World No. 1 Iga Swiatek had a very simple but also a very beautiful response to seeing Roger Federer on the same court with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. This week, Federer, Djokovic and Murray all touched down in London for the Laver Cup.
Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, is retiring after the Laver Cup. On Team Europe, Federer is set to be teammates with Djokovic, Murray and Rafael Nadal. "Inspiring," Swiatek wrote on Twitter.
Inspiring 🤩 — Iga Świątek (@iga_swiatek) September 20, 2022
Swiatek paid a tribute to Federer
Swiatek, who was just the ninth player in the Open Era to win three Grand Slams before turning 22, paid a classy tribute to Federer.
"I just want to thank you for everything you've done and everything you are for our sport. It's been a privilege to witness your career. I wish you all the best (goat emoji)," Swiatek tweeted. Meanwhile, all members of the Big Four group are set to feature in Federer's final tournament.
Djokovic, who has had many thrilling encounters with Federer, is making his Laver Cup this year. After touching down in London, Djokovic expressed his excitement to be a part of Federer's final tournament. "Great to be here, exciting, full of emotional moments on and off the court, particularly for Roger.
It's exciting, it's great to be here, probably once in a lifetime to be in a team along with Rafa, Roger and Andy, three of my biggest rivals," Djokovic said, per Sportskeeda. Unfortunately for tennis fans, they won't be seeing Federer in singles action this week.
Federer, who hasn't played since the Laver Cup, is set to return for just one doubles match. On Wednesday, Federer confirmed to the Swiss media that he will try to play just one doubles match on Friday. Federer is hoping that everything goes well and that he doesn't re-injure his knee.