Novak Djokovic said he was grateful to be in the position to witness Roger Federer's big night and the sendoff of one of the greatest players in tennis history. On Friday night in London, Federer said goodbye to tennis by teaming up with Rafael Nadal for a doubles match at the Laver Cup.
Djokovic, who was on the Team Europe bench supporting Federer and Nadal, described it as one of "the most beautiful moments experienced in live." “I think we would all agree this was one of the most beautiful moments that everyone has experienced live or on TV , on the tennis courts worldwide of all time.
We all knew that it was going to be an emotional farewell for Roger, I think we were all taken away by the moment and at the same time it’s a mixture of emotion," Djokovic said. “Sadness because one of the greatest athletes of all time is leaving the sport, on the other hand, seeing him happy with the way it all played out, I was just very grateful to be alongside other Team World and Team Europe players to witness that.
One of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever experienced in my life”.
Djokovic: The support was the key in Federer's longevity
Federer, who turned professional in 1998, enjoyed a very long and successful career.
After his final match, Federer acknowledged that his tennis journey lasted so long only because of the support from his wife Mirka. Djokovic, who is also married and a father to two kids, noted that having the support from your loved ones is the key to longevity on the Tour.
“I understand and I empathize with Roger because I understand what is necessary to be on the Tour for so long. It’s an individual sport so people think it’s really only up to us, win or lose, we take the blame or credit, which is somewhat the truth but on the other side you wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of the closest ones.
I think he said it beautifully that his wife Mirka and closest ones allowed him to play at such an incredible level for so long," Djokovic added.