Novak Djokovic: 'It added something more special'

“It added something special”

The Laver Cup was the tournament that witnessed Roger Federer’s final match before retiring and the first time tennis’ Fab Four played together, on the same team and on the same side of the net. In fact, the European team included not only the Swiss champions, but also Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray: legends that the 20-time Slam champion wanted to have by his side as he retired from tennis.

A farewell that moved everyone present: tears not only from the protagonist, but also from the Spanish tennis player, as well as from Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini. There was also a poignant moment for Novak Djokovic, who on day two of the Laver Cup and the day after Federer’s last match said he tried to hold back but he too broke down with emotion: particularly as Federer Swiss’s wife Mirka and her four children entered to embrace their weeping father.

At the press conference, the Belgrade tennis player again spoke about the retirement of one of his biggest rivals and about the emotions of that day. “First of all, I would like to dedicate two words to Roger. I have a lot of respect for him and for everything he has done throughout his career, especially how he has contributed to the sport, on and off the pitch.

He’s built an epic career to be proud of, he’s left a legacy that will last forever, he’s transcended this sport and is one of the most recognized athletes in the world,” he said at the tournament’s first press conference on Tel Aviv, over to talk about the emotions this farewell caused.

Djokovic comments on Federer’s farewell

Novak Djokovic was among the many players and fans moved to tears at Roger Federer’s emotional farewell at last weekend’s Laver Cup. “I have to say, I also thought about what it would look like for me if I said goodbye to tennis,” said Djokovic.

“There’s definitely one thing I would wish for is that aside from my family and close people in my life of course I’d love to have my biggest rivals and competitors there. It added something special and more important to the moment.

I think if he had imagined a better farewell scenario, he probably wouldn’t have come up with a better one. As he said on court, having your biggest rivals with you on the court, having your family, your team, your friends and being in London, one of the most important tennis cities that we have in our sport.

It was just a very touching and emotional moment. When I was also on the pitch and saw his children and his family, that also made me emotional,” he said.

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