Novak Djokovic: My respect for Roger Federer is even higher now


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Novak Djokovic: My respect for Roger Federer is even higher now

In a press conference at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, Novak Djokovic spoke about how it felt to play the Laver Cup and teaming up with Roger Federer in a doubles match for the first time. 'It was a very unique experience,' Djokovic admitted.

'I have never experienced being on the same side of the court with him before. I was very excited. I was looking forward to it. I know he was, as well. I thought we had a blast on the court. We had fantastic time. We enjoyed competing.

'I enjoyed training with him before that, preparing for that doubles match, tactically talking a lot about tennis in those four, five days, talking a lot about life and different subjects, family. I think in terms of respect, at least from my side towards him, it has gotten to even a higher level of respect, and I think this kind of experience in Chicago has strengthened our relationship.

But obviously it's not going to affect our rivalry. I think if we play each other and when we play each other next, you know, we want to win against each other. That's not going to change.' Djokovic also spoke about his relationship with another 2018 Team Europe member, Jeremy Chardy, who will be his next opponent: 'I get along very well with him.

I think, you know, what I did well in the past in our matchups, I managed to neutralize his first serve, and I think also take advantage of his second serve and try to be consistent on my service games, move him around the court, because he's not the best mover forward, backwards, so I try to expose his weaknesses, in a way, look for the backhand, but obviously his forehand is lethal if he gets the good rhythm on it.

So I will try to approach things and execute hopefully tactically well.' ALSO READ: Toni Nadal: ' I always tried to make Rafael feel the necessity to improve'