Novak Djokovic: 'Training session with Rafael Nadal felt like a match'

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Novak Djokovic: 'Training session with Rafael Nadal felt like a match'

Novak Djokovic spoke about his training session with Rafael Nadal before the Paris Masters. The Serb and the Spaniard rarely practice together. "I enjoyed it, to be honest. It was great. It was a lot of fun. It was very intense and competitive, as you can imagine, obviously, but in a very respectful way", said Djokovic.

"And, you know, we played a couple of days before that, an exhibition charity match in Kazakhstan. Also, we got to spend some time together. And obviously we are rivals but that doesn't prevent us from being respectful and treating each other in the right way and our teams as well.

I have always had that kind of relationship with Rafa. And regardless of which course our careers went to and how tense maybe sometimes rivalries were, but we always had respect for each other. It was actually very unusual because we haven't practiced for years.

And, yeah, it was strange because, you know, when I see him across the net, that means I'm playing him probably semifinals or finals of a big event, but this time it was a practice session. But nevertheless, the intensity was like a match."

Meanwhile the pundit Parmer spoke to Amazon Prime about Roger Federer's withdrawal from the Rolex Paris Masters after winning his 103th career-title in Basel. Parmer said: “It is a real shame for the tournament that he has pulled out.

Probably no surprise to tell you the truth. I think even if he lost in the [Swiss Indoors] final he would have probably pulled out anyway. He has got to prolong the career and I think it is great for the tour that he is going to be around for some time yet.

Great scenes out there. He was very emotional winning that event. It is like he won one of his first events when giving his winners speech. Unfortunately for this event he is missing but he has got to save his legs. He has still got a big event at the O2 and he wants to be in the best possible shape for that week."