Team Europe player Roger Federer of Switzerland front L, Rafael Nadal front R of Spain, Novak Djokovic 1st L, Rear of Serbia react at the end of Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic hopes for farewell game like Roger Federer surrounded by ‘biggest rivals and competitors’

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Roger Federer’s last career match at the Laver Cup 2022 sparked deep emotions in the tennis community as well as some of its fiercest rivals, and Novak Djokovic is hoping he too can gain experience when that fateful day comes.

“It was just a very touching, very emotional moment,” said Djokovic on Tuesday before an ATP event in Tel Aviv. via Reuters.

Team Europe's Serbian player Novak Djokovic L and Switzerland's Roger Federer attend the medal ceremony after the Laver Cup tennis tournament between Team World and Team Europe in London, Britain, on September 26, 2022.

Team Europe’s Serbian player Novak Djokovic L and Switzerland’s Roger Federer attend the medal ceremony after the Laver Cup tennis tournament between Team World and Team Europe in London, Britain, on September 26, 2022.
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“When I saw his children and his family, it also touched me emotionally. I must also say that I thought about what it would look like for me if I said goodbye to tennis.”

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion gave a tearful goodbye to the tennis world last week as he and Rafael Nadal has teamed up one last time for a double match in London.

“It was a perfect journey,” said Federer after the 4: 6, 7: 6 (2), 11: 9 defeat. “I would do it again and again.”

Team Europe players Roger Federer of Switzerland front L, Rafael Nadal front R of Spain, Novak Djokovic 1st L, rear of Serbia react at the end of Roger Federer's final match after Federer announced his retirement at the Laver Cup in London, Britain, on 14. 24th, 2022.

Team Europe players Roger Federer of Switzerland front L, Rafael Nadal front R of Spain, Novak Djokovic 1st L, rear of Serbia react at the end of Roger Federer’s final match after Federer announced his retirement at the Laver Cup in London, Britain, on 14. 24th, 2022.
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Despite the defeat, the crowd roared for Federer, whose eyes filled with tears. Soon his teammates would share the same sentiments. He was joined on the pitch by his parents, wife and their four children as members of both teams banded together to lift Federer into the air.

“There is definitely one thing I would like to have, other than of course my family and the close people in my life, I would like to have my biggest rivals and competitors there. Because it added something special, added more meaning to this moment”, added Djokovic.

Team Europe's Roger Federer (left) and Novak Djokovic during day one of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena, London.

Team Europe’s Roger Federer (left) and Novak Djokovic during day one of the Laver Cup at the O2 Arena, London.
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Federer announced his retirement Earlier this month, citing a series of injuries that have hampered the final years of his career.

Federer ended his tennis journey with 20 Grand Slam wins and 103 career titles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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