Djokovic: 'I want Roger Federer and Nadal to keep on playing because...'

by   |  VIEW 14278

Djokovic: 'I want Roger Federer and Nadal to keep on playing because...'

It is now a matter of hours but Roger Federer finally returns to play a match valid for the ATP circuit. This news makes all the fans of the Swiss champion happy and not only, all fans are happy with the return to the field of a legend of this caliber.

In view of the Doha tournament, Roger Federer gave a 'special' conference via social media, answering the questions of 20 children. Here are his words: "Compared to the past, my way of training has changed a lot, I would say it has changed in the last 25 years.

Before, I trained about 4 hours a day plus athletic training, this got me used to spending a lot of time on the pitch and so I kept my concentration higher. Today I can no longer do this, my body no longer tolerates these workouts and in the last few weeks I was training on average 2-3 hours, but combining both tennis and gym.

We are also very attentive to the prevention of injuries, in general I like to train and be in shape, when I was little I did not like it very much, but now it does not cross my mind. I am a privileged “Father's 'job'?” Being a father is one of the most important things in my life, we have 4 children and this takes up most of my and my wife's time.

Many people don't see parenting as a job, but in some ways it is. For me it's the best job in the world, it's fantastic to see them grow every day." Novak Djokovic wants Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to continue playing as long as possible because they are one of the "greatest sources" of his motivation.

Djokovic won his 18th men's singles Grand Slam title last month when he defeated Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final. The World No 1 is just now two Slams behind Federer and Nadal's joint-record haul of 20 men's titles.

Djokovic on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

“Both of these guys have been my biggest rivals," Novak Djokovic said as quotes by TennisHead. "Rafael Nadal and I have played against each other more than any other two players in the history of sport.

We have played I think 55 times, or maybe more – I’m not really sure. I have played Roger Federer also nearly 50 times. I felt there was a rivalry and an intensity in the rivalry from the very beginning. Right from 15 years ago.

For 15 years we have been pushing each other to the limit and making each other better." Djokovic says the rivalry is vital for competitiveness in tennis and judging where your game is at. He added: “We need the rivalries because we need to measure ourselves in a way.

‘How am I doing?’ ‘How is my biggest rival doing?’ If he is doing great, that actually inspires me. That gives me motivation. When I started playing, Roger already had multiple Slams. Rafa as well, and they were kicking my ass for the first five years.

I was losing most of my matches against them, especially the big ones. And then that changed as we went toe-to-toe, and we are still going toe-to-toe after so many years. I want these guys to keep on playing, because they are one of the greatest sources of my motivation, without a doubt”.