By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday, September 17, 2022
Novak Djokovic sent praise and kind words to his friend and rival Roger Federer after hearing of the Swiss’ imminent retirement this week.
Djokovic, who won 27 of 50 matches against Federer in a breathtaking rivalry that played out from 2006 to 2020, said it was an honor to know Federer on and off the court.
“Roger it’s hard to see this day and put into words all that we’ve shared in this sport together,” the 35-year-old said. “Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to think back on.”
Djokovic and Federer played 19 ATP finals together, including five at the Grand Slam level.
“Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise,” he said. “It’s an honor to know you on and off court, and for many more years to come. I know that this new chapter will hold amazing things for you, Mirka, the kids, all your loved ones, and Roger fans still have a lot to look forward to. From our family to yours, we wish you much joy, health, and prosperity in the future. Looking forward to celebrating your achievements and seeing you in London.”