Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had been fearsome rivals on the Tour for almost 15 years. The Swiss and the Serb played 50 matches between Monte Carlos 2006 and the Australian Open 2020, battling for the most notable titles and sharing memorable moments on the court.
Roger and Novak will play for Team Europe at the fifth Laver Cup in London next weekend. Novak will have a chance to say farewell to Roger, who will retire at that event after 25 years on the Tour. Roger has been dealing with a knee injury for the past three years, playing only six tournaments since the start of 2020 and failing to fully recover despite trying his best.
The Swiss underwent three surgeries to fix the issue and return to the competition, but it was not to be for him. Roger has not played since reaching the last year's Wimbledon quarter-final, and he will wrap up his career next week in London.
Novak Djokovic shared his message about Roger Federer's retirement.
Novak said many nice words about Roger, praising his personality and career. Djokovic wished Federer and his family all the best in the future, and he will have a chance to tell him that in person in a week.
Federer and Djokovic played 50 encounters on the Tour, and the Serb scored 27 victories. Novak had a massive advantage over Roger since Indian Wells 2015, winning ten of their last 13 clashes to move in front in their H2H. Djokovic fended off match points in that epic 2019 Wimbledon final and defeated Federer at the 2020 Australian Open semi-final.
"Roger, it's hard to see this day and put into words all that we have shared in this sport together. Over a decade of incredible moments and battles to think back on. Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise.
It's an honor to know you on and off the court and for many more years to come. I know 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," Novak Djokovic said.