Novak Djokovic says he has "a tremendous respect" for Roger Federer and underlined the impact the former 20-time Grand Slam champion had on tennis. Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, took part in Federer's farewell at the Laver Cup.
Federer was one of Djokovic's biggest rivals, but the Serb has nothing but a great level of respect and admiration for the Swiss. "I have a tremendous respect for him," Djokovic said of Federer, per Sportskeeda.
Everything he has contributed to our sport, on and off the court, has been an epic career. A career that he can be proud of. He has left a legacy and a mark that will be eternal, really, for our sport. He has transcended tennis.
He is one of the most recognized athletes of all time. It is a sad moment for tennis to see Roger say goodbye."
Federer's retirement got Djokovic thinking about his own
Djokovic, 35, is still very healthy and exceptionally prepared.
But witnessing Federer's retirement got Djokovic thinking about the day when he will say goodbye to the game. "I must say, I was also thinking about how it would look for me when I say goodbye to tennis," Djokovic said.
"There is definitely one thing that I would wish, that apart from, of course, having my family and close people in my life, I would love to have my biggest rivals and competitors there. It added something more special and more importance to that moment."
At the Laver Cup, Djokovic underlined that he has no plans to retire in the near future. That indicates that Djokovic plans to play for at least a few more seasons. But it shouldn't be a surprise since Djokovic is healthy, exceptionally prepared, and he is still a strong force in the game. This season, Djokovic appeared in just two Grand Slams and won Wimbledon.