain we will have a blast this weekend.”
This week’s Laver Cup would be the first time that Federer, Nadal, Murray and Djokovic are taking part in collectively in an occasion for the reason that 2019 Australian Open.
“It is nice we can have an opportunity to spend some high quality day off the courtroom collectively,” Djokovic instructed Eurosport.
“Now we have crew dinners and can chat about tennis, sports activities, life. We do not usually try this on tour, we’ve our personal groups and households, so that is fairly distinctive.
“All of us wish to win and carry out effectively however on the similar time due to Roger’s farewell and the chance to be alongside a few of my biggest rivals in my profession you additionally wish to share some good instances off the courtroom too.
“The WhatsApp group is what retains us collectively.”