Novak Djokovic wants biggest rivals to his swan song similar to Roger Federer’s dispatch | Tennis News

Novak Djokovic has said he wants his biggest rivals to be by his side as he lifts the curtain on his career, much like Roger Federer’s emotional farewell to the game last week.

Images of Federer and Rafael Nadal – who shared one of tennis’ most enthralling rivalries – sitting together and crying after they combined a doubles loss in the Laver Cup at London’s O2 Arena on Friday went viral on social media social.

Djokovic and Andy Murray – two of Federer’s other main rivals – were also present for the 41-year-old’s latest arc.

“It was just a very touching and very emotional moment,” Djokovic told reporters Tuesday in Tel Aviv, where he will play an ATP 250 event this week.

Federer cut an emotional figure at the Laver Cup

“Seeing his children and his family, it also moved me. I must also say that I was thinking about what it would be like for me when I say goodbye to tennis.

“There’s definitely one thing I wish I had, apart from of course my family and the people close to my life, I wish I had my biggest rivals and competitors there. Because it added something more special, added more importance to this moment.”

The 35-year-old, who is a major behind Nadal’s men’s record of 22, said he doesn’t feel any problem with his wrist, which bothered him at the Laver Cup in London last week.

Djokovic says the Spaniard remains his biggest rival.

“We’ve played the most matches against each other of any other rivalry in tennis history,” said Djokovic, who missed the Australian and US Opens this year due to not being vaccinated against Covid-19.

“The rivalry is very special and continuous. I hope we will have the opportunity to play against each other more often. Because it is exciting for us and also for tennis and sports fans around the world. entire.”

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